If that guitar and humming was the only thing Flynt had ever done, I think
you're right that he would have a deserved obscurity. But that's not his
most loved work, which would probably be the Celestial Power tape:
Despite any flaws of recording, this piece has amazing resonance when
played from a good stereo in a large room instead of from utube on a
His odd "back porch hillbilly blues" makes sense in the light of his other
work. Distortion and blurring of the guitar sound isn't a mistake, it's the
background he wanted for the droning, chanting vocals. The 'hillbilly
blues' tag is a joke, a purposefully misleading title. He's not trying to
work in any genre, so comparison to commercially viable recordings is
missing the point. That piece may be more concept than music, but I find
other music he made to be very beautiful as music, not only as concept.
On Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 7:56 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> Let's be clear, this is the "artiste" discussed in the essay:
> If 15 minutes of the same 3 chords with often out of tune humming along is
> your thing, then have at it. Many people play acoustic guitar into a
> portable home recorder. Very few of those recordings are worth hearing.
> Almost none of them are worth canonized as "undiscovered gold."
> I understand the frustration with modern commercialized popular music, but
> the modern impulse (often by younger writers with little historical
> perspective, writers "born digital" and raised on digital pop music glop)
> to "discover" performers from what is glorified as a "wonderful past," many
> of whom don't really deserve to be canonized, is annoying. It seems to be
> an academic, navel-gazing pursuit. And, it smacks of ignorance, of not
> listening to enough commercially-released music from the same time periods.
> That sort of listening will often reveal that there were many excellent
> examples in the selected genre, musicians who could actually play and thus
> make commercially viable recordings.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "WS" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 6:35 PM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Records Ruin the Landscape
> The link below is an excerpt (published in WIRE magazine) from David
>> upcoming book called "Records Ruin The Landscape".
>> I thought it might be of interest to some ARSCLIST members, as it explores
>> the implications of recorded material from an earlier era that only finds
>> audience much later than it was created.