Word #56

Issue 56

October 2007

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Cover star – David Gilmour

Word shuffle

1) P126 – some reissues get reviewed. Nige Tassell recommends the latest Soul Jazz compilation which focuses on the music which came out of Brazil, immediately after the Tropicalia movement of the late ’60s. “…the folky tones of Nelson Angelo & Joyce suggest that, halfway across the world, the gentle musical exploration of Pentangle didn’t go unnoticed either. A compelling lesson in cultural history.”

2) P91 – a page from the Tickets Please! section. Nige speaks to Seasick Steve about his upcoming tour and asks him about staying in swanky hotels. “Shit, I ain’t staying in no five-star hotel! I bought me this big old ’87 Mercedes van – big thing, about 25 feet long, that some hippy carpenter built a log cabin in. It’s got a wood burning stove. I just travel round in this bus by myself and sleep on the side of the road.”

3) P14 – part of a 3 page obituary on Anthony H Wilson by Andy Gill. He writes about how the Manchester Primary Care Trust wouldn’t pay for the £3, 500 per month drug called Sutent that could have prolonged his life. “Wilson would have been well aware of the black irony of the city, which he more than anyone had helped to re-establish as a cultural epicentre, failing to help one of it’s most gifted sons in his hour of need”

4) P34 – Hazel Davis writes about new sensation Kate Nash. “She took a gap year – ‘from what, I don’t know’ – and, after failing auditions to drama school worked in Nando’s Chicken and a River Island clothes shop. A broken leg left her housebound for a short while and, she says, as though it’s really that easy, ‘I wrote a few songs and booked my first gig at Trinity in Harrow.”

P23 – a page of photos from the recent Green Man festival headlined ‘Powys To The People!”

Interesting Stuart Maconie reviews a Shane Meadows film collection. “Meadows is the best film-maker these islands have produced in decades, a director who tells his stories of working-class-life with humour, elan and an unnerving eye and ear for the truth. The films in this box set showcase the various facets of his talent, from gallows humour to farce, horror to human drama.”

David Quantick witnesses a tiny gig by Carbon/Silicon – the band fronted by Mick Jones and Tony James. “Jones’s expectations for the group are pretty low-key. “Nothing, really. I’m hoping for nothing. It’s a band about nothing. It’s like Seinfeld. Seinfeld is a show about nothing. We should just do and be happy to do.”

In Robert Sandall’s article about Radio One he writes: “On a strictly non-attributable basis, pluggers will mutter darkly about Radio 1’s current obsession with ‘evidence of popularity’ before the station will commit. Online evidence is pretty persuasive, apparently: a lot of MySpace friends, a strong presence on Facebook, a big email fanbase…these sort of things speak loudly at playlist meetings round at Radio 1 these days.”

David Gilmour is asked by Jim Irvin how he felt when he heard that Syd had died. “I felt extremely sad about it, it was a tragic waste and I also felt a great sense of regret that I didn’t go and see him in all those years. His family had said it would be better if people didn’t but I wouldn’t have thought that would have applied to me. I do regret that I hadn’t been more bullish about it; I did know where he lived, I could have invited myself in for a cup of tea. We were friends as teenagers and had a lot of memories that had nothing to do with Floyd. Some of that might have cheered him up.”

Longer article

John Naughton writes about cryptic crosswords.

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