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Saturday, April 29, 2006



I'm back.....

after much chaos, moving flat, no broadband etc.

Lots of new projects to be getting on with. But anyway I'm reading this book on the left at the moment. I was a bit dubious about picking it up as last year I had read the excellently gossipy "Love saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979" by Tim Lawrence and felt it would probably cover the same ground. However, I underestimate Peter Shapiro who is a consistently entertaining writer, his comparisons always crack me up. for example when discussing Amon Duul II, he describes them as having "...less regard for structure than a feminist film-maker".

I remember a piece Shapiro did for Spin magazine about 8 years ago when he went to Norway or some such country to partake in an air guitar festival and he performed to Foghat, it was a really funny article. it's a pity he isn't writing more for the Wire. Is he blogging anywhere?

In fact, it's a pity that many of the great writers aren't writing for The Wire anymore, or at least writing very little. Where are the Shapiro's, Reynolds, Sinkers, Penmans? Are they fed up of the Wire's reportedly bad pay, it's such a dull read at the moment. I mean the content is there , but it's just so.....boring!

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