https://youtu.be/L-Ds-FXGGQg To paraphrase Mark Ellen (who was talking about Van Morrison), I would guess there are two kinds of people when it comes to Chuck Berry: those who like his music; and those who have met him. As a black artist whose work had been appropriated, stolen, lifted, plagiarised etc. several times by white artists, Chuck … Continue reading Charles “Chuckles” Berry, 1926–2017
Elodie got this for Christmas, but she also got Johnny Marr’s book, so I nabbed this to read quickly. I confess, I’d been looking forward to Elodie receiving it. Springsteen writes very well – you can hear his voice behind the long sentences, full of detail, full of lists and parataxis. And the story he … Continue reading Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (book)
It's been 23 years since I last saw Springsteen live. That time, at the Milton Keynes Bowl, was disappointing. The Bowl is a terrible venue, for a start, and Bruce was without the E Street Band. The show was lacklustre, and has no fond memories for me. Prior to that, I saw him twice at Wembley. … Continue reading Bruce at the Ricoh, Coventry
I entirely blame the crapness of the iTunes curators for this, but Jason Isbell and his album Southeastern completely passed me by until recently, when I read about him in an article by one of my two trusted sources for Country music news and information. The first of these is Grady Smith, who has been … Continue reading The River and Southeastern
One of the undoubted benefits of the YouTube era has been the surprising availability of almost miraculous cultural artefacts. For example, I still can't quite get my head around the fact that you can find a concert film of the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964. Back in 1977, when the 1964 and 1965 … Continue reading Joy
UK iTunes Store users who are also Bruce Springsteen fans will have noticed a burgeoning of bootlegs on the store over the past couple of years. There's some kind of loophole, right? There are so many by now that it's hard to choose between them. For example, from the 1978 (Darkness on the Edge of … Continue reading Winterland Night – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
No. (That's just to fulfil the obligation that all headlines that ask questions can be answered with "No." Read on to know why.) A perusal of the UK Top 40 album chart for the week of 22 November 1975 is enough to confirm the answer: PERRY COMO 40 Greatest Hits JIM REEVES 40 Golden Greats PETERS … Continue reading Was London “at last” ready for Bruce Springsteen in 1975?