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Patti Smith "Just Kids" (Ecco Press)

This is the second book on music i have read within the last few weeks,but like Coltrane, Patti Smith is one of my favourites, and her story i guessed would be a fascinating one. I was not wrong. This autobiography is about her enduring relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, and their development as artists during the 60's and 70's in New York City. It is as much about their special bond as it is about their work and how they came to be well known as well as how hard it was for them in the beginning. Often broke with insecure jobs and having to find money to pay for rent which was almost ninety per cent of their income, even in a low rent area of the city. Mapplethorpe eventually went to San Francisco but came back a changed man having had gay relationships, with his art taking a darker tone,and the relationship with Patti fracturing yet remained friends.

In a nutshell it is about how they found each other haphazardly. They shared apartments, studio space, and their souls with each other. The reader follows along on their paths of discovering their artistic callings and themselves as humans in the modern world. There are creative highs and lows - many examples of the "starving artist" are found in these pages - but together they weathered them all. Their deep friendship outlasted their romantic relationship and they kept in contact up until Mapplethorpe's death from AIDS in the late 1980's.

While the memoir is incredibly heartfelt and moving, the way that Patti Smith chose to transcribe it is what makes it truly memorable. Each sentence has a power and emotion behind it, so that the writing is not only powerful but powerfully poetic. You share in the tragedies and triumphs, and really feel their world. I am now looking forward to reading her next memoir "M Train".
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Talk about 2916 being a suck job of a year for celeb deaths but soon after Carrie Fisher passed away , her mum Debbie Reynolds (Singing In The Rain actress) also dies.

Makes you think / drink doesn't it?

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So, here i am in Faversham,having bought some fine cherry and vanilla pipe baccy.and enjoying a moment in the Leading Light before i go back.

A conversation with Andy my neighbour last night discussing exoplanets and their possible environments,with the subject of a planet around Proxima Centauri kicking the debate off for an hour.

The Book of The Week on BBC Radio 4 makes me feel chilly -its all about snow!

Snow )

I have photos to post from the mobile so i might do this at the weekend.

Schubert died very young from syphilis - aged 31

Winterreisse is the best art song cycle ever.

So here is one of them -

Franz Schubert - Gute Nacht from Winterreise

Just that it came up in the roadie , did i say roadie,i meant radio programme,and now i shall be catching up with the alumni version of University Challenge. Bye for now.


Dec. 25th, 2016 07:34 pm
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John Cage- 4'33"

John Cage about silence

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Two visits done today, both stores that sell frozen food and chilled food stuff,one in Broadstairs and one in Hythe. Used the bus up to Broadstairs and then caught the train from there to Folkestone as it would have taken too long by bus, and then bus to Hythe.

{For train enthusiasts (such as bro) it was one of the High Speed trains and it stopped at Sandwich, Deal, Walmer,Martin Mill and Dover, and i alighted at Folkestone Central.Its next stops would have been Folkestone West, Ashford International, Ebbsfleet International, Stratford International and St, Pancras International}

In Canterbury i purchased a Mas gift for my bro and i shall get sister-in-law hers tomorrow, as i will have more time to browse and look around,before i travel down to Brighton for a few days on Friday.

I also purchased this paperback - not read any of his ouvre yet.

And i finally purchased this new album on CD.


At some point tonight i will also play this double CD which i bought last year to go with the book -

Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music

And something to look forward to tomorrow morning - it  is free breakfast day!
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This selection tends to be Bjork heavy -

The Sugarcubes - Birthday

More Bjork here )
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
So today's selection is inspired by my haul of jazz CD's found -

Archie Shepp - Naima

More jazz here )

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Well , as it is Friday , here is another musical selection.

Shirley Collins and The Albion Country Band - Poor Murdered Woman

More folk flavours here )
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More music now - electronic stylee ..

Edgar Froese - Specific Gravity of Smile

More music here )
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Some mixed bag of musical outre grooves - Play Loud!

