~Re: "Bird", the Movie~


All the controversy over the movie "BIRD" has neglected to focus on what I feel is the worst impact of the movie: a lie is now legal and, worse yet, the truth has been made illegal!! I refer to the erasure of the original artists that played with Charlie Parker; specifically, the tracks with Lennie Tristano and Kenny Clarke are unavailable legally in their and true original form! Regardless of who is at fault, it is clear that never before in jazz has a movie caused the actual erasure of important music.
someone wrote:
Nor did this movie. You are correct, of course, that the Parker-Tristano-Clarke tracks should be available, but no master tapes or any other archive was "erased." You don't do your cause justice when the hyperbole you use leads you to state untruths. It allows people to dismiss you as a crank.

My reply:
As far as the public is concerned, that music is erased; it is unavailable currently in any legal form. The people who have legal control of that music at this time are just sitting on it. There have been no plans made public or mention of any possibility of *ever* releasing that music. It is, therefore, erased from the public awareness. There is little mention of that music anywhere, or of the deep association between Lennie and Bird.

They were scheduled to do a gig in Boston, but Bird died before it could happen! Bird had, according to Lennie, even talked to him about starting a record company together and recording together! That would have been truly amazing and would have really changed the course of jazz! But you probably think that is hyperbole too, or perhaps you think Lennie was lying.

By the way, although there may be other copies of that music elsewhere, how do you really know what the producers of the Bird movie did with the tapes? Are they storing them? If so, where and for how long? How careful are they? It is not as simplistic as "they didn't erase the tapes". There is more to this scene, as I have said...

The fact that these contemporaneous innovators are being 'separated' takes on even more ominous overtones when one realizes that Tristano was a great artist who never compromised his art; never sold out. He was one of jazz's greatest and many people have motive to suppress that.


someone wrote:
Please name the principals in this outrageous conspiracy. Thanks.

Wilhelm Reich once said something to the effect that that "people don't have to be taking their orders from a central location to be part of a conspiracy; they just are like that!". Whether it is your kneejerk hostile reactions to my postings, exclusion from books and the press, or the consistent exclusion of anyone associated and/or truly influenced by him from gigs and the media, the fact remains.

As Joe Germuska wrote to me recently about the Zen posting of mine about Lennie, "I do agree with you that LT is far more important that the press suggests! He is one of the great innovators of jazz!"

To be more specific in regards to the "conspiracy", the reasons, as I see them, include:

I wish to add one more thing about the Bird movie. It is something that Wilhelm Reich wrote in the 1930's after seeing a movie about Beethoven that apparently was as bad as the Bird movie:

"And yet people smirk at everything, even at Beethoven's fate. They are titillated by the misery of great men. They honor them after they have died in misery so that they themselves can continue their own paltry lives, so that they can transform the humiliation of great individuals into profit. Down with this filth."



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