**MUSIC NEWS**  STRUMMERVILLE & MILITANT ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTŠ.                             CLASH MEMBERS REUNITE FOR BILLY BRAGG¹S PRISON INITIATIVE! You can see a clip of the recording session at Breaking Rocks premiere¹s with a night of the finest music talent around 1st October: Proud Galleries Camden : 6.30-11.30pm : £15 ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ _______________  Legendary Clash members Mick Jones and Topper Headon were reunited in the studio for the first time in 27 years when they joined Billy Bragg for a recording aimed at promoting the folk singer¹s Jail Guitar Doors campaign.   Started two years ago, the Jail Guitar Doors initiative helps to supply musical instruments to prison inmates, to aid with their rehabilitation, and has so far seen several Œgraduates¹ of the scheme pursue careers as performers after their release from jail.   Bragg, Jones and Headon were backed by a band comprising former inmates Leon Walker, Jonny Neesom, Kevin Hawkins and Jon Smillie on a spirited re-recording of the 1978 Clash song Jail Guitar Doors, from which the campaign takes its name.   ³The guys were telling us how much this scheme had helped them move on from their previous lives before prison,² said Clash guitarist Mick Jones, who in 2007 donated the money for the first ever JGD acoustic guitars to be delivered to a jail. ³It was really touching to think we¹ve helped, even if it¹s in a small way.²   Drummer Nick ŒTopper¹ Headon added: ³To see it all come to fruition is absolutely beautiful. It was great to meet these guys. When I was in prison myself, many years ago, I was lucky enough to have access to a guitar, which belonged to the prison vicar! I know how much it helped me get through it.²   Billy Bragg, who says his life was changed after seeing The Clash play live at Victoria Park in 1978, inspiring him to write about social and political issues, explained: ³Prison has to be about much more than just locking people up. We want people to be able to move on from their situation and reconnect with the outside world, and my hunch was that playing an instrument ­ particularly a guitar ­ could help that.   The recording session was filmed for Alan Miles¹ ŒBreaking Rocks¹, a gritty and uplifting documentary about the Jail Guitar Doors initiative, which will be premiered as part of the Raindance film festival at Proud Gallery, Camden Town on 1 October. The film will be followed by performances from Billy Bragg, Mick Jones, the MC5¹s Wayne Kramer, Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Jail Guitar Doors graduates Leon Walker, Jonny Neesom, Louise Wells and Theone Coleman, plus Night of Treason. ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ________________  LISTINGS INFORMATION:  EVENT: Strummerville and Militant Entertainment present the Raindance Film Festival premiere of Breaking Rocks, Jail Guitar Doors documentary directed by Alan Miles  DATE: Thursday 1st October  TIME: 6.30-11.30pm  VENUE: Proud Galleries, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH  PRICE: £15.00 
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Country:     UKPERE UBU
New studio album “Long Live Père Ubu!”  (COOKCD497)
Released 14th September 2009
London gig – 25th September at ICA

Pere Ubu never do things by halves. Not content with inventing modern rock music in 1975, they set themselves the task of stylistically reinventing themselves with each subsequent album release. Next to Ubu, over the years, David “Chameleon of Rock” Bowie has looked as staid as Status Quo.

“Long Live Père Ubu!”, released Monday 14th September, is inspired by the proto-Absurdist stage play that gave the band its name – Alfred Jarry’s "Ubu Roi” (King Ubu). Its premiere in Paris in 1896 provoked riots in the theatre and a national scandal. A vicious and satiric re-telling of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” Jarry’s work lambastes do-gooder monsters and the survival of the Unfit.

To promote its release, the band will be performing at The ICA, The Mall, London on Friday 25th September. To do it justice, Pere Ubu has devised an extraordinary concert event that involves connective dialog, electronic ambience, choreography, and animations by legendary film-makers The Brothers Quay. Not so much a case of Rock Music and Theatre coming together, it is more that the two find themselves engaged in a bloody fight to the death. Singer David Thomas stalks centre-stage, inhabiting the grotesque persona of the doomed Père Ubu, beset by the incompetence and treachery of his minions, who are all played by members of the band.   The concert takes the shape of a radio play, steeped in the avant- garage sensibilities that the band pioneered.  Tickets cost £20 in advance and go onsale on Friday 15th May –  Box office : 0207 930 3647 / online :

During the hellishly protracted process of writing the songs for the album, band leader David Thomas refused to speak to his band.

"He wouldn’t see anyone. He didn’t answer the phone," guitarist Keith Moliné explained. "The last time I was down to his place in Brighton he had cleared out his living room and installed two concentric rings of antique Mac computers, not one of them less than 20 years old. Somehow he had wired maybe 20 of them together. The heat and pulsing generated by all those old machines hit you like a wall.  ‘This is Mr. Ubu, he’ll write the album,’ was what David said. Then he sent me packing. I didn’t see him again for nearly a year."

"We began to get emails with MP3 files,” Moliné continues. “You could hear him walking around mumble-singing and you could hear waves of buzzing and tapping. One file would be labeled ‘Bass Drum,’ another ‘Guitar Track,’ and so on."

Thomas made ever more punishing and unreasonable demands, insisting that the band rehearse “Mr. Ubu’s music” over and over at Thomas Alva Edison’s family farm in Milan, Ohio.

