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The Friday mixtape is back

Mixing pop and politics

Why is the left quiet about Pussy riot? Dylan’s “Hurricane” and the truths we will never know. Are Paul Robeson and Pete Seeger great Americans?

Something old. something new

So, I think two of the best releases of 2012 are of old music and both on Light in the Attic. The first is out already, the second imminent and packed with my favourite songs.

Country Funk 1969-1975V/A Country Funk 1969-1975  (LITA 083 )

Country Funk 1969-1975 is a rough and tumble 16-track compilation released on CD/2xLP/Digital formats for your sensory satisfaction. With extensive liner notes by Jessica Hundley (MOJO, The New York Times, Vogue), original album/label artwork, and new illustrations by Jess Rotter (JessRotter.com, Rotter & Friends), this down home package is not only a treat for the ears, but a feast for the eyes. Think of this as a fantasyland where the Josie-era Meters back young Elvis singing Kris Kristofferson-penned slices of rustic American life and you’ll begin to understand the country funk vibe. It’s from the swamp to the city and all points in between.

Remembering our dead

Marvin Hamlisch z”l. Chavela Vargas RIP.

Look at that idiot

How John Beverley became Sid Vicious.

Counting out

Six songs, 45 minutes, and zero respite. Five brilliant songs. Four Paris songs. Three Latin ladies. Two steps from the blues. One loud and simple song.

About bobfrombrockley

South London family man. Eating bacon bagels on the 171 bus, listening to Johnny Cash while reading Hannah Arendt, the kid next to me playing dubstep on his telephone. Mostly politics at http://brockley.blogspot.com and mostly music at https://bobsbeat.wordpress.com

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