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Grobschnitt's Solar Movie unboxing

Just received Grobschnitt's Solar Movie box set from Amazon.de. It includes two versions of their classic live tune, including the video from 1978 WDR, and a new "conceptual" film for a live version from Berlin 1978. Highly recommended!

New solo album from Caravan's Pye Hastings, From The Half House

Due imminently from Caravan's Pye Hastings is a new solo album, via Pledgemusic.

"I have been the main songwriter, leader and founder member of Caravan since 1968. Until now all of my songwriting has been concentrated on providing material for Caravan. After many years of a solo album being suggested, the timing is now right for me to develop my new songs into making this album. These have been written and are being recorded in my studio in the highlands of Scotland.

Hansford Rowe on Innerviews

Incredible interview with Hansford Rowe on Innerviews, talking Gong, Pierre Moerlen, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Oldfield and the hotly anticipated new Gong Expresso album! Thanks to Anil Prasad.

Why Remix 'Sgt. Pepper's'? Giles Martin, The Man Behind The Project, Explains

From NPR, Bob Boilen talks with Giles Martin about the new 50th anniversary mix of The Beatles' Sgt Peppers album. A great podcast, and some very revealing a-b-c comparisons between the original mono mix, original stereo mix and the new stereo mix. Nowhere mentioned however is the 5.1 mix, which I personally am eagerly awaiting!

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Clive Brooks, RIP

From Nick Mason, of Pink Floyd: "With a heavy heart our Pink Floyd family say farewell to dear Clive Brooks, drummer for Egg and later drum technician extraordinaire, who sadly passed away." Clive was also the drummer of Uriel, a member of Steve Hillage's touring band, and a member of The Groundhogs during their Hogwash-Solid era. RIP, my condolences to your loved ones.

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I Advanced Masked

Love this one, from Robert Fripp and Andy Summers 1982 album. Wonder which director called for the scantily clad Asian girls?!

Where can I purchase the book?

The book is available directly from my on-demand publisher CreateSpace.com via Amazon.com. It is also distributed via Amazon in Canada, UK and throughout Europe. Book stores may order the book via traditional channels (like Ingram) or CreateSpace Direct using its ISBN: 978-0578189024. For bulk orders, or for signed copies, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Allan Holdsworth, RIP

Guitarist Allan Holdsworth passed away on April 16th, 2017, the news from a post by one of his daughters on Facebook. Uniquely talented, I would steer anyone to Gong's Gazeuse! album for a prime example of his guitar technique. When I was a teenager, I went to my local record shop (Spec's Music) and asked if they had Holdsworth's Velvet Darkness album, or if they could order it for me. The manager said to me, "He's pretty good guitarist, how do you know about him?" I replied that I had a Soft Machine and Gong album that he played on.

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Esoteric set to reissue Patto catalog

Esoteric Recordings are set to reissue the entire Patto catalog, with a load of bonus material; SPOILER ALERT:

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John Wetton, RIP

[Bad link: Invalid Node ID "3167"] has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. I had the honor of interviewing him via phone last summer, an interview that will feature prominently in the next edition of the book. Here's the portrait that Plastic Crimewave drew for it and an excerpt from my interview:

John spent the next few years in King Crimson as part of the monster rhythm section with Bill Bruford.

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