A Work in Progress

Herein lies... well, just my blog really.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Black Athena Lecture

Now I know most of you won't be interested in the full 6-page set of notes I took on Pancho Savery's FANTASTIC lecture about Egyptian influence on Ancient Greece, but there is one part which I think most everybody can appreciate:
"One 'obscure truck driver from Tupalo, Mississippi, took the blacks’ term for wild times and wild sex ‘created’ a type of music, thereby becoming the ‘King of Rock and Roll’. This is, of course, Elvis, who was famous for many songs, one of which was entitled “Hound Dog.” Most people are familiar with this song, but what most don’t know is that four years before Elvis took the song to radio, Big Momma Thornton sang the very same song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2aHVING6XQ
Of course, when Big Momma sang the song, the full meaning was expressed. A Hound Dog was some ‘demanding, phony, unreliable male of insatiable sexual appetite’ – this was obviously intended to be sung by a woman. When Elvis claimed the song as his own, not only did he fail to credit Big Momma or the black tradition, but it wilted into a song about a literal hound dog, “thus, the complex double entendre was lost”

Thursday, September 28, 2006


Yes, I now have purple hair. On a whim, and partially to avoid reading any more Herodotus, dyed the tips of my hair and fingers a nice deep purple. So. Now you know.