Map of New Zealand north island with route marked

New Zealand road trip (1)

November 14, 2017

I’m going to take a slight detour from the usual topics of this site to talk about my recent New Zealand and California trip. After … Read more

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John Cale

John Cale – a beginner’s guide: 3 albums and 5 tracks

October 25, 2017

There’s hardly a boulevard in modern music in which John Cale wouldn’t merit a star with his name. Classical viola player, avant-garde composer, Velvet Underground … Read more

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Island sampler You Can All Join In front cover

Island Samplers – more than your money’s worth in old pence

October 17, 2017

In the early 1970s, inspired by the success of CBS’s The Rock Machine and The Rock Machine Turns You On, many record companies started putting … Read more

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Mike Heron

Mike Heron for beginners: 3 albums and 5 tracks

October 9, 2017

I’ve written a lot here about the Incredible String Band, including fairly detailed posts about Robin Williamson and about Mike Heron’s Smiling Men album. Here … Read more

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Shawn Phillips – a voice in the wilderness

October 6, 2017

In any time historical period, history is written by the winners. We remember some artists from any period of music and some are lost. One … Read more

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The Heaven Sent performing Come Together

Come Together (Beatles cover) – Norman Lamont & the Heaven Sent

October 2, 2017

During the Bridge of Orchy sessions, we had a go at our cover of the Beatles Come Together from Abbey Road.  Okay the singer flubs … Read more

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Joe Boyd

Witchseason & Joe Boyd

September 27, 2017

This little logo appeared on the sleeve of so many of the albums I listened to from the end of the sixties and the early … Read more

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John Martyn for beginners: 3 albums and 5 tracks

September 19, 2017

First of a series following from my Inspirations series, where I’ll offer a beginners’ guide to some of the artists I love. Three albums and … Read more

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Robert Fripp – attention, attention, attention!

September 18, 2017

There’s a great book to be written one day about the life and music of Robert Fripp, but it would have to be a fat … Read more

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Being in a band – attention seeking behaviour

September 15, 2017

Continuing my musical life story with one of the stranger episodes- how attention-seeking ended the first band I led. By the middle of the 1980s, … Read more

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