- WHAT'S RATTLIN'?
:: The "Periodical" Digest
for Canterbury Music Addicts ::
Friday, April 12th,
Well, in spite of some contributors' best efforts WR seems
to want to settle on a more or less monthly periodicity. The main
news on the live front is Caravan's upcoming Italian tour (their
first-ever!). There have been a few interesting releases recently
such as the remaster of Henry Cow's "Western Culture" with new
sleeve notes and bonus tracks; John Greaves and Pip Pyle's "Pig
Part Project" with French multi-instrumentalist Philippe-Marcel
Iung... Recommended Records have just begun an extensive Fred
Frith release programme combining reissues of Fred's classic
albums (beginning with "Gravity") and previously unreleased
projects. I have contributed liner notes to a forthcoming Soft
Machine CD, "Backwards", to be released by Cuneiform Records on
May 7th. Combining a live set from May 1970, septet radio tracks
from November 1969 and Robert Wyatt's legendary "Moon In June"
demo from late '68, this is probably the single best Soft Machine
archive CD, and I heartily recommend it!
In other news, Hugh Hopper is collaborating with Nick
Didkovsky of Doctor Nerve on a duo project, while continuing work
on his third CD with singer Lisa Smith Kloessner. The "PolySoft"
ensemble that performed classic Soft Machine material in '98/'99
will be resurrected in September for at least one concert in
Paris, featuring Hugh and possibly Elton Dean. Pip Pyle has
finished composing instrumental material for a new solo project
and is currently in the process of selecting musicians for the
recording. John Greaves is concentrating on an acoustic trio with
Sophia Domancich and cellist Vincent Courtois, but is also doing
quite a bit of bass playing in various projects, including a trio
with Joseph Racaille and Chris Cutler that promises to be a
highlight of this summer's MIMI festival in Marseille. That's
about all I know at this point - the rest is in the 'live dates'
section at the end of this issue.
Meanwhile I am continuing work on my Canterbury book as
time permits. I am still busy with research and interviews, and
the actual writing of it progresses rather slowly. I still welcome
any help, especially from musicians or musicologists with an
ability to contribute enlightened comments on compositional
aspects. Apart from this I have assembled quite an extensive
archive of press articles, mainly from the 1970s; I think I have
covered most of the French, British, US, German and Dutch press.
But Italy in particular is still pretty much uncovered, so, dear
Italian friends, if you know of any way to access archives of
1970s rock magazines like Gong or Ciao 2001, please contact me at
once! These are specific research areas, but generally I just
welcome any exchange of ideas on any subject related to the book.
Last thing - I have finally solved the 'Calyx guestbook'
problem, so you can again drop me a note about the website if you
feel like it... and read other people's messages of course.
Bye for now,
From: Jonny Greene <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: GONG - NEW MOON NEWS (PP)
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002 20:59:45 +0000
Soooooo good to be mailing you after such a long gap! I do
hope that you are all well and well smiley - and if not quite that
- then that you are nurturing and being nurtured (top tip:-
these last two go hand in hand). Phew! Where to start? I'm a bit
out of practise at this...
Deepest apologies for the 'disturbance in the Force' on
the website over the past few weeks. If you don't need or want to
know what happened skip to the last paragraph to see where it's
all at now.
It started with ISP problems (apparently an ISP 'down the
line' >from my ISP disappeared without notification). As
most of the 'tags' or page addresses on the Planetgong site had
been built with 'absolute' rather 'relative' tags all manner of
chaos ensued. It mean that even if you did manage get to the site
all the address to call the pages and the parts of the pages were
pointing no-where. We had vanished.
So all the tags had to be changed and there were 100's of
them. Some, like the html ones could be changed with a search and
replace procedure, but many, like the cgi scripts, we had to hunt
for and change be hand. Some of these were visible and others
'invisible'. For example each Kasbah page has 5 or 6 tags,
sometimes more. It meant that most of the structure of the site
had to be rewritten.
This would have been a big enough task by itself with the
full-time help of the person who had originally built the site.
