Sunday, June 6, 2010

In Writing, Art, And Music, Everybody Steals

There! Now it's official!!

Some examples from the article

Manet's Olympia (1863) is a reworking of Titian's Venus of Urbino (1538).

Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (1880) hijacks the French national anthem (1792).

Josh Billings: About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.

Igor Stravinsky's music.

Eliot: Good poets borrow; great poets steal.

Picasso: All art is theft.

James Joyce: I am quite content to go down to posterity as a scissors-and-paste man.

Henry Darger's paintings.

Francis Bacon's paintings.

Joseph Cornell's film Rose Hobart (1936)

Muddy Waters "stealing" from Robert Johnson.

Aaron Copeland's Appalachian Spring (1944) steals from the Shaker melody "Simple Gifts" (1848).

Nabokov's Lolita (1955) is based on Heinz von Lichberg's Lolita (1916; see Michael Maar's The Two Lolitas (2005).

William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch (1959).