Mayfield’s writing had always been distinguished by its optimism, but it finally seemed to desert him on There’s No Place Like America Today, as stark and harrowing a depiction of life in the US as the mid-70s produced. America was still suffering the after-effects of the oil crisis and the 70s recession, unemployment at its highest rate since 1941: “Scufflin’ times,” as Mayfield put it on the astonishing When Seasons Change. “Look around and see yourself so weak and so vulnerable.” He slowed the tempo of his songs to an agonised crawl, stripped the arrangements back until they felt sparse and sombre, shifted his songwriting so that there seemed to be no peaks, no breakdowns: for all the music’s delicacy and nuance, there’s something oddly unrelenting about it. The opener Billy Jack detailed the kind of drug-related ghetto murder that he’d depicted in Freddie’s Dead, but this time treated it with a sad, fatalistic shrug: … [Read more...] about Curtis Mayfield: where to start in his back catalogue
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Imagine Dragons 2018 UK Tour Dates 24th February - Genting Arena, Birmingham 26th February - The O2 Arena, Dublin 28th February - The O2 Arena, London 3rd March - Manchester Arena, Manchester 4th March - The SSE Hydro, Glasgow The tour will see the guys play new material from album 'Evolve', which has already had 80 million streams worldwide and debuted at Number 3, before spending eight weeks in the UK Top 20, with over 509 million streams. … [Read more...] about Imagine Dragons announce UK dates for 2018 World Tour – here’s how you can get tickets before anyone else
The feeling, it seems, has often been far from mutual though, with just this week AOC branding Trump a ‘fascist’ in an interview with Yahoo News, blaming him for ‘completely engineering’ the humanitarian crisis currently plaguing the US-Mexico border. … [Read more...] about Revealed: Donald Trump is secretly ‘enamored’ and ‘starstruck’ by AOC and has nicknamed her ‘Eva Peron’ after Argentina’s legendary feisty feminist First Lady
She spent time in San Francisco and later accompanied her sister and Harrison on the Beatles’ famous trip to India to visit the Maharishi in 1968 but things didn’t turn out as planned. From the start, Boyd suspected the Maharishi of having less than pure motives, and the whole party wound up bolting from the ashram after accusations that the guru had acted inappropriately with a young woman in their party. Today, Boyd thinks that allegation may have been “a bit of mischief”, concocted by “Magic Alex”, a man given that nickname by the Beatles for his supposed technological skills. “He was quite possessive of John [Lennon] and wanted him to go to his guru,” she said. “There was definitely some underlying stuff going on.” … [Read more...] about ‘It’s not what you think’: behind the star-studded life of a rock star’s wife
These travellers are not on any list and are dispersed to the four winds. Many are not in capital cities but confined instead by local curfews in provincial towns. Some will be in places that are within easy reach. Others will be in locations where there are no direct flights to the UK even in normal times. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Why are British travellers struggling to get home?