“There are cool cats and there are cool Memphis cats but no one, not
Elvis, not Jerry Lee, not even the Wolf came close to epitomizing Memphis
and cool like Jim Dickinson did. He was the Top Cat Daddy, an
inspiration, a mentor and my friend.

If you knew his music and understood his role as one of the links between
black and white culture and between blues and rock and roll, you know what
I'm talking about. If he is unfamiliar to you, now's as good time as any
to get to know him, even though he's checked out of the motel.”

--Joe Nick Patoski

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Thursday, July 3, 2014



In Contest Video #5 during the filming of "Li'l Art's Texas Bar-B-Q" broadcast from SXSW in Austin, we heard Jim telling Art, Huey, and Joe Nick about remembering a world before rock 'n' roll. He said he tried to make young musicians imagine what this was like. But as we hear in Contest Video #6, the Cramps didn't heed historical schooling. Lux Interior and Poison Ivy were building our musical future as they recorded their debut- a new genre near and dear to Jim's heart- PUNK! You can hear the crazed excitement and joy in his voice as Jim sings.

"Jim Dickinson & the Cramps- Red Headed Woman (Big Beat, recorded 1977, released 1981, at Sun Studio while the Cramps were recording the tracks for the Gravest Hits EP).

I have pretty much written what I have to say about Jim in the earlier postings, but let me reiterate, we'll never see another one like Jim Dickinson, he is one of immortals." (Thanks to The Hound Blog)

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