David Byrne: Creepy Liberal Hypocrite
Hey, remember the early days of rock & roll?
Even if you don't remember them, surely you've heard the story:
How white people stole rock & roll from black musicians, paying them a pittance (if that) for their music, then getting rich and famous?
How decades later, a bunch of almost forgotten, destitute black artists sued and won millions in royalties?
Not everybody knows the other side of the story, though, because naturally that would ruin the liberal narrative.
The "other side" being that sometimes, black artists were ripped off by... other black artists.
That's right: Rock & roll was a black-on-black crime.
For instance, Little Richard is revered today, and quite rightly, as a musical pioneer.
But whenever I see him referred to as "an original," I smirk.
Many insist that Little Richard lifted his whole "thing" from a guy named Esquerita and -- contrary to that prevailing narrative -- made quite a bit of money in the process.
(Esquerita, on the other hand, died of AIDS, broke, at age 48.)
And by the way, Little Richard wasn't even that busted up about Wonder-Bread-white Pat Boone doing insipid covers of his incendiary tunes:
After all, he said, the kids bought both records, so he got paid twice.
And I'll ask again:
If America is so evil, how the hell did TWO out-there black guys -- one of whom was obviously bisexual -- who wore makeup and hairspray, banged on pianos and screamed about loving either teenaged girls or Jesus not get either locked up or lynched?