Thursday, October 28, 2010

Jimmy Page Pictorial Book Public Exhibit in London

JIMMY PAGE: Public Exhibit Of Pictorial Autobiography To Be Held In London - Oct. 26, 2010


On November 5 and November 6, Genesis Publications will host an exhibit of images from the "Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page" book and selections from their archive at Elms Lester Painting Rooms, London, England.

"Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page" has become the fastest-selling book in the history of Genesis Publications, having sold-out through pre-orders alone. The book, which documents the iconic guitarist's life from his childhood in music through his legendary career with LED ZEPPELIN to the present day, was personally compiled by Page and features 650 images, many from his personal archive. Jimmy also wrote the accompanying text and helped design the magnificently luxurious binding to create an artefact that is an incredible visual documentary which reflects his vast contribution to music.

Genesis Publications will host an exhibition of images from the book plus selected books from 35 years publishing, at London's Elms Lester Painting Rooms on November 5 and November 6, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The exhibition is open to the public who will be able to see a collection of works by more than 70 different photographers including such legendary names as Kate Simon, Neal Preston, Ross Halfin and Pennie Smith.

As the book has sold out before its official launch, this will be the only chance to see these exclusive images outside of the limited-edition publication.

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=148341

(Imagine that an exhibit for images from Jimmy Page's autobiographical pictorial book! Well that's fine for all people living near London who wish to par take in the unveiling and for those that can't afford the book which is over 700 dollars!

Hmmm wonder how much it will cost to view said images at the exhibit in London.

Obviously there won't be a similar event here in the states for said book, so to me it's a pricey affair either way you slice it. Making a trek to London from the U.S. just to see the book images - think us Americans would do well to buy the book if you can afford it. Maybe Jimmy might out of the goodness of his heart do a version for fans of lesser means perhaps?)

Ringo Starr Childhood Home Closed Up

Ringo Starr Childhood Home Closed Up
By Music-News.com

Ringo Starr's childhood home has been boarded up to stop Beatles fans from stealing mementos from it.

The house ' number nine Madryn Street, Liverpool, North East England - has had metal shutters fitted to it after numerous souvenir hunters descended upon the property to take bricks from around the windows of the home, which is scheduled to be demolished. The shutters have been put in place as a safety measure, as if more bricks are removed the property could present a danger to passers-by.

Fans are lobbying to keep the home ' where the 70-year-old Beatles star's family lived when he was born - from being knocked down.

Philip Coppell, Chairman of the Save Madryn Street Society, said: 't is encouraging to see that the council has taken steps to halt the activities of the souvenir hunters.
'Fans from all over the world have objected to the demolition and we are still hopeful that we can persuade the city to revoke the demolition order.'
The home is the only house linked to a member of The Beatles ' Ringo, Sir Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison ' which does not have protected status.
Another group, The Beatles Society, wants to see the bricks sold off for charity if the house is demolished, with some parts saved for the local Liverpool Museum of Life.

The local council wants to knock down the home and surrounding streets to make way for new housing.

More from Music-News.com

(Fans will stop at nothing to get a piece of souvenir it seems. My wish is that they keep the house from being demolished and possibly make it a museum of sort, like they have done here in Salem, MA - The Witch House & The House of Seven Gables or in Plymouth, MA with Plymouth Rock though they do not charge a fee to view 'The Rock'. Charge a fee to tour the home and the dollars raised can go to whatever charity Ringo would like. I always lean towards perserving things of the past for future generations to see and get a feel for what came before.)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Jesters Jokers Fools Tricksters




Jesters

Crack open a new deck of cards, and what do you pull out? The jokers , of course. Also called jester, fool, trickster, buffoon, jack-pudding, and wearer of the motley, this character is nearly universally recognized, but seldom seen live anymore.

Historians believe that jesters entertained prehistoric tribal society with their Wise Fool antics. What is certain though is that court jesters grew and flourished in the Middle Ages as well-paid attendants of Europe’s Royal Courts. Power was highly consolidated in medieval times and social mobility was difficult. A child of peasants was likely to become a peasant, and stone masons gave the world more masons, just as royalty bred royalty. In contrast, jesters could move up the social ladder. They came from a wide range of backgrounds — from peasant farms and monasteries to universities. Quite a few had physical deformities and learned to wring laughs from what otherwise could’ve been an unfortunate situation. Usually, they climbed up the social ladder and were prized for their outsider’s humorous take on life. For instance, when Shakespeare’s King Lear was brooding alone in the woods, the only company he wanted was his amusing fool.

