Correspondence: On Slim Gaillard

Rifftides reader Ries Niemi reflects on the Slim Gaillard performance in the clip from Hellzapoppin'. It's interesting to contrast this with one of the very last Slim Gaillard clips I have seen, in the movie Absolute Beginners, from 1986. Gaillard was in real life what he plays in that movie- one of the midwives of the birth of postmodernism in music. The novel Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes, on which the movie is based, is part of a trilogy about the invention of the teenager in … [Read more...]