These are the slides for a talk I gave 10/9/2012 at the Hungry Brain in Chicago for Homeroom Chicago's R. Kelly 101. To listen to the complete evening go here: http://www.mediageek.net/sound/sellout/JennyAndPaulSellOut-12.mp3
"I tape everything, but once I get their rhythms down, Ithrow away the transcripts and start writing in theirvoices," he says. "Its artiﬁce, but it still has to feel genuine.You can hear peoples voices in their work. Rays speakingvoice came right out of his singing. Cornel West has a verymusical voice, like a preacher. With Buddy Guy, his voicecomes out of his guitar — his riffs and the way he bendsand cuts off the notes. Its all there.You just have to hear it."-David Ritz
“If they just want to build amonument, I walk away.Sometimes itstough...ultimately the artistis entitled to their owninterpretation of their life."He mentions BillieHolidays autobiography,"Lady Sings the Blues" (co-written by William Dufty)."It was excoriated forbeing inaccurate, but itsstill invaluable, because itsher view of her life."-Ritz
Dichotomies sex jams/church music mama’s boy/thug writer/illiterate musical genius/laughable lyricsanti-cheating/pro-cheating no wrongdoing/pleas of forgivenessadult themes/obsession with childhood
"Whenever my motherand I talked over tea, Iremember how shewould leave her lipstickprint on the teacup. Seeing that moved mefor reasons Im noteven sure Iunderstand. So whenIm out with a younglady, chillin, anddrinking tea, if sheswearing lipstick andleaves her print on thecup, I ﬁnd myself fallingin love with her--atleast for the moment."