Saturday, September 17, 2011

41st Death Anniversary of Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix died at an young age 41 years back on this day. He might have had a lot of things wrong with him, but he changed the way that the world heard and perceived the sound of the guitar. May his soul find the peace that he sought in life.

Here are three recent reissues of his seminal recordings that you may want to read about.
Hendrix in the West
West Coast Seattle Boy
Valleys of Neptune

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Winters and Springs

1. I am still alive, and am still listening to music. Nothing more to say about this. Thanks for asking.
2. Further to your suggestions, I have put in a search box on the sidebar that you can use to search this blog, with tabs that let your search for "linked to" items, as well as the whole wide web world whatever.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Freddie Mercury, Queen of the Stadium Anthem!

The very first music video I ever saw was that of Bicycle Race by Queen, with fifty pretty models cycling around the Wimbledon Stadium track with absolutely nothing on. This was way before MTV brought music videos into our living rooms, and the only way music lovers in India could get to see them was either through pop promos for singles as they were called or filmed footage of classic live concerts. Sunday morning screenings of Woodstock or the Beatles films at the Metro in Kolkata was a sure way to hook up with all the music lovers in the city.  The other alternative was video tapes of offerings like Jethro Tull's Live Bursting Out, and Pink Floyds The Wall and Live at Pompeii. While the music of Queen had been rocking us from our turntables, this video opened our eyes (as did the cyclists open our eyes, and real wide too) to the performance art rock of Freddie Mercury, one of the earliest celebrities to die from AIDS, and one of the most flamboyant and magical singer-songwriter of our times.

The reason I remember Bicycle Race today is because it is Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday. I tend to remember it since it falls on Teachers day here in India. Freddie Mercury was born Farokh Bulsara to a Gujrati family in what is now Tanzania and spent his early life in East Africa and India, before moving to England at the age of 17. He teamed up with Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Brian May to form Queen in 1970. The rest is history. With technical finesse and creative energy, they went on to change the face of progressive rock entirely. It is not the objective of this post to detail the achievements of Queen, which are common knowledge to most, and easily searchable for the rest.
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