Being a teenager in Hamilton in the seventies involved quite a bit of drinking. There wasn’t a lot to do and it seemed like one of the ways to get out at the time though it was really only a path further into itself.
Goneville: A Memoir Nick Bollinger AWA Press In a stunning piece of sustained writing, Nick Bollinger’s memoir of his time running with band across the country in the 1970s, brings to mind several of his finest reviews, interviews and features – in that Bollinger’s writing always takes you there: to the music, in the music, […]
I became obsessed with her Every little bit I knew or thought I could trust Is it even possible to fall in love in this way For a moment there I really thought I had fallen in again A friend on social media and I couldn’t get her out of my head It was sudden […]
Paul Williams, Classics (1977) For a long time, I’m sure, it wasn’t cool to say you liked Paul Williams – but I remember the songs from childhood. And then I found out he not only wrote Rainbow Connection but that first Muppet Movie film soundtrack which is one of the totems of my lifetime. And […]
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Directors: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady Loki Films/Thirteen/WNET He’s 93 and sharp as anything – and what a life of impact – Norman Lear is one of the greatest minds to have ever worked in television. A showrunner for so many big-deal TV shows in America in the […]
Various Artists: VINYL (Music from the HBO Original Series, Vol. 1) Atlantic Recording Corporation & Warner Bros. Records, Inc/WEA International Inc. The much-hyped Martin Scorsese/Mick Jagger-executive produced VINYL has debuted – bringing with it a first volume of soundtrack recordings. The plan – for a show called VINYL – is to have digital-only releases popping […]
V/A, The Leopard Lounge (2003) Spotted this one in the ‘Rare and Interesting’ pile, always a good place to look. I remember this – and other compilations like it – (on CD) from my days in music retail. Some of them were great comps, good ways of collecting a few favourites, kitsch and otherwise. And […]
Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s Tom Doyle Polygon Here we have a look at Paul McCartney’s seventies decade, painted as a time of tumult for one of the world’s biggest pop stars. It’s interesting to study McCartney in the isolation of one decade. The 1970s was the decade that saw Paul […]