PARTY LIKE IT’S 1982!
Remember David Hepworth? Ah, I had a feeling you mightn’t so let me refresh your memory. Throughout the 1980s he had a diverse career, from being the editor of Smash Hits magazine in the era of Culture Club, Wham, et al to presenting The Old Grey Whistle Test on BBCtv. Talk about polar opposites. Then there’s several highbrow magazines which he launched, including Mojo and Empire, so all in all an impressive CV I’m sure you’ll agree. He’s written a couple of books too, the most recent of which is the trigger for this month’s blog – “1971 – Never a Dull Moment : Rock’s Golden Year”. I haven’t read it yet but the basic premise is that 1971 contained more influential albums than any year before or since and was probably the most creative in the history of music….Read
JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE, RINGO and, er, me…..
This month’s essay fills me with no small amount of trepidation because I’m going all mop-topped, groovy and writing about The Beatles. Why the nervousness you might ask? Surely scribbling a quick piece about the Fabs is one of the easiest things you could ever do, given the vast expanse of stuff we know about them? Well, yeah, and that’s the problem really. Their every move has been so well documented and often in the most forensic detail that anything I write is mere piffle by comparison.
Then again, maybe I’m over-analyzing this, let’s give it a shot anyway and see what happens….Read
“The Wonder of you!”
Each month when I sign off on another blog I’ll have a quick read through it, checking the spelling and suchlike before finally submitting it. And then? Well, then my thoughts turn to the next month and subject matter. That’s the tricky bit, thinking of an idea that engages me in some way. Once I have that though I’m away at a gallop.
Browsing the Web a few weeks ago a Stevie Wonder story caught my eye. The news is that he’s going to perform his “Songs in the Key of Life” album in full at the British Summertime Festival in London in July….Read
“I NEED ONE OF THESE IN MY LIFE!”
Was it a couple of months ago that I mentioned the drawbacks of album cover art work on a CD as good subject matter for a blog? Yes, yes I believe it was and on foot of something I read the other week it kind of ties in to this month’s offering. Rolling Stone magazine had the most interesting article written by David Browne entitled “In defence of the CD – Are we being too quick to toss out an old friend?”. In it Browne poses the question why have people fallen out of love with the compact disc and more pointedly why do they celebrate its seemingly imminent demise with such glee? Praise here for Rolling Stone – they produce consistently readable pieces about music, politics and current affairs. It’s one of the best mags around these days….Read
“NOT FADE AWAY”
For many years now (and doubtless for many to come) the early days of February usually find me contemplating the life and tragically early death of Buddy Holly. When the anniversary comes around I’m given to considering what might have been. He was aged 22 when he died, leaving behind a fine body of work, a testament to which is the fact that many of his songs have become standards, spawning multiple cover versions all still heard today along with Holly’s original recordings. The big unanswerable question is of course what might he have become?…Read