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chet w Kenny Rogers (22) RE: Kenny Rogers 26 Mar 98

One other thing I feel moved to add. In a great many foreign countries that have the means to get recordings and performances of REAL American country or jazz or blues it is enourmously popular. Some of you may remember a few years ago when Japanese companies like Sony were buying up the musical and other properties of American entertainment and media companies like Columbia. They would put out re-releases of forty-year-old albums by people like John Coltrane or even older ones by Hank Williams or Bill Monroe, it would be on their CHARTS, as in top 10 or 40 or 100 for months at a time, while here where the music was made you would have to go out of your way to find people who could identify these artists. I have a lot of family and friends in the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia) and there everybody seems to know a lot more about REAL American music than almost everybody here. I have to say I am ashamed of this fact. I know I can't have "country" back. It's just that vain longing for justice.

Chet W.

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