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Oh Lord, Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

Helena Blavatsky (July 31, 1831 [OS] – May 8, 1891) Baby, do you understand me nowSometimes I feel a little madBut don’t you know that no one aliveCan always be an angelWhen things go wrong I seem to be badBut … Continue reading

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More Inspiration or Plagiarism?

Girl From the North Country Scarborough Fair / Canticle “Remember me to one who lives there: she once was a true love of mine.” Which do you prefer? Martin Carthy: the missing link between Dylan and Simon

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Footnote in History: Plagiarism or Inspiration?

A Sucessora (1934) Have you ever tried to write a novel? It’s a lonely occupation. And the pressure of your readers and publishers breathing down your neck can be more than most could endure, especially if you have suddenly become … Continue reading

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Imitation: Musical Theft or Homage?

Back in the U.S.S.R. When the double record The Beatles, now known as the White Album, landed in 1968, we all knew that a different side to the Beatles’ creativity was being shown. In fact, I sat with the lyrics … Continue reading

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Something Borrowed, Something Grew

Bitter Sweet Symphony In the beginning, this was a Rolling Stones’ song:   Then their manager had an instrumental version recorded with his group, the Andrew Oldham Orchestra:   That’s the version that The Verve sampled for their new song … Continue reading

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Something Borrowed, Something Blues

Dazed & Confused Some songs come a long way from their original creation. This one, for example, was first recorded by Jake Holmes:   Then the Yardbirds adapted it slightly for a live recording:   Finally, Led Zepplin recorded what … Continue reading

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