Friday, February 23, 2007

Ian Wallace left the building

The drummer of the original King Crimson line-up died after a long bad disease. He recorded and performed with a hundred of great musicians, but I'll remember him as Bob Dylan's drummer during the 1978 world tour and again during the 1991/92 world tour.

I was lucky enough to talk with him once, during a soundcheck that, strangely enough, was open to the general audience, a nice summer day on the wonderful Cote d'Azur, South of France, before a Bob Dylan show, July 1992.

We were both staring at the shining blue sea in front of us, and I remember him as a true gentleman; when I asked him how different Bob Dylan was those days thinking about the end of the 70s, he just told me. "No difference at all. Bob is always the same". Which it tell clearly how different Bob Dylan is for the musicians tha work with him than for all of us average fans...

Ian Wallace, anyway, is the incarnation of the 70s perfect musician; these photos give a memory of an historical era that is too long gone, as well as his words when talking about touring with Dylan in 1978. In the end, rock'n'roll is suppose to be about having a never ending party...

Q: "Was working with Dylan what you expected - regarding it was the time when Bob embraced Christianity?"

IW: "It was, and more. Actually it was a very hedonistic time. Bob hadn't quite found religion, it was the year before all that went down and we all partied hard! Plus we had our own plane in the States, and our own train in Europe. First class all the way".

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

MySpace is kool or The revolution starts now

For ages I thought that all that MySpace business was just another case of kids entertainment only.

So I decided to finally tested myself and of course it could be a kids thing but also is an incredible way for independent artists to promote their music, sending a big fuck off to all the record companies and majors and lawyers and PR men and all that shit, the people who decide what kind of music we have to listen.

Just start your MySpace page (you wont find mine easily hehe...) and start to add a couple of your favourite artists. In a while you will be contacted by tons of young and unknown musicians in search of their glory days. It will be fun: you can listen to them, decide if you want to go further with their music, contact them directly, talk with them and give them a chance. Is like in the old days, when the music was spreading around thanx only to the word of mouth. Today, to give you an idea, i was contacted by a Hong Kong band, another one from Australia and an obscure combo from Minnesota, Usa.

Of course people like Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen have their own MySpace (they understood what is the future of music...) but dont expect them to answer you. Keef Richards have an absolutely cool page anyway.

Hey, even dead artists have their own MySpace page: I got to be friend with my hero Gram Parsons, and to think he died more than 30 years ago... we have nice discussions tho.

Anyway, I like to introduce my first discovery, this beautiful girl from Norwich, Uk. Lisa Redford. She is absolutely brilliant and a terrific vocalist: she already have two albums behind her. Visit her MySpace, search for Parrot Records MySpace.

here Lisa:

Friday, February 16, 2007

thoughts for the weekend

few women admit their age; fewer men act it

I dont suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it

hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off NOW

time is the best teacher; unfortunately, it kills all its students

warning: dates in calendar are closer than they appear

we are born naked, wet and hungry. Then things get worse

make it idiot-proof and someone will make a better idiot

consciousness: that annoying time between naps

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Born on St Valentine day

“Eric Andersen is a great ballad singer”
Bob Dylan

“Eric Andersen is one of our finest singers and songwriters, in the literal sense”
David Fricke, Senior Editor Rolling Stone Magazine

“This is great music from one of the masters”
Robert Palmer, former chief music critic of the New York Times and author of Deep Blues.

“Best example of the 70’s songwriter movement”
Rolling Stone Record Guide

“Andersen is the most elegant of singers. He is powered by the singular mix of irony and high romanticism that fuels his classic work”
Paul Evans, Rolling Stone Magazine

happy birthday, Eric

Friday, February 09, 2007

On a day like this

"Nessuno nella mia famiglia ha mai divorziato. È una cosa inconcepibile, nessuno lo ha mai fatto. Così quando mi sono sposato, non ho mai pensato al divorzio. Credevo sarebbe durata per sempre".

"Credo nel matrimonio. Non credo nei matrimoni aperti. La libertà sessuale conduce ad altre libertà".

"La famiglia riunisce l'intero mondo. Capisci che è tutto una cosa sola. Dipinge un quadro migliore che semplicemente stare con una ragazza e viaggiare per il mondo o star fuori tutta la notte".

"Se hai dei figli, dovresti essere sposato".

Bob Dylan

Friday, February 02, 2007

No Pussy Blues

No Pussy Blues

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“I nostri sogni e desideri sono appesi al gancio da macellaio di un consumismo rampante. È il bambino che si affaccia alla vetrina di una pasticceria fissando una torta, ma il proprietario con i suoi manicotti di plastica gli chiude la porta in faccia. È l’urlo nell’oscurità di ogni uomo" (Nick Cave)

Green green grass of home

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