Johnny Depp, Jeff Beck on the Backfoot After Alleged Ex-Convict Accuses Them of Stealing Lyrics For New Album ’18’

If you thought Amber Heard was the only one facing a hard time post-verdict, Johnny Depp joins the list. As the Pirates of the Caribbean star has now come up with a musical album with his friend, Jeff Beck, the duo has been accused of stealing lyrics from a poem. Interestingly, as a few songs by Johnny Depp were an indirect comment to his ex-wife Amber Heard, it seems like the accuser also had a hard time dealing with his partner. 

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Why are Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck accused of stealing the lyrics?

Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck
The two recently released an album titled, 18

According to a report by Rolling Stone, the album has few lyrics from an ex-convict named Sam Wilson’s poem, “Hobo Ben.” Sam Wilson has reportedly been in jail for crimes like murder and armed robbery. Reportedly, the accuser claimed that Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck’s song, “Sad Motherf—in’ Parade” is from the poem, “toasts”.
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How are the lyrics similar to Johnny Depp’s song?

Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp
Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp performing

During Sam Wilson’s time in jail in 1964, he met folklorist Bruce Jackson who documented his poetry. Bruce Jackson recorded Sam Wilson reciting his poem named, “Hobo Ben” and also included a transcription of the piece in his 1974 book “Get Your A*s in The Water and Swim Like Me.”

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Accuser’s comment on the album

Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck
Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck

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While talking to Rolling Stone, Bruce Jackson said that Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck’s lines are strikingly similar to that of Wilson’s poem “Hobo Ben”.

“The only two lines I could find in the whole piece that [Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck] contributed are ‘Big time motherf***r’ and ‘Bust it down to my level. Everything else is from Slim’s performance in my book. I’ve never encountered anything like this. I’ve been publishing stuff for 50 years, and this is the first time anybody has just ripped something off and put his own name on it.”

Reportedly, Bruce Jackson’s son Michael Lee Jackson, a lawyer specializing in music and intellectual property is exploring legal action against the duo for plagiarising the song. 

Sources: Rolling Stone

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