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« Reply #470 on: January 20, 2017, 04:15:56 PM »
This was my brother's Xmas present. I knew McCann as a soul jazz pianist/singer but he's a gifted photographer too. Given the timespan in which the pics were taken (roughly 60s-70s), you can imagine the who's who of cool chicks and dudes on display. And in spite of what's implied in the subtitle, not only jazz and soul musicians are featured in the book, there's space for rock'n'roll stars, street shots or Hollywood icons as well.


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« Reply #471 on: February 15, 2017, 06:18:48 PM »
Embdy else read Sinatra biography "The Chairman" by James Kaplan?

Downloaded it oan tae ma Kindle a while back n' started readin' it a couple ay weeks ago but it's takin' ages tae get thru.  A decent read, but never imagined how long it wis when ah first opened it.  (Details fur the hardback paper version say it's ower a thousand pages long!).


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« Reply #472 on: February 16, 2017, 01:28:15 PM »



I'm sure I posted something about the publishing of this book some months ago, but I'm too lazy to browse through the thread so...

This is just an update for those of you who can be interested in it. I got in touch with the guy in charge at Easy on the Eye Books, Simon Robinson, and he's told me it's due to appear in what's left of 2015, tho' they still haven't an official date.

The thing is they were scanning the pics from prints of the era, but suddenly they discovered by chance that the photographer still kept a bunch of negatives at home, so they began scanning the lot and that's why the project has been delayed. I don't know how good it'll turn out to be in the end, but I'm going to keep my order through Amazon, it could well be the photography book of the year!

An update about this book appears now on the publisher's page:

https://easyontheeyebooks.wordpress.com/

Amazon gives a march 31st date for the publishing, and judging by the preliminar layout it'll be an essential addition to a well discerning modernist's library.

Apparently the art work is to be finalised next month for publishing in April 2017, let's hope it's worth the wait! Been put on the backburner due to other projects....
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« Reply #473 on: February 16, 2017, 04:16:23 PM »
Look at the dates! Almost two years in the making. I too hope it finally appears this spring, fingers crossed!

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« Reply #474 on: March 22, 2017, 06:15:29 PM »
Just finished “Thrilling Cities”, Ian Fleming’s series of travel pieces written in 1959/1960, a time when many of the destinations would have been beyond the means of many people in Britain (Asia and the USA especially).  He brings an insight into the cities he visits, usually the racier, less conventional establishments, especially in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Macau, the descriptions of which I expect would have had some of his readers spluttering over their breakfast toast and marmalade when they were serialised in the Sunday Times.  On a modish note scooters are mentioned a couple of times:

“Returning to Vienna after so many years’ absence, I found two great changes for the worse: the appalling congestion and noise that have hit all the capital cities and they have a good name for the motor-scooter – Schlurfrakete – Spiv rocket” (Vienna)

“The whole psychology of the Italian, particularly of the Southern Italian, is based of far figura, to ‘cut a dash’.  With the advent of the motor-scooter, this posturing, previously expressed through flashy clothes, exaggerated tones of voice, expressions and gestures, has now been vastly reinforced by the attachment, apparently to every Italian male, of a chattering two-stroke engine, an electric horn, and an exhaust pipe.  The use of these instruments, known as ‘sputnikare’, gives him an even greater illusion of power.  The amount of noise he can make with his vehicle, particularly via the exhaust pipe, has come in some obscure way to represent a virility symbol” (Naples).
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« Reply #475 on: March 23, 2017, 08:47:59 PM »
I'm currently reading a biography of The Creation. Interesting read so far. Very interesting how some hold them in such high regard, yet others, such as some fringe members of the band, don't really seem to rate them.

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« Reply #476 on: April 20, 2017, 03:18:13 PM »
I'm midway through Nick Hornby's "Funny Girl". Not related to "mod" beyond its setting in mid-60s London, the plot revolves around TV sitcoms. Light entertainment really, but enjoyable, and mr Hornby is still a skilled and witty dialoguist.


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« Reply #477 on: April 20, 2017, 07:19:10 PM »
I'm reading Soho by Keith Waterhouse. Really enjoyable and although it seems to be set in a caricature of Soho, really makes you wish it hadn't been Costa'd.

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« Reply #478 on: April 21, 2017, 10:36:30 AM »
I'm midway through Nick Hornby's "Funny Girl". Not related to "mod" beyond its setting in mid-60s London, the plot revolves around TV sitcoms. Light entertainment really, but enjoyable, and mr Hornby is still a skilled and witty dialoguist.



I'm afraid I spoke too soon: some pages on certain Shel Talmy and Jimmy Page make a nice cameo in the novel, with Page recording an electric cover of Miles Davis' "Freddie Freeloader" as the opening theme for a TV show. How cool is that?

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« Reply #479 on: April 25, 2017, 04:26:59 PM »
I'm midway through Nick Hornby's "Funny Girl". Not related to "mod" beyond its setting in mid-60s London, the plot revolves around TV sitcoms. Light entertainment really, but enjoyable, and mr Hornby is still a skilled and witty dialoguist.



I'm afraid I spoke too soon: some pages on certain Shel Talmy and Jimmy Page make a nice cameo in the novel, with Page recording an electric cover of Miles Davis' "Freddie Freeloader" as the opening theme for a TV show. How cool is that?
Good shout, tío; just ordered a copy.

Currently I have a couple of books on the go:
Beautiful Idiots & Brilliant Lunatics - Rob Baker. Originally these stories were published on the Another Nickel In The Machine blog and tit akes a sideways look at the often seamier side of London.  Fascinating and beautifully written and augmented with many a great photograph.
The Spy Paramount - E. Philips Oppenheim.  Published in the mid 30s, Oppenheim was an influence on Ian Fleming and in this novel the dashing hero, Martin Fawley, travels across Europe through its casinos and golf courses and cocktail parties.  It's a great thriller from a bygone era.

And will you shorten the sleeves, love? I'm not a gorilla.