Motörhead rock singer Lemmy dies


This music video is called Motörhead Live – No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith.

From Reuters news agency:

Motorhead Frontman ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister Dead At 70

Lemmy was famous for always turning his amplifiers up to the maximum and for his anthems to hellraising such as Motorhead’s classic “Ace of Spades.”

12/28/2015 09:13 pm ET | Updated 8 hours ago

Dec 28 – Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, the hard-living, hell-raising frontman for British heavy metal band Motorhead, has died at age 70 after recently being diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, the band said on its Facebook page on Monday.

On stage with Motorhead, the bassist and vocalist was famed for turning his amplifiers up to the max, and tilting his face, dotted with moles and framed by muttonchops, up to the sky. He growled into his raised microphone with a throat he said he fed for decades with a bottle a day of Jack Daniel’s whiskey.

“You know I’m born to lose, and gambling’s for fools, but that’s the way I like it baby, I don’t wanna live forever,” went his signature song, the 1980s anthem “Ace of Spades.”

This live music video is called Motörhead – Ace Of Spades.

Limp Bizkit rock illegal in Ukraine


This video from the USA says about itself:

5 October 2009

Music video by Limp Bizkit performing Break Stuff.

After the Ukrainian government banned BBC and other journalists … after their theft of Dutch 17th century paintings … after their witch-hunt of a classical music piano player … now this.

From deathandtaxesmag.com in the USA:

Ukraine government bans Fred Durst from entering country for five years

by Joe Veix / December 21, 2015

Limp Bizkit singer and nu metal prince of darkness Fred Durst has reportedly been banned from Ukraine for five years. At least, that is, according to various Ukraine news outlets. Like a chump, heyyy, like a chump, heyyy…

So far two outlets have confirmed the news — both Apostrof and Interfax — but haven’t gone into much detail about why. Apostrof confirmed that according to the country’s national security service, the ban came “in the interests of guaranteeing the security of our state.”

The move came after the singer allegedly expressed interest in purchasing property in Crimea back in October, presumably for the nookie. Either that, or they just really fucking hate nu metal.

British Rock against Racism and photography


This 2013 video from Britain is called Archive in Focus: Syd Shelton, Rock against Racism.

By Bob Oram in Britain:

Rock-steady

Monday 30th October 2015

Syd Shelton’s photographs are a great record of how ‘70s music helped black and white youth stand their ground against racism, says BOB ORAM

Rock Against Racism
by Syd Shelton
(Autograph, £30)

NEXT year marks the 40th anniversary of a heavily intoxicated Eric Clapton blurting out racist crap on stage at the Birmingham Odeon.

“Britain is overcrowded,” he said. “Enoch will stop it and send them all back.”

Music’s response was immediate. Rock Against Racism (RAR), a collective of artists and political activists, came together for the next five years to fight fascism, racism and the rise of the National Front through music.

Syd Shelton, a British photographer and graphic designer, chronicled a unique visual record of its activities and a country gripped in racial and political tension.

This glorious book is a sumptuous collection of his photographs, work he says was a “socialist act,” and a “graphic argument” on behalf of marginalised lives.

From 1976 to ’81 the insubordinate, angry spirit of punk meshed with a rising generation of alienated black youth to find that they both had “no future in England’s dreaming.”

This video is called Rock Against Racism-Nazis Are No Fun Pt1.

And these videos are the sequels.

As Paul Gilroy says in a thoughtful essay accompanying the book: “It is essential that readers who are encountering these images for the first time appreciate how exciting it was to see them at the time they appeared.”

Anyone who lived through that period recognises how life-changing politically infused and committed art can be.

One of the highlights of the era was the April ’78 all-day concert in London’s Victoria headlined by the Clash, which drew thousands from all over the country to march to Victoria Park. RAR publication Temporary Hoarding described it as: “A park full of unity. Right in the middle of depressed, despondent, broke little Britain. Bands playing for free. The pinks and browns melt in sound.”

