The ‘G, H, I’ index to AMERICA’S Gift: THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOW BLUES EVOLVED. James Hewlett started the blues ball rolling Believe it or not, a Trinidadian actor performing Shakespeare’s Hamlet in New York in 1822, one James Hewlett, is known to have bowed to audience pressure and interrupted his soliloquy to sing a popular American slave song of the… Continue reading GHI of blues. The genre’s kick-starters
The DEF of the America’s Gift Index. Anyone here you know? Daddy Stovepipe first recorded in 1924 aged 60. He’s in AMERICA’S Gift Here’s more of the AMERICA’S Gift index. THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOW BLUES EVOLVED. OUT NOW! D starts with Daddy Stovepipe, possibly the earliest blues performer ever known? Born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1867, Daddy entered… Continue reading The DEF of blues, starting with Daddy Stovepipe
UPDATED April 12th 2017 The A, B and C of the AMERICA’S Gift book index. Talk about a revolution. American music’s evolution into blues and rock & roll. Just in case you think America’s Gift is a stodgy old history book, it’s been described as a lightening read. America’s Gift is also a BIG read: 11′… Continue reading Here’s my ABC (of blues).
Once upon a time the BBC made a habit of making world-class television, but I’m afraid those days are long gone. They can’t even get the sound quality right these days, let alone all the naïve writing creeping in, clueless direction and unrealistic plot lines pandering to political correctness. I put it down to young executives with no life experience controlling… Continue reading The Walking Dead, blues albums and English actors
“Thanks so much for the article on Lonnie Johnson, Paul. It’s a shame he isn’t better known today. What a phenomenal talent.” Rob Monroe @RobMonroeVideo, Virginia. 2 October 2015. Gary Richrath in his prime. He sadly died this month When I first heard REO Speedwagon around 1971, I thought what fantastic hard rock band these… Continue reading RIP Gary Richrath. Another 1970s rock-guitar-great passes away
Marc Maron: podcasting’s new king I’ve just been listening to the American stand-up comedian and podcast sensation, Marc Maron, interviewing Iggy Pop (see link lower on the page). What an interesting encounter this was, probably the most lucid and relaxed I’ve heard Iggy yet. Much of the credit must go to Maron’s depth of knowledge regarding his subject matter.… Continue reading Rolling Stones to U.S. presidents
Updated 12 August 2016. The Bloody Nerve – the new biography I’ve written numerous official biographies in my time for many bands and artists, from Paul McCartney & Wings for Tony Barrow International, to Gary Moore’s first band Skid Row for CBS, and even Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. So it was interesting getting back into the swing… Continue reading The Bloody Nerve. The band that rose from the ashes
UK’s music venues down on their knees Just as I finished Dave Haslem’s entertaining new book, Life After Dark, A History of British Nightclubs and Music Venues, I read that the UK music venue and nightclub industry is on its knees. Almost half have closed in the last ten years, say the newspapers. Some 3,144 venues offered late… Continue reading Life after dark but how much longer?
Jimmy Page with The Tower House, left. Next door is Robbie Williams’ Woodland House Sunday was gorgeous in London, hitting 27c, so we took a stroll to Holland Park, on the way passing Jimmy Page’s 1875 gothic mansion, on the park’s edge. Now, we all know Jimmy’s interest in witchcraft, black magic and Satanism, and his house certainly fits the… Continue reading Jimmy Page and that old black magic
Updated 26 May 2016 The first ever electric guitar hit record also happened to be blues: Floyd’s Guitar Blues. But before that, here’s Bennie Moten’s iconic band. Guitarist Eddie Durham is 2nd left, next to that great blues vocalist, Jimmy Rushing, left We’re talking 1939 here when the electric guitar was in its infancy. As it happens,… Continue reading Electric guitar blues. The first hit record.