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Morning peeps! Just coming down to earth after a busy weekend which kicked off at The Sebright Arms up that there EastEnd with The Milk and New Street Adventure! Both put in a stunning performance including the new lineup for NSA!
Last week also saw Stone Foundation’s album ‘To Find The Spirit’ rocking the amazon charts and getting to number 1 in the funk chart. nice! As if all that wasn’t enough, friend of the site Steve White was voted Britain’s second greatest drummer of all time (ahead of Moony even) told ya, busy times!
Been tweaking the site a bit lately too and have added a spotify player so you can check out what we’re spinning here at HQ right now! The youtube page from the mobile app has proven very popular so that has also been added and new content will be going up on the promo and events page very soon, its nice to be back in the saddle!
Hey funky children, just thought I’d pop my old noggin’ over the parapit and let y’all know I’m still alive, diggin’ the funk and all is well at HQ.
I’m hoping to get my arse in gear and get some new content on here very soon but after the change to iOS I have been struggling to get things working properly. Thankfully, due to Spreaker the music player is back so the site doesn’t seem pointless. I may just use this page as it is for a spot of old school blogging like this for the foreseeable but who knows? Keep ’em peeled funsters and I’ll let you know if some miraculous new app comes along and fixes the problem!
At times he touches on country (god forbid),classical, indie and a kind of world percussion type thing. Not really my bag but there’s something about this wacky dude that’s got me gripped. I’ve not been so worts n all interested in an artist since my 4 year Dave Pike addiction (which is still ongoing in the background for the record). I shall do my best not to bore you too much on here with it all but just thought for anyone interested that doesn’t know him I would give y’all a little heads up! Points of major interest are the albums ‘Soul Visa’ and ‘Soul In The Hole’.
Check him out, be safe and until next time. keep the faith!Embarking on my new mission to load up a list of artists featured on the site led me to notice how many big names aren’t gonna be on there. I was mooching around the old wonderweb over the weekend and I stumbled across this list (again). arguably miles off target but interesting all the same. It features links to check out all the bands but as you are funky enough to be reading this you’ve probably heard them all before anyway.
My beef with these ‘lists’ is the usual one Cameo, Prince, Hot Chocolate, Shalamar, Heatwave etc. I am admittedly very snobbish about music generally but come on, to me that just ain’t the funk!
As you will start to discover if you follow these innane ramblings. there is no where for you to reply or comment! I figured it was probably safer this way as I got into quite a few barneys with people the last time I dipped my toe into the murky depths of the ‘blog’! You can always mail me via the contact form if you really think I’m off the mark but do me a favour and tell me what it is you are moaning about as the site has quite a bit of content on it and I’m not too sharp at mind reading! If you’re funny enough I may even add your responses to the post in question (obviously omitting your email address).
Until the next time keep on keepin’ on kids and stay away from the bad stuff!Courtesy of wikipedia. ”The term refers to an era more often called The Sixties, denoting the complex of inter related cultural and political trends which occurred roughly during the years 1958 1974 in Western countries, particularly Britain, France, the United States, Italy and West Germany. Social and political upheaval was not limited to these nations, but included such nations as Japan, Mexico, Canada, and others. The term is used descriptively by historians, journalists, and others documenting our collective past; nostalgically by those who participated in the counter culture and social revolution; and pejoratively by those who perceive the era as one of irresponsible excess. The decade was also labeled the Swinging Sixties because of the libertine attitudes that emerged during this decade. Rampant drug use has become a synecdoche for the counter culture of the era, as exemplified by Jefferson Airplane co founder Paul Kantner: “If you can remember anything about the sixties, you weren’t really there.” The sixties were a time of immense change in all areas of public and private life, often referred to as a social revolution global in scale. In the United States, for example, social change was wrought by the American civil rights movement, the rise of feminism and gay rights, invention of the microchip and formulation of Moore’s Law, and even the rise of neoconservatism. The “Sixties” has become synonymous with all the new, exciting, radical, subversive and/or dangerous (depending on one’s viewpoint) events and trends of the period, which