I’m out of here for the next couple of weeks. I’ve scheduled some things for my absence, and I hope other contributors might play pitch in (while the cat’s away…) Here’s this week’s miscellany.
Music beyond conflict: Entdinglichung plays us the wonderful Rita, born in Iran and living in Israel, singing in Farsi, truly beautiful. And Engage remind us of the debates around the cultural boycott of South Africa, accompanied by Paul Simon.
Mourning our losses: Francis mourns Lol Coxhill, a truly unique performer. I saw him a year or two ago at the Ivy House in Nunhead, a venue now also passed away, or at least close to death. He was energetic and fun and engaging and challenging, if not always pleasant to listen to. Lol had a local connection to me: he regularly played in Deptford, and you can see a clip at Deptford Misc.
Abie mitn Fidl: Rokhl introduces a new release of Abe Ellstein recordings, one of the great men of Yiddish song.
When Communism is Victorious, AMM Will Be Part of the Obligatory Musical Diet: Of course.
Radio gods: History is Made at Night on the soul and hip hop pirate radio of 1980s South London.