The band were playing arenas and stadiums, earning $100,000 per show and flying in a chartered Boeing 720. Win, Lose or Draw (1975) reached No 5 on the US album chart, but heavy drug use and internal frictions (not least over Allman’s LA lifestyle with Cher and his pursuit of a solo career) threatened the band’s stability. The group were not happy with the record despite its success, and in 1976 tensions reached breaking point when Allman testified at the trial of the band’s security man, Scooter Herring, who was subsequently jailed for distributing cocaine. The band were disgusted by what Allman had done, and the group disintegrated. … [Read more...] about Gregg Allman obituary
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Words such as “representation” and “diversity” make the whole matter seem so worthy. I prefer to put it this way: there are stories out there we aren’t hearing, stories that could better help us understand the complexity of this nation in which we’re living, stories that could make the worlds of strangers feel intimate. Surely that’s a loss? There’s no point falling for the divide-and-rule tactic that sets writers up against readers (I’m looking at you, Marlon James, for arguing that publishers too often seek fiction that “panders to that archetype of the older white woman”). People who love fiction are those prepared to make imaginative leaps into worlds not their own – some more than others, it is true, given all the studies and anecdotal evidence that tell us that women read more widely than men. It is not readers who need to be reconditioned, but the machinery that gets books on people’s radars and into … [Read more...] about How do we stop UK publishing being so posh and white?
Coronavirus: Timeline of the deadly virus in China and worldwide Pneumonia-like virus hits Wuhan On December 31, 2019, China notifies the World Health Organization of a string of respiratory infections in the city of Wuhan, home to some 11 million people. The root virus is unknown and disease experts around the world begin working to identify it. The strain is traced to a seafood market in the city, which is quickly shut down. Some 40 people are initially reported to be infected. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Death toll climbs, 690 new cases confirmed
'Faced with the grave situation of an accelerating spread of the new coronavirus [...] it is necessary to strengthen the centralized and unified leadership of the Party Central Committee,' Xi said following an emergency government meeting, according to official news agency Xinhua. … [Read more...] about US warns it CAN’T evacuate all Americans from coronavirus epicenter in Wuhan and rescue flight won’t arrive for TWO days – as Canada confirms first case after Chicago and Washington