Not all jesters were so lucky to do lunch with the royals. Most subsisted by performing in the marketplace or town square, showcasing their art on a simple stage they “built,” such as a decorative carpet thrown on the ground, or a circle drawn with a stick in a village square. These resourceful jesters would gather an audience with clever attention-grabbing techniques (“Come see me leap from the bell tower…while sipping an ale!”) and after enough curious bystanders gathered, they’d begin their show, which steadily climbed to a climax, at which point they would solicit donations from the crowd. If an especially amusing jester was lucky enough to be seen by a royal court representative, he could get an invitation to audition as a court jester. Definitely a gig not to turn down!

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Raven Totem Spirit Guide Necklace

RAVEN MAGIC

Bird of Smoke, Bird of Fire
Who reveals to us our Deep Desire
- smb


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Raven is a contrary spirit. On the negative side, Raven represents the profane, the devil, evil spirits, the trickster and thief, war and destruction, death and doom, the void.


Yet in many cultures Raven also represents deep magic, the mystery of the unknown, death and transformation, creation, healing, wisdom, protection, and prophecy.


Raven is both the symbol of the sun, and the symbol of a moonless night. She is the birth giving light in the center of our galaxy, and the black hole in the center of the universe, to which we are all traveling to our eventual extinction.


Raven is the fatal touch of the Calleach in winter, the wisdom of Odin, the vessel of prophecy given to a seer, the mighty protector of the Western Isles, and the healing message of an Indian shaman.


Raven is a complex bird, both in nature and in mythology.

Tokens and Artwork:
When choosing a totem, find a symbol to represent that totem and keep it on you, or in a sacred place in your home. (For instance, I always wear a silver raven ring). This token will help you to communicate with your totem, and it will protect and guide you both in magical and mundane affairs.

Sacred Times
Raven represents winter, because of their ability to endure the cold. My husband, who was stationed in Greenland with the Army in the 1960's, saw only two animals the year he was there - arctic foxes and ravens!

Raven also represents night, their ebony plumage reminding us of the Dark Moon. Raven magic is very potent at this time of month when the majesty of the starry universe unfolds above us. Raven is an ideal guide on the path of the deepest mysteries.

And in Eastern traditions, Raven represents the sun - rising, noon and setting.

The intelligence and adaptability of Raven really makes Her an appropriate totem for any time or season.

Source: http://www.druidry.org/obod/lore/animal/raven.html


The common raven (Corvus corax) is a member of a family of birds known as the Corvidae, which includes jays, crows, and magpies. The raven is found throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere in many types of habitats. The raven is a permanent resident in California, but none nest at Kaweah Oaks Preserve that we know of. They are often observed flying by.

General description: Up to 24" from beak to end of tail. The raven is the largest species of songbird and largest all-black bird in the world. The raven can only be confused with a hawk or crow. Ravens have large, stout bills, shaggy throat feathers, and wedge-shaped tails, visible best when in flight (as compared to the square tail feathers of a crow).

Ravens are excellent fliers, engaging in aerial acrobatics and sometimes soaring to great heights. Flight is often an alternation of wing flapping and gliding and is deceptively fast, as ravens move quickly with seemingly slow wing beats. There is no mistaking the raucous call of the raven; the deep, resonant �kaw� is its trademark. However, the raven can produce an amazing assortment of sounds. One study showed ravens have more than 30 distinct vocalizations.

Life history: Ravens probably first breed at 3 or 4 years of age and mate for life. Ravens are probably very long-lived in the wild; one captive bird died of old age at 29 years.

Ravens begin displaying courtship behavior in mid-January, and by mid-March adult pairs are roosting near their nesting locations. The female lays from 3 to 7 eggs. Only the female incubates the eggs; she is fed by the male while on the nest. The chicks hatch after about three weeks and grow quickly, leaving the nest about four weeks after hatching. Both parents feed the young by regurgitating food and water which is stored in a throat pouch. Young ravens leave the nest by the first week of June.

Ravens often form loose flocks during the day and congregate for roosting at night. As many as 500 ravens have been seen in one roost.

Ravens do not undertake long migrations like many birds, but breeding birds usually relocate for nesting each year.

When not breeding they may travel 30 to 40 miles each day from roost to daytime feeding areas.

