At present I’m digging into the history of blues and rock & roll via Josh Alan Friedman’s book Tell the truth until they bleed. Coming clean in the dirty world of blues and rock ‘n’ roll (2008).
When reading these types of books youtube is a blessing (in disguise). As you read you can listen in and find “new” favs along the way. Though I would like to have it as an audiobook with soundclips incorporated.
When doing so I also feel bound to read up on the artists in question – so the next couple of posts are 40s, 50s and 60s bound. The book starts with Jerry Lieber and composer Mike Stoller, american songwriters, known for ‘ Hound dog’ among lots and lots of other hits. Elvis recorded this in 1956 but it was orginally released by Big Mama Thornton in 1952. This is her singing it in 1965.
Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton was born in 1926 and died in 1984) She’s also known for writing and recording ‘Ball ‘n’ Chain’.
Other interesting artist mentioned in the firstchapter is Little Esther (Esther Philips 1935-1984). Great Vocals!
Three tons of joy, Marie Adams and sisters Sadie and Francine McKinley.
I’ve just read the first chapter so there’s more bound to come.
Tonight I’m hitting old hunting grounds. When I grow up in Jonkoping and getting of age to spend my nights on pubs and clubs several nights were spent on the locally infamous pub Lilla Krogen (the little bar). As I recall it this was the place were people that were to drunk to get into other establishments or to young ended up. Local rock band Crut released a song called Balladen om Puben Lyckan (the ballad of the Pub Hapiness) that was about the bar (the song is avilable here as well as the song Jönköping, both in Swedish) 1979. On occasion it as had it’s peaks were its actually been popular but I really can’t say it was back then. Today it has been renamned to Ztyle and has transformed into a rockclub. Tonight I’ll be there to see Sator, a swedish punk/hardrock act who hit fame during the late 80’s and early 90’s playing a punkish rock that I really liked at the time, and still do. For me its the period between 1988 with the album Slammer! to the 1995 album Stereo via the albums Stock Rocker Nuts (1990), Headquake (1992) and Barbie-Q-Killers vol. 1 (1994) that is the peak period. All worth a listen.
Tonight they’re in Jönköping with a new album playing live at Ztyle – lets head bang 🙂
Will be updated daily!
I found this on facebook and thought it rather fun, check it out here. I’ll join but I’ll do it here on the blog-.please feel free to follow -. post a link in the comment field and hopefully boyth yopu and I will foind some new, ol or forgotten classics. Btw click on like at the facebookgroup as well.
- day 01 – your favorite song – not easy and clearly depending on the day – but today it’s:
- day 02 – your least favorite song – how someone who has made decent aor / hard rock could degenerate into this is beyond me (do you not belive me check this up )!
- day 03 – a song that makes you happy – though it breaks my heart Ronnie James Dio is no longer among us his voice always puts me in a good mood.
- day 04 – a song that makes you sad – don’t know if any music really makes me sad – but the ambiance of this reminds me of sadness or perhaps loneliness
- day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone – mayhap not someone in particular but those first slow-dances from school discos in middle school
- day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere – Do you remeber where you were 1994 April 5th – I do! A sad day
- day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event – This song reminds me of the Jönköping fair where I worked for several consecutive years at Jönköpings skiv- och bokantikvariat (a second hand record an book store) – among the music played was lots of blues – and who’s the king if not Freddie…
- day 08 – a song that you know all the words to – now here’s a cathogory with way to many songs so I’ll choose a classic
- day 09 – a song that you can dance to – If you call this dancing then I can dance 🙂 the Doom dance or doom stomp!!! I giveth to you Candlemass
- day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep – this is a song I like to fall asleep to, from an album I like to fall asleep to
- day 11 – a song from your favorite band – favourite band is a really hard one, there are so many to choose from, I feel ambivalent, I’m having second thoughts, its… its… its… well, perhaps not the best but sure enough a favourite band:
- day 12 – a song from a band you hate – This is most difficult, I can’t say that I really hate a band – though I strongly dislikes some and this is perhaps the first that came in mind
why? If you don’t remeber or is to young
- day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure – I’m not the biggest fan of country music – but what the heck when its good its darn good
- day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love – I think this is impossible ’cause as I like music from most genres most people would probably not be chocked no matter what -though this might unexpected for at least some
- day 15 – a song that describes you – This is a song that describes my situation in many ways, I travel a lot, I travel where the jobs are and I always wants to tell a story…
…though my purpose is archaeology and cultural heritage!
- day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate – Both love and hate is perhaps strong words concerning this, growing up during the 80’s my boy room walls had two kinds of posters; heavy metal bands and semi naked girls e.g. Samantha Fox, Sabrina etc. I don’t think I ever loved this song but at the time it was on the table – hate is a strong word – I can’t say this is good but awakes memories of time past by… and it’s very much a product of the that time.
- day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio – a great tune from the other side
- day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio – an oldie but goldie if one of those can stem from the 90s
- day 19 – a song from your favorite album – I feel very fragmented – so this classic is my choice
- day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry – this is a great song to get aggressions out – as well as great all along and a great album – listen to it 🙂
though this was a tough contender
- day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy – great song, great city
- day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad – Evil Elvis always seems to cheer me up…
- day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding – cheesy – oh yes but the again what is love
- day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral – I really couldn’t decide between these two songs – Though in the end I hope that there is someone else who chooses songs that reminds them of me!
- day 25 – a song that makes you laugh
- day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument
- day 27 – a song that you wish you could play
- day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty
- day 29 – a song from your childhood
- day 30 – your favorite song at this time last year
Another hero bites the dust. It might be a sign of age that your childhood heroes are beginning to die off. I found Gary Moore via Thin Lizzy where he did great work – his solo albums contains lots of great stuff but my favourite album with Gary was and is G-force from 1979. I played this album over and over and still returns to it now and then.
We’re all done here in Halland, for this time around. Tomorrow we set sail, or rather start up the Land Rover, for Västra Götland County and Lilla Edet. In Lilla Edet we’ll have one or two days work, again a survey for coming wind farm, though a small one.
Lets find out what awaits us…
I’m not a big fan of Nicolas Cage, but a DVD cover caught my eye, as a quick glance got me thinking that the man on the cover was Alice Cooper… but no, it was Nicolas Cage (The Bad Lieutenant).
Well he’s already done one legend on film, Elvis, so why not do someone he actually has a resemblance of – see the crocked lip, the stare, the slightly titled eyes, the eyebrows? – Alice Cooper – the movie starring Nicolas Cage
Alice himself might a give a few a pointers on the acting
One of my all time heroes is gone, and even though his music will live on it’s a great loss for the world of heavy rock. Now’ll you get the answer if evil or divine,
and now you can truly see the ever after.
Thanks for all the tunes and all the great times!
Rest in Piece