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BOB DYLAN, THE ON THE ROAD SERIES (2017): The musician as painter

BOB DYLAN, THE ON THE ROAD SERIES (2017): The musician as painter

24 Jul 2017  |  2 min read

Although most people, including many longtime followers of his music, only know of Bob Dylan's paintings because of his Self Portrait and The Band's Music from Big Pink album covers many decade ago, he has long pursued a creative outlet through the visual arts. He makes large scale sculptures and has presented a number of themed painting and graphic exhibitions in recent... > Read more

Max Romeo: War Ina Babylon (1976)

Max Romeo: War Ina Babylon (1976)

24 Jul 2017  |  2 min read

When Max Romeo's Holding Out My Love to You album was released in '81 it came with heavy patronage: Keith Richards was a Romeo fan and had produced some of the tracks . . . so there was a cover sticker proclaiming "Featuring Keith Richards -- Free Colour Poster of Keith and Mick Inside". Romeo had moved from Jamaica to New York a few years previous (he wrote... > Read more

Max Romeo: Uptown Babies

EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

24 Jul 2017  |  4 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up albums by New Zealand artists, and IN BRIEFdoes for international artists.  You can read her previous... > Read more

THE CITY UNDER THE SKY (2017): Images of Oslo, Norway

THE CITY UNDER THE SKY (2017): Images of Oslo, Norway

24 Jul 2017  |  1 min read

Although Norway is rightly known for its fjords and towering landscapes, the capital city Oslo was established around flatter land. That means that when in the city itself or even at one of the higher points in the mountains nearby -- for example at the extraordinary ski slope run built at Holmenkollen just 30 minutes from the city centre by train -- there is more sky to... > Read more

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Soldier Blue (1971)

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Soldier Blue (1971)

22 Jul 2017  |  1 min read

The great Buffy Sainte-Marie has appeared at Elsewhere previously for her always timely song The Big Ones Get Away, but this exceptional piece deserves to stand in its own right. Part political activism, part patriotic American anthem and a powerful plea underlining it all, Soldier Blue was the title song to a film of the same name which goes largely unseen these days.... > Read more

TEENAGERS; THE RISE OF YOUTH CULTURE IN NEW ZEALAND by CHRIS BRICKELL

TEENAGERS; THE RISE OF YOUTH CULTURE IN NEW ZEALAND by CHRIS BRICKELL

21 Jul 2017  |  5 min read

Sometimes when I am talking to my university students about the rise of rock'n'roll in the Fifties – the first musical genre to specifically target teens – I tell them, just to get their attention again, that my parents were never teenagers. They look bewildered and so I explain: my mother in Scotland left school at 14 and my father in this country at... > Read more

Irma Thomas, The Irma Thomas Collection (1996)

Irma Thomas, The Irma Thomas Collection (1996)

19 Jul 2017  |  3 min read

In music, titles are bestowed by The People rather than being handed down from above -- and they are so singular and specific that there can only be pretenders but no replacement figures. So there is only one King of Rock'n'Roll and that's Elvis, only one Queen of Soul and that will always be Aretha, and only James Brown will ever be considered The Godfather. And Irma... > Read more

Irma Thomas: Wish Somebody Would Care

STEVE HACKETT INTERVIEWED (2017): From Genesis to self-revelation

STEVE HACKETT INTERVIEWED (2017): From Genesis to self-revelation

17 Jul 2017  |  9 min read  |  3

When rock encyclopedias describe Steve Hackett along the lines of “former guitarist with the British progressive rock band Genesis” they do him a disservice. Yes, Hackett was an integral member of the band between the Nursery Cryme album in '71 and Seconds Out ('77), the Peter Gabriel-into-Phil Collins years which most consider the band's finest period.... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . RAY CATHODE: Electronic pioneer or just another knob twiddler?

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . RAY CATHODE: Electronic pioneer or just another knob twiddler?

17 Jul 2017  |  1 min read

In the encyclopedias of electronic music one name stands out for its absence, that of the British experimenter, producer and musician Ray Cathode who, in the very early Sixties, made two revolutionary pieces of music. Regrettably they were the only two he made, but they were with the innovative and acclaimed BBC Radiophonic Orchestra which created the extraordinary... > Read more

Waltz in Orbit

The Mamas and the Papas: Free Advice (1967)

The Mamas and the Papas: Free Advice (1967)

15 Jul 2017  |  <1 min read

Although they looked kind of clean-cut by the hairy standards of the day and sang such pretty songs, what we would learn later was how fraught and seedy some of the internal workings of The Mamas and the Papas were. The song Go Where You You Wanna Go for example was less about living your life in the hippie spirit than John Phillips' address to his wife Michelle's... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . JEANNE DECKERS: From heaven to oblivion on the wings of a song