Food habits: Ravens consume a wide variety of both plant and animal matter. They are notorious scavengers and are at times predatory on small animals. They are common visitors to garbage dumps. Ravens will hide or cache food supplies. They also have the habit, like most hawks and owls, of regurgitating undigestible food in the form of a pellet.

source: http://www.kaweahoaks.com/html/raven.html

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Black Sabbath/Ozzy Halloween & FREE Goodies




Our band of the month is Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne! October is full of fun with Rocktober & Halloween and Black Sabbath seems to fit the bill for this month of metal & darkness. All orders on our site (sitewide) this month will enclose a FREE treat! The bigger your order the bigger the treat. Orders may include anything from our all our categories: rock t-shirts, rock fashion accessories, magical items, jewelry, not just Black Sabbath & Ozzy merchandise, all our catalog. We have some really nice necklaces handmade by Vamp, one of a kind - check 'em out and get yours!
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Black Sabbath Biography:

Formed 1967, Birmingham, England

Mixing equal parts of bone-crushing volume, catatonic tempos, and ominous pronouncements of gloom and doom delivered in Ozzy Osbourne’s keening voice, Black Sabbath was the heavy-metal king of the Seventies. Despised by rock critics and ignored by radio programmers, the group sold over eight million albums before Osbourne departed for a solo career in 1979.

The four original members, schoolmates from a working-class district of industrial Birmingham, first joined forces as Polka Tulk, a blues band. They quickly changed their name to Earth, then, in 1969, to Black Sabbath; the name came from the title of a song written by bassist Geezer Butler, a fan of occult novelist Dennis Wheatley. The quartet’s eponymously titled 1970 debut, recorded in two days, went to #8 in England and #23 in the U.S. A single, "Paranoid," released in advance of the album of the same name, reached #4 in the U.K. later that year, it was the group’s only Top Twenty hit.

The single didn’t make the US, Top Forty, but the Paranoid LP, issued in early 1971, eventually sold four million copies despite virtually no airplay. Beginning in December 1970 Sabbath toured the States relentlessly. The constant road work paid off, and by 1974 Black Sabbath was considered peerless among heavy-metal acts, its first five LPs all having sold at least a million copies apiece in America alone.

In spite of its name, the crosses erected onstage, and songs dealing with apocalypse, death, and destruction, the band members insisted their interest in the black arts was nothing more than innocuous curiosity (the sort that led Ozzy Osbourne to sit through eight showings of The Exorcist), and in time Black Sabbath’s princes-of-darkness image faded.

Eventually, so did its record sales. Aside from a platinum best-of, We Sold Our Soul for Rock ‘n’ Roll (1976), not one of three LPs from 1975 to 1978 went gold. Osbourne, racked by drug use and excessive drinking, quit the band briefly in late 1977 (former Savoy Brown- Fleetwood Mac vocalist Dave Walker filled his shoes for some live dates). In January 1979 he left again, this time for good. Ronnie James Die, formerly of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, replaced Osbourne.

Although Dio could belt with the best of them, Sabbath would never be the same. Its first album with Dio, Heaven and Hell (1980), went platinum, its second, Mob Rules (1981), gold. But thereafter, the group’s LPs sold fewer and fewer copies, as Black Sabbath went through one personnel change after another. III health forced Bill Ward out of the band in 1981; Carmine Appice’s brother Vinnie took his place. Friction between Iommi and Dio led the singer to quit angrily in 1982, he took P with him to start his own band, Die. Vocalists over the years have included Dave Donato; Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan; Glenn Hughes, another ex-member of Purple; Tony Martin; and Dio again.

By 1986’s Seventh Star, only Iommi remained from the original lineup. He had to wince when Geezer Butler teamed up with the phenomenally successful Osboume in 1988, though the bassist did return to the fold three years later. Despite bitterness expressed in the press between Osbourne and Iommi, the original foursome reunited in 1985 at the Live-Aid concert in Philadelphia, and again in 1992, at the end of what was supposedly Osbourne’s last tour. Throughout 1993 word had it that Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, and Ward would tour, but by year’s end Osbourne had backed out, allegedly over money. The indefatigable Tony Iommi went right back to work with Butler, rehiring vocalist Tony Martin and adding former Rainbow drummer Rob Rondinelli.

BIO Source sing365.com

Ozzy And Rollins Become Columnists

Ozzy And Rollins Become Columnists

By Andrew Tijs

Ozzy Osbourne and Henry Rollins have been given column inches online and in the glossies.

