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Filmmaker: 'Star Wars,' Led Zeppelin? Remixes

STAR WARS (1977) What can one possibly say?

STAR WARS (1977)

What can one possibly say? A game-changer, an industry and an obsession, it did what Hollywood has hoped for every summer since - generated many bucks and many sequels. All its offspring have been birthed in summer, and two - "Episode I: The Phantom Menace" (1999) and "Episode III: Revenge of the Siths" (2005) - are among the top 20 all-time moneymakers. Go figure. Credit: AP

P. Diddy says he invented the remix. Kirby Ferguson thinks different.

Ferguson, a New York-based filmmaker, argues that the remix might be as old as art itself in his four-part Web video series, "Everything Is a Remix."

Photos, art, cinema, TV shows: Nothing is original. Yep, that even includes the hits that reshaped pop culture, like the rock music of Led Zeppelin or the themes and storyline of "Star Wars."

Ferguson shows parallels between some of Led Zeppelin's songs and that of music from blues musicians Willie Dixon and Howlin' Wolf. Although it's widely known that rock artists of the '50s, '60s and '70s, were influenced by early blues and jazz music, Ferguson says Led Zeppelin used the same base melody, lyrics and, in some cases, song titles from musicians that preceded them -- all without crediting them.

The filmmaker also says "Star Wars" has nearly duplicate shots of earlier films ranging from the original "Flash Gordon" of the 1930s to Japanese samurai films of the 1960s, and Westerns of the 1950s.

Two parts of the series are out. Check them out below.

Everything Is a Remix from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Everything Is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

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