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . JEANNE DECKERS: From heaven to oblivion on the wings of a song

14 Jul 2017  |  6 min read

When the virginal singer Jeanne Deckers – sometimes Jeannine -- enjoyed a sudden hit in the early Sixties it was clear to anyone outside her circle that her career could only go one of two ways. The first was that she would struggle to follow it up, her life would become a series of disappointments and she would be only remembered as a one-hit wonder. The... > Read more

Dominique

Dr John: Gris Gris (1968)

Dr John: Gris Gris (1968)

12 Jul 2017  |  3 min read

Long careers generally mean the raw and rough edges of the early days are smoothed out, and that audiences forget just how edgy and unusual the artist’s music actually was. So it is with Dr John whose career reaches way back to playing piano in bars as teenager in New Orleans during the 50s alongside legendary figures such as Professor Longhair and Huey Smith.... > Read more

Dr John: Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya

EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

10 Jul 2017  |  4 min read

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column picks up albums by New Zealand artists, and IN BRIEFdoes for international artists.  You can read her previous... > Read more

Twinkle: Terry (1964)

Twinkle: Terry (1964)

8 Jul 2017  |  1 min read  |  1

There's quite a tradition of death ballads in rock -- Pearl Jam tapped into it when they covered Last Kiss which had been recorded to no great public interest by Wayne Cochran in '61. Perhaps the greatest of them all was Leader of the Pack ("look out look out look out!") by the Shangri-Las in '64. Coincidentally at exactly the same time as the Shangri-Las were... > Read more

THE PRE-HISTORY OF SKIFFLE (2017): On the origin of a short-lived species

THE PRE-HISTORY OF SKIFFLE (2017): On the origin of a short-lived species

6 Jul 2017  |  10 min read

As with so many historic moments, at the time it was mundane . . . but became culture changing. This one was something as ordinary as this . . .  By all accounts July 6, 1957 was an unseasonably warm day in Liverpool, even for summer. It was the time of galas, garden parties and fetes. In the middle-class suburb of Woolton, St Peter's church was... > Read more

Rock Island Line by Lonnie Donegan

Souad Massi: Honeysuckle/Mesk Elil (2007)

Souad Massi: Honeysuckle/Mesk Elil (2007)

5 Jul 2017  |  <1 min read

On her two previous albums it was evident that Algerian-born Massi was never going to conform to the prevailing sounds of rai and pop of her homeland. And on this instantly engaging album she takes a step even further away and pulls in Latin sounds alongside her already established, if slightly unusual, blend of Algerian pop-folk with hints of Spanish flamenco music.... > Read more

Tell Me Why

Young Marble Giants: Colossal Youth (1980)

Young Marble Giants: Colossal Youth (1980)

5 Jul 2017  |  2 min read

Just as Dylan emerged in the middle of the day-glo psychedelic era on a quieter rural route with John Wesley Harding, and the Cowboy Junkies whispered their way to the foreground amidst the bellicose noise of grunge, so Young Marble Giants emerged in the post-punk era with something quieter and more considered than the jerky anger of bands like Public Image, Gang of Four and... > Read more

Young Marble Giants: Include Me Out

10 SOMEWHAT RARE REGGAE ALBUMS I'M PROUD TO OWN (2107): Some ire feelings from iStory

10 SOMEWHAT RARE REGGAE ALBUMS I'M PROUD TO OWN (2107): Some ire feelings from iStory

3 Jul 2017  |  11 min read

Strange as it may seem, reggae albums – and some pretty rare ones – were not that difficult to find in New Zealand from the late Seventies and throughout the Eighties. British labels were picking up Black British reggae bands like Steel Pulse, Matumbi, Aswad and others; the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson, Black Uhuru and Culture were on Island Records... > Read more

Valedictions: Pieces (valedictions.co.nz)

Valedictions: Pieces (valedictions.co.nz)

3 Jul 2017  |  <1 min read

While we might bemoan the balkanisation of radio into tightly proscribed formats, at least from an artist's point of view they at least know where to pitch their music. No surprise then that this three-piece Auckland band got an early single Hey Lady on The Rock FM. (The title alone kinda recommends it, right?) They played a Big Day Out years ago, did some... > Read more

Queens

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . TOMMY QUICKLY: The career that couldn't be created

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . TOMMY QUICKLY: The career that couldn't be created

2 Jul 2017  |  1 min read

At the end of '63 the fresh and freckle-faced 18-year old Tommy Quickly was standing at the door of his dreams: he'd been signed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein (who had changed his name from Quigley in the manner of manager Larry Parnes' school of stage names like Vince Eager, Marty Wilde and Billy Fury) and was tipped for massive success. His first single Tip of My... > Read more

Tip of my Tongue

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