At the beginning of the year, notorious rock animal Ozzy Osbourne was asked to give medical advice to readers of the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper.

The joke goes on, as Rolling Stone has given Ozzy room to dish out lifestyle advice to its readers in the "Ask Dr. Ozzy" column.

The first column, published in the latest issue, sees Ozzy tackle weight issues, vertigo, and the case of a woman who discovered her son has looked at porn online.

Punk rock icon Henry Rollins has also been given a column, this time in LA Weekly.

He’s been blogging in the ‘West Coast Sound’ music section of LA Weekly every Friday.

His first two columns have covered his return to the US, Rickie Lee Jones, Thomas Wolfe, Fela Kuti, Keiji Haino, and his restlessness in LA.


http://www.undercover.fm/news/12514-ozzy-and-rollins-become-columnists

(Imagine that Ozzy giving out health advice LOL, they should make him a Dear Abby ask him anything about anything.)

Jason Bonham Interview

Growing up in England, it took a while for Jason Bonham to fully understand the fame of his father, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

"Not to be harsh about it, but nobody in England really gave a s—-," Bonham said with a laugh. "It's true. In England, they were just guys. My dad would go down to the local pub with the farmers and locals and they'd say, 'There's the long-haired guy again. He's a drummer in a rock band. Make a living out of that, can you?' I can see why they never could have lived in America. They could never have normal lives here, but they could go home and be normal people."

For most of the '70s, Led Zeppelin ruled the hearts of American teenagers. But tragedy stopped the band in its tracks. On Sept. 24, 1980, the elder Bonham started the day with four quadruple vodkas and continued drinking throughout the afternoon. That evening, he died in his sleep. He was 32 years old. Jason was just 14.

Jason Bonham went on to pursue the drums himself and joined the surviving members of Led Zeppelin for a one-off 2007 concert paying tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. The show sparked talk of an LZ reunion that never panned out, nor did plans for Bonham to join guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones with a new vocalist. Instead, Bonham put together a tribute group, dubbed John Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, and a multi-media show that hits the State Theatre tonight.

We spoke to Bonham last week and here's what he had
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to say about his father and his current tour.

ON TAKING UP THE FAMILY BUSINESS:

"My dad was the one who put the drumsticks in my hands at a very early age. But I got very heavily into motocross when I was 10. I saw a motorcycle when we were on vacation in the south of France and fell in love. The first time I ever noticed we were a little different was when we turned up to my first race with my bike attached to the hitch of a Rolls Royce. But after dad's death, I wanted to carry on the family tradition and I have ever since."

ON THE SHOW'S MULTI-MEDIA ASPECTS:

"I center the concert around archival footage. Some of it shows dad as a child, where we're from, what our home life was like. My mom went through all this footage. She has tons and tons of stuff that she's never let out before. I hadn't seen some of this stuff myself. You see my dad as a prankster and a joker. The fans love it. And at one point, I play 'Moby Dick' with my dad. We split the screens and we play together. It's a bit strange. Now, I'm the 44-year-old playing with my 20-year-old dad."

ON LIVING WITH HIS FATHER'S LEGACY:

"It is hard to have your own identity when you dad is John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, but I accept and love the fact of who my dad is. I understand that my dad is the greatest, I just try to play to the best of my ability."

ON THE POSSIBILITY OF PLAYING WITH LED ZEPPELIN AGAIN:

"If you had asked me in 2005, when I had just joined Foreigner, that I would leave the band in 2007 to play with Led Zeppelin, I would have said you're nuts. When Ahmet passed away, I had a feeling they were going to do something and they did. I don't know if it will happen again. I had a great time with them. It was one of the greatest feelings in the world to be in that seat."

ON THE MOMENT BONHAM FINALLY DID FIGURE OUT THE SCALE OF HIS FATHER'S SUCCESS:

"I went to the 1977 show in Tampa, where there were 86,000 people there. I looked at him and said 'Who else is playing? Are the Stones here?' But it was just them. That was a moment to remember."

Ross Raihala can be reached at 651-228-5553.

What: Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, a tribute concert and multi-media show

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis

Tickets: $52-$42

Call: 800-982-2787

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Zep/Sabbath

Two fantastic bands and songs mixed together to create this!!

