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Fishing With Marvin

This album is simply unbelievable. I could spend this time telling you what kind of music I listen to and like, how much music is in my library, how long I've been listening, what my background is, why I like the things I like, and so on and so forth. But, I'm not going to try to convince you that you should listen to me. I'm not going to do any of that for two reasons: 1)You most likely don't care about any of that stuff. 2) It doesn't matter who I am or who you are, this album is universally amazing. It would take truly concentrated effort to find a way not to love this experience. I hope that I have on some level helped you as you decide whether or not to make this purchase. (Make the purchase!)

The enigmatic Mr. Pontiac

Contrary to the uneducated reviewer above, Marvin Pontiac was indeed a real harmonica playin human bean. Born in 1932 in Mali to an American mother and African father whose last name was Toure, Marvin changed his name to Pontiac when the family moved to Detroit thinking it was a typical American name. Little Walter once accused Marvin of stealing his harmonica style which resulted in fisticuffs outside a Chicago bar. Marvin was beaten by the diminutive Walter, and so became despondent and moved to Lubbock Texas to be a plumber's apprentice. His music history thereafter was to be shrouded in mystery. It is said that Marvin's music was the only thing Jackson Pollack would listen to while painting. Marvin had a minor hit in 1952 with "I'm a Doggy" on Acorn Records.

That John Lurie...

So this album is awesome, and I'd say so is M. Pontiac...except fro the fact that he doesn't exist. Apparently this is just one of John Lurie's alter-egos - and here I was, thinking I had come across an as-yet-unknown blues/folk/experimental gem. That's the way it goes I guess - good work Lurie.


Genre: Alternative

R&B enigma Marvin Pontiac was born Marvin Toure in Detroit on March 30, 1932; he was the son of a Jewish New Yorker mother and Malinese African father, with the latter legally changing the family's last name to Pontiac (believing it to be a proper American surname) before abandoning his wife and child in 1934. Two years later, Pontiac's mother was institutionalized, and the boy relocated with his father to Bamako, Mali, where he absorbed the region's musical traditions before settling in Chicago...
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