15th May 2015
B.B., who suffered from type 2 diabetes, died in his sleep at 89 and had been under home nursing care due to ill-health for some months. King was one of the hardest working blues artists ever and spent most of his long life touring.
26th January 2015
The movie Zelig might be a suitable analogy for the life and career of that unique personage born Kim Vincent Fowley. It’s the fanciful tale of an individual who is able to insert himself at key moments in history, something Fowley accomplished at regular intervals over the past sixty years. But unlike Woody Allen’s character Leonard Zelig, Kim was not really a chameleon – his lanky frame and frequently off-beat attire put paid to that notion – and he certainly could not blend into the background of any scene. Instead, the man loudly demanded that people paid attention to him, whether they wanted to or not.
19th December 2014
John Fry, founder of the world-class, world-famous Ardent Studios in Memphis, and the genial, self-effacing mentor of cult act Big Star died unexpectedly yesterday at the age of 69. Alec Palao pays his respects.
26th September 2014
U Srinivas, 28 February 1969 – 19 September 2014
With great sadness we have learned that the outstanding musician Uppalapu Shrinivas – known worldwide as U Srinivas, or Mandolin Srinivas, because of the instrument he popularised – has passed away aged 45, in Chennai India, of complications following a liver operation. The death of a great talent is always a blow, but even more so when it is at a relatively early age. It is the greatest of ironies to spend the formative years of a career described as a child prodigy, and then to pass away having finally been allowed the credit of mature maestro. To succeed in the super-critical and highly developed world of Indian classical music is hard enough, but to do so on an instrument completely out of the prevailing tradition is a challenge. U Srinivas joined a trend of 20th Century Indian musicians (for example Kadri Gopalnath, Brij Bushan Kabra, Shivkumar Sharma) to bring in other valid voices to the orthodoxy of Indian classical music.
16th September 2014