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

If you read Keith Richard’s autobiography Life it brings into high relief how the Stones were a straightforward blues/rhythm-and-blues cover band and then exploded into pop/rock stardom. Their initial success came from playing/imitating others. I don’t think the fault is really theirs, though when someone called Eric Clapton the world’s greatest musical colonizer in response to his nativist remarks, I had to agree.

Chuck Berry got some satisfaction. A little bit of money and some sessions like this one with Keith Richards. This video has been removed from YouTube and can currently only be found on Vimeo. It’s sure to disappear from there soon too.

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