But as Wes, the webmaster, had just decided to experience a series
of life-changing events, vanish from Glastonbury and become all
but impossible to contact, this wasn't going to happen. The final
piece of the jigsaw of doom was that Wes had also been the
tech-guy for the local ISP. We were truly stuffed - it was a train
A temporary fix (which itself took 16 hours to do) by
Graham Hinton and myself, was a great stop gap for a few days, but
it also revealed some of the deeper problems that had to be fixed.
But... never fear the Wolf is here... Dr Wolf Thandoy (man
of many parts, including being the owner/driver of the bus on past
US Gong tours) heard my sobs, and being in the UK came to help
save the day. He has been working phenomenally hard for the past
few weeks with a major rebuilding and reorganising program for the
entire site. It has been a learning curve like the north face of
the Eiger (in winter!), but it seems that in the past few days we
have broken through to the sunny uplands of smoother running, and
any remaining problems diminish day by day and step-a by step-a.
Many good things, indeed vital things, have come out of
all this upheaval. We have reconstructed the site in a way that
will enable us to move it to a new server, if the need arises, at
very little notice and with a minimum of work or disturbance (you
shouldn't even really notice). We have lost many of the dead links
carried over from the very first Gong website, and any we haven't
dealt we are aware of. So it should now be possible to access the
large amount of historical and biographical work that Tim Flatus
did for the first Gong website. We have ironed many of the quirks
and are fully aware of the areas that need working on. Perhaps we
are actually flying this teapot again for real!
After all the Gong touring in Europe and University of
Errorring in New York Daevid just about got back to Australia in
time to celebrate his 64th on 13th January (only another 30 to go
RECORDING - GIGS
He is now immersed in familial duties and
pleasures, recording with Mikey Cosmic, and appearing at
some intriguingly diverse gigs in and around Bryon Bay in
Australia. These include a new incarnation of the daevid allen
trio with Japanese bassist/multi instrumentalist KAZ and drummer
percussionist Maxwell Stokes, plus... working 2-3 nights a week as
SUBTERRANIA DVD COVER
Daevid has also finished designing a cover for the
Snapper Gong Subterrainia Gig DVD, a version of which is in the
news section on the website. Last week Mike Howlett and Theo
Travis finished the 5.1 surround sound mix, so it looks like the
proposed release date of mid to late May might be achieved. The
planned 'extras' for the DVD include the strange edited highlights
of interviews Daevid conducted with our friend Harry from Norway.
NEW ETERNITEA CD COVER?
Due to the general disappointment in the cover of the
Zero/Live Gong budget double CD issue, 'From Here To Eternitea',
Daveid has offered to produce a replacement cover and edit the
original liner notes for Snapper.
GONG DREAMING II
David Gregson, co-designer with Daevid of Gong Dreaming I,
is now living in Bryon Bay, Australia close to the alien. This of
course means that further progress is being made right now on this
project. So much so that within the next week we shall be posting
a some sample pages and a subscription page with details of how to
go about reserving a copy. A tall thin man in Australia
sez... "Who would like a personally dedicated copy in return for
advance payment. Yes folks! This is how we fund it!!"
Giorgio Gomelsky's Digital Movie of Daevid performing his
notorious poem predicting 11th sept 01 drama recorded in NY on 5th
sept 01 will soon be available from GAS
poetry is the enemy of work
GONG 2001 LIVE CD
Gilli has compiled the most wonderfully affirming Gong
live CD from recordings made on the recent tours. With the
invaluable help of Orlando she has spun a most magical, musical
invocation with which I'm impressed.
She set herself the brief of using only the freest
jamming, the most scintillating solos and the most atmospheric
passages from the recordings she had. Not serving up yet more
versions of much too well known songs. And I think she has
succeeded. It certainly made these over-Gonged ears sit up, take
notice, smile and enjoy. Find out more on the website.
Gilli also reports..."I am working really hard with Pierce
on the Gong Matrix CD... had to rewrite some of the lyrics because
of Sept 11th... which has changed the political
picture, particularly in U.S. where it is orientated.
Pierce is sending me rough mixes of the music to put on vocals
here. Will happen this year, probably about September.
Gilli is now writing the sequel to Godly Talk on the
vagaries of religious experience. Godly Talk is now
available in the Kasbah.
Jen has more or less finished Taliesin on DVD and expects
it to be out in next couple of months....."