Darkness Darkness - Robert Plant

Here is a video of Robert Plant doing Darkness Darkness from his Dreamland album (2002). A haunting dark & gothic song and one of my favorites on that album. I saw Robert perform this song live at the Orpheum Theater in Boston & it's one of those songs that pulls you in and you're on this journey with Robert, you feel what he feels. You feel a sense of yearning. Yearning - a deep feeling within, longing, wanting, reaching out...it's very seductive, so vampiric. I love music that touches the soul and this song is one of those.


Darkness Darkness - Robert Plant
(Jesse Colin Young)

Darkness, Darkness, be my pillow, Take my head and let me sleep
In the coolness of your shadow, In the silence of your deep
Darkness, darkness, hide my yearning, For the things I cannot see
Keep my mind from constant turning, To the things I cannot be
Darkness, darkness, be my blanket, cover me with the endless night
Take away the pain of knowing, fill the emptiness with light
Emptiness with light now

Darkness, darkness, long and lonesome, Is the day that brings me here
I have felt the edge of sadness, I have known the depths of fear
Darkness, darkness, be my blanket, Cover me with the endless night
Take away this pain of knowing, Fill this emptiness with light now
Emptiness with light now

Darkness, darkness, be my blanket, cover me with the endless night
Take away this pain of knowing, fill this emptiness with light now
Oh with light now.
Darkness, Darkness, be my pillow, Take my head and let me sleep
In the coolness of your shadow, In the silence of your deep
In the silence of your deep
In the - oh oh yeah
In the summer baby
come on come on come on baby...


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Robert Plant on Q TV Interview

Robert Plant on Q TV Interview

This is a great interview with Robert Plant. Talking about music, what inspires him, his new album, working with Alisson Krauss and now with Band of Joy. Throwing jabs at bands like Black Sabbath (which I happen to love) but I believe it's Robert being a bit sarcastic.

Jason Bonham Video Interview

Jason Bonham Interview

Jason talks about his dad John Bonham and what it was like to work with Led Zeppelin & why he is doing the Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience.



Dazed & Confused - Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience (teaser)

Here's a short clip of Dazed & Confused with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience line up.

Jasons Band:

Lead guitar - Tony Catania
Vocals - James Dylan - Virtual Zeppelin
Keyboards, lap steel, 2nd guitar - Stephen LeBlanc
Bass - Michael Devin
Drums - Jason Bonham


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Alice Cooper/Jim Morrison Connection

Alice Cooper/Jim Morrison Connection

Here is a video with a song from Alice Cooper that he wrote in memory for his friend Jim Morrison. It comes from the album 'Killer' (1971). But this was also stated about this song:

Killer is the 1971 album by Alice Cooper.

Cooper said in the liner notes of Fistful of Alice and also on In the Studio with Redbeard, which spotlighted the Killer and Love it to Death albums, that the song "Desperado" was written about his friend Jim Morrison who died the same year this album was released. According to an NPR radio interview with Alice Cooper, "Desperado" was written about Robert Vaughn's character from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

A little more on Alice and the character of Alice and why he believes Jim Morrison died.

In the early days when I was drinking ... I had a very blurry line about where those two were... but I mean, that happens when you drink twenty-two hours a day. I would just sit and drink. I didn’t know whether or not I was supposed to be Alice when I went out for dinner and was a little lit. Then there was the question about whether or not I should wear the make up because I didn’t really want to disappoint anyone. Was I supposed to get into trouble? Was I supposed to get arrested that night? All of those questions went through my mind. You have to remember though who my older brothers and sisters were though--guys like Jim Morrison and Keith Moon and all the people who were living that life. After they all died, I just sat there and went, “if one generation is going to learn from the next the truth is going to have to be that you don’t have to die to be your character.” I figured then that I had better be able to separate the two. When I go onstage as Alice to this day, I play Alice to the hilt — I play him for everything he is worth, but when I’m offstage, I never think about Alice Cooper. He never occurs to me. .. I walk off stage though and I turn away from the audience, I go back to being me again. Whenever I see an audience, that’s when I turn into Alice. If there was no audience there, there would be no reason to be Alice. . If I tried to be Alice Cooper all the time — I’d either be in an insane asylum or in jail or dead. Alice is just too intense, and you just can’t be Alice all the time. Jim Morrison couldn’t be Jim Morrison, so he died. Jimi Hendrix couldn’t be Jimi Hendrix, so he died. That’s really what killed Janis Joplin, Keith Moon and all the way down the line. They were all animated characters who couldn’t live up to their lifestyle, so I said that I needed to be able to separate the two — that’s why I’m still here.