"He would sit there arms folded, eyes closed, with a scowl on his face, listening to us rehearse," Moliné said. "Then he would make everyone stop, and he’d call his home in England – no one was there but something picked up the phone and he would make one of us listen to ‘Mr. Ubu’ – ‘That! Play that!’ he said. All you could hear was buzzing and tapping, maybe a car going by outside or someone walking past his window, or some piece of singing in the middle of it all. He’d go out, telling us get on with it. Sometimes, we’d just write our own music but he never mentioned it if he noticed or cared. Just started singing. I think he must have been listening at the window."

/cont’d …

With the songs nearing completion, the band took on the challenge that Ubu-philes have spent thirty years hoping their heroes would tackle: the staging of a multimedia avant-musical entitled “Bring Me The Head Of Ubi Roi.”  True to form, they decided to do it The Hard Way. Thomas spent 18 months adapting Jarry’s text, taking on the stage role of Père Ubu himself, and recruiting the actress/chanteuse Sarah Jane Morris (ex-Communards, Happy End) to play his conniving wife, Mère Ubu. In addition to arranging the songs and contributing music, the band and their soundman, Gagarin, were enlisted to play supporting roles on stage and perform dance routines. That’s right, dance routines.

The play, staged for the first time in London in 2008, was glorious, riotous chaos. When an audience member required the attention of an ambulance crew during one of the performances most of the audience thought it was part of the show. Jarry would have been delighted. The songs from the production and some of the incidental music are here on "Long Live Père Ubu!," the band’s 16th studio album. Ambitious, harrowing, hilarious, it’s unlike anything they’ve done before. Typical Ubu.

Available on CD and as a digital download, the full tracklisting is as follows :

1.     Ubu Overture 2:42
2.     Song Of The Grocery Police 1:46
3.     Banquet Of The Butchers 2:55
4.     March Of Greed 3:35
5.     Less Said The Better 2:31
6.     Big Sombrero (Love Theme) 3:47
7.     Bring Me The Head 3:40
8.     Road To Reason 3:55
9.     Slowly I Turn 4:25
10.     Watching The Pigeons 3:21
11.     The Story So Far 7:57
12.     Snowy Livonia 1:19
13.     Elsinore & Beyond 1:35

David Thomas – vocals / Sarah Jane Morris – vocals / Keith Moliné – guitar / Robert Wheeler – EML synthesizer, theremin / Gagarin – electronica / Michele Temple – bass / Steve Mehlman – drums

A radio play version of “Bring Me The Head Of Ubu Roi” is available from, Pere Ubu’s download web site.

URL for “Bring Me The Head Of Ubu Roi”:

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b]Monday 23rd November 2009[/b]

Exclusive London Show and 1st ever U.K appearance

Legendary L.A Punk Band

[b]THE GERMS[/b]
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Tickets £15 adv 94&interface=

Venue Monto Water Rats
Street: 328 Grays Inn Road
City London
Country: UK
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 ATP Concerts Presents:  IGGY & THE STOOGES performing RAW POWER in it's entirety  London Hammersmith Apollo 2nd and 3rd May 2010    To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Don't Look Back season, in   which All Tomorrow's Parties asks artists to perform classic albums   in their entirety (beginning with The Stooges performing Fun House at   the Hammersmith Apollo), and also as part of this year's 10 Years Of   ATP celebrations, ATP concerts is very proud to present:  IGGY & THE STOOGES performing RAW POWER in its entirety supported by SUICIDE performing SUICIDE (first lp) with more special guests to be confirmed!  Taking place at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Sunday 2nd May and   Monday 3rd May 2010, these will be the The Stooges first shows with   famed guitarist James Williamson for over 35 years and are sure to be   unforgettable events. Raw Power, released in 1973, was the Stooges third and final album.   Despite it's commercial failure on release, it has grown in stature   over the years and is now seen as one of the most raw and   uncompromising rock LPs ever created, as well as being a vital   influence on the burgeoning punk rock scene at the time. Featuring   songs such as the classic Search & Destroy, Gimme Danger and the   title track, it was re-mixed for release by David Bowie, but Iggy   Pop's later restored mix made it louder and even more vicious.   Pitchfork Magazine awarded the album a perfect 10.0 score.  Suicide, released in 1977 to a confused reaction, can now be seen as   a pre-cursor to synth-pop, no-wave and industrial; and as one of the   most intense punk rock albums ever created. Featuring classics such   as Ghost Rider, Rocket USA and the unforgettably bleak Frankie   Teardrop, Alan Vega and Martin Rev's masterpiece has influenced a   plethora of artists including Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead, R.E.M.   and Joy Division.  More special guests are yet to be confirmed for these nights.  Tickets for these two very special shows are priced at £30 + booking   fee and are on sale now from  
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Rob Tyner † Sep. 18, 1991

Rob Tyner

Sep. 18, 1991 (aged 46)

Rob Tyner † Sep. 18, 1991

Birth name
Robert Derminer

 Dec. 12, 1944

 Sep. 18, 1991
Berkley, Michigan, USA

Cause of Death
He died of a heart attack in the seat of his parked car in his home town.


Robin Tyner was the lead singer for the Detroit based proto-punk band MC5.

Rob Tyner and the MC5 will never be forgotten ! VIVE LE PUNK!!!!!


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After the best part of a decade apart, The Psychedelic Furs reunited in 2000. And now they are back big time again.They embarked on a North American tour with The Happy Mondays in September 2009, and the band are also set to play HMV Forum in London on November 12th. There is also talk of a new album. Stay tuned to VIVELEPUNK next month as we have a rundown on the Psychedelic Furs history ahead of this London show!!!


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Iggy Pop will be honoured with the Living Legend award at the 2009 Classic Rock awards in London on Nov 2nd. The Igster apparently said"Those years banging away in the dives of rock is finally paying adding up to something".

