Tag Archives: Bryan Ferry

➤ Sussex hosts its first boutique green-field jazz festival

Love Supreme Festival,, JazzFM, Jools Holla, Bryan Ferry, Nile Rodgers, Courtney Pine, Jools Holland, Glynde Place,

Rodgers, Ferry and Kiwanuka: Stars announced for the 2013 Love Supreme Festival

❚ BRYAN FERRY IS TO BE the Saturday headliner of the first Love Supreme Jazz Festival taking place July 5–7 2013. Four stages present a mix of jazz, soul and blues against the picturesque backdrop of Glynde Place, the Elizabethan manor house in East Sussex, 11 miles from Brighton.

Ferry said: “I am looking forward to incorporating material from my latest album The Jazz Age in the set at the Love Supreme Festival. This will be the first time the Bryan Ferry Orchestra will have played live in the UK and we will be adding vocals to several of the jazz arrangements as well as being joined by members of my regular band.”

Love Supreme Festival,, JazzFM, Jools Holla, Bryan Ferry, Nile Rodgers, Courtney Pine, Jools Holland, Glynde Place, Headlining on the Sunday will be Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra who has announced that Roland Gift, the Fine Young Cannibals front-man, will be his special guest vocalist alongside Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

Also appearing: disco megastars Chic ft Nile Rodgers, Courtney Pine, Michael Kiwanuka, Branford Marsalis Quartet, Gregory Porter, White Mink, Portico Quartet, Roller Trio, GoGo Penguin, Robert Glasper Experiment, Andreya Triana and Naturally 7.

Courtney Pine CBE said: “Playing concerts in front of a live outdoor audience is a huge thrill for the improvising musician. The concerts feature a fantastic cast of world-class jazz musicians which I am proud and very humbled to be joining. This Love Supreme Jazz Festival will be banging!”

➢ Love Supreme Festival 2013 in association with JazzFM: Upgrades available to luxury tents, pods and wagons


➤ Daily Mail shock as Palace admits the Ferry gang to see dad accept his CBE

Chance Meeting: today Her Maj presents Roxy Music’s frontman Bryan Ferry with his CBE for services to music over 40 years. Photograph by Anthony Devlin/PA

➢ Today’s ceremony reported at Daily Mail online:

BRYAN FERRY WAS WATCHED PROUDLY by his four sons as he was honoured with a CBE at Buckingham Palace today. But some could be forgiven for wondering if the Queen knew about some of the Ferry boys’ past bad behaviour as they joined their father during his investiture ceremony.
While the four brothers — Merlin, 20, Isaac, 27, Otis, 29 and Tara, 21 — looked undoubtedly smart in their suits, three of them are no strangers to controversy, with one receiving a conviction for drink driving… / continued online

Ferry in Mail video: The Queen said, Music is important.
I said, I couldn’t agree more

➢ The Olympia tour arrives in London at the Shepherds Bush Empire on Dec 14–15

➢ Roxy Music discography at Billboard

➢ Does the miner’s son feel at home in the elite circles in which he moves? — Telegraph interview by Neil McCormick

➢ ‘Sinatra of rock’ — Ferry’s first American tour in nearly a decade reviewed last month

Ready to meet the Queen: Bryan Ferry is joined by his sons (L-R) Merlin, Isaac, Otis and Tara at Buckingham Palace (PA)


➤ Ferry Re-Makes/Re-Models himself as the Sinatra of the rock era

Bryan Ferry live at the Greek Theatre. Photograph Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

❚ OUR MAN IN WEST HOLLYWOOD papped Bryan Ferry today snacking at the coolest pizzeria in town, Mozza on North Highland Ave (below). Last week of course he ended his first American tour in nearly a decade — with members of Duran Duran and Blondie in the Los Angeles audience on Saturday. The Olympia tour arrives in London with two gigs at the Shepherds Bush Empire on Dec 14–15.