Desperado - Alice Cooper

I'm a gambler
And I'm a runner
But you knew that
When you lay down

I'm a picture
Of ugly stories
I'm a killer
And I'm a clown

Step into the street by sundown
Step into your last goodbye
You're a target just by living
Twenty dollars will make you die

I wear lace
And I wear black leather
My hands are lightning upon my gun

My shots are clean
And my, my shots are final
My shots are deadly
And when it's done

You're as stiff as my smoking barrel
You're as dead as a desert night
You're a notch
And I'm a legend
You're at peace
And I must hide

Tell me where the hell I'm going
Let my bones fall in the dust
Can't you hear that ghost that's calling
As my Colt begins to rust
In the dust

I'm a killer
I'm a clown
I'm a priest
That's gone to town


Sources: youtube, KNAC interview (2005), Wiki, Lyrics sing365.com/music/lyric

Steampunk Alice in Wonderland Teapot/Key Necklace


Alice in Wonderland Teapot/Key Necklace by Vamp


Steampunk Alice in Wonderland Teapot/Key Necklace

This Alice in Wonderland Teapot Key choker/necklace was inspired by Gothic Alice also (Johnny Dep's movie) or Alice with a steampunk look. After I had made my Alice in Wonderland teapot earrings I wanted to make a necklace. So I gathered my components and started designing this piece. I used an antiqued brass gold look chain and findings to give it that heirloom feel.


This beautiful choker length necklace is 16 inches long with a toggle clasp. I designed it with a steampunk inspired look with the brass key and brass teapot, bejeweled in pearls, red crystal, faceted green beads and glass seed beads.

This necklace will be your focal point necklace if you wish to mix & wear it with other necklaces.

This necklace would make a wonderful addition to your jewelry collection and makes a thoughful gift to someone who loves antique looks, steampunk, victorian jewelry. With Christmas and the holidays coming get a head start on your shopping! This one would be received with smiles come holiday time. Take a look in greater detail with more photos at this Alice in Wonderland Steampunk Necklace and all my other creations on ArtFire or Etsy. The Alice necklace is right now available at ArtFire Studios.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Billy Idol Plans Memoir





Billy Idol Plans Memoir

By Andrew Tijs


Billy Idol has signed a contract for his memoir, to be titled Dancing With Myself.

The ‘80s rock icon has signed a deal with Touchstone, a subsidiary of publishing house Simon & Schuster.

The memoir, named after the iconic first single from his first punk band Generation X and rereleased as a solo track, is due out in late 2011 or 2012.

Instead of using a ghost-writer, Idol will write the book himself, a press release describing him as “a natural-born storyteller”.

Idol said in the press release:

“Life gave me a golden key when I fell in love with rock n roll music. It was the key to the answer of how to live and achieve your dreams. This world opened up to me with all the good opportunities but also every temptation - the drugs, the booze, the women, the 24-hour around-the-clock excess. And yet you have to write good songs to survive. Life had to be lived to do all that! Now I’m putting it all down in book form - from the heart. I’m going out on a limb here, so watch my back.”

Billy Idol is still recording and performing, having just finished off an extensive US tour in September and planning four Californian shows in December.


Billy Idol bumpersticker available at MRB

(Another interesting book to read. Besides the Bowie book this Billy Idol book should be really cool to read. I'm liking that these books are all being written by the artists themselves.)

Friday, October 08, 2010

Bowie Object - Book by David Bowie





David Bowie Book Entitled - Bowie Object

David Bowie is working on a book entitled Bowie: Object, though there is no firm publishing date in place yet. According to Bowie's website, the book is a "collection of pieces from the Bowie archive, wherein, for the first time, fans and all those interested in popular culture will have the opportunity to understand more about the Bowie creative process and his impact on modern popular music." The details are still vague, but the site also says that Bowie: Object will feature "100 fascinating items that give an insight into the life of one of the most unique music and fashion icons in history. The book's pictorial content is annotated with insightful, witty and personal text written by Bowie himself."