Bill Nelson - Do You Dream In Colour?

More sounds here )

jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
I also picked up the December issue of Wire,and as well as the interview with Shirley Collins last month they have given a full page review of the CD Lodestar by her this month. She still lives in the county town of east Sussex,Lewes.

Amongst other reviews is one of the Norwegian metal band Wardruna.

So here are some Wired sounds -

Shirley Collins - Washed Ashore, Lodestar album launch

More Wired grooves )

Walks ....

Nov. 13th, 2016 11:34 pm
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With the recent spate of celebrity deaths m such as Bowie, Cohen etc here is a foreboding tune from Brit metal rock band Atomic Rooster.

Atomic Rooster - Death Walks Behind You

Terrific Bosch like painting on the cover sleeve!

Actually it is William Blake - a depiction of Nebuchadnezzar.
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My god, he just released this album "You Want It Darker" and now he is no more - a prophetic album indeed. So two by him, an classic oldie and one from his last album noted above.

Leonard Cohen - Suzanne

Leonard Cohen - Steer Your Way

jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
I will definitely be reading this later.

Her new album comes out today - a taster.

Shirley Collins - Death and The Lady.

Now if Fledgling Records could reissue the 4 CD box set they had of her early recordings- Within Sound - i would be quite happy.
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
Another musical journey - and this is a genre hopping one-

Hildegard von Bingen - O Jerusalem aurea civitas

More music here )
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I haven't done a selection of tunes for awhile , so here is a mixed bag of them.

LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House

More music here )
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This almost escaped my attention but [livejournal.com profile] poliphilo mentioned him recently. Rod Temperton passed away last week. He was a member of the stellar Brit funk and soul band Heatwave.

He also wrote songs for Micheal Jackson esp.on Thriller.

Rod Temperton, songwriter behind Thriller, dies


Heatwave - Boogie Nights

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As it is Sunday a mixed bag of grooves -

Jacqueline Taïeb - 7h du matin

More music here )
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
It is Saturday night so how about some funky music KPM style!

Keith Mansfield - Cut To Music

More KPM grooves here )
jazzy_dave: (Jazzy D in da house)
Recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder has died


The legendary jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder has died at the age of 91, The New York Times reported.

Van Gelder, an optomistrist by trade, began making recordings in a makeshift studio in his parents' house in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was recommended to Blue Note Records in 1952 and the following year took over responsibilities for recording engineering at the label. The painstaking detail of his recordings came to define the sound of jazz. Richard Cook, former Editor of The Wire, called Van Gelder's method of recording and mixing the piano “as distinctive as the pianists' playing itself” in his book Blue Note Records: The Biography. Electronic producer Kirk Degiorgio, interviewed in The Wire 160, declared that “before Blue Note you couldn't really hear a cymbal on a jazz record. Rudy Van Gelder pioneered that whole idea of the importance of the recording.” But Van Gelder himself, however, was deferential: “the Rudy Van Gelder sound is really the Alfred Lion sound,” he said, crediting the Blue Note producer.

Van Gelder was so prolific in the 1950 and 60s that putting a precise figure on how many albums he had a hand in is almost impossible – including engineering, mastering and remastering, the total runs into thousands. He recorded all styles of jazz, from bebop to fusion to free jazz, and worked not just for for Blue Note but for Verve, Prestige and Impulse!. It was for the latter that he recorded John Coltrane's A Love Supreme in 1964.

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme - Full Album

A Love Supreme (released in 1965) masterfully combines modal jazz and hard bop, and is considered by many to be the pinnacle of John Coltrane's musical career (with Mccoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones).

Part 1: "Acknowledgement" 00:00
Part 2: "Resolution" 07:42
Part 3: "Pursuance" 15:01
Part 4: "Psalm" 25:44
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Music  for the yoof !

Sonic Youth - Mote

Rocking more music here )


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