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76s punks the Vibrators have finished the brand new album. 15 tracks of original songs were recorded at former bass player Pat Colliers studio and the album is due for release later this year on Captain Oi records. There is also a recording of the Vibrators version of Katy Perrys I Kissed A Girl floating around on Youtube right now.

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A whole mouth watering feast of rock and metal bands have been lined up to appear on two stages at the London International Tattoo Convention over the weekend of September 25/26/27, at Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Wapping, London E1W 2SF.

The Vince Ray Rock ‘N’ Roll Voodoo Crypt Stage
The Voodoo Crypt stage will host live music from 7.00pm onwards, interspersed with performances from ‘Twisted Burlesque and Blood’ model Esme, and ‘Cabaret Freakshow Queen of Alternative performance’ Vivid Angel, courtesy of curators Torture Garden.

Zodiac Mindwarp who burst out of the starting blocks with their top 20 hit single ‘Prime Mover’, from the top 20 ‘Tattooed Beat Messiah’ album in 1988, have been confirmed to headline the Voodoo Crypt Stage on Saturday September 26th at 11.00pm. Zodiac Mindwarp will be playing select tracks from their brilliant, just recorded, upcoming new Viking-mythology-inspired studio album, ‘We Are Volsung’, a much harder and heavier opus than any of their previous recordings, set for release in late Autumn. Also expect crowd pleasing old favourites such as ‘Feed My Frankenstein’ a Zodiac Mindwarp penned original song covered by Alice Cooper on his 1991 ‘Hey Stoopid’ album, which also featured in the classic ‘Wayne’s World’ movie.

Crazy Gang, ‘Europe’s favourite jump jive and boogie band’, featuring Greggie G and Boogie Boy H from Matchbox, are set to wow the audience with their infectious, foot tapping blend of ‘vintage 40’s swing to 80’s rockabilly’ on the Voodoo Crypt stage at 11.00pm on Friday, September 25th.

Vince Ray and The Boneshakers will perform on the Voodoo Crypt stage at 7.00pm and 9.00pm on Friday and Saturday, and finally 4.00pm on Sunday. Described as “If Carl Perkins, Screaming Jay Hawkins and Lemmy jammed together, it would sound like this” by The Metro, Vince Ray and The Boneshakers roll Rockabilly, Psychobilly and Punk into their own inimitable style. Their songs are ‘an aural equivalent of Vince’s artwork with tales of hellbent hot rods, foxy femme fatales and B movie horror themes.’

The Marshall Amps & Glorybound Ink Stage, will showcase some of the hottest new metal, rock, and indie bands around over the whole weekend. Explosive British metal band Sylosis, signed to Nuclear Blast Records, will co-headline on Saturday September 26th with Beyond The Grave, while Forever Never, top the bill on Friday September 26th and Brighton three piece The Rocket Dolls, (Ben Knopfler’s group) close the show on the afternoon of Sunday September 27th. The full line-up of acts on the Marshall Amps & Glorybound Ink Stage is:-

Friday September 25th
Forever Never – Insanely heavy and complex metal band with a melodic edge who played both Download and Sonisphere Festivals this year, and have already toured the USA twice with Stuck Mojo.
Codejak – New alternative hard rockers from the North West who have already supported The Buzzcocks, Holloways & Futureheads.
Kamikaze Test Pilots – Hard driving metal band, formed by mostly Ex- Zimbabweans, who infuse their music with African rhythms.
The Duel – DIY Female fronted new wave punk rockers from London whose explosive energetic live shows and talented songs have won them over a million hits on their myspace page,
The Lost Souls Club – Southampton based glam rock trio formed out of the ashes of Plastic Toys.
The Superkings – 4 piece indie rockers from Burnley, Lancs.
Reality Killed Us – Brand new 5 piece female fronted punk poppers from Glasgow.

Saturday September 26th
Sylosis – Young thrash / death metal band signed to Nuclear Blast Records, who released debut album ‘Confusion Of An Age’ in October 2008. Played both Download & Sonisphere Festivals 2009.
Beyond The Grave – 5 piece ‘shit kicking’ new heavy metal juggernaut from North East England who have supported the likes of Cradle of Filth and Dry Kill Logic and starred at Hard Rock Hell last year.
Liberty Lies – Melodic Hard Rock band from the West Midlands who have toured with Gun and Heavens Basement.
From The Ashes – Intense Nu-thrash metal band who promise a brutal live show.
Raider – Noisy crunchy metal band from Devon who sound like the bastard child of Ozzy and Pantera circa “Mouth For War”.
No Quarter Given – Visceral Cornish thrash metal band with a blood-boiling epic sound.
Sworn To Oath – Midlands based old school rock and metal band who fuse massive guitar riffs with swaggering vocals.
Zuprowski Connection – North West based metal / grunge infused hard rockers who have already toured with Hatebreed & Testament.
Brass Neck – brand new band working on debut EP due for December release.
Sinocence – 4 piece Northern Irish vicious, hook laden melodic metal band, who released their debut album ‘Scar Obscura’ in May 2009.

Sunday September 27th
The Rocket Dolls – Blistering 3 piece post-grunge metal outfit from Brighton with huge crunching riffs who have just recorded their debut ‘The Frame EP’ with Skunk Anansie’s Ace.
New Device – New young classic hard rockers from South East England who have just been nominated for ‘Best New Band’ at Classic Rock’s 2009 Awards in November.

(NB more bands are tbc on Sunday).