Source: http://www.fmqb.com/article.asp?id=1971516


(This should be quite interesting, David Bowie is a chameleon with great talent and would be great to see the inner workings of a creative genius in action. I've always liked David Bowie and all his get ups and his voice is spectacular, very crooner indeed :)

Million Wishes for Peace - In Memory of John Lennon


John Lennon Imagine Pin/Button Badge @ MRB


Happy birthday to John Lennon - wow can you believe it, John would have been 70 this year October 9th! To honor and remember him Yoko Ono will relight Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 9th at 8PM GMT. Join her by live at: www.imaginepeacetower.com to watch the lighting while sending wishes to Imagine Peace Tower.

Send wishes via Twitter, email, Facebook, MySpace, to all your friends, spread the word around and help Yoko send a million wishes for peace for John’s birthday!

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope someday you'll join us and the world can live as one...Blessed be John, you are loved and missed.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

NEW Masonic Square & Compass Patch





Masonic Freemason The Square & Compass Patch

New to our boutique is this very cool Freemasonry The Square & Compass patch. This nice Masonic patch measuring approximately 2 1/2 inches diameter. You may iron on or sew this patch on. Click to Buy



The Square & Compass Symbol Meaning:

Due to slight Masonic jurisdictional differences around the world, this symbol does not always look exactly the same to all Freemasons.

Some jurisdictions call this symbol the Square and Compass,(non-plural) and a few jurisdictions omit the "G" at its center.

But, no matter its slightly different look, all Freemasons are in unison as to what this symbol means to them within the fraternity.

In speculative Freemasonry, this emblematic symbol is used in Masonic ritual.

The Square is an emblem of virtue in which we must "square our actions by the square of virtue with all mankind".

The Compasses exemplify our wisdom of conduct,... the strength to "circumscribe our desires and keep our passions within due bounds".

When these 2 Masonic tools are placed together with God (the Creator) as our central focal point... (just as King Solomon built God's Temple, first... and then built his house around it), peace and harmony is the result.

Source: Masonic-lodge of education.com


Recommended Freemasonry Books







Freemasonry Books by author David Harrison

If you would like to read further into the subject of Freemasonry I highly recommend you picking up a copy of author David Harrison's books on Freemasonry. They are very well researched and written books. An exceptional read for anyone wanting to look deep into Freemasonry.


His first book a best selling work on The history of English Freemasonry and it's roots - 'The Genesis of Freemasonry'

His 2nd brand NEW book 'The Transformation of Freemasonry' just came out and is available online.


Check out the author's FaceBook page David Harrison Or check out his blog for further details and reviews.

Authors FaceBook Pages:
The Genesis of Freemasonry
The Transformation of Freemsonry
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Saturday, October 02, 2010

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Friday, October 01, 2010

New Syd Barrett Album - Compilation Floyd & Barrett

An Introduction To Syd Barrett OUT SOON!

On 11th October 2010 (9th November for North America), EMI/Harvest will release An Introduction To Syd Barrett, a brand new collection that brings together for the first time the tracks of Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett on one compilation, with David Gilmour being the executive producer of the album.

The album will feature five remixed tracks including 'Octopus', 'She Took A Long Cool Look', 'Dominoes' and 'Here I Go', with David Gilmour adding bass guitar to the last track. A bonus track, previously-unreleased instrumental of 'Rhamadan' will be available via digital download for a limited period.

Full tracklisting

1. Arnold Layne (2010 Digital Remaster)
2. See Emily Play (2010 Digital Remaster)
3. Apples And Oranges (2010 Digital Remaster)
4. Matilda Mother (Alternative Version) (2010 Mix)
5. Chapter 24 (2010 Digital Remaster)
6. Bike (2010 Digital Remaster)
7. Terrapin (2010 Digital Remaster)
8. Love You (2010 Digital Remaster)
9. Dark Globe (2010 Digital Remaster)
10. Here I Go (2010 Remix)
11. Octopus (2010 Mix)
12. She Took A Long Cool Look (2010 Mix)
13. If It's In You (2010 Digital Remaster)
14. Baby Lemonade (2010 Digital Remaster)
15. Dominoes (2010 Mix)
16. Gigolo Aunt (2010 Digital Remaster)
17. Effervescing Elephant (2010 Digital Remaster)
18. Bob Dylan Blues (2010 Digital Remaster)


You can pre-order on Amazon & iTunes

Also 'Opel', 'Barrett' and 'The Madcap Laughs'
all get new designs!

Syd Barrett's only two albums and his second compilation album are all getting reissued with new artwork based on the original vinyl release. Each album will be released on 11th October.


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