Rock's Backpages Writers' Blogs » David Hughes Rock reviews, rock articles & rock interviews from the Ultimate Rock'n'Roll Library Sun, 19 May 2013 03:11:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 So how do you hear new music? Thu, 26 Mar 2009 12:14:07 +0000 David Hughes Continue reading ]]> Here I am, drawing my pension, having a good time, a child of the 50′s, yet my i-pod/i-tunes is largely filled with new material. My CD/LP collection contains a vast array of old albums and compilations, and while they are occasionally dragged out for a listen prompted by something or other, my prime hunger for new recordings. So where to hear them?

With Jools off air, there are no music programmes on TV. I can’t be *rs*d to sit through a chat show just to hear a new track performed, and I don’t listen to music radio, Jonathan Ross on Saturday morning excepted. That said, I’m never short of new music to enjoy. Where are the stimuli? Firstly there’s the undying affection for the pop end of Nashville and I get enough email invites to keep me up-to-date there. Then there are the cover mount CD’s with The Word (brilliant) and American version Paste (more esoteric). Rarely a month goes by without something on the Word CD prompting a full album purchase (CD or download depending on whether I really want the accompanying booklet or not, and B0n Iver is just one artist “discovered” via Paste.

There’s the weekly i-Tunes freebie, which, once down (or up – what’s the difference?) loaded,  prompts a purchase, though usually not until it’s come round on the random play a few times. And lastly there are today’s music writers whose enthusing in the national media that crosses my radar, can prompt interest. Oh, and not to forget your children, who are also a good stimulus

What’s the point of this post? Just to reassure those of a certain age and not immersed in the minutiae of the latest Leonard Cohen reissue or Band box set, that it’s not that difficult to expose yourself to enough new music to not only maintain that childhood enthusiasm, but to hold your head up around the family dining table.

And who are the artists getting me going at the moment? That’s an admission in itself, for another day!

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Tough Times for Freelancers? Sat, 07 Mar 2009 18:41:47 +0000 David Hughes Continue reading ]]> As a very old hack who always resisted self-employment but often envied those more talented writers than I getting their by-lines in esteemed publications, I hear times are currently pretty tough for you…lower rates, some publications even looking for copy for free. Me? After six years as a journalist I switched to Press & PR and the relative comfort of an EMI pension scheme.

However, there is one music journalist asset that’s still holding up against the credit crunch – your collections of records, books, magazines, ephemera etc.  Having been bullied by my wife in the mid 70′s to sell the batch of singles kept in a tea chest in the garage – memories of the days when I was privileged to follow the late and much missed Penny Valentine as singles reviewer on the also missed (by me at any rate) Disc & Music Echo. That innocent pastime has led to a 33-year hobby of auctioning such items on behalf of a now huge number of ex-collectors, ex-journalists or just people who have stuff they don’t want any more.

One truism is – the rare records get rarer but the junk remains worthless. If I can help you then just check out the web site, or contact me at

Plug over!

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