Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

For those about to cook…

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Safkhet Publishing, 145 pp, Cambridge, United Kingdom Joey Ramone, on stage at the Rainbow in London on New Year’s Eve 1977, apparently recovering from a pre-gig chow-down at a local Indian restaurant, mournfully groaned into his mic, “After eating that Chicken Vindaloo, I wanna be well.”  The Ramones then blasted into their next fast and […]

Will Hermes knows a lot about buildings and tunes

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire – Five Years in New York that Changed Music Forever by Will Hermes (This review was published in the Washington Independent Review of Books, December 2011) Music journalist Will Hermes, referring to rock ‘n’ roll critics back in the day, wrote, “… their sense that the entire world of art […]

Think the Marvelettes meet Thomas De Quincey meets net technology…

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

“Please mister postman, look and see, if there’s a card in your bag for me.” Marvellettes, 1961. Big hit.  Also fourth song, side two, the Beatles’ Second Album, spring of 1964—a bouncy bit of Beatlemania. A sprig of middle of the century sunshine, youthful optimism, teenagers in love. And we waited so patiently for that […]

Up on critter creek…

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

My digital turntable is spinning.  I have flipped on the magical Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, by Ralph Vaughan Williams.  Rob Young, writing in his marvelous new survey of Britain’s “visionary music” of the last one hundred years, Electric Eden, calls the piece, “magisterial…gliding out of the dock like a gigantic galleon.”  This […]

Birds of the British Isles – 1964, Swinging London and all that

Monday, November 15th, 2010

What kind of screwed up world do we live in where American kids don’t care about Swinging London? Kids of my g-g-generation marked the beginning of Modern Cultural Life in 1964—specifically February—Beatles on Ed Sullivan and the subsequent glorious British Invasion of Sixties bands, fashion and…the gorgeous girls—Jane Asher, Jean Shrimpton, Vanessa Redgrave, Patti Boyd, […]