continued to develop in the 1970s, 1980s and beyond. In Africa the 60s were a period of radical change as countries gained independence from their European colonial rulers, only for this rule to be replaced in many cases by civil war or corrupt dictatorships. GovernmentSeveral Western governments turned to the left in the early 1960s. In the United States President John F. Kennedy was elected in 1960. Italy formed its first left of center government in March 1962 with a coalition of Christian Democrats, Social Democrats, and moderate Republicans. Socialists joined the ruling bloc in December 1963. In England, the Labour party gained power in 1964. Liberal Programs President John F. Kennedy promoted the space program, math and science education, tax cuts and the Peace Corps. It continued with President Lyndon B. Johnson’s projects of the Great Society, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Assassinations The 1960s were marked by several notable assassinations. First Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba, is assassinated by Belgian/Congolese firing squad on January 17, 1961 Medgar Evers, a NAACP field secretary, is assassinated by a Klu Klux Klan member on June 12, 1963. First South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem (Ng nh Dim) is assassinated in coup d’etat on November 2, 1963. US President John F. Kennedy is assassinated on November 22, 1963 in his car during a parade Malcolm X is assassinated on February 21, 1965 The assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968. The assassination of presidential candidate Senator Robert F. Kennedy on June 6, 1968. The assassination of social activist and deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP), Fred Hampton on December 4, 1969 while he was asleep. Counterculture/social revolution Many younger generations soon began to rebel towards the conservative norms of the time. This created a counterculture that eventually turned into a social revolution throughout much of the western world. It began in the United States as a reaction against the conservative social norms of the 1950s, the political conservatism (and perceived social repression) of the Cold War period, and the US government’s extensive military intervention in Vietnam. The main group from the movement were called hippies. The movement was marked with drug use (LSD, and marijuana), and Psychedelia music. Anti war movement A mass movement began rising in opposition to the Vietnam War, ending in the massive Moratorium protests in 1969, and also the movement of resistance to conscription (“the Draft”) for the war. The antiwar movement was initially based on the older 1950s Peace movement heavily influenced by the American Communist Party, but by the mid 1960s it outgrew this and became a broad based mass movement centered on the universities and churches: one kind of protest was called a “sit in.” Other terms included the Draft, draft dodger, conscientious objector, and Vietnam vet. Voter age limits were challenged by the phrase: “If you’re old enough to die for your country, you’re old enough to vote.” Civil rights Stimulated by this movement, but growing beyond it, were large numbers of student age youth, beginning with the Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley in 1964, peaking in the riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and reaching a climax with the shootings at Kent State University in 1970, which some claimed as proof that “police brutality” was rampant. The terms were: “The Establishment” referring to traditional management/government, and “pigs” referring to police using excessive force. This became the start of something new. New left The rapid rise of a “New Left” applied the class perspective of Marxist to postwar America, but had little organizational connection with older Marxist organizations such as the Communist Party, and even went as far as to reject organized labor as the basis of a unified left wing movement. The New Left consisted of ephemeral campus based Trotskyist, Maoist and anarchist groups, some of which by the end of the 1960s had turned to militancy. TechnologyThe Soviet Union and the United States were involved in the space race. This led to an increase in spending on science and technology during this period. The space race heated up when Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth and President Kennedy announced Project Apollo in 1961. The Soviets and Americans were then involved in a race to put a man on the Moon before the decade was over. America won the race when it placed the first men on the Moon: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, in July 1969. American automobiles evolved through the stream lined, jet inspired designs for sportscars such as the Pontiac GTO and the Plymouth Barracuda, Ford Mustang, and the Chevrolet Corvette. 1960 The first working laser was demonstrated in May by Theodore Maiman at Hughes Research Laboratories. 1961 First human spaceflight to orbit the Earth: Yuri Gagarin, Vostok 1. 