Graham Reid | | 1 min read
I have mentioned previously how, in 1984, I launched the ambitious -- so ambitious it was doomed -- magazine Passages: The Magazine of Jazz and Elsewhere.
And how at one point the late Jim Langabeer and I imported a bunch of now very rare Soviet free jazz albums recorded illegally in Russia and other places behind the Iron Curtain.
Those tapes were smuggled to Britain and an emigre Leo Feigin pressed them up for his Leo label.
I gave the music and artists big coverage in Passages . . . and we sold barely half a dozen.
We were so far out on the edge of musical taste and curiosity in this country we might as well have been off the planet.
But as I have said previously, at least Jim and I (and about four others) got to hear the music which was, admittedly, somewhat challenging.
I'm not sure what this collage of Passages images and text was used for. But it was done in approximation of the Constructivist style.
Maybe they survived and are in a lockup, but I was throwing wet things out in such haste before the skip was taken away that I can't be sure what survived and what is now landfill.
The records I still have thought. Somewhere in one of the lock-ups.
(If you are courageous and curious you can hear one 48 minute live track by the Ganelin Trio on Spotify here)
For other Art by Elsewhere go here.