Lives

Other lives – February 2013

[by Kate Hickson, Powys, Wales] These remembrances remain in a state of flux as news comes in, details get corrected, information emerges and useful weblinks appear.

8. 3. 2013 | read more...

Other lives – January 2013

[by Kate Hickson, Powys, Wales] These remembrances remain in a state of flux as news comes in, details get corrected, information emerges and weblinks appear.

15. 2. 2013 | read more...

Other lives – December 2012

[by Kate Hickson, Powys, Wales] As ever these remembrances are fluid and will get changed as news and information comes in and weblinks emerge.

15. 1. 2013 | read more...

Other lives – November 2012

[by Ken Hunt, London] These remembrances are not fixed. They are in a state of flux as news comes in, as details get corrected, information emerges and weblinks appear.

15. 12. 2012 | read more...

Joe Strummer 1952-2003

[by Ken Hunt, London]Aged 50, Joe Strummer died of a suspected heart attack at home in Broomfield in Somerset on 22 December 2003. In the warm glow and slab reality of his death, he seemed to have changed people’s perceptions of ‘reality’ more than most ever do. He was never the Bob Dylan figure that some claimed him to be after his death, though. Mind you, he did get to guest on Dylan’s Down In The Groove (1988). Strummer and co-creator Mick Jones were the nearest thing to Dylan than Britain ever spawned, as it were, the other side of Lennon and McCartney. As partnerships go, theirs was a keeper.

2. 7. 2012 | read more...

Ahmet Ertegun 1923-2006 – a slight return

[by Ken Hunt] Ahmet Ertegun will predictably be most remembered for the big acts and platinum hit-makers. He and Nesuhi Ertegun also pay-rolled a project of immense significance for the worlds of US vernacular music – folk, blues, gospel, work song and beyond. That project was Atlantic’s Southern Heritage Folk Series (1960), seven LPs, also released in Britain, culled from 80 hours of field recordings made sometimes under the most arduous, sometimes the most exhilarating of circumstances.

18. 6. 2012 | read more...

Chris Ethridge 1947-2012

[by Ken Hunt, London] Bass player Chris Ethridge (top right in photograph), who died on 23 April 2012 in his birth town of Meridian, Mississippi was one of the sidemen whose curriculum vitae was lit with musical magic and yet overshadowed in some way by one of his early excursions into working as a musician, even though he played bass with Willie Nelson during in the 1970s and 1980s.

18. 5. 2012 | read more...

Palghat T.S. Mani Iyer (1912-1981)

[by Ken Hunt, London] The mridangam virtuoso Palghat Mani Iyer, born 100 years ago in Palghat (the anglicised version of Palakkad) in Kerala, was one of the musical giants of the Twentieth Century. Prior to Palghat Mani Iyer, the mridangam had filled the subordinate time- and tempo-supporting role – the usual role of drums in both of the subcontinent’s art music systems and folk traditions. He was one of a generation of musicians that changed the complexion of South Indian music.

23. 1. 2012 | read more...

Zal Yanovsky 1944-2002

[by Ken Hunt, London] The Lovin’ Spoonful – a band that for the day and in the most cool of manners took its name from a Mississippi John Hurt recording – made a music that brought together jug band (skiffle) music, folk, folk-blues and pop into rock sensibility. They did it at a point circa 1966 when nobody knew exactly what was going on and definitely where what was going to go. And Zal Yanovsky was playing the electric guitar that propelled the Lovin’ Spoonful.

10. 10. 2011 | read more...

Ray Fisher 1940-2011

[by Ken Hunt, London] The Scottish folksinger Ray Fisher once told me that she had a series of scheduled performances in Czechoslovakia that were abruptly cancelled when the Soviet bloc forces had the bad manners to invade in 1968. The following year, rescheduled concerts finally took place. She recalled the mayor of one town greeting her. Two Soviet officers flanked him. The mood was tense…

19. 9. 2011 | read more...

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