* Tickets for the convention are priced at £20 per day or £50 for a three day pass.
* Opening Times are – 12.00 – 02.00am Friday and Saturday, 12.00 – 19.30 on Sunday.
* For more info online & advance tickets check


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In 1949, King began recording songs under contract with Los Angeles-based RPM Records. Many of King’s early recordings were produced by Sam Phillips, who later founded Sun Records. Before his RPM contract, King had debuted on Bullet Records by issuing the single "Miss Martha King" (1949), which received a bad review in Billboard magazine[citation needed] and did not chart well.

"My very first recordings [in 1949] were for a company out of Nashville called Bullet, the Bullet Record Transcription company," King recalls. "I had horns that very first session. I had Phineas Newborn on piano; his father played drums, and his brother, Calvin, played guitar with me. I had Tuff Green on bass, Ben Branch on tenor sax, his brother, Thomas Branch, on trumpet, and a lady trombone player."[7]

King assembled his own band; the B.B. King Review, under the leadership of Millard Lee. The band initially consisted of Calvin Owens and Kenneth Sands (trumpet), Lawrence Burdin (alto saxophone), George Coleman (tenor saxophone),[8] Floyd Newman (baritone saxophone), Millard Lee (piano), George Joyner (bass) and Earl Forest and Ted Curry (drums). Onzie Horne was a trained musician elicited as an arranger to assist King with his compositions. By his own admission, he cannot play chords well[9] and always relies on improvisation. This was followed by tours across the USA with performances in major theaters in cities such as Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit and St. Louis, as well as numerous gigs in small clubs and juke joints of the southern US states. King meanwhile toured the entire "Chitlin’ circuit" and 1956 became a record-breaking year, with 342 concerts booked. The same year he founded his own record label, Blues Boys Kingdom, with headquarters at Beale Street in Memphis. There, among other projects, he produced artists such as Millard Lee and Levi Seabury. The record company eventually failed, however, because King’s schedule left him too little time for the role of a businessman.[citation needed]

Performing with his famous guitar, Lucille.

In the 1950s, B.B. King became one of the most important names in R&B music, amassing an impressive list of hits including "You Know I Love You," "Woke Up This Morning," "Please Love Me," "When My Heart Beats like a Hammer," "Whole Lotta Love," "You Upset Me Baby," "Every Day I Have the Blues," "Sneakin’ Around," "Ten Long Years," "Bad Luck," "Sweet Little Angel," "On My Word of Honor," and "Please Accept My Love." In 1962, King signed to ABC-Paramount Records, which was later absorbed into MCA Records, and then his current label, Geffen Records. In November 1964, King recorded the Live at the Regal album at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois.

King won a Grammy Award for a tune called "The Thrill Is Gone";[10] his version became a hit on both the pop and R&B charts, which was rare during that time for an R&B artist. It also gained the number 183 spot in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. He gained further visibility among rock audiences as an opening act on The Rolling Stones1969 American Tour. King’s mainstream success continued throughout the 1970s with songs like "To Know You is to Love You" and "I Like to Live the Love".

King was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980. In 2004 he was awarded the international Polar Music Prize, given to artists "in recognition of exceptional achievements in the creation and advancement of music."[11]

From the 1980s onward, King has been recording less,[citation needed] but he has continued to maintain a highly visible and active career, appearing on numerous television shows and performing 300 nights a year. In 1988, King reached a new generation of fans with the single "When Love Comes to Town", a collaborative effort between King and the Irish band U2 on their Rattle and Hum album. In 2000, King teamed up with guitarist Eric Clapton to record Riding With the King. In 1998, King appeared in The Blues Brothers 2000, playing the part of the lead singer of the Louisiana Gator Boys, along with Clapton, Dr. John, Koko Taylor and Bo Diddley.

B.B. King in concert in France 1989

[edit] 2000— present

King owns several clubs in the US: on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee; in New Orleans, Louisiana; and in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition, he invested in merchandise including barbecue accessories and has endorsed a line of guitar strings. Since 2004 King has toured less frequently, citing age and health reasons. In the summer of 2005 he undertook a "Final Farewell Tour" of Europe; but in 2006 he performed in both the US and Europe.

[edit] Farewell tour

Aged 80 at the time, on March 29, 2006, King played at Hallam Arena in Sheffield, England. This was the first date of his UK and European farewell tour. He played this tour supported by shredder/rocker-turned-bluesman Gary Moore, with whom King had previously toured and recorded, including the song "Since I Met You Baby". The British leg of the tour ended on April 4 with a concert at Wembley Arena. And on 28 June 2009 King returned to Wembley arena to end a tour around Great Britain with British blues icon John Mayall.

In July King went back to Europe, playing twice (July 2 and 3) in the 40th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival and also in Zürich at the Blues at Sunset on July 14. During his show in Montreux at the Stravinski Hall he jammed with Joe Sample, Randy Crawford, David Sanborn, Gladys Knight, Lella James, Earl Thomas, Stanley Clarke, John McLaughlin, Barbara Hendricks and George Duke. The European leg of the Farewell Tour ended in Luxembourg on September 19, 2006, at the D’Coque Arena (support act: Todd Sharpville).

In November and December, King played six times in Brazil. During a press conference on November 29 in São Paulo, a journalist asked King if that would be the actual farewell tour. He answered: "One of my favorite actors is a man from Scotland named Sean Connery. Most of you know him as James Bond, 007. He made a movie called Never Say Never Again."

