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Refuseniks who once were routinely hassled for declining to cooperate with Border Patrol are now recording agents waving them through without a word of questioning.
They chronicle detail as if they were time's own recording agents. They say not just "that has been," as Roland Barthes says of photographs, and not just "this person was here," but "this person at this instant was this very person and no other." But then perhaps we need to distinguish further, and look at the difference between still and moving pictures.
Jazz, which really began in dance clubs and bordellos, brokered by the most dishonest recording agents possible, sold by companies for the lowest of motives, exploited by the managers, leaders exploiting their own sidemen.