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August 23, 2011
May Their Memories Always Be A Blessing
Salon has a nice tribute to two of the great creators in the pop music industry who recently passed away, Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford. Both were part of song-creating duos and it's worth reading the stories of how they worked together with their main partners, and with other collaborators, producers, and musicians throughout their long careers.
In particular, looking at these two men it's clear both that they were greatly influential and that they were deeply embedded in rich systems of shared creation. Their life stories give lie to the myth that people create in a kind of mystic isolation where there is An Idea, pure and platonically ideal, which leads to the error of trying to (over)protect those creations. Like many great creative teams who came before, the fine works that bear these mens' names are made possible because their ideas are not hoarded, but are shared and worked and reworked, being refined and made better in the process.
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