Looking Back at 2008 -- Not Much of a Legend After All
From an Ex Bomber
My coach and professor warned me, don’t believe everything you hear and the adage proved true at Louder Than A Bomb (2008). As I sat listening to Mr. Marc Kelly Smith, Slampapi, speak to about thirty people attending his workshop (that never happen), I said to myself who does this guy think he is and who does he think he’s fooling?
I can’t quote him exactly (I wasn’t taking notes) but the gist of what was coming out of his head was that “slam” is not a competition. What a laugh? He said it about ten times. (I was counting.) It’s the same thing he said in the movie documentary “Slam Nation.” Maybe he’s senile. Does he go to slams? In my opinion he certainly doesn’t know squat about the thing he supposedly started.
Outside the door of the room he filled to only a third of its capacity hundreds of “kid slammers” were rehearing and planning their strategies to beat other kid slammers who were planning and strategizing to beat them. Not much community inter-mixing that day! A lot of cheering and crowd hysteria. Good thing nobody shouted ‘Burn the Bush Lovers’ because in their frenzy those kids might have climbed in rented vans (the ones that brought them to the event), raced out to Wheaton, and lynched a few reborn republicans.
And all this while Mr. Marc Kelly Smith, Slampapi, was getting teary eyed talking about how reading transformed him from being a closet sensitive to a writer of letters to a girl in high school he liked from afar but up close was too shy to talk to. Gag me.
Mr. Smith should stop pretending that the thing he started is an engine for social change and enlightenment and get real. It’s an incubator for inartistic egos, a breeding ground for competitive mania and adolescent angst, not to mention shouting out falsely-fabricated emotions like his teary-eyed self.
Yes, my coach was right, don’t believe a third of what you hear, especially at a slam, and especially from the guy who started the whole thing ranting and raging its way across the world.