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MARCH, 2014


'The March/April issue of 'R2' AKA 'Rock'n'Reel' magazine (not available online) carries a review of 'Bathed In Lightning', including the judgement that it is "a revelatory work of scholarship, written with a professional historian's rigour". I'll happily settle for that...'



posted by ADMIN  March 18, 2014 10:53  General




The current issue of Record Collector includes a lovely review of Bathed In Lightning from Joel McIver. It’s also available online:

 

http://recordcollectormag.com/reviews/bathed-in-lightning-john-mclaughlin-the-60s-and-the-emerald-beyond


posted by ADMIN  March 13, 2014 12:03  General


FEBRUARY, 2014


I’m delighted to say that Waterstones flagship bookstore at Piccadilly Circus, London, has confirmed an event around Bathed In Lightning. It will involve the great Peter Doggett, author of many great music books including You Never Give Me Your Money (one of the very few essential Beatles books), chairing a Q&A with myself, also including questions from the floor and probably a reading or two. I’m hopeful that it may be possible to have a musical guest along – though this will be a bonus rather than an expectation.
 

It’s a ticketed event, running from 6.30pm with glass of wine included. Details for booking are here:

 

Waterstones: Get Tickets



posted by ADMIN  February 20, 2014 13:36  General




Sadly, Duffy Power died this morning, 19/2/14.

 

Duffy was an incredibly talented man whose career, from roughly 1958 - 75, encompassed many great movements in British music - rock'n'roll, R&B, soul, rock and so much more. Among many other collaborations and adventures, he worked with John McLaughlin in 1963 (touring and recording with the Graham Bond Quartet) and again from late 1965 to early 1967, co-writing songs and recording numerous publishing demos plus the Duffy’s Nucleus single ‘Hound Dog’ and a French EP.

 

Most of Duffy’s recordings with John can be found across two 2CD compilations on the RPM label: Leapers & Sleepers and Vampers & Champers (the latter, alas, currently out of print).

 

He never had the success he deserved - nowhere near it. Duffy semi-retired from music in the mid 70s, making a few forays back into ...


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posted by ADMIN  February 19, 2014 13:34  General


JANUARY, 2014


Twenty review copies of 'Bathed In Lightning' were printed in December and sent to a select coterie of (hopefully sympathetic) souls. The great Sid Smith has 'mentioned it in dispatches' online as he ploughs through it. Reviewing has almost become a spectator sport, it would seem! From this post we can see what it will be compared against - Mark Lewisohn's epic Beatles biography (volume one):

 

http://sidsmith.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-min=2013-01-01T00:00:00Z&updated-max=2014-01-01T00:00:00Z&max-results=50

 

It's a scary thought. I'm reading Mark's book myself at the moment and it's a monumental work. Put it like this, where I might say, 'John McLaughlin played that night at Count Basie's in Harlem, with Tony Williams on great form...' Lewisohn would have three pages identifying the start time, who was in the audience, quoting the bouncer, the barman, the sound engineer and the candlestick maker, telling us what was played and revealing a puncture on the drive ...


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posted by ADMIN  January 10, 2014 15:57  General



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