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Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive: Savoy, New York NY

Jon Young, Trouser Press, October 1981

WHITE ROCK musicians are notorious for "borrowing" from blacks. Were it not for the inspiration of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, James Brown and so on, such British heavies of the '60s as the Stones, Animals and Who would never have gotten started. Even now the white blues band staggers along in a decrepit state, while Dexy's Midnight Runners has restored some credibility to eclecticism. At this point you might think the thieves had exhausted their sources, but this is not the case.

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