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Dirigiblicus Maximus

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  1. evocative... perilous southern charm - subversive indeed well done!
  2. its nice to see threads like this on this site! Virginia, your tomato portraits remind me of the south, and all the warm fuzzy memories that go along with that. Was that theme intentional, or am I just picking up what you are just naturally expressing? Either way, THANK YOU xox
  3. I dont want to cause no fuss, but I too am a Who fan, and have been a member of their site, and haven't encountered anything remote to what your claiming. In fact, I think that it is by far the best fansite of any of the mega groups out there. To wit - 1). Dunno about the free trade market laws. Perhaps people were selling them above market value (which would be the cost of joining)? Outstanding double CD, BTW. "Not sold in stores" probably means different things to different people... 2). On the older site, Pete was in the process of writing an autobiography, and requested opinions. On the new site, he posts every other month or every quarter even. The posts are long, and cynical, and snipey, but they are somewhat honest and thoughtfull, and also responds to follow ups. Roger (despite his loathing cpu's\internet) has answered posted questions to him in a video interview. The fact that he is busy writing and requests folks not to post, reveals to me the amazing fact that Pete is actually involved, and is reading stuff on there! Rather than a PR lackey, or an assistant. Of course, The Who are not an up and coming band, looking at scraping up fan growth. Maybe Im not expecting as much as others, but if your a Who fan, it's an astounding level of interaction that, frankly, I havent found anywhere from the super mega groups that are on The Who's level. A few posts and question\interview sessions a year versus absolutely nothing that their contemporaries have offered...... 3). Rock Honors. Subscribed Who fans got a 24 hour jump on the presale (pre-pre sale?). All of them. Limit was 2 per membership. It was through Ticketmaster, so it did depend on your TM saavy. In other words, how much risk you wanted to take in order to get a closer seat by hitting the availability the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th time ... whatever (I hate TM). We didnt get exactly what we wanted, but we are around row 15 on the floor. Chalk that up to TM inexperience, and a tip of the hat to the Who fans who are, and got 3rd - 7th row. Much better deal than I got via the Rush presale (25th row). There is no "small group of people" inner circle stuff. Everyone got the same deal. They are aggresively persuing scalpers because 1): it is all going to charity and 2): they arent ID checking at the door like the O2. There are more than a couple of threads on that site dedicated to fair trade \ face value VH1 ticket selling, BTW. This is all my personal opinion, but I think the Who fan site is professionally run, and gives about the closest interaction that is offered by any of the ubergroups. Also my experience in the business tells me that, considering all that is offered by the membership, plus hosting, publishing, etc., I would say that site might be breaking even on the ledger, and is probably losing money.
  4. Much like asking "What's the best ice cream flavor", it's all subjective. Here is why I think he is the best: Songwriting - taking the guitar to places that no one had conceived of. Taking sound to places that no one conceived of. But mostly, taking the blues to a place that became a whole genre unto itself. True innovation that is being emulated to this day. History professor - in just the one jam during WLL, he summarized everything that was cool about the electric guitar and 50's rock. One song. All cool. Or, going back in to history even further - not only folksy stuff but celtic, yet still sounding modern and cool. Most others that attempt that come off sounding cartoonish or artsyfartsy. Encyclopedian memory - catalogued (in his head) every cool riff known to man during his studio days in the 60's Performance - when you hear him play live, you realize that no solos will sound like any he played before. The risk taking has consequences - he can't throw a strike everytime, but when he does - it goes beyond where the original song took you. Its a unique space prepared by him just for you. Much more than jazz - it's impovization that actually rocks, and is just cool. Big difference. Lots of other worthy players mentioned here. But it's not just about technique and precision. It isnt about the rat-ta-taty and lickity split hammers and doubles. There are lots of people throwing that out. That's just one of many facets that Jimmy utilizes to bring his art to you. And to me that's what makes him special. Sonic Art and Sonic Storytelling prowess that would make a muse blush.
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