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Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck accused of allegedly lifting lyrics from 1974 poem by prisoner

A folklorist has accused Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck of stealing the lyrics to their song Sad Motherfuckin’ Parade from a poem by a prisoner that was published in 1974. According to a report from Rolling Stone, folklorist Bruce Jackson has accused the artists of directly taking the lyrics for their song from a toast he recorded by prisoner Slim Wilson, a self-professed cheat who was incarcerated at the Missouri State Penitentiary for armed robbery, when Jackson met him in 1964.
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Click here to read the full article. Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck have been accused of lifting lyrics for their song “Sad Motherfuckin’ Parade” from an obscure “toast” sung by an incarcerated man and documented and released by a folklorist in 1974, according to a report in Rolling Stone. A large number of lyrics of the Depp/Beck song “18” are strikingly similar to lines from a toast — an often-profane form of Black folk poetry from years past — called “Hobo Ben” and apparently written by a man named Slim Wilson who was serving an armed-robbery sentence at Missouri State Penitentiary and...
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Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck have been accused of stealing lyrics from an incarcerated man on their new collaborative album, 18. The lyrics to the duo's new song "Sad Motherfuckin' Parade" were allegedly lifted from "Hobo Ben," an old toast — or form of Black folk poetry — delivered by the late Slim Wilson, a gambler, pimp, robber and murderer, Rolling Stone reports. While he was doing time in Missouri State Penitentiary for armed robbery in 1964, Wilson met folklorist Bruce Jackson, who featured the convict's work in his 1974 book about toasts titled Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me and a 1976 album of the same name.
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