On Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 8:15:40 AM UTC-7, Bruce wrote:
> On Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 6:36:41 AM UTC-4, Norbert K wrote:
> > On Monday, September 25, 2023 at 1:33:20 PM UTC-7, Bruce wrote:
> > > On Monday, September 25, 2023 at 9:14:36 AM UTC-4, Norbert K wrote:
> > >
> > > > With regard to Motown bassist James Jamerson, McCartney's effusive praise for him led to a tribute book/tape project called "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," to which lots of famous bassists -- McCartney, Jack Bruce, Geddy Lee, John Entwistle, and many others -- contributed. A bit later, a movie of the same title was made about Jamerson and other important Motown musicians.
> > > What makes you think that McCartney's praise had anything to do with Slutsky deciding to write the book?
> > There were probably additional factors, but very few people even knew the name James Jamerson before McCartney cited him as an influence in interviews. Even after being in Motown cover bands, Slutsky didn't know the name at first.
> Lots of people knew the name. I certainly did in the 1970s. I was too young to know it in the 60s. I barely turned 12 as the 60s ended.
Maybe it depends on what you mean by "lots of people." According to Wikipedia, Jamerson was not *credited* on a major Motown release until 1971.
I knew the name -- only because I had read interviews with Chuck Rainey and Jaco Pastorius in which they sung his praises.
> > If you look at the cover of the book, McCartney is the first bassist (after Jamerson's son) named. In the tapes that camewith the book, McCartney's is the first voice you hear.
> > There's video of Slutsky (available on Youtube) saying (I'm paraphrasing) that everyone considered his project a folly -- until they saw the name Paul McCartney on the cover -- at which point "They were staggered. This was a big deal."
> "Everyone" meaning all the white guitar rock fans he knew.
No, Standing in the Shadows was a labor of love for Slutsky which got him very deeply into debt. He had to pawn off a lot of his musical equipment. He says his wife "hated" him and he found it nearly impossible to find support for the project.
If true it's really a shame that white people can only appreciate a genius black performer if some superstar white guy endorses him. I hate that shit where they use names of white stars like Eric Clapton in order to validate great black performers like Robert Johnson.
> James Jamerson does not need to be validated by some white superstar. His work stands on its own.
I don't think McCartney's praise "validated" Jamerson's playing so much it got people (who wouldn;t have otherwise sought the work out) interested in it.