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essays on music, especially americana, with x-references to YouTube and other sources …

JAMBOREE BAG 9

ONLINE & OFF – ROCKABILLY ROOTS One of my favourite ideas for other people is Powerpoint TV – little essays pulling in YouTube and other resources to make fillers for late-night tv. I here resolve to learn enough to try … Continue reading

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SOUNDS INTERESTING – GOSPEL DYLAN

I’ve heard a few of the tracks but I needed Dorian Lynskey in the Guardian, 8.5.14, to tell me about Dylan’s Gospel, an album of righteous covers of Bob in spiritual mode, recorded in 1969 and now being re-issued, along … Continue reading

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CLASSIC FILTH NOTES

Must check out Ruth Wallis, famous for her “party records” – regularly seized by customs and other authorities – in the 1940s and 50s. YouTube has a clip of her on tour in Australia, which has a museum in her … Continue reading

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ZODIAC WISDOM

Mark Manning, formerly Zodiac Mindwarp, founder and lead performer of self-spoofing 1980s metal band Love Reaction, has given some entertaining interviews about how he slid downhill to rock bottom and then found a sort of salvation as an author of … Continue reading

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SOUNDS INTERESTING – ROSANNE CASH

Robin Denselow, Guardian 1.5.14, reviewed Rosanne Cash as follows … She could have opened with her own hits from the 80s, the music of her legendary father Johnny Cash, or even songs from The List, her album of the country … Continue reading

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MORE SOUNDS INTERESTING …

  * Times has apparently been having a correspondence about good funeral songs. On 10.3.2014, a letter from Prof. John Murrell of Cambridge recommended Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’ve Gone, sung by George Melly. I’d want Miles Of … Continue reading

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ONLINE & OFF – HISTORY OF R’N’B

  One of my favourite compilation records is Gaz’s Rockin Blues, put together by a DJ called Gaz Mayall, who turns out to be son of John Mayall, of the Bluesbreakers. In nov. 2005, he wrote a very quotable piece … Continue reading

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WRONG-EYED MUSIC

Simone Felice: Call him Simon and file him under Wrong-Eyed Music. My Brennan MP3 deck is a beautiful thing when it is working as it should – it has had a couple of bugs, which Brennan were endlessly patient about … Continue reading

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A Best of YouTube

Go to http://www.theguardian.com/music/2007/jul/29/popandrock.vanmorrison/ to read Sean O’Hagan on the treasure-trove that is YouTube, leading up to his Top 10 pop classics, up to time of writing, in 2007, as follows … 1. Chuck Berry introduces the Ronettes on his Sixties TV … Continue reading

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COMING ATTRACTION – DARLENE V. LALA

  Even the Today programme (Radio 4, 25.2.14) has now trailed the launch of the much-praised new music documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, about backing singers, so I had better post my notes, although I haven’t actually seen it yet. … Continue reading

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