I don’t just discover bands through reading, but also through watching movies or TV-series. I hear a good song, try to remember a line or two and afterwards look them up. But there was this one moment on the show ‘Vinyl’ (by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese) where I just had to press pause! Who was this singer? What was this song? I had to know straight away…
Gosh, who still sings like this today? So much soul and blues, suffering, it just goes up and down the spine. I ordered this record instantly and am loving it. Howlin’ Wolf is often mentioned by rock legends when I’m reading their biographies, he sure was a great influence, a real blues man. Want to buy his 1969 record next, the words on the cover make me laugh:
(Led Zeppelin refers to this song, written by Willie Dixon, in Whole Lotta Love and Since I’ve Been Loving You.)
Got me a new baby! These are the first studio recordings from Pink Floyd, produced by Joe Boyd (author of ‘White Bicycles – Making music in the 1960’s’) in 1967!
Let me tell you about the trip I made to London in May. Besides the fact that you don’t need a reason to go on a holiday, there were two why I went that long weekend: To have a reunion with the people I’ve met in Botswana 6 years ago, and music. On the first day I went to the Pink Floyd exhibition in V&A. It was very interesting and fascinating to see all these objects and instruments and letters and to learn about the Floyd. I already knew a lot because of the biography by Nick Mason, but I could’ve walked around there for hours. You weren’t allowed to, because at the end of the tour there was a highlight: Laying on the floor listening to and watching the Pink Floyd reunion concert of 2005. Heaven on earth right there!
But the day wasn’t over yet! That evening I went to the Royal Albert Hall to see another legend: Eric Clapton. It was very cool to be in a place you know so many talented people have played back in the day, like Led Zeppelin and CCR. It is actually a quite intimate venue and the concert was amazing! Eric wasn’t in the spotlight all the time, he made sure we got to see the talent of each member of his band. (The two backing singers were amazing on I shot the sheriff
!) It was pure magic seeing this man perform, I was also reading his autobiography at the time, which made me feel like I knew him just a little better.
The next day I was on a mission to buy some vinyl. I found the records at Portobello Market a bit overpriced, but got some great stuff in Soho in stores like Sister Ray and Reckless Records. I even bought this one record simply because it had Magritte art on the cover, turns out, it was by a harmonica hero called Little Walter! I was hoping to find some Terry Reid records, but every store owner told me they are hard to find. When they do make it to the store, they sell instantly. Good to know I’m not the only fan.
London, always a pleasure!