The by turns mysterious and jewel-like ambient Cipher CD,
known in past as 'Alien Cipher' but now called 'One Who Whispers'
has been fully mixed and has reached the artwork stage. Daevid's
glissando guitar, which is an integral part of 6 of the 9 tracks,
has been beautifully recorded and sounds simply gorgeous, fitting
in perfectly with the other atmospheric themes. There is also a
Porcupine Tree connection on this release as Richard Barbieri
guests and Steve Wilson mixed and was a co-producer.
Theo Travis/ Mark Hewins CD to be released in April/May
2002 called " Guerilla Music". Guerilla Music is an album of
improvisations that will be released on Burning Shed Records. It
features Theo on alto flute and soprano saxophone and Mark Hewins
on acoustic, electric and harmonic guitars and samples.
Find out about Theo's other gigging activities at
Has been been reassembling... well everything really,
after the disastrous fire in his newly constructed
studio/office/shed which happened while we were away on tour. As
relaxation from that grind has be been recording with Lyn Dobson
and has been having some fun mixing the Dolby 5.1 surroundsound
for the Gong Subterrania DVD soundtrack, which is almost finished.
He is full of talk of figure of eight and diagonal swoops.
Superb switch doctor that he is, the one and only
David Id is in demand for his skills all over the place. One
recent job was the Iron Maiden benefit gigs in London and he
"Most surprised and tickled I was to find a Camembert
Electrique t-shirt queuing up for the Iron Maiden concert the
other night. He must have been the absolute only alternatively
clad fan in the building, so dedicated and conformist the I.M'ers
generally are. He was very brave, or experimental, or, as somebody
explained it - since he is a gong fan, he probably doesn't know
where he is anyway...I for one cannot really place an appreciation
of both musics within the same set of ears. Oh well, the wonders
of the human race eh......" Come on then who was it?
THE UNIVERSITY OF ERRORS
There is a French tour budding for later in the year,
around Sept-Oct time. And there is real interest in promoting UofE
gigs in Norway and Spain as well. Bassist Michael Clare is the man
at the helm of this venture and I can put you in touch with him if
you think you can help in any concrete way. As he says:-
"What we really need is a QUALIFIED Sound mixer who can
walk into any venue and make the sound great --- who also doesn't
mind a bit of humping and can drive and is totally responsible and
reliable --- not too much to ask is it??? Oh, and he also has to
want to come for expenses and whatever we can afford to pay at the
end --- I would be the perfect guy for this if-
a. I were a qualified sound mixer.
b. i were insane and not playing in the band.
Oh, yeah, if he can speak 5 languages that would help too
and put up with our personalities for 7-8- weeks in a van."
The mixing of the UofERR3 CD, working title 'Ugly Music
for Monica', is currently being finished in Brooklyn. By all
accounts is yet a further great leap forward in their strange
odyssey. I'm sure they are right - but I haven't heard it yet..
The next issue of Expose Magazine will come with a free
BayProg Compilation CD, featuring a number of San Francisco, Bay
Area bands. There's a different version of one of the Spirit
Burning II tracks. Called Clear Audient, V2.5, it features a
sextet of Daevid, Michael Clare, and others."
NEW PAYMENT METHODS
The Kasbah can accept Maestro and Solo card payments -
apparently it always has been able to. Hard to keep abreast of all
these plastic payment variations!...A free CD to the first person
who walks through the office door with a very large turnip as
payment - Ah good old-fashioned barter, I understand that.
Music Journalist, Lars Fahlin has had his Daevid/Gong
article/interview published in the latest issue of Rock 'n' Reel,
No. 35. And there is a small article on the recording of
Flying Teapot in the May issue of Mojo.
* * * * * *
PLANETGONG WEBSITE UPDATES
Lyric library entries:-
Gong's Angel's Egg in French (thanks to Benoit Godfroy)
Daevid's Dreamin' a Dream in French (thanks to Benoit
Gilli's It's All a Dream in English - finally! (Luc
Pilmeyer helped get this together)
The next couple of weeks will see us delve into Italian
lyrics as in the pipeline are more of Toni Colina's Gong
& Daevid translations.
