This is why you're the best. So glad I stumbled on this before it slipped into the Google archive ether
Some of the people on here act just plain wreched. Are we to recognize the rights of one group and not another? The slanderous attacks on Maurice Bessinger are awful and unwarranted. He grew up poor and was raised in a diverse region of South Carolina. He worked his way up in life. He was a Korean War combat veteran. If any of these antagonist ever knew any truth, and read his autobiography "Defending my Heritage" they would easily see that Maurice loved black people, had many good experiences with them and that he had many good memories living in a state as diverse as this one. He also loved his heritage.
The bigger issue however is not whether Maurice was a racist which he surely was not as mentioned by this author and their liberal no-nothing following of ignorant people, but rather the fact that the Confederate flag's purpose of being an individual soldiers flag and a flag of freedom from oppressive government has been warped by curropt politicians for political gain, lobbyist, race baiter organizations like the NAACP. Or by other organizations such as the KKK and other hate groups.
Not one confederate flag ever flew over any slave ship, but the American Stars and Stripes we all love sure did, and for many years at that. Public education has warped our history and has in it's unrepentant vow to erase a piece of our national history. Lincoln was a kingdom builder and a bigot. He didn't care about blacks, he knew by freeing them, that other nations would not come to the aid of the south who would have surely wok had England, France or Spain got invilved.
Lincoln was intelligent, but that does not make him the golden cow the media makes him out to be. He stated that black people where only partial people which is absolutwly ludicrous. It can be said that Lincoln, or the Civil War freed the slaves. But ask yourself thsee kinds of questions if you have a mind to think independently from your public indoctrination.. How free to do you really feel today? How free will our children be tommorow? Did you know that today our "freedoms" are almost non existent? Are we as free as people in our country were back then?
No.. Lincoln and his war of Northern Aggression illegally invaded as constitutionally seperate south. He may have freed the slaves, but what did he do for them afterwards. The central bank, and central government have since enslaved us all.
Amazing to me that there was so much going on in rock in the 90's that one could even consider throwing away a band like STP. Wouldn't happen these days with the shit that now passes for music.
But you overplay your point about rip offs and sell outs. Bands plug into a style, that's why there is a musical style of each era. The bands are different, but there's a sameness too.
And to compare the onstage antics and appearance of an outrageous Scott Weiland to the reserved Eddie Vedder, based on a video, is just plain stupid. The two couldn't be more different.
STP came out at a bad time. 1993-94 was the popular peak of Seattle-based heavier alternative music. Because of their timing, and because they weren't from the Seattle area but had a similar sound, they were doomed to be considered bandwagon hoppers. Had Core come out a year earlier, at the same time that Ten and Nevermind were released, they probably wouldn't have been insulted so much and would have been considered to be more original.
That being said, the Plush video was...bad. That video alone forever damned them into the grunge knock-off category. Had Scott not dyed his hair red like Kurt Cobain and acted very similar to Eddie Vedder during his performance in that video, the band may have actually escaped that fate. That was what really screwed them, far more than anything else. Beavis and Butthead made fun of the video saying "Eddie Vedder dyed his hair red".
Thank you for the column. I appreciate your acknowledgment of the intersection between the heartfelt and the deadline that the job entails.
As someone who has busted your balls on many, many occasions over the years, I have to tell you that I do enjoy reading CCP more often than not, and appreciate the work that you and your co-workers do. And I'm very sorry you've lost a member of your work family and that another is losing her battle.
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