➢ Craig Rosen reviews his closing US concert for SoundSpike …

Ferry’s show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles did more to promote the notion that he could be today’s greatest interpreter of songs from the rock era. That’s because the veteran crooner performed only two tracks from his album Olympia, instead devoting much of his set to performing songs made famous by other performers. That shouldn’t have come as too much of a shock, given that Ferry’s 2007 release was Dylanesque, an album full of Bob Dylan covers. Sure enough, Ferry wheeled out three songs penned by his Bobness — Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues and Make You Feel My Love fairly early in the set, and a show-closing take of All Along the Watchtower.

In between, we got a blistering rendition of Neil Young’s Like a Hurricane, which closed the first set, a few soul nuggets — Wilbert Harrison’s Let’s Stick Together, Sam & Dave’s Hold On, I’m Comin’, an extremely sympathetic reading of John Lennon’s Jealous Guy, and a smoldering take of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ I Put a Spell on You… Saturday night, he proved to be the Frank Sinatra of the rock era. Instead of merely offering a carbon copy of the originals, when Ferry covers a song, he truly makes it his own. / continued online

➢ This week the Vinyl Factory released two remixes of the Olympia tracks Alphaville and Me Oh My in limited editions of 500 copies on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl, price £10.

➢ Fan-moist interview with Ferry, “the sultan of suave”, at The Quietus

ryan Ferry , Pizzeria Mozza

Papped! Bryan Ferry today at the sleb-haunt Pizzeria Mozza in West Hollywood


1922–2011 ➤ Richard Hamilton: second thoughts about his definition of Pop Art

Swingeing London 67,Richard Hamilton,  Tate,Robert Fraser  ,Mick Jagger

Swingeing London, a great modern history painting from the Swinging 60s: in the back of a police car on their way to court Hamilton’s art dealer Robert Fraser and Rolling Stone Mick Jagger sit shielding their faces against the media glare. The image is based on a press photograph published in the Daily Sketch and the title is deliberately spelt with an E, referring to the judge’s pronouncement on the “swingeing sentence” he handed down as a deterrent after both were convicted on drugs charges. For many, this occasion typified the moral backlash against the liberalisation of the 1960s. (Above, detail from Swingeing London 67 (f) 1968-69, acrylic, collage and aluminium on canvas © Richard Hamilton, in the Tate collection)

❚ “ RICHARD HAMILTON, the most influential British artist of the 20th century, has died aged 89. In his long, productive life he created the most important and enduring works of any British modern painter… Hamilton has a serious claim to be the inventor of pop art… Driven by intellect and political belief, Hamilton created undying icons of the modern world.”
➢ Read Jonathan Jones at The Guardian online


“ Pop Art is:
Popular (designed for a mass audience)
Transient (short-term solution)
Expendable (easily forgotten)
Low cost
Mass produced
Young (aimed at youth)
Big Business ”

❏ His definition appeared as part of a long rumination on post-war art in a letter to Peter and Alison Smithson, published online at Warholstars.org, but taken from The Collected Words 1953–1982 by Richard Hamilton (Thames & Hudson 1982)


➢ John Tusa interviewed Hamilton for Radio 3 — Listen and read the transcript at the BBC website

Richard Hamilton, pop art , painter, John Tusa, interview

Hamilton: a lesson learnt from Warhol

TUSA:“Your definition hasn’t, as you said, stood the test of time because pop art as we now know it and as it became, has ended up being anything but transient, expendable and commercial. It’s been in a way co-opted by the systems and the commercialism of the fine-art world itself.”

HAMILTON: “When I made that list I thought what are the characteristics of what we call pop art, and then I listed them, big business and so on; the record system, Hollywood and all the other things. Then I looked at this list that I had made, which had nothing to do with fine art or anything that I was painting or doing and said, is there anything in this list which is incompatible with fine art? And my answer was no, except for one thing and I said, Expendable. Now, is fine art expendable? And I thought, no; I can’t quite stomach that. Everything else, OK, but expendability as a throwaway attitude is not something that can be acceptable as pop art, and I was proved wrong. Warhol approached art from the point of view of expendability, so I admire him enormously for having brought my attention to the fact that I was wrong.”