In June 2006, King was present at a memorial of his first radio broadcast at the Three Deuces Building in Greenwood, Mississippi, where an official marker of the Mississippi Blues Trail was erected. The same month, a groundbreaking was held for a new museum, dedicated to King.[12] in Indianola, Mississippi.
The museum opened on September 13, 2008.

In late October 2006, he recorded a concert CD and DVD entitled B.B. King: Live at his B.B. King Blues Clubs in Nashville and Memphis. The four night production featured his regular B.B. King Blues Band and captured his show as he performs it nightly around the world. It was his first live performance recording in 14 years.

On July 28, 2007, King played at Eric Clapton’s second Crossroads Guitar Festival with 20 other guitarists to raise money for the Crossroads Centre for addictive disorders. Performing in Chicago, he played "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" and "Rock Me Baby" with Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan and Hubert Sumlin. In the live broadcast, he offered a toast to the concert’s host, Eric Clapton, and philosophized about his age and life. Parts of this performance were subsequently aired in a PBS broadcast and released on the Crossroads II DVD.

In June 2008, King played at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee; he was also the final performer at the 25th annual Chicago Blues Festival on June 8, 2008, and at the Monterey Blues Festival, following Taj Mahal. Another June 2008 event was King’s induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame alongside Liza Minnelli and Sir James Galway.

In July 2008, Sirius XM Radio‘s Bluesville channel was re-named B.B. King’s Bluesville.

On December 1, 2008, King performed at the Maryland Theater in Hagerstown, Maryland.[13] On December 3, King and John Mayer were the closing act at the 51st Grammy Nomination Concert, playing "Let the Good Times Roll" by Louis Jordan. On December 30, 2008, King played at The Kennedy Center Honors Awards Show; his performance was in honor of actor Morgan Freeman.

[edit] Legacy

Live in Montreux, July 2006

Over a period of 52 years, B.B. King has played in excess of 15,000 performances.[14] He has made guest appearances in numerous popular television shows, including The Cosby Show,[15] The Young and the Restless,[15] General Hospital,[16] The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,[15] Sesame Street,[17] Married With Children[15] and Sanford and Son.[15]



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Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray are…
Heavy Trash!
Live At The Lexington 16th September
Midnight Soul Serenade
New Album – October 26th 2009

Heavy Trash release their third studio album Midnight Soul Serenades though Bronzerat on October 26th 2009, recorded in New York City at NY Hed, Matt Verta- Ray’s infamous analog studio. The album is already being hailed as Jon’s finest work since Orange.

On stage and in the studio, Jon Spencer, has destroyed and rebuilt American roots music with such ferocity and wild abandon it is hard to believe that there is anything left. The trail of musical destruction in the wake of his groovy hate-fuck combo Pussy Galore still smolders with the stench of avant punk trash and nasty garage ooze and grind, while his towering work with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion remains an indelible totem to his enormous mojo spirit and red-hot power of deliverance. He is Daddy Boss Hog! He is the Blues Exploder and Microphone Destroyer! A Gibson Brother! The man who shared a Chicken Dog with Rufus Thomas, got Soul with R.L. Burnside, and enjoyed a greasy Lap Dance with Andre Williams! He is /The Man Who Loved too Much/!!! Now, with his pal Matt Verta-Ray, he has become Heavy Trash, and is inviting you to a Midnight Soul Serenade.

Matt Verta-Ray grew up in the loving arms of left wing parents who would take him to folk and blues shows long before he sprouted sideburns. (His mother passed away in the ’90s, still angry that Dylan had gone electric, despite the fact – Matt is quick to point out – that she owned tons of Sun rockabilly 78s, which he very gratefully still has.) In the late ’70s, young Matt found himself one of only twelve people who went to see Bo Diddley at a Canadian fairground. After the show, Bo came out and preached to Matt for an hour about the dark secrets of rock’n’roll. And the rest, as they say, is history – from sitting on the edge of the stage with Bo, to thumping bass for Madder Rose, and then onto his hard-wired decontructionist rootsabilly band Speedball Baby, where he developed his slashing-dagger guitar style – to forming Heavy Trash with his friend Jon Spencer. Matt is also the mad scientist behind the jungle of tube amps and old-school echo machines that form the mutated nucleus of his analog cave, world-class recording studio NY Hed, where musicians come from all over the galaxy to learn the dark secrets of the Midnight Soul Serenade.

Heavy Trash gig listings:
16th September 2009 The Lexington, London – Doors 8.00pm –Ticket £10.00
                     For further information please contact Sarah Lowe on 020 8960 5802

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 Exene Cervenka’s has a new album out now on bloodshot records

The Former X singer plays a mix of folk and country.
The foundation of the best punk rock, the music that lasts and remains relevant, isn’t self-destructive anger or smash the state bravado, but a sense of alienation and dislocation. The longing of the outsider. No band epitomized the burst of creativity and energy of US punk rock better than X and their lead singer and co-lyricist Exene Cervenka. And even though the expressions of fiery emotions and actions of youth fade or moderate, the search for a roadmap through the desolation persists, and it is why Exene’s distinctive lyricism still resonates.

‘Somewhere Gone’, Exene’s first solo album since 1991, is a sometimes dreamy but always intimate, passage through folk and country; subdued but no less edgy. Invoking other artists who travel easily between the worlds of words and music like Leonard Cohen and Patti Smith, Exene’s lyrics, and immediately recognizable, simultaneously fragile and totemic vocals, carry all the passion of X without all the loud.

Sonically, Somewhere Gone is a sometimes sparse, sometimes exuberant blend of folk, deep country and wide-open spaces.

