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.
Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck have been accused of stealing lyrics from a poem on their collaborative album ’18’. The poem Hobo featured in a 1974 book about toasts, Get Your Ass In The Water And Swim Like Me, by Bruce Jackson, reports Rolling Stone. It revolves around...
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...
The lines in question appear to be taken verbatim from a book and album of toasts published in the '70s.
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Select lines from Sad Motherf**kin' Parade – from the pair's recent collaborative album 18 – mirror those of a poem recited by an incarcerated man in the '60s known as Slim Wilson. Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp have been accused of stealing lines from a former prisoner’s poetry...
The "Sad Motherf**kin' Parade" song from the duo's latest album glaringly shares several lines with "Hobo Ben," a poem written by Slim Wilson.
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.
Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck released a musical album together called 18 in July, but now they're facing a major accusation. The two are accused of plagiarism, as Rolling Stone reported that lyrics from their song "Sad Motherf***in’ Parade" are directly lifted from a poem written by an incarcerated man named Slim Wilson.
After his huge win on the highly-publicized trial with ex-wife Amber Heard, Johnny Depp has joined forces with Jeff Beck in forging his next career - in making music. Depp was not new to the music industry, as he already made a name for himself before embarking on his acting career.