Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My father always acts that way when he's drunk

From notable obits, former blues pianist and compadre of Muddy Waters, Pinetop Perkins, recently passed away at the fine old age of 97.

I especially got a kick out of this depiction of the late blues great:

From his days in the groups of Waters and the slide guitarist Robert Nighthawk to the vigorous solo career he fashioned over the last 20 years, Mr. Perkins’s accomplishments were numerous and considerable. His longevity as a performer was remarkable — all the more so considering his fondness for cigarettes and alcohol; by his own account he began smoking at age 9 and didn’t quit drinking until he was 82. Few people working in any popular art form have been as prolific in the ninth and tenth decades of their lives.

Not that I advocate cigaretting and drinking, mind you. Just amusing and a little heartening to see someone live it up for a long time.

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