Bitching about the trend of rich motherfuckers buying shit that belongs in museums isn’t going to fix capitalism. But, fuck man, some dude bought Johnny Ramone’s guitar for $900k. The collector remains anonymous. But we all know that fucking guitar belongs in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. That guitar helped influence entire generations of music.
That reminds me. A while back I read that they found an original carbon typewriter copy of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” arguably the great American poem. There are edits visible on the the manuscript copy. They estimated it would sell for $400k. It’s 11 pages long, and that belongs in a museum, too. Fuck, just show us pictures of it, so I can see how ole Ginsberg edited, will ya? Ya rich fuck.
I’ve been thinking about Johnny Ramone’s guitar all day. It was a Mosrite Vulcan, something, something, because I’m not a musician, I’m a fan of music. Is it wrong for people to auction off stuff, and to get as much money as possible for stuff? Nah. Even for a socialist like me, I can’t fault an individual for that.
A solution would be for the rich fuckers to share their expensive souvenirs with public museums, for maybe half the year? That’s a small price to pay to be able to play Johnny Ramone’s guitar 6 months out of the year, and fuck, I only know three chords, and barely that.
And one more thing, a few years back, the Detroit Institute of Arts had a Diego Rivera/Frida Kahlo exhibit. It highlighted the power-art couple’s time in Detroit, while Rivera was commissioned by the DIA to paint murals around an interior courtyard. Those murals, which Rivera believed to be his best work, are some of my favorite art. Two of the prominent panels depict the Ford assembly line at River Rouge, MI. To the point here, Madonna owns a Frida Kahlo painting amongst her $100 million art collection. The painting, “My Birth,” was one of five that Kahlo painted while in Detroit. Madonna refused to loan the painting to the museum for the exhibit. I haven’t listened to her music, since.