George Harrison’s embrace of Indian culture, sealed by an idyllic visit in 1966 at Shankar’s invitation, changed everything, not least the Beatles themselves. Once the Fabs were into the east, everyone followed. Shankar’s appearance at the Monterey pop festival in June 1967 was triumphant – the footage remains joyous – though the pandit watched appalled as Pete Townshend and Jimi Hendrix destroyed their guitars. Music was meant to be holy. Shankar disapproved of drugs, but understood that his music had become the backdrop for young psychonauts who were, he said, mistakenly “looking for instant karma”. … [Read more...] about Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar by Oliver Craske – review
Those reviews were good, and Chaudhuri’s career began in earnest. Two more well-received novels were published, along with short stories and criticism. But, he says, beyond “a few LRB parties”, he never really joined in London literary life, and by the end of the 90s, he actively wanted to escape it. “I felt it was being shaped, curtailed and changed by Thatcher’s legacy in the time of Tony Blair. It was becoming less literary as it became more metropolitan. Figures that interested me, such as Ted Hughes and Philip Larkin, had shown it was quite possible to be in the mainstream and influential without being part of it. That seemed to change with the emergence of megacities in the globalised world, whether New York, Delhi or London. It was problematic enough to want to move. To stop me feeling I was drying up as a writer.” … [Read more...] about Amit Chaudhuri: ‘I use the things that real memoirists throw out’
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In 1953 she performed at the Blue Angel folk club in New York. There she met Pete Seeger and Harry Belafonte, who both began to champion her work. The following year, the San Francisco jazz label Fantasy Records released Odetta & Larry, an album shared with the folk singer Larry Mohr. Odetta's debut solo album, Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues, was released in 1956 by Tradition Records. Her 1957 album At the Horn was later cited by Bob Dylan as the recording that spurred him to play folk music. … [Read more...] about Odetta