Thoughts on St. James Infirmary

Eric Clapton and Dr. JohnA conjunction of two items leads to this week’s playlist:
- A thoughtful and well-researched article by Rob Walker on St. James Infirmary, the jazz standard known to most people from Louis Armstrong’s recording;
- An equally thoughtful and well-written article by Jonathan Lethem on art, appropriation, reuse, and plagiarism.
Let’s let the articles and songs speak for themselves, shall we?

  • A.L. Lloyd & Alf Edwards — The Unfortunate Rake
  • James ‘Iron Head’ Baker — St. James Hospital
  • Alan Lomax — St. James Hospital
  • Johnny Cash — Streets of Laredo
  • Don Rigsby — Those Gambler’s Blues
  • Louis Armstrong — St. James Infirmary
  • Blind Willie McTell — Dying Crapshooter’s Blues
  • Bob Dylan — Blind Willie McTell
  • Eric Burdon & The Animals — St. James Infirmary
  • The White Stripes — St. James Infirmary Blues

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