This music video from Britain says about itself:

Poly Styrene with Helsinki: Oh Bondage, Up Yours : Love Music Hate Racism

2 May 2008

Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex performs Oh Bondage, Up Yours! live at the Love Music Hate Racism Carnival in Victoria Park, London E3 on Sunday 27th April 2008.

Poly was one of a number of special guests appearing with Drew McConnell’s Helsinki. Also appearing were Jimmy Pursey of Sham 69, Fyfe Dangerfield of Guillemots, Jon McClure of Reverend And The Makers and Ed Larrikin, formerly of Larrikin Love.

Poly Styrene appeared with X-Ray Spex at the original Rock Against Racism Carnival in Victoria Park in 1978.

The Bob Oram article continues:

The stunning pictures of the concert —including performances by Misty in Roots, Tom Robinson Band, Aswad, Angelic Upstarts, The Beat, Matumbi, Elvis Costello, Steel Pulse, The Members, X Ray Spex, the Specials and Sham 69 — are counterpoised alongside powerful, intense images of people in Belfast and on the streets in Britain.

They contextualise what was an important moment in our nation’s understanding and history of race relations.

The clarity and directness of RAR’s trademark Love Music, Hate Racism slogan did more than anything else at that time to stop the possibility of any real connection between youth culture and racism and ultra-nationalism in its tracks.

As cultural commentator David Widgery said: “The great thing about RAR was its way of having a revolution without stopping the party.”

Even Cromer joined in the fun when The Ruts on the Militant Entertainment tour descended on the sedate Norfolk seaside town. The image of a punk girl lying on the stage of the West Runton Pavilion was a one-shot moment that Shelton recalls with pride, marking him put as someone who captured “stills from life” not “still life.”

As with all Shelton’s work, the mind wonders what is happening behind the image or just out of sight.

The brilliant picture of Joe Strummer on stage messing around with Paul Simonon’s bass guitar indeed raises more questions than it answers and among the 100 images included are two which at first look like one picture but are actually two bomb sites in which children are playing — one in London’s Brick Lane and one in Belfast.

With images as well from the pages of Temporary Hoarding and concert fliers and posters, this is a truly wonderful treasure trove that needs to be seen by everyone agitating and organising with imagination and passion today.

A perfect seasonal gift.

A free exhibition of Syd Shelton’s RAR photography runs at Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London EC2 until December 5.

Pro-refugee rock music in England


This music video on an Iraqi rock band is called Acrassicauda – “Garden of Stones” Vice Records.

From daily The Morning Star in England:

Festival’s heavy sound of solidarity with refugees

Monday 23rd November 2015

A HEAVY metal gig in solidarity with refugees is to be held in Leicester as part of the city’s human rights arts and film festival.

Metal for Refugees will showcase local bands Urethra Franklin and Ubiquitous in the fundraiser for refugee charity Leicester City of Sanctuary.

Event organiser Nerissa Fields said: “The Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda, which formed in 2001, received death threats after the Iraq regime change.

“The band fled first to Syria and then to Turkey before being granted refugee status in the US.

“One of the most important aspects of metal, as with all musical genres, is being able to express yourself and having the freedom to do so without prejudice.

“It is a human right to be able to play the music you want to play.”

The gig at the Pi Bar on Friday December 4 starts at 8pm.

Video shot by the Turkish coast guard appears to show a man on a Greek coast guard ship attempting to sink an inflatable raft full of Syrian refugees in the Aegean Sea. Reuters reports the video was shot on November 12: here.

Donald Trump abuses Aerosmith music, after Neil Young music


This 2012 music video from the USA is Aerosmith, Dream On, live.

After Donald Trump and Neil Young … and Donald Trump and R.E.M.

From the Hollywood Reporter in the USA today:

Donald Trump Receives Legal Threat Over Use of Aerosmith’s “Dream On”

Steven Tyler, who was Trump’s guest at the August debate, tells the Republican candidate to cease playing his song at campaign events.

Donald Trump is getting scorned by a musician he seemingly adores.

On Saturday, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s reps sent Donald Trump for President Inc. a demand to stop using the power ballad “Dream On” at campaign events. The cease-and-desist was actually the second time Trump has been warned about using the song. According to the letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Trump was first told to not use “Dream On” after an August 21 event in Mobile, Alabama. Since then, the song has been used including at Trump‘s recent rally in Georgia.

