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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”


Blogger Zola58 said...

Black Athena rocks. So does Elvis, but the Professor is right on; we owe a great deal to all people, not just white people. Why must we keep making senseless divisions among and between us.

All one.

12:27 PM  
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8:37 AM  
Blogger anonymous said...


It's highly unlikely that you still have these notes, but on the off chance that you do, I'd actually love to see them. Pancho has stopped teaching this lecture, and while I'll probably ask him directly for his notes, I'd love to see yours too. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.


9:29 PM  

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