William Goode’s Journal – You Tell Me 2

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Now who is this space age looking guy?

Once again I have found a studio pic of which I know nothing about, any help would be appreciated. If you know who this is let me know.

Some rare looking gear there and is that a welders mask he is wearing?   ..mmm..

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William Goode’s Journal – Coffins from Ghana Love Art London

Today I sway a bit from music and show you how you can be buried in Ghana, well Love Art London does.

Apparently there is a tradition of being buried in a coffin that reflects your profession (see Love Art Londons description further on).

I wonder what a funeral director would be buried in?

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Now was this chap a pilot

Love Art London has an exhibition on at Level 2 Foyer, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX.

It’s a pity I can’t go, too far I’m afraid. Maybe one day. However if you can it seems a very worthwhile event. It looks like you have to be a member though as they say “this event is for Members Only (20 places)”.

This is there own description and it sounds like a fascinating visit.

When you think of a coffin, what comes to mind? A dark mahogany, lead-lined number with gold plated handles, topped with a bouquet of lilies is probably about right. Think again. In Ghana on the west coast of Africa there’s an old and rich tradition of the deceased being buried in a vibrantly decorated casket that reflects their profession. If you were a fisherman, you get buried in a fish. If you were a fruit farmer, you get buried in a pineapple. If you were a barman, you get buried in a bottle of beer. And in the case of this chap, if you were a pilot, you get buried in, well, a Ghana Airways aeroplane. Each coffin’s hand crafted and beautifully painted by local artisans. In Ghana, it’s believed that when you die, you should have saved the equivalent of six months’ salary for a suitable coffin, and a similar amount for a party involving the entire community. Everything about this process is designed to celebrate the deceased’s life rather than mourn their death. After all, it happens to us all and although scary it’s as natural as being born. So why not go out with a bang?

London’s resident art expert on all things African, Jack Bell, joins us for a special tour of the Southbank Centre’s extraordinary exhibitionBoxed: Fantastic Coffins from Ghana, part of their Festival for the Living. Mortifyingly brilliant.

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Billy Childish

The artist Billy Childish: The Love Art Londons site info here:

  • Wednesday 11 January
  • 6:30-8pm
  • L-13 Light Industrial Workshop, 31 Eyre Street Hill, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 5EW

Holy bejeezers, talk about getting the New Year started with a bang. The legendary Billy Childish (painter, musician, poet, punk and hero of the British art resistance movementjoins us to discuss the quaintly titled exhibition What is ART HATE and Other Cuntish Questions on show at L-13. The gallery, or to use its full name, THE L-13 LIGHT INDUSTRIAL WORKSHOP and PRIVATE LADIES AND GENTLEMENS CLUB for ART, LEISURE and THE DISRUPTIVE BETTERMENT OF CULTUREwill, for the duration of the show, cease to exist as a ‘gallery’ but will instead accommodate “pre-ordained and tightly controlled ‘open days’ where art may sometimes be viewed in and amongst the official ART HATE ARCHIVE.” Splendid.

A weird and wonderful installation including artworks like The Patented Marcel Douchebag Finger of God Painting Machine, Reginald Dada’s Automated Art Hate Horse, The Art Hate Trikea calendar bearing the words ‘Will you die this year?’ and a collection of signs crafted from tubular metal carrying messages like TRUST YOUR DISSATISFACTION and KUNST MACHT FREI (Art Makes One Free),this is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Billy, who is rumoured to be involved with the show, joins us for an intimate evening of explanation, conversation and poetry reading. Genius.

This event is for Members Only (25 places)

Go check the Love Art London site.

Photos courtesy of the Love Art London site.

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William Goode’s Journal – Quadrophenia:The Who-Review

There are albums that for some reason stand up today as much as the day they were released. An album can fall through the gap when released at a time that sees brilliance heading to your ears from all angles. This to me is one of those, it should be more than an underground recognised classic.

The Who’s Quadropheniareleased originally in 1973 and now re-released in a marvellous re-mastered deluxe edition with demos, 5.1 surround DVD mix and a book is a delight to listen to once again.

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The Who and the mod image

It has been awhile since I had played this album and I’ve  always been fond of this work.  Overshadowed by the success of Tommyand I’ve got to say I much prefer “Quadrophenia” to “Tommy”, it’s the story of the psychological and social impacts upon a group of teenagers set in Brighton and London around 1964 / 65.

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The Who

This social story for me resonated much more than the “deaf, dumb and blindboy” of Tommy. Whereas “Tommy” has some great songs it is a double album that could have told it’s story in one record. It’s success proves me wrong. The Ken Russell film, album and tours by The Who all where well accepted and no doubt put “Quadrophenia” in the shade by comparison.

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A shot from the film Quadrophenia with Sting

“Quadrophenia” has the depth that Tommy doesn’t, the playing on this album is some of the finest The Who has ever done. Roger Daltrey is superb and that great rhythm section of Keith Moon and John Entwhistle are at there peak. Pete Townsends writing of course is amazing. His ideas are flowing towards you with every song and the whole album, even though it is a double, falls together beautifully.

The digital remastering brings clarity and spaciousness and allows the playing to shine. Any band releasing this today would be viewed as the next great thing. The Who already were a great thing and this album more than proves it.

The background of teenage angst, drugs, frustrated angry parents and the styles of the time come through bitingly.

This is a truly classic album that for most has been forgotten. If you have never heard “Quadrophenia” and wish to delve back into “mod” times this re-mastered edition is the one to get.

The Who at their pinnacle.

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William Goode’s Journal – You Tell Me

calum macdonald recording studio of the week unknown studio

This studio has a serious amount of gear

When I’m searching for my recording studio of the week I always try to show something that has interest either by the equipment in use, the environment or a well know musicians recording set up.

This picture I found on the web and what a set up he has. Unfortunately I don’t have a clue as to who he is so any help there would be appreciated. He certainly has gone beyond the simple home studio.

If you know him let me know.

Until then, marvel at his wares.