Trump for President does not have our client’s permission to use ‘Dream On’ or any of our client’s other music in connection with the Campaign because it gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid,” states a cease-and-desist letter.

Tyler is now among the growing number of musicians (Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, David Byrne, etc.) who have stood up to Republican politicians over song use, though this time, the demand to stop using “Dream On” might cut a bit deeper for the man currently leading polls. …

However, Trump’s repeated use of “Dream On” and closer association with Tyler over the years could add a wrinkle to any court case. Trump has also been quite aggressive on the trademark front himself. He filed a registration on “Make America Great Again” and his attacks include those selling StopTrump.us t-shirts.

Trump still playing Steven Tyler’s ‘Dream On,’ despite cease-and-desist letter: here.

Elections in the US: Trump or Sanders? Here.

At Republican presidential debate. “Wages are too high,” declares billionaire Trump: here.

US Republican Trump abuses R.E.M. song


This video from the USA says about itself:

Music video by R.E.M. performing It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).

Donald Trump is one of many Republican candidates for the presidency of the USA (most of them with lots of money). Like many candidates, he chose a campaign song. And, like many politicians (especially Republicans, like Michelle Bachmann or John McCain) he chose a song which the musician who wrote it did not want him to use.

He chose a Neil Young song, angering Neil Young.

Trump continued the same way.

From daily The Guardian in Britain today:

The [United States Republican party presidential candidates‘ polls] front-runner [Donald Trump] also came under fire from REM lead singer Michael Stipe, who lambasted the Trump campaign for using one of the group’s songs at a rally on Wednesday.

In a series of tweets posted on the account of bandmate Mike Mills, Stipe said: “Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you – you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men.

“Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”

Trump had arrived on stage to It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).

According to that Guardian article, Donald Trump also attacked fellow Republican presidential candidate Carla Fiorina. Not, like a rational Fiorina critic might do, because she made a mess of being CEO of Hewlett-Packard, sacking 30,000 U.S. workers, and fleeing away from the mess by US$21 to 40 million golden parachute. No, Trump being Trump, he resorted to sexism. He attacked Ms Fiorina, the only woman among seventeen Republican candidates, for being a woman.

Carly Fiorina

CARLY FIORINA MAKES GOP DEBATE CUT Find out who snagged the 11 slots in the upcoming GOP debate Wednesday. [Mollie Reilly, HuffPost]

CNN WORKERS FED UP WITH COVERING TRUMP Tensions have risen to the surface at CNN, where staffers have complained about the constant focus on The Donald. [The Wrap]

YOU CAN NOW PAINT WITH DONALD TRUMP It’s strangely therapeutic. [Paint With Donald Trump]

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced Friday he is ending his presidential campaign. Perry announced the end of his campaign at the Eagle Forum — an event founded by conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly — in St. Louis, Missouri: here.

5 Right-wing Doozies this Week: Carson and Huckabee Reach Nutty New Heights. Dr. Ben Carson, man of science, doesn’t see global warming, or racism: here.

One of the leading Republican presidential candidates declared Sunday that a Muslim should never be allowed to become president of the United States. Speaking in defiance of the US Constitution, which explicitly prohibits religious tests for holding political office, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said on the NBC News program “Meet the Press” that being a Muslim should disqualify a candidate for the top position in the federal government: here.

British rock music history and the New Musical Express


This video from Britain says about itself:

The Original Johnny Kidd and the Pirates – Shakin All Over with RARE photos

Definitive British Rock and Roll track with photographs of the original 1959 line up of Johnny Kidd and The Pirates.

All photos courtesy Brian Gregg, the original Pirates Bass player. Thanks Brian.

Dedicated to Johnny’s lasting memory and immortal legacy.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

Know Your NME

Wednesday 19th August 2015

Rock ‘n’ roll history is bound up with one iconic magazine now facing obscurity, writes PETER FROST

THE NME, once the Accordion Times and Musical Express, then the New Musical Express, is changing. The weekly publication, which currently sells about 15,000 copies, will be distributed free at train stations, shops and student unions around the country. Its content will expand to cover film, fashion, TV, politics and gaming.

