I am fairly sure there will be nothing in this new book that will be much more than 2nd hand information, and leading-question answers, at best BUT the photo is real, as far as I'm concerned. I don't believe the photo should be rubbished JUST because of all that has gone before, with dodgy photos alleging RJ is in them, and myths&legends etc etc.
Maybe of the new picture had the cigarette half smoked (half the length) then maybe some more would believe ?
Seen at different angles - this new picture and the Hooks Brothers, Gibson L1 picture, the appearance of his teeth at both angles look REALLY likely the same teeth, from my 23yrs qualified as a Dentist viewpoint.
Post by Michael Messer on May 21, 2020 20:09:59 GMT
Funny thing... I first got into RJ's music when I was a young teenager in around 1969/70, and there were no photos of him. It was common knowledge among all researchers that no photos existed. It stayed that way from the 1930s until sometime around 1990 when all of a sudden, just in time to coincide with a worldwide major release of his work, a photo appeared of him looking perfect for a front cover. Then a while later in the midst of the media mania that followed that release, up pops another. Now, just in time for the new book, what do we have.... another photo. In all three photos our man is making cool looking relevant chords. Operation Mincemeat in the Second World War was an extraordinary deception done by creating a person that never existed.
This is all very good PR for the book, in fact it is perfect!
He's got some hypermobility of the finger joints though. In both the pictures if not 'shopped. I've only ever met one person able to bend the top knuckle whilst the rest of the finger stays straight, and luckily (for strugglers like me) he never took up the guitar!
well, in this present instance, it seems to me that the provenance seems pretty strong - if the elderly lady/family member is indeed who she appears to be & can offer further circumstantial/background evidence, I'd reckon that to be validation enough; unfortunately, we live in a world full of competing 'truths', which makes it hard not to be cynical - but I guess now & again, something may happen that IS just what it purports to be.. either way, I'll not lose any sleep over it,