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  •  Also about MJ: (5+ / 0-)

    He was very self-conscious in his emulation/envy of both Elvis and the Beatles, hence his self-appointment at the King of Pop (to E's King of Rock 'n' Roll) and his pirating the Beatles catalogue.

    The more I think about it, the more it's clearly 1) Elvis; 2) Lennon; and 3) MJ.

    I know you kids won't like that, but tough shit.

    •  Pirating the catalog? I once heard Charles (2+ / 0-)
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      XerTeacher, Lefty Ladig

      Grodin say that we should just all admit that we are all recovering racists. Not calling you one, please believe that, but would you have accused a white performer of "pirating" a catalog or would you have called it a brilliant business move? And how would you have described what Elvis did to black music and black culture?

      Max Ehrmann (author of Desiderata): Whatever else you do or forbear, impose upon yourself the task of happiness; and now and then abandon yourself to laughter.

      by JoanMar on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 08:28:21 PM PDT

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    •  Lennon has to come after Elvis (0+ / 0-)

      because Lennon fucking LOVED Elvis.  No Elvis, no Lennon.

      We need to get back to bedrock American values like torture and secession. - Josh Marshall

      by AlyoshaKaramazov on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 08:56:27 PM PDT

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