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Melbourne’s Blues music community “Playin’ For A Cause”

"There's no problems, only Solutions"   John Lennon "Watching The Wheels Go Round" On Saturday 3rd August, several blues bands have donated their time and will be "Playin' For A Cause" at Newport Bowling Club from 3pm. Along with the phenomenal talent of Lloyd Spiegel, Jesse Valach...

Research Notes 3 – A Conversation About Australian Blues Music: Life Beyond The Mainstream

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Further research is needed for this study on the roots of Australian folk music.  According to Keesing and Strathern (1998) in Cultural Anthropology: A Contemporary Perspective, England had banned the slave trade to the Caribbean in 1807.  Citing Williams’ (1944) notes “before African slaves...

Research Notes 2– A Conversation About Australian Blues Music: Life Beyond The Mainstream

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The language of blues music is extemporization, a conversation between the instruments, musicians’ and audience.  Adrian Keating performs electric violin with Geoff Achison on Classically Blue DVD.  Adrian’s day job is Principal Violin at Opera Australia.   When describing the dichotomy between classical and blues,...

Research Notes 1- A Conversation About Australian Blues Music: Life Beyond The Mainstream

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American blues music in the beginning represented the oppression and suffering felt by freed slaves and African-American people.   Among other things, I suggest blues music communicates feelings of rejection on a deep emotional level primarily unrequited love.  However, paradoxically, because of these very human...

Chain “… and the night man walked on the moon*” Part 3

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CHAIN 1971 (Photo courtesy of Philip Morris) At age sixteen, Matt Taylor would frequent a fish shop near his house in Springhill, Brisbane. The fish shop was the kind of place bikers used to hang out in too.  The bikers liked Matt.  When Matt was in...

CHAIN “… and the night man walked on the moon*” Part 2 of 3

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    CHAIN LIVE (c. 1969 from Chain Live back cover left to right:  Glyn Mason (guitar/vocals), Warren "Pig" Morgan (electric piano), Phil Manning (guitar/vocals), Barry Sullivan (Big Goose - bass), Barry Harvey (Little Goose - drums) A big ice-cream cone appears in the middle of the road. ...

CHAIN “… and the night man walked on the moon*” Part 1 of 3

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  The Long-Haired Cricket League (c. 1970 Cricket team photo courtesy of Roger Taylor:  left to right back row: Arthur, Barry ‘Big Goose’ Sullivan, next to him Barry ‘Little Goose’ Harvey, Phil Manning, Carson County roadie George Kaufman, Graeme Rothwell, Jiva Lawler and Roger Taylor.   Bottom...

The Foreday Riders: 50 years of blues music

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The University of The Blues I interviewed these gentlemen, Ron and Jeff King, about their 50 years as blues musicians and the Sydney blues scene of the 60s and 70s.  The interview was at The Merton Hotel in Rozelle - Sydney, a place where they...

Rupert Murdoch’s Idiot Box

Rupert Murdoch is an American I first heard of Rupert Murdoch's "power" when I worked at the Advertising Standards Authority in London.   The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is, in my opinion, one of the most democratic regulatory bodies.   It gives the man/woman in...

BluesTone Part 2 of 2

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The Station Hotel is approx. 5.6kms from Flinders Street Station. Built in 1910, people still today reminisce about the Melbourne musicians who played there. By the end of the 1990s, these people had been moved on like flying foxes suspected of carrying the Hendra...