Yesterday I received two emails from people who were emailed by somebody calling him or herself Gitar Starr. My guess is that he or she went through our online guestbook and wrote down addresses – talk about having too much time on your hands…

Anyway what follows are his/her statements always followed by my comments. And here is the person’s email address in case you want to get back at him…

viejin@hotmail.com (Gitar Starr):

Ottmar Liebert is not a flamenco guitarist, though he claims to be.

I play a Flamenco Guitar. I use many Flamenco Guitar techniques and rhythms, but I do not see myself as a Flamenco Guitarist. Flamenco is too small a world for me.

Ottmar Liebert’s music isn’t released in Spain, since he decided to do bubble-gum versions of their beloved Flamenco.

Not true. In fact the largest Flamenco music radio station Radiole uses music from my album Nouveau Flamenco for their station IDs. All of my CDs have been released in Spain and are available in the stores. I get email from fans in Spain regularly.

Ottmar Liebert is prone to temper-tantrums and has a snotty attitude. Ask anyone who has had to serve him or talk to him in Santa Fe. He has had this attitude since before he was famous.

At least I haven’t changed, huh? Temper tantrums maybe, sometimes, but snotty – I don’t see that.

Ottmar Liebert’s Nouveau Flamenco unfortunately, has many imitators, further spreading its popularity, mediocrity and myth that it is Flamenco.

Yeah, it is already better known and more popular than the real thing

Barcelona Nights is basically the theme to ‘I Dream of Genie’.

Somebody would have sued if that was the case, don’t you think?

All true Flamenco artists are angered by Ottmar’s cocky attitude regarding their art.

Hm, Chuscales has asked me to produce his album. Chuscales is as true a Flamenco Guitarist as anybody, anywhere.

PS: Hard to take anything serious that comes from a person calling themselves Gitar Starr!