November 07, 2004

Slim Dusty

Slim Dusty's dead. He's been dead more than a year, apparently, but how would I know Out There? (He even got an obituary in the NYT, but I clearly missed it).

When he mattered, he didn't mean much to me except as one of those cultural sleights of hand so common in Australia, lying somewhere in that hazy area between straight importation and outright cargo cult. But when he didn't matter? A hard worker, good-humoured, smart, original in his own way; and, maybe too cruelly, a template for the sort of cultural collisions and scrappy imported nationalism at Tamworth. Let Chad Morgan do his worst instead....


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