HEY I'M SORRY IF I BOTHER YOU BUT I REALISED YOU LOVE ICEMARK CHRONICLES AND THAT MEANS I'M IN LOVE WITH YOU I mean I read the first 6 years ago, I've read it 15 times I love them all so much and it hurts how few people love them I need people to talk with about them
I read the tweet, and then I read the username.
Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog
You ain’t nothing but a hound dog (x)
The original FUCK Elvis!
You heard it right. Elvis stole the song from her and got all the credit.
White artists stealing black art and sterilizing it for white audiences is nothing new.
While I don’t care for Elvis, the above isn’t true.
It is true that Elvis stole musical stylings from Black musicians, but Hound Dog isn’t an example of that. Big Mama Thornton recorded it first, but Hound Dog isn’t her song and Elvis didn’t steal it from her. Hound Dog was written by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, both white men. Lieber and Stoller wrote songs for Elvis and Hound Dog was one of their songs that Elvis recorded.
Oddly enough, Hound Dog is an example of Elvis jacking other white people. The version Elvis recorded was “borrowed” from the Freddie Bell and the Bellboys interpretation of the song after he saw them performing live. Hear their version here. That’s actually who Elvis copied.
If you want an actual example of a Black artist being erased by Elvis, then Otis Blackwell is the perfect example. He wrote the song ‘Don’t Be Cruel’. Elvis took most of the royalties. Blackwell wrote some of the biggest hits Elvis ever had btw. Elvis became a very rich and popular person because of Blackwell. Many don’t know who Blackwell is, even though he’s written some of the biggest hits in music history. He wrote hit after hit for a lot of people.
Blackwell also wrote ‘Great Balls of Fire' made popular by Jerry Lee Lewis and the song 'Fever' popularized by Peggy Lee and later on Madonna. The person who recorded Fever first was Black kid named Little Willie John who was 18 at the time. Click here for the original recording of Fever.
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The Haitian Revolution - A short Reading List (of Anglophone scholars)
"More than two hundred years after Haitian independence was declared on January 1, 1804, it remains a challenge to perceive the spirit that fueled the first abolition of slavery in the New World and gave rise to the second independent nation in the Americas. As recently as ten years ago, the Haitian Revolution (1789-1804), which created “Haiti” out of the ashes of French Saint Domingue, was the least understood of the three great democratic revolutions that transformed the Atlantic world in the last quarter of the eighteenth century. That is no longer true. In the decade since the 2004 bicentennial, a genuine explosion of scholarship on the Saint-Domingue revolution has profoundly enriched our memory of what Hannah Arendt, in her comparative study of the American and French revolutions, called “the revolutionary tradition and its lost treasure”. It is not clear to what extent this development has affected broader public understandings of the Haitian predicament, however."
By Professor Malick W. Ghachem for the John Carter Brown Library online exposition: “The Other Revolution: Haiti 1789-1804.”
* Much more scholarship could have been included in this list. To find more monographs and articles on the Haitian Revolution or, for a general reading list on Haiti, see here and here.
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