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Desssert Isssland Dissscs – Take 3

[Speaking to Roy Plomley’s head in a jar] For my third appearance on the show, Roy, I’ve selected eight disks that mean a lot to me, right now. For those spotting trends, this selection sees a welcome return of two from my first island visit, but none at all from my second. What was I […]

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Charles “Chuckles” Berry, 1926–2017

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 Berry […]

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Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (book)

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 […]

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Bruce at the Ricoh, Coventry

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. […]

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Chicago 2016/01/19

Because the snowstorm called Jonah caused the cancellation of a gig in New York City, the Springsteen organisation made available a free download – for two days only – of a Chicago gig of a few days before. It was the 19th January 2016, just the second date of the 2016 River Tour. You can […]

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The Ties That Bind – The River Collection

I’ve written quite recently about The River, and it has been at the forefront of my mind lately, mainly because my younger daughter has grown to love Springsteen, and we have conversations about which is my favourite album. And it comes back to this, the Springsteen album that I got for my 18th birthday, and […]

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Was London “at last” ready for Bruce Springsteen in 1975?

 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 […]

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Night Moves – I wonder who’s kissing her now?

David Hepworth blogged some time ago about the album Back in ’72, released in 1973 by Bob Seger, pointing out that he had it on vinyl, and that it had (unusually) never been released on CD. He was wrong, of course: in this wild west age, it is available on CD (apparently, this is an Argentinian […]