Exene plays guitar on most tracks, and her band includes such luminaries as Amy Farris (Dave Alvin, Alejandro Escovedo, Kelly Willis) on cello and viola, Joe Terry (Skeletons, Morells) on piano, producer Lou Whitney (Skeletons) on bass, Dex Romweber on keyboards, Cindy Wasserman (Dead Rock West) and Jason Edge on guitar.

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Portobello Film Festival presents an evening with Joe Strummer’s original star musician Alvaro

UK’s largest independent film festival to screen documentary about the famous musician Alvaro, also known as ‘The Chilean With The Singing Nose’ along with an incredible LIVE performance

– Punk Night: Wednesday 16th Sep 09 – From 6pm – Inn On The Green

Portobello Film Festival: 3-20 September


For one night only celebrated musician Alvaro will be returning to West London to perform a live set for revellers at the Portobello Film Festival, along with a special screening of highlighting documentary Full Dedication Alvaro.


Full Dedication Alvaro, is a film portrait of the independent musician Alvaro Pefia-Rojas, also known as ‘The Chilean With The Singing Nose’. Alvaro who’s currently living in Germany once founded together with Joe Strummer (The Clash) The 101ers – one of the first punk bands in Great Britain. At the age of 65 he still is a musician by passion, he still is absolutely dedicated to his kind of music – without making any concessions towards the musical mainstream.


Other films being show on the evening include Notting Hill 1958 Riot Tour which previews 50 years of the London Caribbean Carnival. Punk Night promises to be an evening of screenings and performances not to be missed.





Portobello Film Festival takes place 3-20 September at, Westbourne Studios, The Tabernacle and The Inn On The Green.


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 The Pogues Christmas tour 2009   Tickets are £29.50 regional / £30 London and are available at the outlets below on Friday 4th September @ 9.30am.     Seventh Annual Christmas Tour 2009      The Pogues have announced some very special seasonal dates. Only a Pogues gig can create the party atmosphere of St. Patrick's Day in December with their unique mix of traditional Irish folk, punk and classic songwriting.    Reunited once again The Pogues will be performing live at:      December  Wed 9             Newcastle O2 Academy                  0844 477 2000  Thu 10            Glasgow O2 Academy                     0844 499 9990 Sat 12             Sheffield O2 Academy                     0844 477 2000  Sun 13            Manchester Apollo                            0844 477 7677  Mon 14           Leeds O2 Academy                         0844 477 2000  Tue 16            Birmingham O2 Academy               0844 477 2000 Fri 18             London Brixton O2 Academy          0844 477 2000 Sat19              London Brixton O2 Academy          0844 477 2000      Tickets onsale Friday 4th September @ 9.30am    24 hr cc hotline: 0871 2200 260 or buy online: <>      "They are as fiery and as potent as ever." (Q Magazine)  "The whole experience is utterly uplifting." (The Telegraph)  "Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without The Pogues." (The Big Issue) <> 
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 Fun Lovin¹ Criminals set to wreck London with No Fit State Circus, in true rock n roll fashion bringing you one awesome party to save our forests!   Live at the Coronet on 26th September 09 Times: 9pm - 7am   Fun Lovin¹ Criminals Asian Dub Foundation Citizen Fish NoFit State Circus  Tickets: £19 + BF Door Price: £25 <;query=schedule&amp;ve nue=coronet1&amp;month=2&amp;day=13&amp;year=109&amp;interface=coronet>  <;venaudit=Coronet&amp;fi ller1=see&amp;filler2=ven-srch&amp;filler3=&amp;orderby=date&amp;n%7Cartist= null>   For more press information, ticket bookings or to arrange a telephone interview with Huey from Fun Lovin¹ Criminals, don¹t hesitate to contact us on: <> Tel: 0207 701 1500  Rock Œn¹ Roll meets Circus..... Quite possibly one of the most entertaining clashes of genres to date and one to watch Œwith caution¹. This is the 10th anniversary of The Great Wreck Œn¹ Roll Circus and they are back to celebrate at the Coronet Theatre on the 26th of September 2009 with, Asian Dub Foundation Live, Fun Lovin¹ Criminals Live, Citizen Fish Live, NoFit State Circus plus many more. Not only is this a ridiculous line up for one night, this show has been put together to help raise awareness for the action group defence of ancient forests. So whilst you¹re feeling the rhythms and writhing in the mosh pit, you¹re also helping environment. Talk about killing two birds with one stone, (or not in this case).  Born out of the bones of a traveller circus the first Great Wreck Œn¹ Roll Circus was held in 1999 under London Bridge train station, since then the event has grown into a multi-political, multi-cultural and multi -genre event. No agenda or music style is un-touched, punk, rock, rap, jazz, swing, dub + many more along side contemporary free style circus acts and the plain bizarre. Gathering a crowd of 2600 from every corner of the UK and afar, the Coronet is to be turned into a some what magical experience that can only happen on special occasions, and what more special than this, The Great Wreck Œn¹ Roll Circus hits the big 1 0!   Main acts on the night Asian Dub Foundation the group developed through a community music project, burst onto the underground scene in 1998, being dubbed as one of the most exciting live bands to date.  A fusion of rap, jungle beats and dub baselines along side guitars and traditional Asian sounds mixed with strong anti- racism, self and community development messages.  Much to the group¹s surprise this fusion gained as much accreditation as the world¹s best punk bands. Touring with Primal Scream proved to be a turning point as audiences went wild and the performances grew to be electrifying. Recently released album ŒPunkara¹ has audience spectrums as wide as they can possibly go; it seems no one can resist the deep messages whilst the fusion of musical genres satisfies even the most difficult of listeners. Headlining the Great Wreck Œn¹ Roll Circus Asian Dub Foundation will truly test the Coronet¹s massive sound system. Let¹s just hope the roof is firmly in place, these boys would definitely blow it off! The Fun Lovin¹ Criminals are a band that musters great memories for all; no one needs to be reminded of the classic tracks like ŒScooby Snacks¹ or ŒBarry White¹. Yet again appealing to every possible musical taste, jazz, rock n roll, soul, blues and the hip hop cheekiness of lead singer Huey Morgan embodies everything about being cool. Tip your hat and make some room as the Fun Lovin¹ Criminals take to the main stage.   For a decade Citizen Fish has been touring the world: turning gatherings, benefits, and social gigs into an international never-ending weekend. These four dudes from the UK have created a blend of punk, ska, and straight up rock'n'roll that appeals to the sing-a-long music fans. But it's not so much the fact that these dudes are the most talented musicians in England, it's what they say and how they say it. In a fun loving, all inclusive way, Citizen Fish (and their previous outfits Culture Shock and the legendary Subhumans) have brought working class radical politics to generations of questioning minds. Leaving aside the typical screaming rants of boring political punk bands, the Fish offer a hopeful, danceable alternative. Joining the musical giants is NoFit State Circus. Welsh based circus company has broken the barrier, of contemporary circus performance far beyond even Cirque du Soleil, ³The future of British circusŠ.Š. Cirque du Soleil without the Disney and the disinfectantŠ.²  The Guardian Creating a world class performance that is also accessible and hugely entertaining to children and adults alike, the company has just amazed masses with their tour of ŒTabu¹ which featured at the Roundhouse in London. Aerial shows will sore above crowds and amazing acts will entertain at the Coronet, creating a multi sensory experience.   However The Great Wreck Œn¹ Roll Circus doesn¹t stop there, joining the mentioned in a night where anything is possible is:   ROOM 1 MAIN ARENA ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION LIVE FUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS LIVE CITIZEN FISH LIVE DEAD SILENCE LIVE HEADJAM LIVE CROWZONE LIVE MORAL DILEMA LIVE MY TOYS LIKE ME LIVE   ....NoFit State Circus....  PLUS HARRY DIEZEL&IFFOR DUB TREV&KEV M.O.A.B  I.K.DELL YOGO CROW BEDLAM MEGA BITCH AVALINA K   ROOM 2 REKNAW STAGE INNER TERRESTRIALS LIVE AUTONOMADS LIVE DISORDER LIVE THE RESTARTS LIVE THE SKINTS LIVE DREAD MESSIAH LIVE LEFT FOR DEAD LIVE SHORT BUS WINDOW LICKERS LIVE  ROOM 3 SCRAP MIX STAGE DIRTY NOTES FLOWERS OF FLESH AND BLOOD THE AMIGOS RED ROOTS TRENCH CITY HOOLIGAN NIGHT   A S.ub C.ultural R.adikal A.rts P.roduction SCRAP.      This is an over 18's event, please bring ID   The Coronet Theatre 28 New Kent Road London SE1 6TJ <> 0207 701 1500 Tube NORTHERN LINE: Travelling North - Mon-Sat: First 05.42 Last 12.32 / Sun: First 07:21 Last 01.33 // Travelling South - Mon-Sat: First 06.05 Last 12.44/Sun: First 07:38 Last 11.53 .BAKERLOO LINE: Mon-Sat: First 05.37 Last 12.23 / Sun: First 07:16 Last 11.37 Bus 1, 12, 40, 45, 53, 68, 133, 171, 176, 188 Train The Elephant & Castle is connected by First Capital Connect / South-eastern trains - info line: 0800 123 4567                      
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From the New York Times.


