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Post by MrMagpie » 13 Jul 2016, 16:18

Maybe. The strange and almost exploitive, ones for me were the kids very really suffering from depressing and mental illness who only got solace through looking at pictures or videos of Keith. I'm glad it offers them comfort but it just seemed a bit..tasteless. If that makes sense?
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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 16 Jul 2016, 03:20

Yes, things like that do not need to be included so graphically.
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Post by MrMagpie » 20 Jul 2016, 13:46

Mallard No. 22 wrote:Yes, things like that do not need to be included so graphically.
Agreed, it just felt exploitive and a bit...seamy.

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Hilarious and thought-provoking, just like the man himself.
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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 21 Jul 2016, 06:39

I never got into his music I'm afraid. Though I think I should have done.
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Post by MrMagpie » 21 Jul 2016, 13:15

He's got so many albums that it can be daunting! If you want to get into him, let me know...I've been a fan for a loooooooong time and have all of his stuff, so I can give you some advice on how to ease into it. 8-)
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Post by KingLouieLouie76 » 23 Jul 2016, 05:27

MrMagpie wrote:
Mallard No. 22 wrote:Yes, things like that do not need to be included so graphically.
Agreed, it just felt exploitive and a bit...seamy.

Newest review...The Real Frank Zappa book --> http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2016/07/ ... -book.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Hilarious and thought-provoking, just like the man himself.


Excellent review per usual.... I'm certain the book covered this.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MewcnFl_6Y" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; That was soo hysterical!
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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 27 Jul 2016, 04:22

MrMagpie wrote:He's got so many albums that it can be daunting! If you want to get into him, let me know...I've been a fan for a loooooooong time and have all of his stuff, so I can give you some advice on how to ease into it. 8-)
Yes I would be grateful. I think other forum members might be as well.

Maybe he could have his own thread if you post a brief synopsis of his career?
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Post by MrMagpie » 28 Jul 2016, 12:43

I can do that, sure! I wrote up such a synopsis for my blog a couple of years ago...I'll link to that and start a new thread :)
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Post by MrMagpie » 28 Jul 2016, 14:04

I can do that, sure! I wrote up such a synopsis for my blog a couple of years ago...I'll link to that and start a new thread :)
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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 02 Aug 2016, 06:12

....did Frank Zappa ever do the same thing twice lol.... ;) :lol:
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Post by MrMagpie » 11 Aug 2016, 11:49

^oh yeah...he was big into his "conceptual continuity!" :lol:

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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 18 Jan 2017, 07:26

MrMagpie wrote:The Last Great Event (all about the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival...GREAT book!!!) --> http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2016/05/ ... le-of.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Mallard No. 22 wrote: I found Volume One a compelling read, and the new book seems like it will be the same. I suspect a good Christmas present for me, if I can wait that long... :) ....
It will be good to read the full story of what happened at this fabled event, which I think is one of the definitive happenings of the period
I did receive the above book, about the Isle Of Wight Festival 1970, for Christmas. And I have now read it, and can certainly recommend :D

The late-60s period of music (of all genres) fascinates me. There was 'possibility', as is evident in this book. Local promoters could negotiate to get top artists. The book tells how it was done, by one of the guys that did it.

Although it was achievable, it was not without difficulties, and ultimately it was not profitable as a business venture, though it could be said to be profitable in the cultural sense. The book sets the record straight about the 'anarchy', i.e. a few isolated events that due to film footage and its editing, seemed more prominent at the event to those who weren't there.

There was also much detail about the difficulties of securing a site, and opposition from powerful local people. Going out and booking the artists comes across as straightforward, comparatively. The previous book about the 1969 event probably covered more detail about this.

The artists and their management wanted to be there, and were interested in talking to local promoters. But in the years immediately after, the gig circuit was sewn up by just a few big promoters, at certain venues.
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Post by MrMagpie » 27 Jan 2017, 14:58

Wasn't it great? I loved Ray's writing style, too...it felt like you were sitting down with him at a table having him tell you all of this over some beers. It makes me sad that there aren't any other IoW festivals for him to write about!

I've got a bunch of reviews to post on here that I've done on my blog in the months I've been absent...will try to rectify that in the coming days!
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Post by MsMagicAmerica » 31 Jan 2017, 12:30

BTW, Drew, I just started Phil Collins' autobiography, have you read it yet? If so what did you think?
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Post by Mallard No. 22 » 01 Feb 2017, 06:51

MrMagpie wrote:Wasn't it great? I loved Ray's writing style, too...it felt like you were sitting down with him at a table having him tell you all of this over some beers. It makes me sad that there aren't any other IoW festivals for him to write about!
Yes, his writing style was honest. E.g. meeting Janis Joplin in Albert Grossman's office, or dealing with the local MP who was against the festivals, was told without sensationalism, or vitriol.

He briefly mentioned the subsequent shows in London at The Oval and Wembley Empire Pool. He mentioned that when he did these 1971-72, the gig/festival circuit was going into corporate hands. And he moved into non-musical careers.

Reading between the lines, it seems that the IOW festival promotions ended his first marriage. Although his daughter from that marriage is his co-writer and researcher on the books.
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