To kick off, I’m giving my Guide to the Blues, Parts 1 and 2, Ancient and Modern: the 1920s to the early 1960s when the Blues was almost entirely African-American, and the mid-1960s to the present when the white kids got it and joined in (Part 2 follows on Tuesday 11th March).
In brief, pre- and post- Stones.
With guest Stephen Dale Petit. There will be a listen-again opportunity to hear it after broadcast on Soundcloud which we’ll post here.
After decades in the out-of-print wilderness, Shots From The Hip, my 1991 collection of journalism, criticism and vulgar abuse has once again reared its fuzzy head as a Kindle-type ebooky thing from those wonderful folks at Aaaargh! Press. Originally published by Penguin, and edited and introduced by my dear friend and former boss Neil Spencer, it now boasts a groovy new cover, a phabulous phoreword by my blues brother Dr Joel Nathan Rosen and a brandnew Outroduction by … well, by me.
Don’t be without it for another nanosecond. Clickage can occur here.
This is just a quick word to announce that the first session of the first Hothouse Project course of 2014, “Journalism as Craft and Art” kicked off with the proverbial BANG. Another intriguing bunch of students showed, and it looks like the next seven weeks will generate fun and enlightenment for all concerned … me included, of course.
And, equally needless to say, I can’t wait for the first batch of homework to arrive.
(Yep, there’s homework … I’m'a work ’em like DAWGS.)
… the lovely one got hers for Best Performance By A London poet (‘Ackney is London, innit?) and the cat in the hat got his for Best Fiction Performance (as if all my performances weren’t fiction of one kind or annuver) and they look lavly in our living room. Making the presentation: Farrago mover’n'shaker John Paul O’Neill and, of course, it all took place at the RADA foyer cafe in Malet St, in the heart of London’s glittering West End. This was a coupla weeks back, admittedly, but it’s so hard to keep up with such a fast-moving existence, I’m always a few weeks behind myself …
Meanwhile, please be advised that we still have a few places left for seekers after wisdom and enlightenment via my Hothouse course … kicking off this coming Thursday, Feb 20, in the heart of London’s leafy West Hampstead. Hurry hurry hurry, but please form an orderly queue and try not to trample the peeps in front of you …