But where are all the ace German/Norwegian/Finnish etc.
GAS Archive new entries:-
Daevid Interview 08/2001
Daevid Question & Answer session
Daevid Interview: On recording Flying Teapot
Next it's updating the return of the band and musician
biographical pages, more image galleries, expanded discographies,
how to draw the Gong Mandala using sacred geometry and as always
keeping you up to speed with all the Gong and related releases in
* * * * * *
OTHER WEB NEWS
If you find interesting Gong family and related bits out
there anywhere please share them with us and we can pass them on
to everyone. Don't assume that we know all the pages and sites.
UofE webmaster Luc Pilmeyer has been busy helping
construct and develop Gilli's new site and gorgeous and
entertaining it is too - see for youself.
There is a new potheadpixie mailing list, Potheadpixie2.
To start sending messages to members of this group, simply send
There is now a Gong site in Polish (I think you can option
English as well).
Before giving the Gong site emergency resuscitation Dr
Wolf had been working on Nik Turner's new site, check it out.
Review of the Gong gig in Turin appears in the
current issue of No Warning!
* * * * * *
BEFORE WE WERE INTERRUPTED
Okay so the whole concept running the GAS membership
scheme obviously seems to have become totally beyond me. For
various reasons it's a ball that slipped through my fingers in the
ongoing GAS juggling act some time ago. And although I keep
looking at it lying there on the floor I can't seem to be able to
bend down and pick it up for worry of dropping all the other
balls. So I surrender.
Therefore, Friday, who worked full-time for GAS for a
couple of years (and she still comes to help with accounts and
VAT) has agreed to take it on. So although patience may be
stretched to the utmost, and there is every variation of
'membership' (and non 'membership') you can think of going on at
present - just a tiny bit bit longer please. It will be worth it,
and any outstanding confusions you (and I) have will be gone. We
will mail you with the masterplan. Daevid has compiled a wonderful
members CD full of Gong Family jewels, many of which have never
seen the light of day, which will be off to the pressing plant
GILLI'S GONG RARITIES
To those of you who expressed interest in Gilli's
ultra-rare Gong posters and artifacts, haven't forgotten about
them and they haven't been sold. In fact they were next on the "to
do" list when the website went screwy. We should be posting the
images on the site in about this week.
* * * * * *
GIGS and EVENTS
SUBTERRANIA SUNDAY MELLOUT- UK, London
Ex Here & Now/Moodswinger Grant Showbiz co-hosts this
club on the second and last Sunday of each month. "9 hours of
chilled DJs, performers, psychedelics, trance'n'shrooms dance,
poeticians, visuals, vision and true reunion with your creative
28 Apr - with Cipher (Theo Travis & Dave Sturt)
£6/£4 con. From 4pm to midnight. No kids under 14 - sorry.
Subterrania, W 11 Acklam Rd, off Portabello Rd (nearest
tube Ladbroke Grove)
DIDIER MALHERBE - French Dates-Spring
HadoukTrio - Malherbe-Ehrlich-Shehan
24 Apr Paris 19, Porte de la Villette,
17 May Faches-Thumesnil, Centre Musical
"les Arcades "
16 rue Kléber
KANGAROO HALF MOON Mark Robson and Dave Williams
19 Apr Wookey Hole Inn
21 Apr The Harrow Inn, Wanborough,
23 Apr Swindon, The Old Town, The
Beehive 01793 523187
KANGAROO MOON - Summer Tours
Much more to be added.
02 May West End Centre, Aldershot 01252 330040
03 May Flowerpot,
Derby 01332 834 438
06 May Dorchester Festival, Corn
Exchange 01305 266 926
10 May Kulti, Wetzikon 01
15 May Switzerland, Fribourg tbc.
17 May Switzerland, Kofmehl
Solothurn, 032 621 2060
18 May Switzerland , SAS, Delemont 032 422 0377
28-30 Jun Glastonbury Festival
05 Jul Telfords Warehouse, Chester 01244 390 090
06 Jul Trades Club, Hebbden Bridge
01422 845265 tbc.
