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
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
I love the Internet when it brings me a pretty good deal on the May 25, 1963 issue of Melody Maker. What would you hear if you tuned in to the hit parade that spring week? Well, the Beatles, there’s a shocker. They have ‘From Me to You’ in the #1 spot about six weeks … Continue reading Time Machine: May 1963
On this date in 1964, Time magazine discovered the Mods. Sort of. "Like a flock of noisy starlings, more than 1,000 youths buzzed into [Clacton] for Britain's four-day Easter holiday....Most of the invaders 'slept rough' on the beach, warmed only by their 'birds' (girl friends) and quantities of 'purple hearts' (goofballs)." Um...goofballs? You thought we … Continue reading TIME for Mods, 1964