Monday, June 2, 2008
BO DIDDLEY R.I.P.
Long before rap and hip hop and a lot of other musical genres, there was Bo Diddley, activating the musical appreciation genes to expand and contract to a brand new rhythm and riff(s). And sometimes not so new but newly reconcieved. Plus his style. Glasses and hat, and sharp angled guitar. The man was a forerunner of a lot that leaned on his uniqueness for at least some inspiration, if not all, whether acknowledged or not, from Sun Ra to Elvis Costello. He redefined "cool." Check him out again reminiscing and cutting through the crap with Chuck Berry and Little Richard in the Chuck Berry documentary HAIL HAIL ROCK'N ROLL! One of the founding fathers (along with Berry and Richard and Fats Domino) of what became known as "rock'n'roll." I loved watching him perform. Hey, Bo knew.