“Love & Mercy” - Brian Wilson and the Myth of Creative Genius
Paul Cantor

I enjoyed the essay, Paul. Thanks.

The part about “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and “Sweet Little Sixteen” reminded me of a Gil Scott-Heron track called “Ain’t No New Thing” in which he comments on the accomplishments of black musicians like Chuck Berry being overshadowed by white ones — e.g., Elvis Presley — because, as he says it, white parents couldn’t stand having their kids flip out (GSH uses a different term) over black artists. It’s an interesting notion that I’m sure has some truth to it.

At any rate, thanks again.

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