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« Reply #480 on: April 26, 2017, 10:36:52 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?
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.

Cheers, chaval! You won't be disappointed, it's a good read. I've always liked Hornby's novels, he works in a sort of "mid-depth" that suits me. Reviews were mixed about this one, but I've found it well constructed and moving.

The Rob Baker's book has been on my list for quite a while, I guess I'll pull the trigger after your endorsement.

Un saludo.

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« Reply #481 on: April 26, 2017, 04:46:14 PM »
Jala el gatillo, hombre; it's an excellent book.  Check out the website first that I mentioned for an idea.  The articles have been published on there but have been re-written with more research and more photos.
And will you shorten the sleeves, love? I'm not a gorilla.

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« Reply #482 on: April 26, 2017, 05:07:56 PM »
Thanks, tio, I'll take a look at that blog. Cuídate.

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« Reply #483 on: April 30, 2017, 09:04:13 PM »
A lil book on Paris. Part guide book,part history.
And my soul has been psychedelicized.

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« Reply #484 on: May 06, 2017, 07:43:54 PM »
I know Philadelphia soul often gets a bad press due to its (later incarnation at least) links to the disco boom of the mid/late 70's, but this brilliant book by John A.Jackson is a hugely enjoyable and thoroughly well-researched history of the music and culture music from one of America's great cities. It chronicles not only the music through the 50's until recent times but also references the Civil Rights struggles and other relevant historical events. The links between all the major players is also fascinating; from Jerry Butler through to the meeting of Gamble, Huff and Thom Bell and the evolution of their songwriting craft and the often rocky path the characters followed to greatness (or not) and back again!     

For anyone with even the remotest interest in black music and culture, this is a must read




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« Reply #485 on: May 07, 2017, 09:19:35 AM »
I posted this a while ago, Ian, might be a good complement for your suggestion.

Maybe some soul scholar here finds this interesting:



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« Reply #486 on: May 07, 2017, 09:38:29 AM »
I posted this a while ago, Ian, might be a good complement for your suggestion.

Maybe some soul scholar here finds this interesting:



Liking the look of that mate!

Thanks for the heads up - it's now on my ever growing, and virtually impossible to reduce, list of "stuff to buy"
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« Reply #487 on: June 15, 2017, 08:47:13 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.



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.

Cheers, chaval! You won't be disappointed, it's a good read. I've always liked Hornby's novels, he works in a sort of "mid-depth" that suits me. Reviews were mixed about this one, but I've found it well constructed and moving.

The Rob Baker's book has been on my list for quite a while, I guess I'll pull the trigger after your endorsement.

Un saludo.

It started well but ran out of steam.  I thought that some of the characters could have been developed more.

Just pre-ordered this one set in the 60s, could be good...http://newhavenpublishingltd.com/?page_id=1337
And will you shorten the sleeves, love? I'm not a gorilla.

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« Reply #488 on: June 18, 2017, 06:19:37 PM »
Interesting, thanks for the heads up.