The joke's on the Peen who stole their gear...good luck selling that stuff. The only thing really irreplaceable is the Ibanez, simply because it's so messed-up. Jake could always try and make up a replica, a-la the Nun Bun at Bongo Java. Or he could switch to a baritone and add some low-end to that Sh't.
Well, please name a celebrity who hasn't been mocked, it pretty much goes along hand in hand with fame. Anyway, his career with Hootie didn't exactly end because he was universally mocked and maligned - quite the opposite - they could easily be selling out arenas right now if Rucker wasn't caught up in his country gig. Hmmm...John Popper as a solo country artist...Frank Rogers, are you listening?
OK, yeah I watched it, and that video doesn't make Rucker a loser either. Don't get me wrong, I really hated Hootie, still do I guess, but I don't really see the point in singling him out any more than, say, the fat guy from Blues Traveler or somebody.
Regarding Rucker - In what twisted indie universe does being a multi-platinum selling rock star make one a pop-cultural punchline? Just because all of the cool-dudes listening to Pavement in the 90's thought Hootie was a joke didn't exactly make him a loser, whether you think his music sucked or not.
It's nice that you felt such positive peace and love vibes from the show, but here's some food for thought:
There is a BIG difference between what Picasso's heirs do and what Yoko is doing: Can you imagine Picasso's estate taking one of his original drawings or paintings, scanning it, and then colorizing it in Photoshop, then printing off editions in the thousands and adding his 'signature' and then selling those colorized prints in a never-ending traveling garage sale to thousands of unsuspecting Picasso fans, many of whom are undoubtedly under the impression that they are purchasing rare, and possibly valuable, one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork that were printed by Picasso himself?
Answer: NO, you couldn't imagine that, because it would never be allowed to happen. The reason? Because, that is exactly what artist's estates are set up to prevent!
For Ono to call herself a caretaker of Lennon's art is a total joke. Will this abuse ultimately undermine Lennon's status as a great artist? Of course not - that reputation is set in stone for all time. But that shouldn't give Ono license to butcher John's drawings and claim it as some sort of bizarre collaboration.
If the profits of the Lennon sale were going to charity, and if Ono were being clear about what she is actually selling were made obvious, then I would have less of an issue with it. But that's not exactly what's going on, is it?
I'm always searching for a good BLT too. But it's too early in the season for good tomatoes. Mitchell's has added plenty of Benton's bacon when I've had their BLT, but the last time (last summer) I got one, it had only two skinny little slices of not-so-good T. And they had a garden full of fat, ripe heirlooms growing right out their back door!
firstly - you could have given at least SOME information about the 'exhibit' in your original article, but you didn't. Instead, you gave readers an interview with Yoko and some scant details about the show.
In the 2nd place - simply dismissing arguments of authenticity as 'uninteresting' is laughable. The woman is colorizing her dead husband's drawings and printing them off in massive editions to sell to unsuspecting rubes who think they are buying original artwork, and doing it in fly-by-night art sales in weird locations. Anybody with even a cursory knowledge of the ethics of the sales of artwork can tell you how bad that smells. Your article is merely contributing to the sham, albeit perhaps unwittingly. Gary whats-his-face with the website may be an obsessed nut, but don't use that to discredit the argument. The argument is legit.
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