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It turned out that one of the songs from the new album is folklore, not an author's work
Johnny Depp again fell into a scandal. He recently boasted that he was releasing the album “18” with his rocker friend Jeff Beck. But one of the songs turned out to be folk art. The Guardian writes about this.
One of the songs is suspiciously reminiscent of a poem that American folklorist Bruce Jackson wrote down from the words of a prisoner in the mid-60s. that Depp and Beck recorded only two original lines.
“Everything else is from Slim's speech in my book. I've never come across anything like this. I've been publishing material for 50 years, and this is the first time someone has copied something and put it under their own name,” said Bruce.
And so – these are the words of the song Ben Slim Wilson, the pseudonym of a swindler and pimp who served time for murder and armed robbery.
In 1964, while in a Missouri state prison, Wilson met folklorist Bruce Jackson, who documented his poems and toasts, a comic form of African-American folk poetry. It also included songs of vagabonds – hobos, who traveled around the United States in search of work.
The book with folklore was published in 1974. Two years later, Slim Wilson released his own album.
Representatives for Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck said the duo would look into allegations of stealing the lyrics of a prisoner's poem from their joint album “18”.
” We are considering a request regarding the song “Sad Motherfuckin' Parade” on Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp's “18” album. If necessary, additional copyrights will be added to all forms of the album,” the representatives of the musicians noted.