STOP WORKING FOR FREE!

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Please pass this on… STOP WORKING FOR FREE. Calling all freelance content providers (musicians, writers, actors, photographers, designers etc): Join me in WITHDRAWING UNPAID LABOUR from the creative and media industries. The exploitation of freelance content providers has gone on … Continue reading

Best Thing I’ve Heard Recently: Palmyra Delran’s ‘You Are What You Absorb’

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Photo: Albie Mitchell By Larry Jaffee When I heard the first notes of Palmyra Delran’s great new album You Are What You Absorb I immediately had a flashback to my initial listening experience in 1976 of Blondie’s debut LP (Private … Continue reading

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David Mancuso’s London Loft party, ‘Journey Through The Light’, celebrates its 10th anniversary on June 23rd. Held Upstairs @ The Light in Shoreditch, it’s a party like no other, underpinned by a high-end audiophile sound system that has to be … Continue reading

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//Photo: Joe Stevens// Joe Stevens’ 70s photograph of a pensive David Bowie merchandise seller is included in British artist Jeremy Deller’s British Pavilion installation English Magic at the Venice Biennale. Stevens took the photo outside west London’s Hammersmith Odeon on … Continue reading

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 Elephant herd in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, 1997, from a color xerox of my original photo. You can SAVE ELEPHANTS via the Amara Conservation Group LINK. They work towards preservation of the African Elephant, still massively endangered by ivory poachers. … Continue reading

A&R Edits

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The first 2 releases on the new A&R Edits label are simultaneously issued this week on limited DJ only vinyl – ‘Buffalo Dance’ / ‘Voice of Nature’, Henry Greenwood’s reworks of Neneh Cherry’s ‘Buffalo Stance’ and George Benson’s version of … Continue reading

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Here’s my entry on Rodgers in The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia:Rodgers, Jimmie [1897 - 1933]Jimmie Rodgers was born in Meridian, Mississippi on September 8, 1897, disproving General Sherman’s post-march announcement of the 1860s that ‘Meridian no longer exists!’ Rodgers, looking in his publicity pictures like a cross between Bing Crosby and Stan Laurel, was ‘the father of country music’ yet was mesmerised by the blues, a genre to which he contributed and with which he became familiar from working alongside black railroad labourers. Hence his other appellation, ‘the Singing Brakeman’.(The railroad line, and even the train, still runs through Meridian, which is built on a rise. The track crosses a wide street that climbs to tall, elderly buildings, some of which must have gone up during Jimmie’s childhood.)Rodgers, the inventor of the Blue Yodel, had a short life and a brief career. Continue reading