The American Folk Blues Festival 1962 - 1966
; Vol 2
; Vol 3
- The festival was an annual event with dozens of classic blues greats like Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters & Howlin' Wolf playing to appreciative UK audiences. "Attendees
at Manchester in 1962, the first ever venue for the festival in Britain, included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Jimmy Page. Subsequent attendees at the first London festivals are believed to have also included such influential musicians as Eric Burdon, Eric Clapton, and Steve Winwood. Collectively these were the primary movers in the blues explosion that would lead to the British Invasion." [more inside]
A while back folk duo Paul and Storm created a song 'Write Like The Wind
' urging G R R Martin to finish A Song Of Ice & Fire
aka Game Of Thrones
as soon as possible. During a recent live performance of said song the duo experienced an interruption.
"Whether writing as herself, or through one of the many voices she heard in her head, Previn's sinister riverboat chansons revealed the pain, games, lies and loneliness behind the L.A. free love myth. 1971's Mythical Kings And Iguanas was, perhaps, the peak point of Previn's eerily confessional style containing the searingly honest Lemon Haired Ladies
and The Lady With The Braid
, both of which recount encounters between young men and single older women in chilling detail. Her third album, Reflections In A Mud Puddle was a concept album based upon her life with her father, and contained the astonishing Doppelganger
, a Weillian Sympathy For The Devil in which the world's evils are found to lurk in all of us. " Singer-Songwriter Dory Previn has died.
(previously on Metafilter
A new urban dance craze is sweeping across the UK, taking it back to old skool
often known as "The Last Shantyman
," authored a book
called Shanties From the Seven Seas
, based on his own work experiences in the last days of sail. Influential in the folk revival, the book is one of the most important written sources for music sung aboard ships in the 19th and early 20th century, the "Bible" of sea music
. Decades of chanteying in pubs and at festivals have kept many of the songs alive, but in most cases they've strayed stylistically from the verses and versions Hugill collected, or dropped out of popularity entirely. Now, one musician
is returning to the source and creating a new audio archive for the original versions of the songs as written, by singing through the more than 400 songs in the book, one song each week, and posting the songs on YouTube, with commentary
. [more inside]
"I was listening to the radio and it’s one of those moments where you have to stop what you’re doing and pay full attention.”
, met composer Andre' Previn
while working in MGM's music dept. in the 1960s. They collaborated on movie music such as "A Second Chance"
and "Valley Of The Dolls"
. Andre' divorced Dory in 1969 to marry Mia Farrow. Following this, Dory Previn recorded six original albums
known for their wit
and confessional tone
. Dory Previn unofficially retired in 1976 and has been reluctant to give interviews. However, she released a free online album, Planet Blue
in 2002. She gave a rare interview
to the Times in February. She talked about her influences and meeting Howard Hughes with Bernadette Cahill
John Fahey - Fare Forward Voyagers
John Fahey - Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Palace Of King Phillip XIV
Clips from a 2 hour performance at
the Euphoria Tavern in Portland, Oregon from 1976. Among the cognoscenti at FaheyGuitarPlayers
, the consensus is that these clips display Fahey in rare form on a very good night.
Apart from Fahey, Bohemia Visual Music
aka Mike Nastra, the contributor of these clips, provides an interesting assortment of way too hip YouTubery offerings including, among others, Spike Jones, Dimandas Galas, Gene Krupa, Tuxedo Moon, Sun Ra, Pere Ubu and the Holy Modal Rounders.
Aside from the usual crap, YouTube has a great selection of
one the most
song of all time: All Along the Watchtower
. Classics like Hendrix (live
), Neil Young (at DailyMotion
with better sound) and U2
--and some great contemporary versions like Keziah
Jones' blazingly-fast version
Bradley Fish's 12-instrument (including Chinese Zither) version
, Michael Hedges’
even a quite good version of DMB's much-maligned cover
. What doesn't really rank: Dylan's original.