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Southern Journeys

Here’s an episode of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Archive Hour’ show from July 27, 2002 on Alan Lomax, titled ‘Southern Journeys’. It is presented by Shirley Collins, and still happens to be on the BBC website. This would have been a perfect subject for one of our Reverb books, but someone has beaten us to it. […]

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Kraftwerk and Germany

Sean Albiez’s Kraftwerk and Germany (expected 2018) will explore Kraftwerk’s complex relationship to their German national identity, and the ways in which their work addressed, critiqued and transcended the meaning of what it was to be German in a time marked by as much by a hyper-capitalist-modernity as it was by a number of counter-cultural currents. […]

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Joe Boyd’s White Bicycles

Back in 2006 Joe Boyd’s acclaimed memoir, White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s, was published. I was trawling through a crate of old minidiscs (whatever happened to the minidisc!?) and I found a recording of a fascinating interview from BBC Radio 3’s Mixing It programme (August 2006) – the show is now defunct, of […]

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Dead Flowers

The Rolling Stones are finally releasing a cinema version of their 1972 movie, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones. Here is a rough version from the old video dubs that have been circulating for 30-odd years. The tune is ‘Dead Flowers’. Best line-up of the Stones, with Jagger and Richards on vocals, and Mick Taylor […]

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Count Basie, ‘Splanky’

Here’s a ripping tune to get you moving in the morning – ‘Splanky’ by Count Basie. Originally from the 1957 Atomic Count Basie album.

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Hide Your Sheep

Well, this is an odd one. As you may have noticed if you have looked at the menu on the right, one of our forthcoming Reverb books is titled, Van Halen: Exuberant California, Zen Rock’n’Roll. That’s my book, as it happens. Now, it is not my intention to use this blog to go on about […]

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Hendrix from Outer Space

We’re on Hendrix overload here at Reverb today. A rather different take now, but one that really should be shared, by the brilliant Robert Harrison (below) – Dante scholar and professor of Italian at Stanford University – who sees neither London nor New York (never mind Jimi’s birthplace, Seattle) as the places that can really inform […]