Lost Bob Marley recordings restored


This music video says about itself:

‘Jammin’ (Live At One Love Peace Concert)’ by Bob Marley & The Wailers

From the BBC in Britain today:

Lost Bob Marley tapes restored after 40 years in London basement

Lost recordings by Bob Marley found in a damp hotel basement in London after more than 40 years have been restored.

The tapes are the original, high-quality live recordings of the reggae legend’s concerts in London and Paris between 1974 and 1978. Tracks include No Woman No Cry, Jamming and Exodus.

They were at first believed to be ruined beyond repair, largely because of water damage.

Marley, who died in 1981, would have been 72 on Monday.

The tapes were found in a run-down hotel in Kensal Rise, north-west London, where Bob Marley and the Wailers stayed during their European tours in the mid-1970s.

They were discovered when Joe Gatt, a Marley fan and London businessman, took a phone call from a friend, who had found them while doing a building refuse clearance.

From the 13 reel-to-reel analogue master tapes, 10 were fully restored, two were blank and one was beyond repair. Work lasted one year and cost £25,000 ($31,200).

“They were (in an) appalling (condition)… I wasn’t too hopeful,” Martin Nichols, a sound engineer at the White House Studios in the west of England, told the BBC.

The recordings are from concerts at the Lyceum in London (1975), the Hammersmith Odeon (1976), the Rainbow, also in London (1977), and the Pavilion de Paris (1978).

They were recorded on the only mobile 24-track studio vehicle available in the UK then. It was loaned to Bob Marley and the Wailers by the Rolling Stones.

Trump bans Armenian Austrian pianist


This classical music video from Armenia says about itself:

Nareh Arghamanyan: Khachaturian – Piano Concerto, Part 1

09.05.2012 KHACHATURIAN GALA

Yerevan, Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall

Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra (APO)

Eduard Topchyan, conductor

Nareh Arghamanyan, piano

By Norman Lebrecht:

Austrian pianist cancels US tour due to visa issues

January 30, 2017

The outstanding young pianist Nareh Arghamanyan has just posted this message:

I am very sorry to tell that due to unforeseen visa and border circumstances, I am forced to cancel the upcoming tour in the USA and Canada.

Sad for her, sad for the orchestras and audiences.

Nareh is Armenian by birth, Austrian by residence. Still in her 20s, she is extensively recorded.

Ms. Arghamanyan states: “I am holder of an Armenian passport (still waiting for my Austrian citizenship). The problem is that my Schengen visa is still in process (applied in November) and the usual traveling document which the Austrian government is giving to travel across the Atlantic is not being accepted by US border anymore, and I had to fly to Canada after the US and come back to Vienna via the US”.

Performers in the classical music field have joined the widespread protest over the Trump administration’s attempt to ban the entry of refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries that he has branded the sources of terrorism. Symphony orchestras in major US cities (and many smaller cities as well) have large and growing numbers of immigrants in their ranks, and the music they perform is international in scope and history. Visiting orchestras, of course, consist almost entirely of non-US citizens: here.

Trump, Theresa May, Beatles parody song


This 29 January 2017 parody music video from Britain is called Donald Trump & Theresa May [who met this week in the USA] – “I Want to Hold Your Hand“.

It is a parody of the Beatles song of that name.

The lyrics are:

DT: Oh yeah, I’ll tell you something – my mother’s from Scotland
TM: Oh really? How very lovely
DT: Mind if I hold your hand?
Both: I want to hold your hand

TM: Oh please say to me you’ve got a nice deal planned
DT: Yeah sure, just give us all the NHS stuff – and let me hold your hand
Both: I want to hold your hand

Both: And when I touch you I feel slightly annoyed
But it just looks so damn good on celluloid

TM: Oh please say to me you won’t withdraw from NATO
DT: Okay, but hold my hand first – it’s like a sweet potato
Both: It’s got the colour and texture of a sweet potato

Both: And when I touch you I think I might be sick
But one must do unpleasant things in politics

DT: Oh yeah, I just signed an order for Muslims to be banned
TM: The BBC might ask you about that – but me, I’ll hold your hand
Both: I want to hold your hand

Trump’s anti-refugee policies, parody song


This 29 January 2017 parody music video from Britain is called Donald Trumpsteen – “Banned from the USA”.

The song, about President Donald Trump’s anti-refugee policies, is a parody of Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen.

The lyrics are:

Muslims who’ve been out of town
You’re in for a shock when you hit the ground
I signed an executive order
To keep you outside of US borders

You’re banned from the USA!

Seven Muslim majority countries
All your immigrants, all your refugees
Green card holders, dual nationalities
Kiss goodbye to your civil liberties

You’re banned from the USA!

Now, all these orders I’m signing and sealing
Don’t apply to countries where I have business dealings
If you’re Turkish, Indonesian or Saudi
I’ll greet you at the airport with a smile and a “howdy!”

You’re not banned from the USA!

Trump's Muslim ban

Trump's anti-refugee policies

Paul Robeson died 41 years ago


This video says about itself:

24 January 2017

Paul Robeson was an African-American singer and actor who was an active member in the anti-imperialist struggle.

He passed away 41 years ago today.

‘Alt-right’ neonazis parody song


This 20 January 2017 parody music video from Britain is called Alt-Free – “Alt-Right Now”.

It is a parody of the 1970 English rock song ‘All Right Now‘ by Free.

It is about the ‘alt-right’ neonazis; one of whom is the ‘I’ in the lyrics.

The lyrics are:

There she stood in the street
Blue hair from her head to her feet
I said, “Hey, SJW
Doesn’t cultural Marxism trouble you?”
She said, “Hey!” and she cried,
“What you mean is white genocide
I said, “Shut up, libtard
‘Cause I’m red-pilled and fucking hard

Alt-right now, baby, it’s a-alright now
Alt-right now, baby, it’s a-alright now

I explained it was Jews
All behind the globalist ruse
She just virtue signalled
Like some faggy normie cuckold
I said, “Can you not see
I’ve no time for feminazis
She said, “Diversity is our strength”
So I dropped my trousers
And I showed her my length

Alt-right now, baby, it’s a-alright now
Alt-right now, baby, it’s a-alright now

The alt-right’s DeploraBall was met with massive protests: here.

Georgia white supremacist under FBI investigation after police find evidence of ricin in his car: here.

Anti-Trump Gorillaz song


This music video says about itself:

Hallelujah Money (feat. Benjamin Clementine) – Gorillaz

19 January 2017

Gorillaz returns after six years with the apocalyptic “Hallelujah Money” video, the first taste of their new record which is coming later this year. The band has issued this song on the eve of the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump to serve as commentary on a politically-charged, historical moment.

See also here.

The lyrics are here.