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GUEST,Mr Red Obit: Manitas de Plata, old 'silver fingers' (43) RE: Obit: Manitas de Plata, old 'silver fingers' 10 Nov 14

Paganini wrote stuff no one else could play, at the time. Now any violinist worth their salt has to master Old Page Nine (a Gladis Morgan joke). Was he a pop musician of his day? Is he archetypal "classical" now? Was Django's music: gypsy, gypsy-jazz, jazz, or hot club? Or was it uniquely "Django", and do we refer to such riffs precisely that way?

Give it 100 years and Manitas will be either Manitas, Folk, Gypsy or Flamenco. Tick three of the above. When serious musos can do what he did, that is.

Now isn't Flamenco all about self expression? Not running to the whim of non-gypsy? The dancing certainly has that "personalised" approach.

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