A pal of a pal has a student researching creativity, thinking style, etc. Please participate if you have the time. They will give you the results if you leave an email.
The NME provided good curatorship of music and popular culture for the first 10 years of my musical development (1972-1982). There was no YouTube, albums were expensive when you got 75p pocket money, and so the local music library helped me to discover, for example, old blues artists name-dropped in the mag. The ‘year zero tendencies’ of the punk years sometimes threw out the baby with the bathwater, but the year end charts and poll-winners generally showed the power of the group. Into the 80s, the tapes kept ears open, but the posturing, pushing, and politics led to some right bollocks, IMHO. “Birdland” as the future of rock n’roll? German metal bashing? (We had perfectly good British metal bashing in Test Dept).
Chris Squire, has been diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He will be treated near his home in Phoenix. AML has an unattractive prognosis. Send progressive love.
This was the centre pages of a the Hawkwind “Amazing Sounds, Astonishing Music” tour in 1976.
They were definitely NOT channelling what Frank Zappa described as “pouched-out succulence”.
[This may the be most echt-AW thread yet.]
Steely Dan should re-record Donald Fagen’s “the Goodbye Look” with a middle-eastern vibe and schtick along with the Dan’s mu chords and much jazz swing plus rock. Jewish irony and guilt in a modestly revised lyric.
I have a student examining attitudes of men to the various kinds of sex workers out there. So whether you have or haven’t engaged in this sort of thing, please contribute to this study. Please share the link on your own FaceBook pages and other networks; this will optimise the chance of our recruiting a representative sample of chaps.
One of the most hateful aspects of modern life is the return to wealth and higher class being seen as virtues. Back when you could be skint but respected for being clever or creative, there was room for those without money or the fortune of birth to make their way and have an identity. I don’t see it now. Newspapers and the media have rather too much reportage on money and wealth, as if it makes you a better or more interesting person. It doesn’t. Eurotrash used to be a term of insult.
I’ve just been sent a link inviting me to have a free copy of Mojo. Recalling that I signed up to “The Word” about 2 copies before it was closed, I fear the worst for our worthy but sometimes rather dull remaining music magazine for persons of a certain age. Maybe it’s all moved on-line now?
Mr Strange has finally passed on, and the ‘Ballet were worthy enough to carry the coffin. I hope the coffin went under in a sea of dry ice and folks singing “it means nothing to me”…
The last place pretty much shared the hate between two bands who evoked maximum insensitivity, Spandau Ballet and Nickelback. I have no pride in finding the former particularly crap with the exception of “Chant No 1” (good because it was probably driven by the funkateers behind the scenes, not ‘the ‘Ballet, Tony Hadley having all the musical wit and grace of David “Flashman” Cameron, and the band desperate wannabes).
But. But. Are there worse bands to compare and contrast?
Don’t hold back. See this as psychotherapy.
This was posted on the Vice website: http://www.vice.com/read/the-nme-is-going-free-the-music-magazine-will-charge-a-cover-price-for-the-last-time-this-week-552
I stopped reading the NME almost 30 years ago, and I don’t know any youngsters who do, but if it was to become a music-fans “Metro”, it might have a function. The US has lots of advertising-funded freesheets acting as independent media guides for their cities, along with specialist music freesheets. So it may not be a disaster.