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Music of 2017 – part five

Daphne's Flight
Daphne’s Flight
(Photo credit: Bryan Ledgard)

Three live concerts this month. See below

In anticipation of a new album…
Lindsey Buckingham – Seeds We Sow, 2011
Lindsey Buckingham – Live at Bass Performance Hall, 2008

Daphne’s Flight – Goddess of Mann – rehearsal
and the most wonderful concert at The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury. See the joyous photo above for musicians enjoying themselves.
Daphne’s Flight – Knows Time, Knows Change, 2017

This led to seeing on YouTube
Norah Jones – Live at Glastonbury 2010 (Full Concert)

Super concert in Ashford with humour and enjoyment –
Belshazzer’s Feast supported by Sally Ironmonger

Mick Jagger – Wandering Spirit, 1993 – via Discover Weekly
Robert Plant – Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar, 2014
David Crosby – Lighthouse, 2016

Book review
Heylin, Clinton (2012) All the Madmen: Barrett, Bowie, Drake, the Floyd, the Kinks, the Who and the Journey to the Dark Side of English Rock, Constable

I spotted this in the library. I have read a few musician biographies, see below.

I found this book rather annoying in the very idea it poses. That creativity and inventiveness are close neighbours to eccentricity and silly behaviour is hardly news. That wealthy superstars are over-indulged with too much down-time to fill is familiar ground.  Is it jolly-japes or stupidity?

This short quote sums up the whole… “In the period 1974-78, Keith Moon, David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Peter Green and John Lennon would all temporarily relocate to la-la-land. For Moon the Loon, the life of the rock star was just too enticing a substitute for real life, and he had soon returned to his manic nauseum (Page 284)

Stranded without wi-fi at home for a day I resorted to an old MP3-player and heard
Neil Young – Prairie Wind, 2005
Neil Young – Harvest, 1970
Neil Young – After the Goldrush, 1972

Linda Rondstadt – Heart Like a Wheel, 1974
Linda Rondstadt – Prisoner in Danger, 1975
Soundgarden – King Animal, 2012 – prompted by the death of Chris Cornell

Two singles suggested by Spotify:
Muse – Dig Down, 2017
Maz O’Connor – Wasteland, 2017

In the car, CDs played
Guns ‘n’ Roses – Greatest Hits, 2004 – motivational driving music
The Clash – The Essential Clash, 2003 (1977-1985) – great lyrics

As she has a new single…
Susanna Hoffs – Someday, 2012
Susanna Hoffs and Mathew Sweet – Under the Covers Vol. 1, 2006 – this had Margaret singing along to familiar tunes

Angelo Badalamenti – Music from Twin Peaks, 1990

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman – Hidden People, 2012
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman – Tomorrow Will Follow Today, 2015
and the most beautiful songs and stories in concert at The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

Kate Rusby – Life in a Paper Boat, 2016 – best last line ever.

George Harrison – All Things Must Pass, 1970 – a fantastic ‘debut’ album 🙂
Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers (deluxe), 1971 – the second CD has fantastic comtemporaneous live recordings
Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street, 1972 – some good extras

Adele – 25, 2015
Adele – 21, 2011

In praise of biography and autobiography

An overloaded bookshelf needed moving recently to gain better access the main phone socket and gave impetus to an overdue weeding for the benefit of a charity shop.

It included:
George Harrison (2002) I, Me , Mine, London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson.
Sheila Hancock (2004) The Two of Us: my life with John Thaw, London: Bloomsbury.
Mick Wall (2004) John Peel: a tribute to the much-loved DJ and broadcaster, London: Orion.
John Peel and Sheila Ravenscroft (2006) John Peel, Margrave of the Marshes, his autobiography, London: Corgi.
Ronnie Wood (2007) Ronnie, London: Macmillan.
plus an older one
Lauren St John (1993) Seve: the biography, London: Orion

It’s not that a dislike fiction, and I am not a fan of celebrity as such, but I have found these life experiences interesting to read.

I am sure I have missed some good ones. Any suggestions?
Posted 17th February 2010

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By Angus Willson

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