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.”
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!”
“ 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 ”
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.
“ 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.
+++ ❚ “ 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
IN 1957 HAMILTON DEFINED THE EVERYDAY
COMMONPLACE VALUES OF POP ART…
“ Pop Art is:
Popular (designed for a mass audience)
Transient (short-term solution)
Expendable (easily forgotten)
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)
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 AS COMMENTATOR ON
A FABLED DRUGS BUST
❏ 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
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!
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“The truth about those Blitz club people was more interesting than most people’s fantasies” — Steve Dagger, pop group manager, 1983
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