1962 First trans Atlantic satellite broadcast via the Telstar satellite. 1962 The first computer video game, Spacewar!, is invented. 1963 The first geosynchronous communications satellite, Syncom 2 is launched. 1963 Touch Tone telephones introduced. 1964 The first successful Minicomputer, Digital Equipment Corporation’s 12 bit PDP 8, is marketed. 1965 Sony markets the CV 2000, the first home video tape recorder. 1966 The Soviet Union launches Luna 10, which later becomes the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon. 1967 First heart transplantation operation. 1967 PAL and SECAM broadcast color TV systems start publicly transmitting in Europe. 1968 First humans to leave Earth’s gravity influence and orbit another world: Apollo 8. 1968 The first public demonstration of the computer mouse, the paper paradigm Graphical user interface, video conferencing, teleconferencing, email, and hypertext. 1969 Arpanet, the research oriented prototype of the Internet, was introduced. 1969 First humans to walk on the Moon: Apollo 11. 1969 CCD invented at AT Bell Labs, used as the electronic imager in still and video cameras. Popular CultureThe overlapping, but somewhat different, movement of youth cultural radicalism was manifested by the hippies and the counter culture,
whose emblematic moments were the Summer of Love in San Francisco in 1967 and the Woodstock Festival in 1969. The sub culture, associated with this movement, spread the recreational use of cannabis and other drugs, particularly new semi synthetic drugs such as LSD. The era heralded the rejection and a reformation by hippies of traditional Christian notions on spirituality, leading to the widespread introduction of Eastern and ethnic religious thinking to western values and concepts concerning one’s religious and spiritual development. Psychedelic drugs, especially LSD, were popularly used medicinally, spiritually and recreationally throughout the 1960s. Psychedelia influenced the music, artwork and movies of the decade. Music Popular music entered an era of “all hits” as numerous singers released recordings, beginning in the 1950s, as 45 rpm “singles” (with another on the flip side), and radio stations tended to play only the most popular of the wide variety of records being made. Also, bands tended to record only the best of their songs as a chance to become a hit record. (The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, The Rolling Stones ,and so on), are major examples of American listeners expanding from the folksinger, doo wop and saxophone sounds of the 1950s and evolving to include psychedelia music. The rise of an alternative culture among affluent youth, creating a huge market for rock and blues music produced by drug culture, influenced bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Doors, and also for radical music in the folk tradition pioneered by Bob Dylan, The Mamas and the Papas, and Joan Baez in the United States, and in England, Donovan was helping to create folk rock. Significant events in music in the 1960s: Motown Record Corporation founded in 1960. It’s first Top Ten hit was “Shop Around” by the Miracles in 1960. “Shop Around” peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, and was Motown’s first million selling record. The Marvelettes scored Motown Record Corporation’s first US 1 pop hit, “Please Mr. Postman” in 1961. Motown would score 110 Billboard Top Ten hits between 1961 and 1971. The Beatles went to America in 1964, spearheading the start of the British Invasion. Bob Dylan goes electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. The Beach Boys release Pet Sounds in 1966, ushering in the era of album orientated rock. Bob Dylan is called “Judas” by an audience member during the legendary Manchester Free Trade Hall concert, the start of the Bootleg recording industry follows, with recordings of this concert circulating for 30 years wrongly labeled as The Royal Albert Hall Concert before a legitimate release in 1998 as . In 1966, The Supremes A’ Go Go was the first album by a female group to reach the top position of the Billboard magazine pop albums chart in the United States. Jefferson Airplane release the influential Surrealistic Pillow in 1967. The Velvet Underground release their influential self titled debut albumThe Velvet Underground and Nico in 1967. The Doors release their self tilted debut album The Doors an early progenitor of the Heavy Metal Music and Punk Rock genres. The Jimi Hendrix Experience release two successful albums during 1967 Are You Experienced and that innovate both guitar, trio and recording techniques. The Beatles release the seminal concept album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in June 1967. Pink Floyd releases their debut record the Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Bob Dylan releases the Country Rock album John Wesley Harding in December 1967, making the genre acceptable. The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 was the apex of the so called