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Thread #93966   Message #1814586
Posted By: GUEST,Art Thieme
20-Aug-06 - 04:05 PM
Thread Name: Johnny Cash: The Kitsch of Death!
Subject: RE: Johnny Cash: The Kitsch of Death!
Jim Croce had VERY LITTLE notoriety until he died. Then the music biz and his record label finally got into pushing him big time. The result was "Big Bad Leroy Brown" and a slew of other hits...

The fact is that I've only started selling a few recordings since I've been unable to perform---other than the 5 or 10 I'd sell out of my trunk after gigs. Don't get me wrong----I do appreciate the attention (while here in limbo) so I can see and appreciate some of it. But Fantasy Records, who owns my first 2 LPs----made for Kicking Mule in the 1970s, will most probably sit on those until I die. Than they'll sell 'em to Critic's Choice's catalogue where they will be hyped and squeezed for all the few $$$$$$$ it's possible to get out of them.

It's happened to and with the deaths of thousands of musicians---and actors and actresses and presidents and kings and ex-wives of princes. (And even if it comes as a shock, I've got to tell you that Elvis ain't king o' NOTHING!)--It is a strange dynamic for sure. It's even more bizarre to sit here at this new-fangled computer thing and magically orchestrate some of my own legacy. "Who'd a thunk it!!??"

To paraphrase the great Thomas Wolfe, "This life, this world, is stranger than a dream!" ---- And, if ya ask me, a little nuts too.

Art