20 Jul Sesiwn Fawr Festival, Dolgellau ,
04 Aug Switzerland, Open-air Emmen, Luzern, 041
CIPHER - Film gig
Theo Travis and Dave Sturt. Live performance with classic
German Black and White silent short films by Karl Valentin "The
Desk" and "The Mysteries of the Hairdresser's shop". Book early as
this will sell out!
Jun 13 - London SW7 , Goethe Institute, 50 Princes Gate,
[tel: 0207 596 4000]
One of Gong's fav support acts on tour all over Europe
* * * * * *
CD: Gong - Glastonbury Fayre (GAS-ARC CD001)
I've just been proofing the final artwork for this
exciting archive release. Find out more at the updated Future
Releases page in the news on the website.
CD: Kangaroo Moon - Between Two Worlds (Klangbad)
New album to be released April 22 this year - Klangbad is
the label of the legendary German band, Faust.
CD: Spirits Burning - Reflections In A Radio Shower
features Daevid Allen, Robert Calvert, Thom The World
Poet, members of Mushroom, ICU's Judge Trev, Don Falcone and
From: "Roger Farbey" <email@example.com>
Subject: WR Nucleus gig,etc
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002 10:57:21 -0000
There is a very rare opportunity to see Ian Carr's
Nucleus at the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London on Thursday
18 April 2002. The concert consists of Ian Carr's Nucleus playing
the first half, and a complete performance of Neil Ardley's
Kaleidoscope of Rainbows rescored for a new band and containing a
short section that was not included on the original album. The
all-star band features: Ian Carr (trumpet and flugelhorn); Tony
Coe and Phil Todd (reeds); Billy Thompson (violin); Alex Wilson
and Geoff Castle (keyboards); Mark Wood or John Parricelli
(guitar); Jon Hiseman (drums); Trevor Tomkins (percussion). Please
note that Jon Hiseman (of Colosseum fame) will be 'guest star'
with Nucleus too.
Details are at the South Bank Centre website at:
Also, may I take this opportunity to say what a great job
Cuneiform Records did with Brotherhood of Breath's live album
'Travelling Somewhere'. The sound quality is stunningly good for a
live album, the musicianship is, as ever, superb, the liner notes
are very informative and the whole thing is just brilliant. I
single out 'Kongi's Theme' as the most irritatingly persistent
riff of the whole CD - irritating in a good way that is, if that
isn't a contradiction in terms (which it is)! But most of the
other tracks are just as memorable. And what a line up! Harry
Beckett, Mark Charig & Mongezi Feza (trumpets), Nick Evans
& Malcolm Griffiths (trombones), Mike Osborne, Evan Parker,
Dudu Pukwana & Gary Windo (saxes), Chris McGregor (piano),
Harry Miller (double bass) and Louis Moholo (drums).
From: "Daniel Mathys" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Absolute Zero
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2002 07:25:22 +0000
My friend Enrique Jardines (bass player in Absolute Zero)
told me their new album "Crashing Icons" is ready to be released.
On drums there's Pip Pyle. They're a brilliant band in the
Canterbury-King Crimson-Magma direction but with definitely a
style of their own and highly original.
All the best from Danny
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 14:57:31 +0100 (MET)
As far as I know, a MAGMA concert in Germany is planned
for the 4th of May in Würzburg. Check out this link:
Thank you very much for the wonderful work!
Subject: Canterbury DVDs
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 22:15:14 -0000
Thanks for issue 191. Still much appreciated even if we
are not contributing enough material. Here is an interesting
snippet which I don't think you have mentioned. A company called
Classic Rock Legends has released DVD/videos of Gong, Hatfield
& the North and loads of other intersting bands. They have a
great website where you can watch teasers from the videos. Perhaps
you could put the link in the next newsletter. Bye.
From: "Kenneth Egbert" <email@example.com>
Subject: Review of Richard Sinclair's new CD, LIVE TRACKS
Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2002 22:17:25 -0500
How do, Aymeric:
You asked for reviews and opinions from all the Rattlers,
so to prove no honest request should go unpunished, here's a CD
Best regards, and hopefully it's not too long.
