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Dead Sea Tapes

Chuffed to come across this recently broadcast (previously blocked) programme. Among the featured gems are The Dead Sea Tapes, Peter’s views on religion, his taste in reading and much more besides. I have a chum  who used to live around the corner from Perrin’s Walk in Ellerdale Road, near the convent (or was it a girls school) mentioned in…

Robert Plant: A Life

This is really the first biography of Plant. On balance it’s decent enough but still a pedestrian effort that doesn’t really add much more to what we already know. To Paul Rees’ credit he keeps the speculative temptation that Zep always courted to a minimum. I think that a bio by the very excellent rock…

Nils Lofgren

I’m not anal enough to have my disks alphabetized — how else would one randomly find stuff! Anyway, well before Nils joined the E-Street Band and before Springsteen’s break out album of ’75 (Born to Run) I thought Nils should have been as big as what BS did eventually become. Who could forget the elegiac “Keith…

Keef @ 70

Glad you are still very much with us  . . . who’d have thought. (And of course Happy Birthday to Bobby Keys, Keef’s partner in mischief.) Keith Richardsmusicrock and rollRolling Stones

Boogie 4 Stu

Stu died on this day. Having now listened to this tribute to Ian Stewart three times I am of the view that it’s a most dignified and worthy tribute to this very shy and dignified chap — Stu. Even “Fats” would approve. Here are Ben’s sleeve notes and full album details. Job well done! Boogie…

Werner Herzog Quotes

Here’s a compilation of some of my favourite WH quotes. He’s THE man so long as he doesn’t have silly Hollywood money at his disposal which somehow strips his work of any authenticity that makes him the genius that he is — cases in point The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and Rescue Dawn.…

Before they make me run

Keef always worked well within the limitations of his voice: you can hear that he feels what he sings. This song is from the bleakest period of his life, his major contribution to Some Girls. To to Jagger’s credit he pulled off the strongest of the late Stones albums while Keef was otherwise engaged. The “another…

The Killer and Rodders

From the album of duets entitled Last Man Standing. Strictly speaking Jerry is not alone – “Fats” is still with us and had a hit well before the others. Song List: Rock and Roll (with Jimmy Page) Before the Night is Over (with B.B. King) Pink Cadillac (with Bruce Springsteen) Evening Gown (with Mick Jagger…

Aaron Neville’s My True Story

Coming very soon – Neville’s affectionate revisiting of the doo-wop music he grew up with. If you appreciate doo-wop then you’ll love Zappa’s self-penned tribute to doo-wop though of course it being Zappa it has a bit of gentle naughtiness.  Aaron, Don and Keef, the latter turned me onto the Neville Brothers in ’81. Read…