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All Along The Watchmen

It’s funny on how one thing can lead to another – those seemingly unrelated connections I’ve previously mentioned colliding to reveal exciting new avenues of exploration. Following on from my recent ‘Getting On My Dylan’ post (http://blog.gregwilson.co.uk/2011/06/getting-my-dylan-on/) I finally got around to watching the film adaptation of the classic Alan Moore / Dave Gibbons graphic novel, ‘Watchmen’.

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Getting My Dylan On

Looking deeper into Folk and Country music has been a case of overcoming the final prejudice in many respects. These were always genres I shied away from, even though I’ve happily cherry picked tracks that I’ve liked along the way. I suppose I dismissed Folk as antiquated, and Country as over-sentimental, and although I’ve had a basic understanding of their roles in shaping popular music, I’ve never had the inclination to look beneath the surface. Until more recently that is.

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Martin Rushent

Just heard the sad news that record producer Martin Rushent died last Saturday, aged 63. His best remembered album, the electro-pop masterpiece ‘Dare’ by the Human League, issued in 1981, was a runaway success, becoming an international best seller and winning Rushent the Best Producer award at the 1982 Brits. Apart from the Human League, Rushent produced artists including The Buzzcocks, The Stranglers and XTC.

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Living To Music – Primal Scream ‘Screamadelica’

ARTIST: PRIMAL SCREAM

ALBUM: SCREAMADELICA

LABEL: CREATION

YEAR: 1991

This Sunday (April 3rd), at 9pm, you’re invited to share a listening session with some likeminded souls, wherever you might be. This can be experienced either alone or communally, and you don’t need to leave the comfort of your own home to participate. Full lowdown here:
http://blog.gregwilson.co.uk/2010/06/living-to-music/

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Coming Unstuck

Having made reference to it in the recent ‘Little Big Man’ blog post, I’ve just re-read Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’, a book I’ve returned to every four or five years since I first discovered it back in the ’80s – it’s one of those books I’ll always go back to as it contains some deeper truths, yet presents them in such a fantastically engaging and entertaining manner. Given the writing style, and with the book being just over 150 pages, this is a breeze of a read.

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