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Baseball, Seminary, Wrestling, and the Dreams and Days of one Mike Work's Angeles experience

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Furthermore, I must post this Amazon review (although the Pitchfork review is pretty studly as well, criticizing creatively) of Mach's album, for all ye who were fence-sitters regarding "Be a Man":

Reviewer: sergio (see more about me) from Berwyn, Il United States
Randy Macho Man Savage's excursion into the hip-hop arena represents an pivotal moment for American culture and civilization. In creating his recording, "Be A Man", Savage throws out all conventional ways and approaches to artistic expression and replaces them with new structures and processes of analyzing the age-old problematics brought about by human conflict, identity and belonging.

Savage manages to do this by utilizing a multi-disciplinary, consilient approach (which E.O. Wilson would be proud of) by synthesising elements of American popular culture such as wrestling and hip hop. In Sartre's existentialist tradition, Macho utilizes the elements available in his times and environment to revalidate and giving meaning to what had become a meager existence, while at the same time elevating & liberating the rest of humanity to another level of meaningful existence.

Examples of this new paradigm of human expression abound in this ouevre. From the cd cover photo, which shows Mr. Macho manipulating the chains which symbolize the possibility of humanity's ability to break away from the chains of oppression that enslave us all and prevent us from leading a truly meaningful existence, to his aptly named title track, "Be A Man" which utilizes his rivalry with Hulk Hogan as a metaphor for the conflict between a superficial and unfulfilling material existence and a meaningful and rich human existence. This truly is a paradigmatic change that T. Kuhn would find exemplary.

This is a seminal must for any one's artistic recordings collection, for it is destined to be a classic and the topic of scholarly and intellectual discussions for quite some time.

Five stars is not enough to show the importance of this recording. Perhap all the stars in the Ursa Major constellation would be more fitting.


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