(Thank you very much Zaria for sending this to me!)
Currently I’m reading Ride A White Swan by Lesley-Ann Jones,and must say, I am really enjoying it! (To someone with a limited knowledge of Marc Bolan and T Rex, it is a gratifying read.)
It begins with Marc’s childhood, in the poorer parts of London, just two years after world ar two. The details are incredibly vivid, richly nostalgic, bringing alive a portrait of the era. It’s unique, in a way; a lot of ‘rock stars’ (Gosh, I hate that word!) were born the same year, buy very different backgrounds.
It was also a book of revelations:
-Marc and (elder) brother Harry were apparently raised to be ‘nice, jewish boys’, to paraphrase from the book. He was apparently proud of his background. (I say apparently, because he isn’t here to speak for himself!)
-It is very possible that Marc was dyslexic.
-There was a band prior to T Rex (two if you want to be precise, in a way.)
If you’re a rock fan, this is a credible piece of work; it’ll have you smiling when reading. The pictures are also a great asset-such as of a very young Elton John. Having not been around at that time, I really thought that they went well together.
I also cannot wait to read the authors debut novel!
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I was lucky enough to be asked to review Hypoxia, released today, by One Little Indian Records. An albumm of great emotional depth, it isn’t one to disappoint-and, being inspired by The Bell Jar (click here to view our review of the book), what’s not to love?
It was a surreal experience to share these songs that felt like secrets
Featuring 9 tracks that accumulate to a half hour of listening, it opens with the song Electric and finishes with Part of us. As most records go,it has a good sense of narrative, seemingly following the full circle of Sylvia Plath’s life. There are a full range of emotions-anger, sadness, happiness-and it really gets under the skin of the listener.
There is also quite a haunting lyrical quality, much like Plath’s original poems; it’s unique, and very emotive. I like this album, very simply, beyond words.
I also like that this is a very literature orientated album-being based on The Bell Jar-and I felt it was enriching, being a Plath fan. Such as on the track Tango With Marco, I understood that it mirrored events in the book, and how it was symbolic. I felt like I knew Plath’s work just a little better through it also.
5. Beating heart.
6. Tango with Marco.
7. When nothing means less.
8. The mind is its own place.
9. Part of us.
There are three tracks particularly I’d like to single out: Cuckoo, Electric, and Tango with Marco. These three tracks I loved best of all-and I’m not sure what made them stand out at all. This album is clearly a labor of love, and each listener should cherish each time they play. Overall, I give it a 10/10.
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*Sorry that this is very late-nearly by two months in fact. I was waiting for all the show clips to be uploaded to Youtube!*
Way back in January, I was lucky enough to see Anastacia live in London, and enjoyed it very much. To put it simply. As part of the Resurrection tour of this year, I felt very lucky-and enjoyed singing along with all the other fans who had congregated into the tiny place it was being held at.
A highlight was the Ask Anastacia-where, prior to the show, Fans would put messages in a box for her. One of them was ‘Can you sing why’d you lie to me?’ She obliged-with an impressive a Capella version. (See below in the Youtube clip.) That really was a great highlight of the show.
One of my favorite numbers was Left Outside Alone-having been a favorite of mine for many years-which made a great start to the show. There was also the point she made about not swearing, or dressing in skimpy costumes, in case of small children. One was even lucky enough to be allowed up on stage with her, join in Stupid Little Things, and have Happy Birthday sung to her.
That really was a great show; I am very glad to have seen it, and feel immensely privileged to have sang along. It was radically different to QUEEN and Adam Lambert (review here) who I’d seen a week earlier, but I still enjoyed it. You just can’t compare, can you? This was more just about Anastacia and fans-no flashy lights, costume changes, etc.
What do you think? Have you seen Anastacia live?
(Sorry for the lateness! )
One of my Christmas presents was tickets to see QUEEN and Adam Lambert. To put it very simply, this was one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen…it was a brilliant concert.
I am a QUEEN fan: I will admit it. But I never did get to see Freddie Mercury-Adam did do a pretty good job though..he reached all the high notes, and had the audience in the palms of his hands.
There were so many old hits:
-Tie Your Mother Down
-Fat Bottomed Girls
-We will rock you
-Love of my life
-Crazy Little Thing Called Love
-We are the champions.
-These are the days of our lives.
….to name only a few!
One of my favorite parts was the’ drum battle’ between Roger, and his son, Rufus. It was really impressive. There was also the classic guitar solo from Brian May. The’ Red Special’ looked small from where I was sitting, but it does make so many varied sounds. Attached to the end of it was a ‘Selfie- stick’, meaning that some members of the audience could be seen on a screen, in a shape of a ‘Q’ .
It’s also obvious to see the QUEEN’S popularity isn’t abating yet: so many fans, young and old, were singing along that night. It was deafening! But the show did have quite a sense of unity…it was hugely enjoyble. Everyone in the arena joined at the’ Ready Freddie’ part of Crazy Little Thing Called Love. There where virtually no seats left empty.
Have you been to any shows recently?
Recently, I’ve been reading “Reading Jackie” by William Kuhn- hence the reason for the review:
At 353 pages, it’s quite an in- depth book about the publishing career of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. After the death of John.F.Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis, Jackie- over two decades-bought out over a hundred books at two different publisher’s.
This is the story of the editorial career of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, begining when she was twenty- one, when she entered Vogue’s Prix De Paris, and ending at the age of Sixty Four as a respected Editor.
Over the duration, Jackie bought out books at two different publisher’s ; relying on her taste, the books she published were beautiful, and attuned very much to its visual image.
Before reading this, I didn’t know that Jackie and her sister Lee published a book in 1974: it’s called “One Special Summer” and is about there 1951 trip round Europe. I also didn’t know that Jackie had worked wwith Micheal Jackson on the book Moonwalk.
Jackie, noted by Nancy Tuckerman, ” liked things of a scholarly nature” . This was reflected in her choices of books- such as Secrets of Mary Antoinette, Indian Courtly life, and Allure.
In this book, you can see the reader Jackie- not just the wife of President Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis.
I like this book as it’s a very in- depth and interesting read; it shows Jackie in a very different light, and is very well articulated. I give it a 9/10. For any Jackie fan, I’d recommend it…