memphis minnie when the levee breaks


When The Levee Breaks, 1929. Led Zep’s version probably outnumbers this Kansas Joe McCoy & Memphis Minnie original by at least twenty to one on tumblr. It’s one of many Zep “borrowed” from old blues masters as they made their name in the 60s and 70s. Jimmy Page blamed Robert Plant for not reworking the lyrics, telling Guitar World in 1993 that Plant had thus caused the band “grief” with lawsuits, saying his guitar work was too original to be “nailed” on, but with many of the old blues song lyrics basically unchanged, that wasn’t the case with the words. Personally, I like both versions of this song—Memphis Minnie’s guitar work is great, as is Jimmy Page’s—although in some instances (i.e. “Bring It On Home”) I definitely prefer the old to the new.

“Beyoncé is a thief! She ripped off Led Zeppelin’s "when the levee breaks” in her song “don’t hurt yourself”….she isn’t authentic, just another hip hop artist appropriating rock music to be edgy" K but Led Zeppelin ripped off Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie(pictured) who wrote and recorded “when the levee breaks” in 1929, 42 years before Led Zeppelin put out their version.

 Your elitist, racist, misogynist bullshit badly masquerading as musical preferrence is showing. Anyways, contemporary rock music is bleached, processed and bastardized black music….don’t for one second think you have a more refined taste in music because you listen to led zeppelin, the beatles, the rolling stones etc (any other skinny white boys in guitar music(old or new))……they are to rock music what take away is to a home cooked meal from a family recipe. No comparison
Here’s Why Criticizing Beyoncé for Working with Songwriters Is Ignorant
It shows a lack of understanding of art, and also intellectual property law. And it‘s probably racist, too.
By James S. Murphy

an excerpt:

All the same, it is fair to wonder why so many people get songwriting credits on Beyoncé’s new album. A closer look at just who gets them is revealing. Consider the song “Don’t Hurt Yourself.”

The list of writers includes Jack White of the White Stripes, the songwriter Wynter Gordon, Beyoncé, and a quartet of highly unlikely collaborators, including one, John Bonham, who died in 1980. Led Zeppelin obviously did not sit down with Beyoncé to write a song in 2016. They recorded “When the Levee Breaks” in 1971, and Beyoncé sampled a few seconds of it in “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” Led Zeppelin did not write the song either. Kansas Joe McCoy and his wife, Memphis Minnie, wrote it in 1929.

The reason that the members of Led Zeppelin—and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Animal Collective, and other bands—get a writing credit on the new Beyoncé album, even though that “credit” could be intended to cover a similar sounding line, has nothing to do with art and everything to do with intellectual-property law. In 1991, two lawsuits changed the course of hip-hop and re-wrote the definition of songwriter, so that the band Animal Collective gets a songwriting credit on Lemonade because one of the songwriters unconsciously borrowed(and modified) a single line from a song.

in short: stfu.