Live Tracks (Sinclair Songs, UK; not yet in release, see
below for info)
Canterbury's lone ranger rides again, in a celebration of
how the CD-burning technique is now well within the affordability
of most musicians. LIVE TRACKS has a jerry-built feel, like a
confection of the moment, yet in it there is a possibility of the
Canterbury scene's reimagination much as the one we recall
Richard, Heather Kinnear, Teatse Vogelaar and friends advancing
when they assembled the Canterbury in Harlingen Festival in '96.
Over the last seven or eight years I've noticed Daevid Allen's
many Gongs touching down in the US, and a new Caravan releasing
fistfuls of studio, live and archival recordings, and it's good to
see these fellows out and about but it is 2002, isn't it?
And is any band formed to last forever, or am I relying too
heavily here on the Beatles' template (break up at the height of
your powers)? I can't be the only one who wonders what Dave
Sinclair's got in his music folder that wouldn't do for Caravan,
can I? Bands are composed of individual artists all on their
way somewhere together (much as Caravan originally viewed itself
to be, thus the name) and as such I have to wonder. Richard
Sinclair doesn't care to take this well-traveled route, he does
here and has in the past and will continue to flesh his music and
his bands out any number of ways, much as Phil Lesh has through
his various incarnations of Phil Lesh and Friends made a sort of
repertory of the Grateful Dead's music and re-introduced the idea
that this music can be played in infinite rearrangements.
Thus on LIVE TRACKS we see him improvising lushly on solo
acoustic guitar, making up lyrics on the fly ("Raga In The Key of
D Pieces"), showcasing his still-formidable bass technique
("Rifferama," interpolating "Nan True's Hole"/"Oh, Lens Nature!")
with drummers Andy Ward and Dave Cohen on board, and a definite
treat: Sinclair warbling "What in the World" to the tune of old
friend Dave Rees-Williams on the pipe organ in Harlingen's Grote
Kerk on the second day of the aforementioned Harlingen Festival.
Seems that Sinclair does his best work with keys players named
Dave, and this is lovely; Rees-Williams, a chorister by trade,
inserts all sorts of obbligatos and melodic turnarounds one never
would have expected until Richard let him loose on the chord
sequence. "What in the World" has a certain ecclesiatical feel to
it ("Surely peace must be the way") so this take fits the tune
better than the original on R.S.V.P.
There's admittedly an 'odds and sods' air to the
proceedings here, as if to contrast the 'document' attitude of AN
EVENING OF MAGIC (the cheery air of the music assisting ably) but
the 1994 New Morning Jazz Club tracks are the heart of the
CD. These feature Rees-Williams on tasty piano, Tony Coe's
soprano sax-like clarinet and Pip Pyle's ever-transcendental tubs,
and the quartet jounce genially and often heated through
"Barefoot," "What's Rattlin'", "Over from Dover" and a spirited
improv that somehow (thanks to Richard's vaunted irresponsibility)
ends up working over the theme to the American 1960s cartoon show
"The Flinstones" some 9 minutes later. See if you can tell where
corner turns into that infamous melody: I can't find the
And "Over from Dover" is especially revelatory in that
there is an evident and lush Brazilian feel of saudade (in
Sinclair's vocal scatting, especially) that has lurked beneath the
surface of many Sinclair tunes since the original "Bossa Nochance"
(why didn't I see it before?); but then my old friend and fellow
Rattler Michael Bloom has often pointed out the Canterbury/Brazil
connection and how it goes beyond the
oh-well-tomorrow's-another-day attitude that both categories
Not so interesting (but a must for Caravan completists) is
a decent take (from the COOL WATER sessions) of "Down On the Farm"
(first seen on Camel's 1976 release BREATHLESS) Pye Hastings and
Richard Coughlan give the proceedings a pass/fail sort of effort
while Jan Schelhaas twirls and twists his synth into all sorts of
curlicues around and between the chords. Sinclair is in excellent
voice and as in the Camel take you can hear all the words and have
a good laugh. I notice that my favorite line ("Sneak out the
back way with Nellie the barmaid...") is missing in this take, but
we can't have everything. And yes, if you'd like another
"Disassociation/Two Feet On the Ground" ("There's a place where I
can go...") and "Land Of Grey and Pink" they're here too.
A fine return to recording for Mr. Sinclair, and a hopeful
possibility for the future. Any time you're ready, Richard.
