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General music chat / Motown for sale
« on: June 11, 2018, 03:28:06 PM »
The Universal records webstore (Udiscover) have got some interesting discounted vinyl ítems right now, among them some Motown E. P. s collections:

Websites and Links / Sta-prests history
« on: June 07, 2018, 05:17:15 PM »
An interesting corporate blog entry about the origin of Levi's sta-prests, written no doubt to promote the current (disappointing, IMO) versión of the troos:

Websites and Links / Herbie Hancock
« on: May 21, 2018, 08:57:34 AM »
Nice little interview with mr Watermelon man, and great story involving Miles Davis:

General music chat / Gene Clark 1967
« on: May 20, 2018, 03:31:56 PM »
This well might be the discovery of the year, no less than 14 demos recorded by the great Gene Clark in 1967 for Mercury Records! The brief snippet of a song I've sampled in Amazon (Doctor Doctor) is nothing short of stunning, classic mid-60s US folk-rock. If the remaining tracks are up to this level, we're in for a treat. Due to appear mid-june.

Books and other printed media / The Beats
« on: April 30, 2018, 06:42:22 PM »
Another photograpy book that might tick the right boxes for popular culture & jazz aficionados in a broad sense:

Websites and Links / Organ combos
« on: April 30, 2018, 11:09:37 AM »
The producer and author of the "Soul Jazz" book I talked about many moons ago talks about organ combos, pretty interesting:

Books and other printed media / A way of life
« on: April 27, 2018, 05:35:34 PM »

Truth is I hadn't high hopes regarding this book. I thought it'd be a badly-assembled artifact to cash in last years' interest in popular culture and subcultures. Now that I'm midway thru' it, I (gladly) have to admit I was wrong. Not that you'll find much new stuff here, but it's a worthy addition to any mod library, in spite of the uninspired title.

Basically it's a photographs book with the original (60s) mod movement as its subject, and in that sense it works just as it should: hardcover edition, good paper, good reproduction of the images, perfect size to handle (smaller than a coffee table book but large enough to watch the pics comfortably), simple but nice pages' layout and overall design (with motifs based on the RAF target)...

Most of the pictures, as I've stated, are fairly well known to anyone interested in modernism (including the iconic scooters' row that made the cover of Richard Barnes bible), with lots of press snapshots of crowds at the seaside, but this book is a handy way to have them together in a place. And there are lots of them.

I have to admit I was especially cautious about the accompanying essay, thinking it'd limit itself to go through the motions with the usual cliches and old topics thrown in. But to my surprise I was wrong again; in fact, the text is not only only well written but thoughtful and witty, with well chosen quotes (among others, Pete Meaden, the book Generation X, Richard Barnes...), and while it doesn't tread uncharted territory (and includes some wrong facts, a defect common to many books about modernism), it's a pleasure to read.

Add to this a fairly decent price and the veredict can't be other than: recommended.

Scoots and scootering / New Vespa design
« on: April 26, 2018, 05:12:23 PM »
Surely this will arise the interest (and arguments) among our scooterists:

General music chat / Folk-rock brit style
« on: April 26, 2018, 10:12:26 AM »
Due next june, a refreshing approach to mid 60s britpop:

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