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Sidney Bechet and friends

Over time Bechet had increasing difficulty finding musical gigs; he eventually started a tailor shop with Ladnier. During this time, they were visited by various musicians, and played in the back of their shop. Throughout the 1940s, Bechet played in several bands, but his financial situation did not change until the end of that decade.[8]

By the end of the 1940s, Bechet tired of struggling to make music in the United States. His contract with Jazz Limited, a Chicago-based record label, was limiting the events where he could perform, for instance excluding the 1948 Festival of Europe in Nice. He believed that the jazz scene in the US had little left to offer him and that was getting stale.[8]

Bechet relocated to France in 1950 after performing as a soloist at the Paris Jazz Fair. His performance at the fair resulted in a surge in his popularity in France. After that, Bechet had little problem finding well-paid work in France.…

McCartney and Lennon

You could take the Mail version or the Telegraph:

Sir Paul McCartney: I’m frustrated Lennon’s assassination made him a martyr

This is another one where someone should actually read the interview before commenting. The comments also reflected the bias over the two men – there are McCartneyites and Lennonites and the heading above is no accident about which I prefer.

Some woman at the Telegraph posted 12 comments in a row extolling Lennon. You can see her now at the keyboard, furiously bashing away and breaking the keys as she posts comment after comment after comment.

McCartney made the point that while he was away, Lennon and some other guy had agreed that the songs would be credited Lennon and McCartney – even McCartney’s songs.  And he pointed out that in this digital age of foreshortened lines, Hey Jude is listed as by Lennon.

That would p*** me off mightily, not on it’s own because I realize it’s a minor or petty matter but in the context of the whole eclipsing business by Lennon.…

Jackson Browne

Might be age but think I’ve mentioned a few times on this blog that I met Jackson Browne in Australia and it was a thrill. While my mates were off chatting up Daryl Hannah, I was chatting to Jackson Browne.

I’ve listened to the live versions on youtube and they weren’t bad but somehow they can’t beat the original with the Magritte tribute.  This song is about the sensitive subject of suicide and I’m still cursing myself that I mentioned his wife to him and broke the spell.

Headmaster once said to me that I was the cow which gave good milk, then kicked the bucket over. Ho hum:

Charlie McCoy

Charlie McCoy was a session muso:

#  “We always compare the song to a picture,” explained McCoy, whose harmonica blowing stood out for its velocity and melodic phrasing. “We’re just here to provide the frame, to make the picture look and sound good. If you didn’t learn that your career would be shot.”

#  “As musicians you don’t get to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to a session,” McCoy said, lounging in a chair at the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where a plaque attests to his achievements. “Only if they weren’t paying union rates.”

But Columbia, Dylan’s record label, had ordered him not to step foot in “backwards” Tennessee.

McCoy said: “The bible of that movement was Rolling Stone magazine and it was not kind to Nashville. Quotes like ‘cookie-cutter music, all business and no art, assembly line music’. But we were A-list musicians who knew how to get a lot of music, at high quality, in a very short space of time, on a small budget.

Buddy Bolden

Wiki on this one:

Known as King Bolden (see Jazz royalty), and his band was a top draw in New Orleans (the city of his birth) from about 1900 until 1907, when he was incapacitated by schizophrenia (then called dementia praecox). He left no known surviving recordings, but he was known for his very loud sound and constant improvisation.…

Florence and the Glastonbury

The Mash:


Was reading a bit about Florence and the Machine, how they were so named, listened to a couple of tracks – she’s OK. Nothing terribly bad, nothing exciting – just girly music of today with pap lyrics and nicey-nicey chords, the “Machine” part of it acting tough and trying hard to have cred.

What I like best about her is that she’s replaced Kanye West as headliner so, of the two options in the poll, I went with the majority – frightening:

florence and the machine

Amon Düül II

renate klaup

In the wake of Paris ’68 and the general feeling across Europe that it really was the Revolution – this was the time of Munich, the feelgood part of the 60 had died, heavier, darker, protracted sounds were taking over – young people were heavily into things their parents and teachers could not countenance and I was no exception.

Looking at Higham MkIV of today, the ultra-socially-conservative defender of yoof from this sort of thing, it’s hard to credit that we were not just left but far left.…