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When I came out of Richard Linklater’s quite stunning BEFORE MIDNIGHT last night – bravura performances by all concerned, but the extraordinary Julie Delpy above all – it made me appreciate the greatness of film and TV drama that truly … Continue reading

School’s Out

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To say this is a major weekend would be significantly under-stating the case. There’s the Ian McLagan show at the Bearsville Theater tonight, and the small matter of the marathon distance I’m racing across the Catskill Mountains’ Devils Path tomorrow. … Continue reading

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  For him a nanosecond, scarce a slice of time, washed over by other faces, other hands. For me an encounter with a god, if gods are merely mortals overdetermined by our fantasies of swagger.   The very name Jagger … Continue reading

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Ah, they knew how to do corporate rock sponsorship in those days… love the quote from the manager!

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Sad loss of a great American music writer, with a nice tribute penned on Deep Roots by his friend (and former Rolling Stone colleague) David McGee…

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I hear about Mavis Staples’ new album… Due June 25 on Anti, One True Vine is described as “stark, acoustic arrangements and the most honest, unvarnished vocal performances of her career”. Featuring 10 tracks, including new songs written by producer … Continue reading

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James Gandolfini and Diane Lane as producer/director Craig Gilbert and Pat Loud, promotional still from the film “Cinema Verite`“ R.I.P. James Gandolfini, popular, revered actor and Soprano. My fave of his roles remains the portrayal of producer/director Craig Gilbert in … Continue reading

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I DON’T WANT to tell you where. It seems too private. Not that I have all that much to tell, only what I saw. Midafternoon, a warm sun, the wind whipping off the nearby ocean so blustery and fresh I … Continue reading

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//George O'Dowd in Street Theatre, 12 Ganton Street, central London, 1978. Photo (c): Boy George Collection// I’ve been acting as a consultant to artist Lucy Harrison on her latest site specific project Carnaby Echoes, which focuses on the culturally fertile … Continue reading

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My review of Marcel Theroux’s Strange Bodies from today’s Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/review-strange-bodies-by-marcel-theroux-faber–faber-1499-8662423.html  

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Rest in peace, peacock that I often photographed (LINK, LINK and LINK.) Today I read confirmation from the Wildlife Waystation non-profit Animal Sanctuary (LINK) that this peacock taken to their premises for treatment after a coyote attack had to be … Continue reading

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We felt decidedly unworthy when writer Karl Dallas (above right with RBP’s chief archivist Mark Pringle) paid a visit to our Hammersmith lair yesterday and regaled us with tall tales of folk clubs, jazz renegades and wife-swapping in ’50s and … Continue reading

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Our heartfelt gratitude to Lucy O’Brien – former Catholic Girl and She-Bopper extraordinaire (left) – and Miki Berenyi, former Lush goddess-guitarist (sporting a Clem Burke cut specially for the night) – who joined us at last night’s RBP Album Club … Continue reading

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Yes, it’s true.  I have had a longstanding love affair with… the New Music Seminar. As one in love, I can see its faults and still love it.  I have attended them since the second or third one, and missed … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s office has announced his autumn touring schedule in Europe. Significantly, it includes runs of consecutive nights in smaller halls  -  three nights at Blackpool Opera House, for example, and three nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall: the first time he’ll have performed there since 1966. Continue reading

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Just back from a flying visit Stateside, playing consecutive days in 3 of dance music’s seminal cities – Detroit, Philadelphia and New York. The Detroit and New York parties were both really special, but not all ran smoothly, for sandwiched … Continue reading

Five Things: Wednesday 12th June

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Otis Black Talking about the Otis Redding documentary last week, Hugh told us: “I was in the art class at Dunfermline High when I heard that Otis had died. My fellow Mods and I gathered together at lunchtime to discuss the sad news and it was agreed that we would all wear black ties the next day. So I borrowed (or nicked) my dad’s funeral tie and duly turned up at school – to find that I was the only one who had remembered or, to be more accurate, bothered – Mods could be a fickle bunch, with a bit more style than substance.” Four-Hour Flight Of The Eagle Possibly too long, not enough peyote, or grumpiness with CS&N, too much “how we got back together after sacking everyone…” But an awesome level of ability and professionalism, some great singing and guitar slinging, the right amount of indebtedness to Jackson, JD Souther and – most especially – Linda Ronstadt,  and a fair sampling of the treasurable Joe Walsh, a true one-off Continue reading