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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

America Is Culturally Devoid...According To Tony Bennett

I saw this article on Drudge and just had to comment about it. Tony Bennett thinks America is culturally devoid except for creating jazz music. I beg to differ, but here is the meat of the article:

The IF I RULED THE WORLD crooner feels that Europe and Asia offer far more culturally than America does. Bennett says, "I have travelled around the world to Asia and Europe. They show you what they have contributed to the world. The British show you theatre, the Italians show you music and art, the French show you cooking and painting, and the Germans show you science. "The only thing that the United States, which is still a young country, has contributed culturally to the world is jazz - elongated improvisation. It's tragic." And Bennett feels that Americans don't even appreciate the impact of jazz in popular culture. He says, "Fifty years from now people will be bowing to DIZZY GILLESPIE and CHARLIE PARKER, just like impressionist painters like MONET, who were starving in their day. The Americans don't even know what they have come up with."


He acts like we care about all the aforementioned Eurocentric "cultural" items. I could give a rats ass about art...one word...BORING. We have created tons of culture. Here is my list: NASCAR, South Park, NFL Football, Beavis & Butthead, gangsta rappers, etc. What is that guy talking about.

2 Comments:

  • At 11:13 AM, Blogger the serrach said…

    you forgot sitcoms, slavery (sure, we didn't invent it but we did better than anyone!), "preemptive" wars, and the use of nuclear weapons.

     
  • At 1:16 PM, Blogger John Eyler said…

    Jazz yes, the Blues, Hollywood Musicals, Baseball, Basketball, Football, and oh lets see....Free-Market Democracy. Separation of Church and State, Separation of Powers, Rights for the Individual.....the things we take for granted!

     

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