Jim Carroll, Poet and Punk Rocker Who Wrote ‘The Basketball Diaries’, Dies at 60

Published: September 14, 2009

Jim Carroll, the poet and punk rocker in the outlaw tradition of Rimbaud and Burroughs who chronicled his wild youth in “The Basketball Diaries,” died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 60.

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Jim Carroll in 2002.

The cause was a heart attack, said Rosemary Carroll, his former wife.

As a teenage basketball star in the 1960s at Trinity, an elite private school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Mr. Carroll led a chaotic life that combined sports, drugs and poetry. This highly unusual combination lent a lurid appeal to “The Basketball Diaries,” the journal he kept during high school and published in 1978, by which time his poetry had already won him a cult reputation as the new Bob Dylan.

“I met him in 1970, and already he was pretty much universally recognized as the best poet of his generation,” the singer Patti Smith said in a telephone interview on Sunday. “The work was sophisticated and elegant. He had beauty.”

The diaries began, innocently: “Today was my first Biddy League game and my first day in any organized basketball league. I’m enthused about life due to this exciting event.”

By the end of the book, Mr. Carroll was a heroin addict who supported his habit by hustling in Times Square. “Totally zonked, and all the dope scraped or sniffed clean from the tiny cellophane bags,” the final entry read, continuing, “I can see the Cloisters with its million in medieval art out the bedroom window. I got to go in and puke. I just want to be pure.”

“The Basketball Diaries,” reissued in a mass-market edition in 1980, became enormously popular, especially on college campuses. In a film adaptation in 1995, Leonardo DiCaprio played the part of Mr. Carroll.

