Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Just finished reading Segrest and Hoffman's Moanin' at Midnight, a biography of the great Howlin' Wolf. Not terribly well-written, but has some wonderful stories, especially about Wolf and Hubert Sumlin, and takes the right stance, recognizing that these men (Wolf, Muddy, B.B. T-Bone, Gatemouth, Lemon, and on and on) were giants in American musical culture.

And it reminded me of what of the greatest, most profoundly insightful lines ever spoken about Art by anyone--by that great avatar of American music, the Diaghilev of American culture, Sam Phillips:

"This is where the soul of man never dies."

Thank you, Sam. Thank you, Mr Wolf.

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