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Mud, mud, glorious mud!



So it would be fair to say that Beautiful Days this year was the wettest festival I've ever been to. The seven hours of rain on Saturday and resulting 4 inches of mud across the whole site was, erm, trying! Good job the music was good and we managed to get our car out of the parking field early by getting up super-early in the am on Monday. No such luck our friends who had to wait hours for the tractors to pull them out....ouch!

Best acts in no particular order:


Alabama 3

Divokej Bill

Hobo Jones

The Brakes


Are we the lucky ones?



Just been browsing youTube and looking at some old Clash and Southern Death Cult (later to become the Cult) videos and just realised how amazing it all is. Showing my age, back in the 70's and 80's it was so hard to catch a glimpse of good music on TV. The 80's alternative 'indie' scene was hid away and we were left with the odd appearance on the Tube of a 'good' band - more often than not we were subjected to pop crap such as Duran Duran - your only chance was to go and see the bands live. This is probably why a group of mates and myself used to follow bands such as Spear of Destiny around, sleeping in bus shelters or getting lucky and being put up on somebody's floor. Loads of gigs took place at universities then and we spent most of our time trying to blag free entry into Student Union concert halls. Ah! nostalgia is sweeping over me, memories of Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds... - Never came to Sussex at that time but plenty of music has gone on here over the years, apparently Jimi Hendrix once played here in the sixties, how amazing is that!

The live gig is hard to beat but having sites like youTube and sort of open the doors really and make it your choice - no wonder Top of the Pops is no more - (for those who can remember Top of the Pops that is).

Camden Crawl



Went to Camden Crawl last Friday, thanks to Hesan for arranging.  Brilliant event, good vibe, lots of venues and great line up. Used to live in Tufnell Park just up the road so good to be back in old stomping ground. Started off at the Electric Ballroom to see The Von Bondies, not bad. Then headed towards the Roundhouse to catch the Yeah Yeah Yeahs but got distracted at Inverness Street where Madness were warming up to do an outside gig on an old Route master bus - marvellous, crowd went crazy check out on YouTube. Then roamed around, nothing happening at the Barfly when I arrived so strolled up to The Dublin Castle but queue too long so went off to the Camden Palace (very famous venue, once hosting many punk bands when it was called the Music Machine and then it was taken over by Steve Strange in the 'New Romantic' era - now  called Koto). Absolutely packed out, never seen it so full - band called The Whip were on - wish I'd arrived earlier as they were great - only caught last three songs - crowd where really into them - mix of rock/dance /electro with loads of energy - certainly will check them out more. Then hung around for Echo and the Bunnymen - was a toss up between them and Wire - should have chosen Wire - Bunnymen weren't bad but a bit boring - maybe it was seeing The Whip beforehand. Anyway, all in all Camden Crawl is pretty good. The Fall played on the Saturday but I was only there for the one day. Not to be missed next year.

The Specials @ Brixton 8th May 2009



I got to see The Specials last night in Brixton. I was probably about 10 or 11 when they split-up so never saw them live. The music was great although Ghost Town didn't really sound as good as it should. Highlights for me were Gangsters and Too Much Too Young. Fred Perry Shirts worn by lots of fans. Terry Hall was chatty too.

Gangsters @ Brixton


Too Much Too Young

nature speaks



will nature speak ? was my question.

the answer is from yma sumac , lady who heard the music of it and reproduced through her voice. Well her ataypura and incacho, pachamama,la pampa y la puna etc made me feel that the voice sounds like a mountain the birds and the animal specially the ataypura made me feel i am under mayans .. the feel is imoportant in music , flamenco gives me diffirent feeling, carnatic different etc.

well i conclude that the music reflects a persons nature, character individually also it reflects the type of society it s build upon .. for example the culture the nation is raised upon can be seen through the music and its traditional outlook it wears..

friends this post is for whom who likes to read about the music and wanna express it through words any music for that matter may it traditional may it be modern . I mean music you hear defines you defines your nation defines who you are and how you are:)

Hey you Rocku steady Crew! musicDOC11




Myself and fellow Sussex historian Chris Warne,  have been working for the last year to set up a new collaborative research project on popular music documentary (Rockumentary: history and practice).  musicDOC11 will be organising a one day documentary festival this summer (more info to follow) - with top film makers, musicians, broadcasters and historians exploring history through music documentary and vice versa.

