The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson: A New Film By Julien Temple

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2015 by johnny haddo

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Bob Dylan and Paul Clayton

Posted in Uncategorized on November 8, 2015 by johnny haddo

Bring You Chickens

One of Bob Dylan’s greatest songs is “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” (1962). Apparently, Dylan learned the tune from Paul Clayton’s song “Who’s Goin’ to Buy You Ribbons When I’m Gone?” (1960). And Clayton seems to have gotten at least the lyrical idea for his song from an older song called “Who’s Gonna Buy Your Chickens When I’m Gone.”

Here’s a passage from Spitz’s biography of Dylan:

A more delicate wrinkle arose of the authorship of “Don’t Think Twice.” No one complained about the lyric; it was so damn original that folksingers admitted losing sleep over it. But the melody had a familiar ring to it. Word began to spread that Bob had lifted it almost note for note from Paul Clayton’s ballad, “Who’s Gonna Buy Your Ribbon Saw.” That in itself wasn’t a contemptible offense. By definition, folk music encouraged an element of borrowing from sources to preserve…

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Now In Stock: Leeds & Catlin / American Record Co. – Hawthorne & Sheble – International Record Co. Discographies

Posted in Uncategorized on September 28, 2015 by johnny haddo

WISE BROTHERS FLOG KING MOB ARCHIVE TO TATE BRITAIN!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2015 by johnny haddo

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Oh what fun it is to see –  the situationists flogging their back catalogue to Tate Britain. From viewing the Tate’s magazine you can see wannabee situationist/angry brigader HARI KUNZRU enthusing over Tate Britain’s acquisitionof the Wise Brothers KING MOB archive…..www.tate.org.uk/tateetc/issue13/kingmob

Front cover of a King Mob anti-culture publication

Front cover of a King Mob anti-culture publication
Courtesy Tate Archive © Tate. Photo: Rod Tidnam

The gap here should be taken up with a King Mob cover picture – but its now Tate copywrite!

Now I’ve never met either Dave or Stuart Wise and they’ve always been a bit too clever by half sniffy about Class War but what the fuck – they’ve produced some of the most exciting and radical projects and writing from the 60s onwards – and still do at their website www.revoltagainstplenty.com with the top meditation on pub closures’Last Orders for the local’. The there was KING MOB ECHO/UP AGAINST THE WALL MOTHERFUCKER/SUMMER OF A 1,00 JULYS/ONCE UPON…

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The Nyckelharpa

Posted in Uncategorized on August 16, 2015 by johnny haddo

Excavated Shellac

sellin1From the Great Steppe, we now travel to the middle of Sweden, to a small village about five miles outside the city of Örebro called Tysslinge. In the previous entry we focused on the morin khuur of Mongolia, and now we’ll pause for a little rumination on one of the most dignified and fascinating stringed instruments of Europe, the nyckelharpa.

Without a doubt, the nyckelharpa, sometimes described as the bowed hurdy-gurdy, is positively medieval. Its origins date back to at least the middle of the 14th century, and documentation of its use and existence under various names and slight iterations appear in church paintings, early books on music, and relief sculptures, for several hundred years, until the modern era. The nyckelharpa is a “keyed fiddle,” and quite large. Played with a bow and held with a strap around the neck, the instrument today has 16 strings and 37 keys…

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This Day in Jazz – The greatest photograph in the history of Jazz

Posted in Uncategorized on August 15, 2015 by johnny haddo

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Great_Day_in_Harlem

Photographer Art Kane took the most wonderful photograph in jazz history – remarkable for many reasons. In features 57 of the best jazz musicians and the image has come to be called, ‘A Great Day In Harlem’.

Kane, a freelance photographer was on assignment for Esquire magazine, and took the picture at around 10 a.m. on 12 August 1958 at 17 East 126th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenue in Harlem. Esquire published the photo in its January 1959 issue. In 1994 a TV documentary was made as to how this incredible photo came to be taken, one that Quincy Jones calls, “An astonishing photograph.”

What makes this photo so extraordinary is that it was Art Kane’s first photo shoot; he was an art director for various New York magazines. He was given the chance and it was Kane’s idea to take the photo in Harlem, a risk on many…

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The Adventures of Tintin in the Opium Empire

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2015 by johnny haddo

Points: The Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society

Tintin in the Opium Empire

At a very early age we have been exposed to one of the most influential images of drug use in our culture. Reading as children the comic book The Blue Lotus, we see Tintin lying in an opium den in Shanghai (named The Blue Lotus) and pretending to smoke an opium pipe. To children the book is of course only a gripping and exotic adventure story. Opium dens have disappeared from our cities. But the image lasts, permanently fixing associations of passivity, otherness, and harmfulness with the smoking of opium.

High on Opium

The Blue Lotus shows that drugs are tools used by sinister dealers and foreign powers in their attempts to enslave free people. An image in a comic book that is so powerful that children and adults continue to read it up until the present day. In 1999 the readers of the…

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