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Milli Vanilli and the Scapegoating of the Inauthentic (via Anil Dash):

To classify some qualities as ‘talents’ and others as ‘superficial’ may work for judging friends, but they have nothing to do with the play of images that makes up the art of mass culture.

It’s an article that says some interesting things but also goes off into weirdness in other parts. Possibly I am too drunk process it at the moment, but it seems to go off on a rant about how Milli Vanilli were taken down because they seemed gay.

Being a studio musician guy, I’m often puzzled by people demanding authenticity in music and entertainment. It’s like people demanding that all paintings be accurate portraits of real things. That would be boring. Usually people want entertainment to be jazzed up versions of reality. I don’t see anything wrong with that.

Despite any studio trickery I may try to engage in, I would like to state for the record that I am 100% legit.

Posted on - October 15, 2003 [at] 2:42 am by Brad
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2 Comments on this post

JB on Authenticity in Music
October 16, 2003 at 1:51 pm

You are, dare I say it, TOO legit.

Benji Normand on Authenticity in Music
December 1, 2003 at 9:09 pm

well geezer, I was jsy wonderin what the fuck you’re ranting and raving about. I am currently on a BA(HONS) course in the UK aqnd our latest bucket of shit question is ‘can one form of music be more authentic than the other?’ this itself is an ambiguous bag o’ shit. The fact being it is ambiguous for a start the question. Personally I think it’s a difficult question to address. The word ‘Authentic’ in the Oxford English dictionary states real, or more simply to you ‘The real deal’ or the genuine article. Does this simplify it for you? fuck the fat cats they are out my friend I have to go about and answer this stupid fuckin’ question. Take it easy my Canadian friend. Benji.

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