Rocks In The Attic #399: Bill Cosby – ‘To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With’ (1968)

RITA#399I bought this simply for the title, which I find greatly amusing, but ended up enjoying the record – especially the long second-side where Cosby talks about sharing his childhood bed with his brother.

I’ve always been a fan of Bill Cosby, ever since The Cosby Show was part of the fabric of 1980s after-school television. In the 1990s, that baton was passed in spirit to The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, which had a similar mix of family friendly comedy filmed in front of a live studio audience.

At the time of writing, Cosby’s in a spot of bother with numerous historic rape allegations by women – yet to see the light of day in a courtroom. Who knows what’s going to happen with that, but it doesn’t look very good for him given the number of accusations.

Will the shadow of a conviction – which looks likely at this point – mean this album won’t be funny anymore?

Hit: To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With

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2 thoughts on “Rocks In The Attic #399: Bill Cosby – ‘To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With’ (1968)

  1. fishface

    Yes, it raises all sorts of issues doesn’t it. I remember going to see Gary Glitter back in the ’80s and my sister has been to see Woody Allen play in recent years. One of my local charity shops won’t display albums by ‘dubious’ personalities. Can we make a distinction between the good and bad that we all probably have within ourselves, to varying degrees of course. I’ve started noticing a lot of albums by a male singer, famous in the UK from the late ’50s onwards, appearing in charity shops – I wonder whether people are ‘cleansing’ their collections?

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  2. Pingback: Rocks In The Attic #463: Bill Cosby – ‘I Started Out As A Child’ (1964) | Vinyl Stylus

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