04 July 2012

The Stranger Song

Reading about the making of Trout Mask Replica in the Wikipedia article on Captain Beefheart - which once provided me with a great intro to a talk about the Henry passing-off case (Numatic International Ltd v Qualtex UK Ltd [2010] EWHC 1237 (Ch)), so this is not a waste of time, just part of my on-going search for useful trivia (an oxymoron if ever there was one):
Beefheart spoke of studying texts on brainwashing at a public library at about this time, and appeared to be applying brainwashing techniques to his bandmembers: sleep deprivation, food deprivation, constant negative reinforcement, and rewarding bandmembers when they attacked each other or competed with each other.
Why does that put me in mind of life in a law firm? The only difference is the food deprivation.

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