The Harmless Musician Type

The Harmless Musician Type

My name is Matthew. I live in Lancashire, England. I have a degree in History from the University of Liverpool. I like photography, music and french bread. I am 24 years young and ageing. All my creative attempts are collected here.

~ Bon temps

I think once I’ve seen Alt-J there next month the Manchester Apollo will surpass the Liverpool Academy as the place I’ve seen the most bands play.

The two best spam emails I’ve received today. Got some Biz to take care of.

I bet there is a 25 minute outtake roll where Taylor Swift also doing some Flamenco dancing (to cover her Spanish fans), some Highland Dancing (to cover the Scottish fans), about 4 minutes of her doing the Hopak (to cover her Russian/Ukrainian fans), maybe a brief scene where she does some Maypole dancing and dons some clogs to do a bit of Clogging (just to cover her folk dancing fans). I mean if you’re going to culturally appropriate for a video you might as well go all the way.

These Days | St. Vincent

Ha, George W Bush nominated Bill Clinton for the ALS challenge, I hope Jimmy Carter nominates Obama.

I love US Antiques Roadshow, it’s just full of people showing experts things that barely qualify as antiques.

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Annie Clark/St. Vincent by Ruth Tomlinson for Wonderland Magazine
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Annie Clark/St. Vincent by Ruth Tomlinson for Wonderland Magazine

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Annie Clark/St. Vincent by Ruth Tomlinson for Wonderland Magazine

i probably will now!

I’ll happily compile a list of 10 of the worst cultural appropriations in pop videos to accompany it!

mybloggyvalentine replied to your post:I’ve seen a few posts floating around facebook and…

I definitely agree, i think in modern day a good example would be damon albarn who obviously takes influence from so many places especially in black music be it hip hop/rap or traditional african music but he never does it distastefully or to perpetuate any stereotypes about those cultures.

I think for white pop musicians it’s mostly become a definite gimmick that they can take on or off whenever they choose just because they’re bored and thats the worst thing about it i love it when musicians are able to go to different styles of music and different cultures, learn about it and take what they’ve learnt and use it in a good way because it shows respect to the culture and it’s sharing.  

I just don’t like the double standard of other cultures having to suppress their culture to fit into a certain musical climate whereas for other white/western musicians it’s applauded or done offensively (this probs makes no sense) the end!

Gathering all of Zain’s replies because I completely agree with what she’s saying.  

You should think about writing something about if for the Zine.

I’ve seen a few posts floating around facebook and tumblr arguing that cultural appropriation (not racial stereotypes - they’re always careful not to use those words) is irrelevant when it comes to music culture.  Personally I don’t go in for that kind of post-cultural appropriation crap.  When it comes to music its complex because sometimes there’s a fine line between cultural appropriation and influence.  Black blues music heavily influenced the English blues explosion of the late 1960s perhaps the difference there however was that English blues rock wasn’t aimed at the same audience as the influential American blues was and it didn’t perpetuate racial stereotypes - the same can’t be said for current pop music.  Its complex and I’m no expert but I certainly don’t think cultural appropriation should be thought of as irrelevant in music not when it perpetuates racial stereotypes.

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