The ZZ Top Paradox - Searching for Secret Narratives in Popular Song

The ZZ Top Paradox - Searching for Secret Narratives in Popular Song

I was saddened yesterday to read of the death of Dusty Hill, bassist with the American band ZZ Top. Back in 2015, during my PhD studies, I was part of a writing group. One week we were asked to write 2,000 words in response to Keith Negus’ ‘Narrative Time and the Popular Song’. My piece for the group centred on ZZ Top and their apparent ability to bend time! I was reminded of it this morning when I found myself again thinking about ZZ Top, so I decided to repost it here. I rarely revisit my old writing (particularly from the early days of my PhD), but I’m pleasantly surprised by this one. And I stand by my theory about ZZ Top and temporal illusions.

So long, Dusty, and thanks for all the tunes.

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Craig Hamilton
Research Fellow

My research interests include popular music, digital humanities and online cultures

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