Friday, August 17, 2007

Why the dominant culture fears artists

Another fantastic quote from Rip Lhamon's magnificent Raising Cain: why the dominant culture fears artists, especially marginal or vernacular artists: because we are

an independently fearsome, ragged cohort. [Lhamon, Raising Cain, 152]

Betcher ass we are: independent, ragged, and fearsome. More art has been created by the poor, the ragged, the despised and the marginalized than has ever been created by dominant culture's lapdogs and lackies. Topside Culture fears us because they can't control us and they can't survive without us.

Now playing: Fats Domino - Be My Guest

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