Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Todd Who?

A guy called Gavin Bond has created a mini-documentary about Todd , a man who Bond describes as “criminally underrated.” Hopefully it will be made available elsewhere/online soon.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Music Biogs - Very Special and Very Young

Have started the year with two music memoirs / autobiographies: - 

Horace Panter's - Ska'd for Life and Neil Young's - Waging Heavy Peace

Panter's book tells of how he became the bass player in The Specials . It is very good on the UK music scene in the late 70s and early 80s, and on the little niggles that can cause bands to split up.

Here's the masterful, Ghost Town

Young's book is an odd beast. It is almost compulsivley digressive and thus, at times, infuriating. The structure being more a 'stream of consciousness, what shall I write today'. This makes it engaging and infuriating in equal measure. But there are enough heartfelt nuggets and insights within its pages to make it all worthwhile in the end. It is also strangley compelling.

From the album Landing on Water  - his first after he settled the case brought against by Geffen Records for submitting albums that were non-commercial and 'musically uncharacteristic' - Here is Touch the Night.