The writer’s good looks and flair for drama made him ideal raw material for rock stardom. “When I was about 9 years old, man, I realized that the real thing was not only to do what you were doing totally great, but to look totally great while you were doing it,” he told the poet Ted Berrigan in the 1960s. In the late 1970s, with the encouragement of Ms. Smith, he formed the Jim Carroll Band, whose first release, “Catholic Boy” (1980), is sometimes called the last great punk album.

James Dennis Carroll, the son of a bar owner, spent his childhood on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where he attended Roman Catholic schools. After the family moved to Inwood, at the northern end of Manhattan, he won a basketball scholarship to Trinity. There he discovered a love of writing and began spending time at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project in the East Village, falling under the spell of Allen Ginsberg and Frank O’Hara.

Still in his teens, he published a limited-edition pamphlet of his poems, “Organic Trains” (1967), which, with its successor, “4 Ups and 1 Down” (1970), won him a cult following that was enhanced when The Paris Review published excerpts from his journals in 1970. “Living at the Movies” (1973), issued by a mainstream publisher, won him both acclaim and a wider audience.

His life was colorful. Hailed by Ginsberg, Berrigan and Jack Kerouac as a powerful new poetic voice, he became a fixture on the downtown scene. After briefly attending Wagner College on Staten Island and Columbia University, he found his way to Andy Warhol’s Factory, contributing dialogue for Warhol’s films. Later he worked as a studio assistant for the painter Larry Rivers and lived with Ms. Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, the photographer. He chronicled this frenetic period in “Forced Entries: The Downtown Diaries, 1971-1973.”

In 1973 Mr. Carroll left New York to escape drugs. He settled in Bolinas, an artistic community north of San Francisco, where met and married Rosemary Klemfuss in 1978. The marriage ended in divorce. He is survived by a brother, Tom.

Mr. Carroll’s music career started by accident when Ms. Smith brought him onstage to declaim his poetry with her band providing background. Encouraged by the response, he formed his own band. It caught the attention of Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, who arranged a three-record deal with Atlantic Records.

The critic Stephen Holden described Mr. Carroll in The New York Times in 1982 as “not so much a singer as an incantatory rock-and-roll poet.” Like Lou Reed, he had a mesmerizing power, evident on songs like “People Who Died” from “Catholic Boy,” a poetic litany of his dead friends that became a hit on college radio and part of the soundtrack for “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.”

The group’s next two albums, “Dry Dreams” (1982) and “I Write Your Name” (1984), caused much less stir. After writing lyrics for Blue Oyster Cult and Boz Scaggs, Mr. Carroll returned to the studio in 1998 to record “Pools of Mercury.”

Mr. Carroll published several more poetry collections — “The Book of Nods” (1986), “Fear of Dreaming” (1993) and “Void of Course: Poems 1994-1997” (1998) — as well as releasing several spoken-word albums.

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Johnny Ramone † Sep. 15, 2004


Johnny Ramone

† Sep. 15, 2004 (aged 55)

Johnny Ramone † Sep. 15, 2004

Birth name
John Cummings

* Oct. 08, 1948
Long Island, NY, USA

† Sep. 15, 2004
Los Angeles, California, USA

The Ramones band leader and guitarist. He will never be forgotten. Read Vera RAMONES INTERVIEW this month for more on the brudders RAMONE!


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Jake Burns and his Stiff Little Fingers go out on tour in October at-

  • Wed, October 14, 2009
  • Ironworks
  • 122b Academy St Inverness Scotland (MAP)
  • Box office tel: 0871 7894173. More details at the Ironworks Web site.
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  • Thu, October 15, 2009
  • Moshulu
  • Windmill Brae Aberdeen Scotland (MAP)
  • Box office tel: 0844 847 2319. More details at the Moshulu Web site.
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  • Fri, October 16, 2009
  • Fat Sam’s
  • 31 South Ward Rd Dundee Scotland (MAP)
  • Box office 01382 228181. More details at the Fat Sams Web site.
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  • Sat, October 17, 2009
  • HMV Picture House
  • 31 Lothian Rd Edinburgh Scotland (MAP)
  • Box office tel: 0844 847 1740. More details at the Picture House Web site. Ages 14+.
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  • Mon, October 19, 2009
  • Picturedrome
  • Market Walk Holmfirth England (MAP)
  • Box office tel: 01484 689759. More details on the Picturedrome Web site.
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  • Tue, October 20, 2009
  • Robin 2
  • Wolverhampton England (MAP)
  • Box office tel: Box Office: 01902 401211. More details at the Robin 2 Web site.
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  • Wed, October 21, 2009
  • O2 Academy
  • Liverpool England (MAP)
  • Box office tel: 08444 77 2000. More details at the O2 Academy Web site.
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  • Thu, October 22, 2009
  • The Dome
  • Doncaster England (MAP)
  • Box office tel: 0871 230 1101. More details at The Dome Web site.
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  • Fri, October 23, 2009
  • Friars
  • Aylesbury England (MAP)
  • Support band Penetration. Minimum age for admission is 16. More details on the Friars Web site.
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  • Sun, October 25, 2009
  • Subscription Rooms
  • Stroud England (MAP)
  • Box office tel: 01453 760900. More details at the Subscription Rooms Web site.
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  • Mon, October 26, 2009
  • 7:30 pm
  • The Waterfront
  • Norwich England (MAP)
  • Box office tel: 01603 508050. More details on The Waterfront Web site. Ages 14+ only.
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  • Tue, October 27, 2009
  • The Junction
  • Cambridge England (MAP)
  • Box office tel: 01223511511. More details at The Junction Web site.
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  • Wed, October 28, 2009
  • The Brook
  • Southampton England (MAP)
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