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Archive | June, 2010

Living To Music

I was recently inspired by the following words written by John Cunnick for the Seattle based underground newspaper Helix in 1967:

“I wake up in the morning and do a Masters Voice thing in front of the speakers for a while; then I go outside. Music defines a total environment. Straight musicians understand that kind of involvement, of course; but you can’t really communicate to the outside how a hundred thousand children of muzak freaks who in most cases never bother to study or even think about music, are involved in a single art form to the point where they virtually stake their entire sanity on it. Go to a house and someone hands you a joint in front of a record player and it’s assumed that you’re going to sit for a couple of hours, not talking, hardly moving, living to music.”

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Werewolf Girls

Got to know Kid Acne in 2008 when we we’re both part of the Invisible Players line-up that featured in the Rizla Arena at the Bestival, Big Chill and Rockness festivals. These are some of his well wicked Werewolf Girls cut out and stuck onto burnt spray cans.

Kid Acne blog:
http://www.kidacne.com/blog/

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Five Tunes

I was asked earlier this year by the Australian based blog Spank! to write about five tracks that had inspired me and, with the proviso that “it could have been many others, but I decided to go with these five”, I spread my selections over a sequence of black music styles spanning a two decade period, from Soul through to House:

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Ten Books I’ve Read At Least Twice

List of ‘Ten Books I’ve Read At Least Twice’ for RVNG INTL website in the US (July 2008).

  • A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • Days In The Life – Voices From The English Underground 1961-1971 – Jonathon Green
  • In Search Of The Miraculous – P.D. Ouspensky
  • Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Steppenwolf – Hermann Hesse
  • The Day A Team Died – Frank Taylor
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  • The Longest Cocktail Party – Richard Di Lello
  • Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig

Source:
http://igetrvng.com/prsnts/180

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Glamour And Excess – Edie Sedgwick

A whole new generation has come to know Edie Sedgwick via the flawed ‘Factory Girl’ biopic (2006). Dismissed by NY’s Village Voice as ‘Edie for dummies’, the film was widely criticised for lapsing into fictionalization in the name of ‘artistic license’, but there were still many people, unaware of the rumpus, who took it at face value and have no reason for regarding the portrayal of Edie as anything less than authentic. For me this is the curse of the biopic – it’s a quick fix for someone to gain a bit of passing info about someone of cultural significance, so they can tick them off their ‘I know who that is’ list and drop a cool name in the right company, but, as we know, fast food isn’t all that nourishing, especially when what’s in the bun isn’t exactly a burger.

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The One That Got Away

Filmed by Granada TV in 1964, this is a wonderful piece of footage of Liverpool’s The Chants performing on Merseyside  – there’s something very heartfelt about it, especially the close-ups showing some of the girls swooning over them. The song is ‘I Could Write A Book’ and was written by Rodgers & Hart, originally appearing in the 1940 musical ‘Pal Joey’ (later, in 1957, made into a movie, where it was sung by Frank Sinatra). It would be the second single by The Chants, released on PYE records, and famously given the thumbs up by all four Beatles on the TV show Juke Box Jury (Dec 7th 1963), although even the Fabs’ wholehearted endorsement failed to help it break into the charts.

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