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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

GERRY RAFFERTY: RIGHT DOWN THE LINE


It seems reasonable to draw this to people's attention, since its subject was a key part of an influential if short period of my life. I haven't seen any advance version but I think it includes some use of a photograph of Gerry and his producer Hugh Murphy that I took in a small studio in Worthing in 1980  -  they were there co-producing Richard and Linda Thompson, if memory serves. Right Down the Line will be shown on BBC 4 TV later.

Monday, August 22, 2011

BOB DYLAN'S US TOUR ENDS

Bob finished the first US leg of this year's touring last night at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. His set introduced no song previously unplayed on the tour, and it began as follows:

1. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
3. Things Have Changed.

Clearly they haven't lately.

Friday, August 19, 2011

OCCASIONAL PICTURES NO. 78

photo © Duncan  Hume, 1992

 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

OCCASIONAL PICTURES NO. 153

BOB DYLAN
Piano Player, 2009
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 cm)

You can find this, plus other images, on one of the pages of the Gagosian Gallery website. The gallery is also announcing the forthcoming publication of four different versions of Dylan's new book of paintings The Asia Series  -  that is, there are four different front covers, so that completists will have to spend four times as much money.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

THE ELVIS ATLAS

Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of the publication of my co-authored book THE ELVIS ATLAS: A Journey Through Elvis Presley's America, published in US hardback by the now-defunct Reference Division of Henry Holt in New York. I was e-mailed, recently, by someone in the Dylan world, to say he had noted that a new edition was to be published by Chartwell Inc., a subsidiary of Music Sales Inc., on September 15th.

This was news to me. Having looked into it, such a thing was indeed being advertised (and pre-orders taken) on Amazon.com  -  and with my name misspelt on the front cover  -  yet when I contacted the publisher, who passed me on to the original packager's agent, I was then told the whole project was only a possibility. I have asked, now, whether this possible republication will repeat the many dozens of errors that were included in the original edition (which went to press when I was on holiday, so that I had no opportunity to proof-check it). I hope not. Perhaps having made the new putative publisher aware of all these errors (as well as the new one of my own name being misspelt) they will back off and not publish it after all. That would certainly be cheaper than bothering to correct everything.

Amazon, to their credit, were very quick to correct my name on the link at the top, but not of course in the publisher's blurb below it...

I'd love to see a decent new edition of the book out, naturally; but this seems unlikely to be it.

Monday, August 08, 2011

BOB, BOY & 1937 HARMONICA


Nice story (and pictures) here on BobLinks, drawn to my attention by John Carvill, about events at Dylan's Nashville concert on August 1st.



That is one big harmonica, too.