Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
Magic Slim is gone, aged 75.
The Chicago mainstay was widely considered the heir to Muddy Waters. Life story here.
Nice clips. He seemed to have lost a step between the second one and the first. But I noticed only young, not fully coordinated white kids on the dance floor (clip 1), and only aging white drinkers at the club (clip 2). What gives?
Widely considered the heir to Muddy Waters? Where does that notion come from? Slim and his Teardrops were a treat, no doubt about it, but not a performer of the originality and majesty that Muddy represented. Nor does he have to be compared to Muddy in order to be hailed and mourned.
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