❏ Hamilton’s Swingeing London series of paintings and prints were his response to the arrest of his art dealer Robert Fraser and his imprisonment for the possession of heroin. This followed the now fabled police raid on a party at the Sussex farmhouse of Keith Richards, of the rock group the Rolling Stones, in February 1967. There they found evidence of the consumption of various drugs and in June, Fraser and Mick Jagger (the band’s lead singer) were found guilty of the possession of illegal drugs. This gave rise to the sarcastic newspaper headline “A strong sweet smell of incense” which Hamilton incorporated into a huge collage of the resulting newspaper cuttings which he titled Swingeing London 67 — Poster.
➢ Read Keith Richards’ account of this raid and the truth about the infamous Mars bar

❏ Video above: This Is Tomorrow (1992), clip from a C4 television documentary by Mark James in which the Father of Pop Art Richard Hamilton talks about his time as a tutor to pop star Bryan Ferry at Newcastle University art school


➤ Index of posts for January

Boy George, John Themis, Bishop Porfyrios , icon,

Two-way exchange: Bishop Porfyrios reclaims his church’s 300-year-old icon of Christ in London, while as a thankyou, Boy George receives a modern version of Christ Pantokrator (right) from composer John Themis. Photo © AP

➢ George Michael celebrates his golden years of Faith

➢ Reliving the Blitz: two pocket fanzines and a request from Rusty Egan

➢ “Too posh for pop” — Grandpa Waterman condemns two decades of musicmakers

➢ 1981, Why naked heroes from antiquity stood in for Spandau on their first record sleeves

➢ Ferry backed by three bass players, Roxy back on the road — how cool is that?

Japan pop group, Mick Karn, Hammersmith Odeon , 1982, Sounds ,Chris Dorley-Brown

Karn onstage at Hammersmith Odeon, November 17, 1982: Japan’s final UK tour. Photographed for Sounds © by Chris Dorley-Brown

➢ 1981, The day they sold The Times, both Timeses

➢ George makes saintly gesture over stolen icon

➢ 1981, How Adam stomped his way across the charts to thwart the nascent New Romantics

➢ Life? Tough? At the Blitz reunion, Rusty delivers a message to today’s 20-year-olds (TV news video)

➢ The unknown Mr Big behind London’s landmark nightspot makes his return to the Blitz

➢ Va-va-vooom! goes the world’s smallest portable record player

➢ F-A-B! Thunderbirds stamps are go!

➢ Julia and Gaz share their secrets for ageing disgracefully

Return To The Blitz , Steve Strange, Rusty Egan, Red Rooms, Blitz Kids, New Romantics

Motormouths back in action: Strange and Egan interviewed on BBC London news in the club where they once reigned. Such were members’ powers of self-promotion at the Blitz, Egan said, that it was the 80s equivalent of Facebook Live!

➢ 2011, Strange and Egan return to the Blitz to kick off the 20-tweens

➢ 200 new acts tipped for the new year in music

➢ Most popular bits of Shapersofthe80s during 2010

➢ Farewell Mick Karn, master of the bass and harbinger for the New Romantics

➢ Prescott says Postlethwaite’s Brassed Off speech inspired New Labour in 1997

➢ Discover Ubu while Christopher Walken takes flight to Fatboy Slim

➢ Happy New Year from Frosty The Snowman and The Ronettes — and hear the smash that changed the sound of 60s pop

➢ List of posts for December 2010

The Ronettes, Phil Spector, Frosty the Snowman, Be My Baby, Wall of Sound, 1963

The Ronettes in 1963: beehive hair-dos and producer Phil Spector