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Thread #162706 Message #3875414
Posted By: GUEST,Jerome Clark
05-Sep-17 - 09:30 PM
Thread Name: Stephen Calt's biography of Skip James
Subject: RE: Stephen Calt's biography of Skip James
I don't believe much of anything Calt says. He seemed to dwell in a universe of rage and resentment, with enough prejudices of various kinds to cause a normal human's brain to explode. Ultimately, he was a crashing bore.
In most contexts the term "greatest" is just so much empty hyperbole and subjective judgment, so I lay no claim to knowing who the greatest blues artist was. Still, I would not hesitate to place Charlie Patton close to the top of the heap. His recordings, while eminently moving and worth hearing, must be only a shadow of what he sounded like in person. Those who heard him live, both black and white, would recall him in awe. If only I had access to a time machine...