Bobby Womack: My Story by Bobby Womack and Robert Ashton, review: ‘honest and hard-boiled’

Neil McCormick (The Telegraph) writes: The soul veteran Bobby Womack died in June this year, aged 70, after health problems that included cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Frankly, reading his smart, punchy autobiography, it’s a wonder he lived as long as he did. He opens dramatically with a story of being shot by his first wife […]

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The classical school of rock

Gramophone magazine writes: Jonny Greenwood and Bryce Dessner are just two of a growing number of rock musicians who are writing music for the ‘classical’ concert hall. Pwyll ap Siôn traces the origins of a musical revolution… It starts with a trickle. In 2004 the London Sinfonietta give the first performance of Jonny Greenwood’s smear, […]

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The tough realities behind vinyl’s comeback

Joel Oliphint writes:  If we’re talking about vinyl in 2014, we have to talk about Jack White. In April, rock‘n’roll’s self-appointed analog evangelist celebrated Record Store Day by teaming up with United Record Pressing in Nashville to put out the “World’s Fastest Released Record.” At 10 a.m., White and his band recorded a live version […]

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Readers’ letters: Excellent music site

Hello Howard, just a musical site you are very, very unlikely to stumble upon otherwise: http://www.planetaquarium.com/eng/main.html following their recent concert in Royal Albert Hall – hugely influential in Russia since early 80-s, albeit virtually unknown in the West, the No 1 Russian indie group Aquarium.  They have quite a cult following in the USA. Highly […]

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