Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Rolling Stone magazine must be short of ideas because they're wheeling this one out again in their next issue: their Top 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time as voted by esteemed guitarists, music insiders and Rolling Stone's editors . Here is the Top 10:
01. Jimi Hendrix
02. Eric Clapton
03. Jimmy Page
04. Keith Richards
05. Jeff Beck
06. B.B. King
07. Chuck Berry
08. Eddie Van Halen
09. Duane Allman
10. Pete Townshend
Nothing unusual you might think; but their last list of Greatest Guitarists did differ a little. This is the Top 10 taken from their last Top 100.
1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Duane Allman
3. B.B. King
4 Eric Clapton
5 Robert Johnson
6 Chuck Berry
7 Stevie Ray Vaughan
8 Ry Cooder
9 Jimmy Page
10 Keith Richards
Whatever Eric, Jimmy, Keef, Jeff, Eddie and Pete have done recently, it has clearly increased their all-time greatness.
Anyway, earlier this year, members of ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP's Musicians and Bands Network shared their Top 10 guitarists of all time. You can check out their lists, and mine, here, and add your own if you wish.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Sadly, London covers band Creak are having to cancel all their December gigs (2nd at Cross Keys, Hammersmith; 9th Hogarth Club, Chiswick; and 31st The Wharf, Teddington) so singer Paul Rodger can rest his vocal chords.
Surrey four-piece The Boo Hag Band, who have supported Creak on a number of occasions in the past, will be stepping into their shoes, which leaves one spare pair, being that Creak is a five piece.
Sunday, 20 November 2011
RTYD Member Graham Hunt: 'I looked in a well known high street pawn brokers in Chatham yesterday. I just looked in and saw a '72 style Telecaster Thinline hanging up. It said on the ticket clearly Fullerton USA - £599. WHAT! I went in...' http://bit.ly/skTP0V
Saturday, 19 November 2011
Steve White & The Protest Family are also on the bill tonight with Robb Johnson & The Irregulars at the Birkbeck Tavern, 45 Langthorne Road, E11 4HL. It promises to be a night of entertainment with a little bit of politics... songwriter Robb Johnson takes his band The Irregulars for a rare night out in Leyton, ably supported by the semi-acoustic punky folky sounds of the almost legendary Steve White & The Protest Family. Pay what you like.
The true greats of blues music generated enormous excitement and awe in their audiences. They did so with flamboyant showmanship; with aloof, tough delivery; with elegance and charisma; with passionate virtuosity; with all sorts of styles, but always with original talent and awesome presence. Whiteboy Slim, (Maurice Richard Libby), carries the blues tradition. His raw, authoritative delivery is obviously born of his respect for the music. He bows to the sounds that have traditionally portrayed American troubles, laying them under today's influences to create genuinely modern music. Slim says it best himself: "I stay true to the spirit of the music, walking the tightrope between the spiritual and the profane. I play old tunes by Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf - all the greats - and unusual stuff like some Fats Waller. I do a lot of original tunes as well: twelve bar blues with lyrics that speak to contemporary experience. I'm sure not going to try to write like a sharecropper from Mississippi."
(text from Whiteboy Slim's Website)
Friday, 18 November 2011
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Welcome! London band, RoXi and the Blue Cats, to ROCK-TIL-YOU-DROP Musicians & Bands Network: http://bit.ly/vDEbtL
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Thursday, 10 November 2011
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
'Punk and Beyond’ runs from 25th November to 17th December, and will enjoy the luxury of a new bigger gallery space at the Signal Gallery (near Old Street, London), which of course means more artists and more artwork than last year's show.
The list of those former punks showing work is also more varied this year. Alongside art by well-known UK punk stars including Paul Simonon, Marco Pirroni, Penny Rimbaud and Charlie Harper, you can expect to see work by US musicians Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) and Marl Mothersbaugh (Devo).
The exhibition will also include a number of specially commissioned artworks that pay tribute to Poly Styrene who sadly lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.
To add to all this, over the four Saturday nights that the show runs, there will be live performances by a number of the musicians included in the show. Watch this space for more details of these.
Here’s a list of some of those showing:
GAYE BLACK (ADVERTS)
BEN BROWTON (THE SHAPES)
BILLY CHILDISH (POP RIVETS/MILKSHAKES/HEADCOATS/BUFF MEDWAYS/etc)
BEN EDGE (THEE SPIVS)
RAY GANGE (CLASH DJ)
GRANT HART (HUSKER DU)
JOWE HEAD (SWELL MAPS/TELEVISION PERSONALITIES)
ROBYN HITCHCOCK (SOFT BOYS)
BRON JONES (EVE LIBERTINE/CRASS)
DICK LUCAS (SUBHUMANS/CITIZEN FISH)
THURSTON MOORE (SONIC YOUTH)
MARK MOTHERSBAUGH (DEVO)
CHRISTIAN PARIS (WIRE/THE BEARS)
SAVAGE PENCIL (THE ART ATTACKS)
MARCO PIRRONI (SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES/ADAM & THE ANTS)
ROBERT POLLARD (GUIDED BY VOICES)
NICK REYNOLDS (ALABAMA 3)
PENNY RIMBAUD (CRASS)
PAUL SIMONON (THE CLASH)
TOM SPENCER (THE LURKERS)
POLY STYRENE TRIBUTE PORTRAITS:
CHRIS BRIEF (THE BRIEFS)
CHARLIE HARPER (UK SUBS)
KNOX (THE VIBRATORS)