Sunday, January 22, 2017
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
It was a surprise and a joy to discover a Velvet Underground retrospective at the impressive Philharmonia in Paris on last weekend's 'mini-break' (God, did I just say mini-break? ). Whist some members of the clan did not exactly thrill to the sound of Venus in Furs played with dial set to 11 (the explicit (understatement) gay porno projection did nothing to endear them to the 'happenning' - must stop using '-' and even ''''''''''' .....hell ! losing my place here...brackets ........where are we ? Open or close ?)))))) That should do it.
Anyway, whilst my street cred at school was pretty damn zero due to the fact I could induce a yawn at 100 yards whenever the topic of The Fabs was raised (by me I would have to confess, often....well, at least between lessons), I redeemed myself to some extent in the eyes of my peers back then by discovering the chords to Waiting for My Man.
Despite being a bit of a VU nerd over years, I was shocked to discover that, despite the absense of Reed, Cale, Morrison and even Mo Tucker, poor old Doug Yule soldiered on until 1973 ! What's more, who would have guessed that their final concert was given at....wait for it....Northampton Cricket Club ???!!!. Can this really be true ? But it's on the interweb...it must ermm...
Now, somewhere in my wine fuddled bonce I can see Brian Epstein at the side of a swimming pool holding the Banana Album with John Lennon looking on. Am I finally losing it ?
Back in tge gallery....
Kids ! It's art ! Get over it ! No, heroine is definitely bad. Bad, bad, bad but this is art. Just shut up and buy me everything in this gift shop. No kids, they are not better than the Beatles. No ! The Beatles are still the best. Stop it ! Yes, yes, yes I do still love The Beatles more the anything....I am aloud to like another group. Stop spoiling it for me....bloody mini-break. A break from what ??
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Ringo has just sold the No. 00000001 White Album for $790000. Alas, having just checked my cherished collection of all things Fab in the 'room thou shalt not enter, kids' I am disappointed to find my album is without number. Whatsmore, what the hell has happened to my poster insert ? Bloody hell ! Please don't say I left it on the university bedsit wall in 1981 ? Dang.
Ringo Starr sells memorabilia for $9m http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35019638
Including the back panel from Julian's caravan for $125k. This surprises me. He inherited the caravan with the house but just kept the panel ? The rest of the caravan was recently rediscovered. I wish I new the full story.
Monday, November 9, 2015
I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Donovan. Yes, it's true there was a certain amount of self indulgence through the later part of the 60's and there aren't many memorable tunes post '69 - okay '68, but some of that early folk stuff was really enjoyable and, on hearing his 'Yellow is the colour of my true love's eyes' I was quite moved this evening. He really came up with some great tunes...Sunshine Superman, Season of the Witch, Mellow Yellow (at a push) but what about Sunny Goodge Street ? Macca's favourite I think. But, whilst his acoustic set this evening at TW was really enjoyable, I guess, if I'm honest, what I really turned up for was his anecdotes. He was there, wasn't he. He was at the heart of it. For goodness sake, he was there in India. Sky of blue, Sea of green.So he sat there for 90 minutes on his cushion with his guitar (called Kelly...) in his arms and played all those tunes I loved even though I got ribbed no end in the late 70's for being the only hippie amongst a 5th form of smelly punks. He must be 70 - if I sit cross legged for 90 minutes I need medical attention before attempting to get up ! Although his voice is now a bit 'vibrato' his guitar playing remains impressive and I remember his influence on the great White Album. A good evening and another birthday present I didn't deserve.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015
Ok...a dog called Lennon. Of course the dog is called Lennon. It was part of the deal.......actually full name is Lennon Harristar McCartney but don't the kids. Hopefully they wont check his name tag.....now where is that bloody stump ?????
Sunday, January 4, 2015
|Macca at The Scotch|
Should I ? Should I ? I can't resist and feeling like a bit of a freak (not having the kids with me on this occasion) I actually entered No.3. Slightly to my surprise the place was empty. I quickly made my way up two flights of stairs, thought about the camera then thought better of it. It was a very strange feeling look out from the second floor down onto Saville Row. The sweeping staircase I guess is original, some of the fire surrounds look authentic. And just inside the door is this.....
Out into glooming and secret haunts
The flame cries, 'Come!'
Saturday, November 22, 2014
It's gonna be mine. At the Southbank Bank centre right now finishing off my house red and about to make my way to Le Merridian to bid for the Lennon Chess Table. See Kenwoodlennon blog for details. I'm excited, I'm excited ! Maybe one more glass before I go...