Super Lawyers
William C. Altreuter

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Related: The Steve Forbert Game. "I think the simplest way to put it is that the Steve Forbert of a genre is that genre's acid test - i.e., the signal that you value and enjoy the tropes and conventions of that particular genre. The trickier part is explaining why the Steve Forbert can't just be completely generic him or herself, and actually has to have some sort of distinctive personality, albeit a distinctive personality entirely circumscribed by the genre that they work in. To me, it's much easier to explain by simply stating that Boz Scaggs is the Steve Forbert of white soul. *** The Steve Forbert of a genre usually meets with moderate mainstream success if the genre itself has some mainstream credence. Often the way to determine the Steve Forbert of a genre is to find someone who is completely immersed in a particular genre and see who they most overrate. I like Superchunk fine, but a friend from college, whom we shall call Mr. Inn D. Roque, had a truly fanatical obsession with them, far beyond his fealty to such obvious genre titans as Pavement and Sonic Youth."

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