(For info on when the CD will be out, or the final track
list, check out http://www.sinclairsongs.fsnet.co.uk)
From: "Anthony Shaw" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Matching Mole - Smoke Signals
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 11:39:25 +0200
In response to Aymeric's call for reviews, a few words
following recent receipt of MM's latest/last(?) release on
Cuneifom - Smoke Signals, a collection of classic tunes from their
second phase(with Dave McRae replacing Dave Sinclair as full time
keyboardist) and 'recorded in Europe during 1972'.
It's 50-plus mins of classic Canterbury fare, gathered
from concerts during their hectic year on the road, as chronicled
in liner notes by our esteemed list moderator. High quality live
recording reveals that the band had come a long way from their
origins as backers of a Robert Wyatt solo effort. I'm not familiar
with any of RWs comments on this product, but fellow members Phil
Miller and Bill MacCormick sound inextricably in the groove,
reproducing very faithful yet looser versions of the acclaimed
studio arrangements largely from their second LP Little Red
Record. For connoisseurs of 'classic Soft Machine' - loose,
keyboard-led structured improvisations? - there is much to offer
(March Ides 1 & 2, Brandy as in Benj, Smoke Signals), as well
as very tasty snippets of RW's drum and vocal solos, and his
classic Frenglish band introduction. The tracks are mainly McRae's
offerings (+ 2 Miller's), which prompted me to realise that RW had
not written anything on the band's second LP. Hmmmm. [except all
of the lyrics, that is - AL]
Releases 30 years after the event may suggest nostalgia,
but to me this stands up as a rock solid link between the
'adolescent Wyatt' and everything that flowed from Hatfield to the
present day. Forget accusations of completism - this is a good
buy, and excellent listening.
All the best - Tony in 'sinki
From: Rick Chafen <email@example.com>
Subject: A different sort of Rotter's Club
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002 10:34:27 -0700 (PDT)
Hi, Aymeric and fellow rattlers,
Haven't seen any mentions of this here, so I'll start.
There's a new novel by Jonathan Coe which other rattlers may
discover they should read, exactly for
the same reasons I knew I had to read it. The book is
entitled "The Rotter's Club." That alone was enough for me.
But to discover that a character in that book has a
favorite band, a band called Hatfield and the North, sealed the
Over the last couple of days, I read the book without
convincing myself I actually liked it. But, when a Brummie
character goes to see the local stop on the Virgin Crisis tour
with Kevin Coyne, Miller/Coxhill, and the Hatfields, he says that
"with God at my side, I found a home in that music." Well, I
could definitely relate to that part.
And, somewhere in a revelatory penultimate sentence
sprawling across 34 pages, Benjamin finally gets it. The words
"Now I realize it's generosity that turns me on," descend into his
His friend Philip, by the way, missed a great opportunity
to see National Health at University College, choosing instead a
Rock against Racism gig instead.
On the whole, I found the writing confusing and tedious,
but the few inside chuckles it provoked as well as the subject
matter kept me going right through its 400-plus pages. (The
schoolmates of both kids from a family named Trotter rename them
as Rotters. Ben becomes Bent Rotter, and his sister Lois
becomes Lowest Rotter. Eventually, they come to see that they are
the Rotter's Club. Hmm.
Anyway, I found it in an American library, published by
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2002. I'd be curious if anyone in
the know enjoys it more than I have.
