A very rare and obscure taped double album from the early 70’s called Apache/Inca found its way into the hands of writer, publisher, label owner, musician and lover of all things from the psychedelic era, Mike Stax. Mike Stax became so fascinated by this album that he spent the next 15 years of his life […]
Yes, they sing in Swedish but that haven’t stopped them from being very well liked in other countries. Their fast 2-bar music with catchy melodies makes them nothing short of amazing. Asta Kask forms a fund for a lot of Swedish punk bands that appeared in the 1980s and 1990s. Among Asta Kask’s own influences […]
When American rock music spread across Europe in the late 1950s, it was integrated with the countries’ own cultural heritage. In the UK, the road to rock’n’roll went via skiffle, fast folk music on the banjo and washboard. In 1956, John Lennon formed a slate group, the Quarrymen, of which Paul McCartney and George Harrison […]
In November 1971, Ginger Baker, the legendary drummer of Cream and Blind Faith, decided to set up a recording studio in Lagos, then the capital of Nigeria. Baker was one of the first rock musicians to realize the potential of African music. He also decided that it would be a rewarding musical experience to travel […]
Ragtime, while an obvious precursor of jazz, is a written [ie. composed] music rather than an improvised form of music. Despite sharing the syncopated base that was an essential element in later jazz, ragtime was performed as written and had a strict form (usually with an “A” section followed by a “B” section and then a return to the “A” section – or some variation of this) and was often played by military or brass bands. During it’s peak period (before 1920) most ragtime recordings are by orchestras or bands or are vocal recordings of ragtime songs. Ragtime recordings can frequently (but not always) be identified by the use of the word rag or ragtime in the title.
Read The History About The Music Style Ragtime Here! Scott Joplin (c. 1868 – April 1, 1917) was an American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the “King of Ragtime”. During his brief career, he wrote over 100 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first and most popular […]
Manhattan Research Inc.’ is a posthumous compilation from inventor and early electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott. It contains over just over two hours’-worth of space-age pop jingles and library-flavoured electronic music. It’s a perfect release both for those wanting to explore the history of synth music and for listeners who are just after some playful, retro-futurist […]
Apart from being a blues musician, Thomas was a gravedigger and folk artist known for his sculptures featuring actual human teeth.
Born 14 October 1926 in Eden, Mississippi, died 26 June 1993 in Greenville, Mississippi. Thomas was raised by his grandparents, who gave him his nickname “Son” as a term of endearment. In 1967 he was discovered by researcher William Ferris, who documented his life in the book “Blues From The Delta” and in five films.
ON an evening in late February at a club here called the Monkey House, there was a family reunion of sorts. As the band Rough Francis roared through a set of anthemic punk rock, Bobby Hackney leaned against the bar and beamed. Three of his sons Bobby Jr., Julian and Urian are in […]
This post is mainly for those new to the genre or rather concept of Northern Soul. Those that already know can find a couple of documentaries to watch or to download the book “Northern Soul: Music, drugs and subcultural identity” as a pdf further down this on the side. I Loooooooove Northern Soul, the cheer […]
Rude boy, rudeboy, rudie, rudi, and rudy are slang terms that originated in 1960s Jamaican street culture, and that are still used today. In the late 1970s, there was a revival in England of the terms rude boy and rude girl, among other variations, being used to describe fans of two-tone ska. The use of these terms moved into the more contemporary ska punk movement as well. […]
The first all African-American punk music band was called Pure Hell (also Death is credited with that, and the debate will continue), they where formed in 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pure Hell released their only single ‘These Boots Were Made for Walking’/’No Rules’ in 1978. An album ‘Noise Addiction’ was recorded the same year, but not released until 2005. … and they where fu**kin awesome!
Country singer Johnny Cash cultivated a bad boy image and was so good at it many thought he was a hardened criminal who did time behind bars. He was a guest at a few different prisons, but as a performer, not an inmate. And while prison destroys many lives, it was the performance at Folsom that saved Cash.
I have loved Motörhead forever and ever, the music, the “I don’t give a fuck” attitude, the look of Lemmy and the band (especially the early years) and that they have always stayed the same, no spandex pants in 1984, curled hair in 1988 or big pants in 1998. One of my all-time favorite bands. […]
One early morning in mid-May 1998, police were called to a hotel in Malmö. Several guests have complained about a loud party that never seems to want to put an end to the after-party.
When the patrol opens the door, they are met by total chaos. A large hole has been drilled in the ceiling, someone has sprayed glue over the carpet and the toilet is full of debris. The floor in the corridor is covered with pills and sequins. In the middle of the mess are five disillusioned musicians in their 20s. Some of them are drawn with lines on the face. It is reminiscent of war paintings.