Summer of Love. The Band releases the roots rock album Music from Big Pink in 1968. Big Brother and the Holding Company, with Janis Joplin as lead singer, becomes an overnight sensation after their performance at Monterey Pop in 1967 and release their massively successful second album Cheap Thrills in 1968. The Rolling Stones film the TV special Rock and Roll Circus in December 1968 which was never broadcast during its contemporary time. Considered for decades as a fabled ‘lost’ performance until released in North America on Laserdisc and VHS in 1995. Features performances from The Who; The Dirty Mac featuring John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Mitch Mitchell; Jethro Tull and Taj Mahal. The Who release and tour the first rock opera Tommy in 1969. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band release the avant garde album Trout Mask Replica in 1969. The Woodstock Festival, and four months later, the Altamont Free Concert in 1969. Film Popular American movies of the 1960s include Psycho, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, To Kill a Mockingbird, My Fair Lady, The Pink Panther, ; The Sound of Music; Doctor Zhivago, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Bonnie and Clyde; Cool Hand Luke; The Graduate; Rosemary’s Baby; Midnight Cowboy; Head; Medium Cool; ; Easy Rider. The Counterculture Revolution had a big effect on cinema. Movies began to break social taboos such as sex and violence causing both controversy and fascination. They turned increasingly dramatic, unbalanced, and hectic as the cultural revolution was starting. This was the beginning of the New Hollywood era that dominated the next decade in theatres and revolutionized the movie industry. Films such as Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Stanley Kubrick’s (1968), and Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby (film) (1968) are examples of this new, edgy direction. Films of this time also focused on the changes happening in the world. Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider (1969) focused on the drug culture of the time. Movies also became more sexually explicit, such as Roger Vadim’sBarbarella (1968) as the Sexual Revolution progressed. In Europe, Art Cinema gains wider distribution and sees movements like la Nouvelle Vague (The French New Wave); Cinma Vrit documentary movement in Canada, France and the United States; and the high point of Italian filmmaking with Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini and Pier Paulo Pasolini making some of their most known films during this period. Notable films from this period include: 8; L’avventura; La notte; Blowup; Satyricon; Accattone; The Gospel According to St. Matthew; Theorem; Breathless;Vivre sa vie; Contempt; Bande part; Alphaville; Pierrot le fou; Week End; Shoot the Piano Player; Jules and Jim; Fahrenheit 451;Last Year at Marienbad;Dont Look Back; Chronique d’un t; Titicut Follies; High School; Salesman; La Jete; Warrendale The sixties were about experimentation. With the explosion of light weight and affordable cameras, the underground avant garde film movement thrived. Canada’s Michael Snow, Americans Kenneth Anger. Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol, and Jack Smith. Notable films in this genre are: Dog Star Man; Scorpio Rising; Wavelength; Chelsea Girls;Blow Job; Vinyl; Flaming Creatures. Significant events in the film industry in the 1960s: Removal of the Motion Picture Association of America’s Production Code in 1967. The decline and end of the Studio System. The rise of ‘art house’ films and theaters. The beginning of the New Hollywood Era due to the counterculture. The rise of independent producers that worked outside of the Studio System. Move to all color production in Hollywood movies. The invention of the Nagra 1/4, sync sound, portable open reel tape deck. Expo 67 where new film formats like Imax were invented and new ways of displaying film were tested. Flat bed film editing tables appear, like the Steenbeck, they eventually replace the Moviola editing platform. The French New Wave. Direct Cinema and Cinma vrit documentaries. International issuesIn the United States President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson take office in 1961; Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps. Substantial American forces first arrive in Vietnam in 1961. 1963 After Kennedy’s assassination, Lyndon Johnson becomes president, and presses civil rights legislation; college attendance soars. President Richard Nixon is inaugurated in January 1969; promises “peace with honor” to end the Vietnam War; price inflation soars; Nixon imposes wage and price controls. In Canada Canada celebrated its 100th anniversary of Confederation in 1967 by hosting Expo 67, the World’s Fair, in Montreal,
Quebec. The Quiet Revolution in Quebec modernized the province into a more secular society. The Jean Lesage Liberal government created a welfare state (tat Providence) and fermented the rise of active nationalism among