[Well, I for one really liked it, aside from the
Canterbury references - of course we wish there were many more of
them! I think it's a very interesting document of what it was like
being a teenager in pre-Thatcherite England... Having had the
opportunity to chat with Jonathan Coe recently (he's just released
a CD of excerpts of his book set to music by French artist Louis
Philippe, and performed it in Paris) and the sequel to "The
Rotters' Club" should contain quite a few more. But we'll have to
wait until 2004 at the soonest, I understand - AL]
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[for more info
: check out the 'Concerts' page of CALYX]
Apr 17 - ROME (Italy), Don Bosco Theatre / Apr 18 -
SARZANA [La Spezia] (Italy), Jux Tap / Apr 19 - RIMINI (Italy), Io
Street Club / Apr 20 - ANCONA (Italy), Barfly
Jun 30 - TRENTON, NJ (USA), NEARfest 2002
Aug 23-25 - CANTERBURY SOUND FESTIVAL
Line-up: Pye Hastings, Dave Sinclair, Richard Coughlan,
Boyle, Jim Leverton, Simon Bentall
==> Hugh HOPPER
May 11 - St.JEAN-AUX-BOIS [nr Compiègne] (France), Les
HH 'French quartet' with Patrice Meyer, Jean-Rémy Guédon
& François Verly
Sep 14 - LES LILAS [nr Paris] (France), Le Triton [details
with POLYSOFT playing the classic Soft Machine repertoire
==> DIDIER MALHERBE & HADOUK TRIO
Apr 24 - PARIS (France), Glaz'Art / May 17 -
FACHES-THUMESNIL [nr Lille], Centre Musical 'Les Arcades' / May 30
- PARIS (France), Satellit' Café
HADOUK TRIO - Didier Malherbe, Loy Ehrlich & Steve
More info: http://www.malherbedidier.com
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AND OTHER GOOD
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==> Peter BLEGVAD Trio + Karen MANTLER
Jun 14 - FERRARA (Italy), Aterforum Festival
==> Bill BRUFORD's EARTHWORKS
Apr 22/23 - OSAKA (Japan), The Blue Note [info:
03-5474-1395] / Apr 24/25 - TOKYO (Japan), Sweet Basil [info:
May 05 - MAIDENHEAD, Norden Farm Arts Centre / May 06 -
CHELTENHAM, Jazz Festival / May 08 - TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Trinity Arts
Centre / May 09 - COLCHESTER, Arts Centre / May 11 - FAREHAM
(Hants.), Ashcroft Arts Centre / May 12 - LONDON, Jazz Café
May 16 - BOSTON (MA), Sculler's Jazz Club / May 17 -
HUNTINGON (NY), I.M.A.C. / May 18 - NEW YORK CITY (NY), B.B.
==> Chris CUTLER
Apr 18-27 - CORSICA (France), details tba [Cornelius
Cardew1s Treatise project, with Helene Br, Daan Vandewalle &
Jean Marc Montera] / Apr 28 - MARSEILLE (France), Treatise / May
15 - NANCY (France), Festival Musique-Action [solo]
==> SOPHIA DOMANCICH
Apr 27 - PARIS, Maison de la Radio [SD Quintet] / Jun 13 -
AVIGNON, Théâtre du Chène Noir [Didier Levallet Quartet]
SD Quintet: S.Goubert, C.Tchamichian, J-L Capozzo, M.Marre
==> John ETHERIDGE
Apr 10 - STAFFORD, Gumbley's Jazz Club [trio with Dudley
Phillips & John Marshall] / Apr 19 - LONDON, Vortex Jazz Bar
[with Theo Travis, Dudley Phillips & Nic France] / Apr 20 -
HARLECH (Wales), Theatr Arduch [Sweet Chorus] / Apr 25 - OXFORD,
Zodiac Club [Zappatistas] / Apr 26 - PETERBOROUGH, Great Northern
Hotel [Sweet Chorus] / Apr 27 - SHERBOURNE, Jazz Club [with Steve
Lodder] / Apr 28 - LONDON, Pizza Express Dean Street [Sweet
==> Fred FRITH / MAYBE MONDAY
May 16 - VICTORIAVILLE (Québec), FIMAV / May 18 -
MARSEILLE (France) / May 19 - BRUXELLES (Belgium) / May 20 -
VANDOEUVRE-LES-NANCY (France), Festival Musique-Action / May 21 -
BORDEAUX (France) / May 22 - LILLE (France) / May 23 - FRANKFURT
(Germany) / May 24 - CERKNO (Slovenia) / May 25 - INNSBRUCK
(Austria) / May 26 - BIELEFELD (Germany) / May 27 - ZURICH
MAYBE MONDAY: Larry Ochs (sax) & Miya Masaoka (koto
==> OZRIC TENTACLES
Apr 25 - AMSTERDAM (Netherlands), Melkweg / Apr 26 -
ZOETERMEER (Netherlands), De Boerderij / Apr 27 - BRUXELLES
(Belgium), VK Club
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