You can get a taste of our project at our first outing will be at next month's See Festival in Brighton, Komedia, 26 Feb, 10 am.  Come along if you love music, film, history - or fancy looking at some nice documentaries and having a think



Rock n Roll History - musicDOC11 goes live



Music documentary - History and Practice

musicDOC11 is a collaboration between film makers, broadcasters, musicians and historians based at Sussex. Some of you may have been to our trial panel at SEEdoc this year.  We've been working on setting the project up for about a year and in that time we've brought together an amazing group of people. Our planning sessions certainly have the highest rock n roll gossip ratio of any meetings I've ever been to! The festival  line up has turned out to be a dream team.  

Our MusicDOC11 website has gone live - loads of thanks to Tony Hudson and Dunstan Bruce.   Keep an eye on the site because the talented James Smith is going to be working on the interactive element.  Nice Kev Reynolds is providing film and sound footage from our events.

If any Splashers are interested in submitting a short film to our showcase, getting involved or coming along to the event, get in touch

musicDOC11 Rocked!



musicDOC11's first music documentary festival/conference this weekend was a great, if exhausting, success. We are looking forward to editing all the footage niceKev from Verymovingpictures filmed for us and as we hoped the contributors gave us insights into the making, watching and meaning of music documentary for historians, musicians and film makers alike! Our contributors, and their films, provided bridges between industry constraints, the way in which musicians and bands see themselves, and fandom and fan culture in fascinating ways.

We'll be putting together an over view of the event for our website soon but in the meantime I thought I'd just share this feedback from one of our contributors Otmoor Production's John Edginton

"Excellent day. Brilliant to meet all of you and I'm still absorbing everything.Head full of fans! Quo fan in bedroom, Sham fan in Russian kitchen,Stones fans wrestling Mick. Just heard myself singing Lady Jane in the shower! "

One of the things that John has picked up on that came out of the day really strongly for me was the way in which as a genre rockumentaries can document the specifics of a particular locale - the site of the 2012 Olympics (Paul Kelly's , "What have you done today Mervyn Day"), or the last indepdent record shop in Teeside,(Jeanie Finlay's, "Sound it Out")  for example, as well as give us a broad vision of the way in which music and images connect between countries - chinese Sham69 fans (in DandyFilm's "This Band is so Gorgeous" or the Russian annual Dave Gahan parade in Nick Abrahams' "The Posters Came with the Walls".

The day was topped off by Peter Whitehead, whose lists of firsts, stories and reflections, and sense of change over time in the genre made him a perfect choice for our 'Founding Visions' slot. No idea how we could top that - but we're going to give it a try!

Thanks go to Mitch and Claire at The Basement, niceKev, Nils, Grace, Owen, Mikey and Izzy for their hard work on the day and Ruth for showing everyone where the pub was.

nice little write up here

Acquired taste



I was at the Brighton Dome last night, listening to the London Philharmonic Orchestra – conductor: Osmo Jänksä, violin solo: Christian Tetzlaff – performing works by Nielsen, Dvoƙák and Rachmaninov. Under the NOISE scheme, student tickets went for just £4, which, for a high-brow concert like this, is as good as free. Sussex students interested in similar offers should definitely sign up to the appropriate newsletter; the LPO will be back in town in February and March with three juicy-looking concerts.

Being a lover of more traditional classical music, I expected mixed feelings.

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Rock's Backpages



The Library are trialling Rock's Backpages - hope they keep this resource: