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RIP Claudius Linton

Postby rasadam » Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:07 pm

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From Tony Chin: I just got the sad news that Claudius Linton had passed away. Claudius Linton was a great artist that Soul Syndicate did an album with in the 70s featuring Crying Times. I spoke to him a few months ago for the first time in 30 years, he sounded excited, he even sang two songs with a guitar over the phone that he wrote and wanted us to play for him. Claudius was a true roots artists. Claudius your music will live on.

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Re: RIP Claudius Linton

Postby Mick Sleeper » Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:54 pm

Man, that is sad considering that he was "in the wilderness" for many years, made a nice comeback, then apparently got ripped off and fell on hard times again. And now he's gone...

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Re: RIP Claudius Linton

Postby dudley one » Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:22 am

It's becoming like 1999 again, artists dropping out left & right. R.I.P. Claudius an underated artist that had put out early roots classics, it's a shame. :( :(
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Re: RIP Claudius Linton

Postby echodelic » Sun Jul 18, 2010 1:02 am

Sad to hear about this. I'm glad I got to meet and work with him a little bit. I must say he was very frail already when we had him play back in march. But he still had that amazing beautiful voice, always reminded me of Justin Hines. I mean really , how many humans on the planet can sing like he did on "Crying Time" ?
I would be cautious though about assuming he was "ripped off" , although he certainly felt that way. I tend to think that the producer who made that comeback album with him probably sold a couple cds and lost a ton of money. But I suppose in terms of getting his fair due in relation to the talent he had , then he was ripped off by the world in general. But he made some great music that will live on, and he was doing it right til the end so...?
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Re: RIP Claudius Linton

Postby wc3 » Mon Jul 19, 2010 3:10 pm

@echodelic: You are absolutely correct. As one of the people who put in thousands of dollars and countless uncompensated hours in the effort to reintroduce Claudius' music and immense talent to the world (not to mention to get him back on his feet financially), he was most definitely not "ripped off" by the producer or anyone else involved in the project. Judging by the number of rapidshare/torrent links that come up when you google his name, I would say the people who really ripped him off and put him back on the beach were the pirates who enjoyed the fruits of our labor but did not pay for it (although I have no way of proving this).

That said, I loved Claudius like a brother, but he was a very complex person and definitely not a saint. He had a powerful spirit that could lift you to immense heights though his philosophical insight and his natural talent. He also had powerful demons that often sent him into a paranoid frenzy that could become downright threatening. After nearly 3 years of supporting him, efforts to get an established label interested in the project (no bites), eventually pressing and promoting the albums ourselves (no sales), and finally getting him a visa so he could come to the states to do a live tour (which culminated in a triumphant performance at SXSW last year) -- Claudius proceeded to blow the whole thing up, under the delusion that he was an international superstar already and that we were somehow hiding all the money that was surely pouring in from him. He never seemed to grasp that we were middle class people with regular day-jobs and that everything being advanced to him was coming out of our pockets. Yes, indeed, he in fact was the only one among us who got paid. The paranoid lashing out was very frustrating at first... but when he became much more threatening, it was no longer a sustainable relationship. The tour was cancelled and Claudius drifted away, eventually turning up (we found out earlier this year) in Long Beach.

I invested in Claudius' "comeback" for two reasons: The producer (Jonah) is one of my very best friends and after he introduced me to Claudius in Jamaica during rehearsals to record 'Sign Time', I absolutely came to believe that Claudius was not just a great roots singer, but one of the great voices of all time regardless of genre, on par with Otis Redding. I still believe this, and it saddens me that despite all the glowing reviews and enthusiasm from pockets within the global reggae community, he was more generally greeted with indifference & the sales did not materialize in a way that might have helped him reach a wider audience and have a sustainable career. On the other hand, after 3 years of being involved with him, it steadily became clearer why his career probably short-circuited 30 years ago.

I never expected to make a ton of money -- or to break even! -- on this "comeback" project... and I still have no regrets about it. My reward has been being able to experience Claudius' natural talent and character (on his good days) first-hand, to have a conversation with a man and have it almost immediately turned into a song ('Didgy Dodgy'), and to know that I have played a small part in rescuing his life's work from obscurity in addition to extending his recorded legacy. In the end, Claudius made his own choices, and sadly that led him back to the beach and a life with "no roof over his head." He was definitely a man that stubbornly lived life on his own terms. That was perhaps the source of his genius, and ultimately the cause of his isolation.

Claudius, my brother, thank you for our time together. You will not be forgotten. R.I.P.
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Re: RIP Claudius Linton

Postby Mick Sleeper » Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:39 am

Wow, fascinating (and sad) story WC3. Thanks for sharing this.
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