Few believe that that it will last long, even if it outlived its rivals Sounds and Melody Maker. The title, once full of critical reviews and good writing, is likely to become another freesheet repository for slick self-serving PR handouts.

It is just one more indication that the world of popular music, always a battle between those who want to make music and those who just want to make money, has suffered another setback.

Today, when bands so often seem to be created by a team of smooth marketing people or cynically put together to win the latest TV talent show, it’s hard to believe just how many bands and groups there were in the late 1950s and ’60s scrabbling to make music and, if truth be told, to make it big in what would become the world of rock ’n’ roll.

Back in July ’57 a skiffle group called The Quarry Men entertained at St Peter’s church fete, Woolton, Liverpool. They went on stage after the election of the rose queen and a police dog display.

The Quarry Men, with Ivan Vaughan on tea-chest bass and Ron Davis on banjo, had been formed just a few months before and their repertoire included such Lonnie Donegan standards as Railroad Bill, Cumberland Gap and Maggie Mae as well as Be Bop A Lula. Lead guitar and vocals was a 15-year-old named John Lennon.

Another young musician had ridden his bike the couple of miles from Allerton to the fete. With drainpipe trousers and a quiff, Paul McCartney looked like a real musician — far more sophisticated than the check-shirted teenager fronting the Quarry Men.

Bassist Ivan introduced Paul to John across his tea chest and the world of music changed forever.

I grew up in Harlesden, north London, where Freddie Heath’s skiffle group became Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. In 1960 their Shakin All Over reached number one.

Barney Davis, who would become national secretary of the Young Communist League (YCL), drove the Pirates to gigs.

Barney himself won a place in the final of a contest for singers at the State Kilburn. Sadly the final clashed with a YCL committee meeting. Barney chose the final but was pipped for first prize by Dave Sutch, who would later become Screaming Lord Sutch.

Other young communist friends in north London were deeply involved in the ’60s R&B scene. I was secretary of Willesden YCL and just up the road the Wembley YCL Branch opened its own R&B club at the Railway Hotel in Wealdstone.

At Christmas time 1963 Wembley YCL organised a dance at the Railway with local band the Bo Street Runners. The event was such a success that the band were approached by two YCLers, Gus Brain and Paul McCloughlan, with the idea of setting up a weekly R&B club at the Railway. Door takings would be split equally, half for the band and half to fund the revolution.

The club was up and running by February 1964 and the venture was an instant success. YCLers and Mods from all over north London danced to the music.

For legal reasons it was run as a membership club. Membership was just sixpence (2.5p) and admission 3/6 (17.5p). Within a month the numbers turning up had reached the 200 mark, creating an incredible atmosphere. Vespas and Lambrettas filled the pub car park.

The YCL monthly magazine Challenge told its readers: “Soon the group announces its arrival with a vigorous tuning-up session, with amplifiers booming, humming and screeching and the electric organ erupting with cascades of chords that vibrate around one’s head.

“A hypnotised crowd fills the floor in an incredibly short time; Skip-dance, floog and good old fashioned shake are demonstrated to the full.”

Sorry: even Frosty doesn’t know what the floog was.

Willesden YCL member Barney Barnes, who became Dick Barnes and finally rock journalist Richard Barnes, opened his own weeknight club at the Railway, following on from pioneer British blues musician Cyril Davies’s own club here.

Barnes booked people like Long John Baldry and a band called The High Numbers, who had also been known as the Detours. One of their members was himself a YCL member.

There was a certain swapping of acts between the two clubs and at one stage the YCL Sunday club considered changing their resident band to The High Numbers. George Bridges remembers the High Numbers wanted £13 for the gig, the Bo Street Runners £2 more.

In the end the YCL club decided to stick with the Bo Street Runners as they had just won TV’s Ready Steady Win competition.

YCL member Pete Townsend and Dick Barnes renamed The High Numbers The Who and the rest is history.

The very history you could once read in the pages of NME, but alas no more.