I'm feeling a whole lotta disgust today. What to do with it?
Every so often I go to the local Whole Foods to buy a few items. In so far as Whole Paycheck is a money extraction operation in which clueless but affluent American "consumers" buy high-end groceries and doo-dads at inflated prices, I am always somewhat embarrassed to be there. But I'm trying to eat healthier, and there are some things (within walking distance) I can get only there.
As I was seeking out those healthy items trying not to spend too much money and dodging various hypnotized White People wandering about under the spell of the Affluence Trance, I became aware that there was Muzak playing. It was coming from somewhere near the ceiling.
And the tune that was playing was Baby, Please Don't Go, a Mississippi blues tune first recorded by Big Joe Williams in 1935. The sanitized version they were playing was suitable for White People in a trance. I think it was AC/DC. It might have been Aerosmith. Who gives a shit?
And I thought: how fucked up is this? Is there nothing that Capitalism does not co-opt? Apparently not. These mindless fools walking around consuming their brains out listening (or not listening) to this great blues song being butchered by some average white band.
Because it's a long, long way from this—
That's the great Fred McDowell and his wife Annie Mae sitting outside their Tennessee domicile.
And those two pictures tell you all you need to know about the 2012 election. Both candidates want to make sure those happy Whole Food Shoppers can remain in that Mindless Trance. Everybody else is screwed.
But there was no AC/DC at the Whole Foods for Fred, for as he will tell you in the video below—
I do not play no rock and roll.
And that's the way I like it too. Have a nice weekend.