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Larry Cooperman wrote:
>...a player who knows nothing about music history is 
> doomed to repeat it, get stoned and think he is a rebel...

Maybe, but isn't the important point that said musician had fun doing 
it?  That at the end of his or her short life they can look back with 
fondness about how they spent their time?

It seems to me, Larry, that you're very caught up in the judgment of 
other people's entertainment.  That if it does not, in your opinion, 
fulfill some criteria of artistic merit or newness then it is a waste of 
time.  In my opinion this is a very narrow portal through wich to 
experience life.  Ultimately, isn't judging a musician's art like 
judging someone's cooking?  Do you like it?  Good.  Oh, you don't like 
it?  Then don't eat it.  Don't condemn others who do like the cuisine.

My two cents.