The 1951 Rolling Review Show … #155

The 1951 Rolling Review Show … #155

David Cassidy –  April 12, 1950 – November 21, 2017

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Battle of Cambrai … 1917

Battle of Cambrai … 1917

The Battle of Cambrai took place on the Western Front during the First World War. It began exactly 100 years ago today on 20th November 1917 and lasted until 7th December. It was the first battle in which tanks were used en-masse. The tanks were British Mark IVs.

British Mark IV tank

The 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 154

The 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 154

Welcome to the 1951 Rolling Review Show which features pieces of music I have enjoyed at some time in my life. I hope you enjoy them as well. Let me know if you do. Sometimes I feel that each song here is a little personal voyage for me on a vast and beautiful ocean of musical memories. Thank you so much for joining me. I really appreciate your company.

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I, Writer … # 24

Routine Matters

A couple of days ago I reblogged a post from Kate over at 4AM Writer. She’s called 4AM Writer because she does precisely that. Highly recommended.

Anyway, I woke up really early this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep. I looked at the clock. It was a little after 4.AM.
Freaky or what. I lay awake and got to thinking – 4AM Writer lives in America and is 5 hours behind British time which means she’s 9AM Writer as far as I’m concerned, me being over in Scotland and all. So I just rolled over and went back to sleep. Back to my dream about drinking beer on the Moon. Time-zones are for wimps.

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Long Gone John …

Long Gone John …

John Edward Mermis was born on November 13, 1951. He is best known by the pseudonym Long Gone John. He is an American entrepreneur best known for his record label, Sympathy for the Record Industry, and his vinyl toy company, Necessaries Toy Foundation.

He founded his record label in 1988. Sympathy has a catalogue of more than 750 releases, and is based out of Olympia, Washington. The label’s name is a play on The Rolling Stones’ song “Sympathy for the Devil”.

Notable artists who started on Sympathy and went on to gain mainstream success include The White Stripes and Hole. Sympathy Records continues to be one of the more successful indie labels in the US.

Along the way, John has compulsively amassed a vast collection of art and pop ephemera so in 2003 he founded a new company, Necessaries Toy Foundation. It allowed John to focus on manufacturing a line of toys and publishing art-related books.

A documentary film The Treasures of Long Gone John was released in 2006. The film chronicles John’s eccentric art and musical obsessions. It also explores the work of some of the artists he collects and collaborates with. It features a wall-to-wall soundtrack of over 40 Sympathy artists, original animation and time-lapse photography. This is the trailer.

1951 Rolling Review Show … # 154

 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 154

Welcome to the 1951 Rolling Review Show which features pieces of music I have enjoyed at some time in my life. I hope you enjoy them as well. Let me know if you do. Sometimes I feel that each song here is a little personal voyage for me on a vast and beautiful ocean of musical memories. Thank you so much for joining me. I really appreciate your company.

Continue reading

Are you receiving me ?

Are you receiving me ?

30,000 of these television receivers were produced in Germany for the Soviet Union.