A Thousand Dances made its official debut on September 21, 2018! Many splendid things happened on both sides of that date. Learn more about the book and Coral Press here. Buy the book (from Indiebound) here - or ask your favorite bookseller for ISBN-13: 978-1935512509. First, the book trailer came out on the Coral Press … Continue reading Let’s Have a Party!
Coming fall 2018 from Coral Press: my novel A Thousand Dances: A Novel of the British Blues Boom! Music, Mods, miniskirts, and mystery: Click here for more about the novel and its setting in the era when the Beatles hit the big time! Read the first chapter of A Thousand Dances! Sign up for email updates. Learn … Continue reading Coming Fall 2018: A THOUSAND DANCES!
Recorded live for TV broadcast throughout Britain, these historic performances have been unseen for nearly 40 years. Filmed with superb camera work and prist… One remarkable performance after another, and I don’t just mean what Sonny Boy does with his mouth harp. No wonder Britain got the blues. American Folk Blues Festivals 1963-1966: The British … Continue reading American Folk Blues Festivals: The British Tours
My high school required students to attend cheering sessions ("pep rallies") for the football team. The only redeeming quality of a pep rally was the school's excellent marching band. Accidentally they educated me in one of the great pillars of rhythm & blues: Chris Kenner's 'Land of 1,000 Dances.' The marching-band version (like this one) … Continue reading Land of a Thousand Versions
A very brief introduction in Three Songs I Can't Stop Listening To. First in a series. Alexis Korner didn't care for the sobriquet "Father of the British Blues," but I'm going to keep calling him that anyway. He was an unlikely bluesman: born in 1928 Paris to a Greek mother and Austrian father, he grew up in … Continue reading Three Essential Songs: Alexis Korner
A very brief introduction in Three Songs I Can't Stop Listening To. Second in a series. Dick Heckstall-Smith called Cyril Davies a "fully fledged genius." And like many geniuses, Davies was magnificent, and extreme, and died young. He was in the British blues scene from the very first and blew through it like a hurricane. Yet … Continue reading Three Essential Songs: Cyril Davies
The New Musical Express Top 30 in the UK July 17, 1963. A snapshot in hits, including a whopping three versions of 'Twist and Shout,' more than one song issued in the US two or three years earlier, a film theme, and, at the bottom, Cliff Richard struggling to retain his relevance while his former backing band … Continue reading The Summer of Twisting and Shouting