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Tweet Patti Smith: ‘One of the few figures with a firm handle on the shaman-poet imperative.’ Patti is 65 and has released her 11th album. Banga has received great critical acclaim. The Observer was particularly fulsome in its praise. “People often talk about music fandom as a secular religion, one of many founded in the […]
Tweet On this day in 1965 The Byrds began recording “Turn! Turn! Turn!”. The main differenece between this recording and their first hit “Mr Tambourine Man” is that they all p[layed on the abysmal “Turn! Turn! Turn!”. On their first single only Jim Guinn had played all the other instruments being played by session men. […]
Tweet On this day in 1955 Faron Young reached number one in the US C & W (it was called American Country at the time I think) charts with his Live fast, Love Hard, Die Young. (Covered unsuccessfully, by Eddie Cochran) To my ears there is something very odd and unsettling about this track. It […]
Tweet We have all read the publicity blurbs about this or that ‘must have ‘ reissue. Generally they are for second rate didn’t-make-it-first-time-may-make-it-this-time-anyway-it-was-gathering-dust-on-the-shelf albums. It is good, very good, to find one reissue of a real my-life-would-not-be-complete-without-it album. The Feelies were great. They came from New jersey and were called the best underground band in […]
Tweet On this day in 1964 The High Numbers auditioned for EMI the UK record company, and were turned down. One of the reasons they were turned down was that the record company wanted them to write more of their own material. Like many of the beat groups of the time the various members had […]