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SUMMER PAGE-TURNERS: books for the beach

And I will read, and probably leave until last to do so, a book called Naomi Judd, a book that has perhaps been published in haste, talking about the recent death of Naomi Judd, the mother half of my favourite country female duo The Judds. We reported on this in an article called on 25th May in The Judds: A Tragedy Of Our Times, which you can find in our easy to negotiate archives containing more than 650 arts related features.
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DARK ENOUGH TO SEE THE STARS

I tend to go to the desert every year, down on the border by Terralingua, and just sort of make a big deal out of being under the stars and experiencing It wholeheartedly. I think the idea is that we can’t see the stars in our normal day-to-day experiences, because we’re not looking. But when something knocks us off our regular life—and oftentimes that is some kind of a struggle or a painful event—we begin to get more introspective. I think it’s a metaphor for that. 
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WARREN ZEVON: an assessment of credentials

It is certainly true that wherever you look in the rock and roll hall of fame, you will find there is ´heartbreak spoken here.´! And that is one of the Warren Zevon song titles that shares its name with a book..

JAZZ JUMPS FROM MAY TO JUNE

Live On Wye is run by the community with a deserved reputation for being relaxed and family friendly. You can expect delicious local food, arts and crafts and of course the Imaginarium, where you’ll find a superb and continuously improving programme for young people. It’s the kind of festival where you can sip lovely ales on the riverbank while enjoying some of the best emerging bands and service with a smile!
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RHYTHM AND THE BLUES

At first glance Jerry looked like a record executive stereotype, with slightly greying black hair, mustache and goatee, and black-rimmed glasses (which he was constantly exchanging, and peering over the top of), but a closer look at his “mod” dress (turtleneck sweater/shirts with his jackets) and his distinct New York accent (Washington Heights) laced with musicians’ slang, and there was no mistaking that the man you were talking to was the head of Atlantic’s A&R.
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PRINCE during his Purple Reign,…sorry, rain

impeccable production values, often irresistible rhythms and an overall sense of fun.
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OF SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS

The beach boasts a recently re-built boardwalk-´style bridge that crosses the sand and strides out into the sea to a specially designed concrete ´´outpost, with handrails etc that facilitates safe diving (jumping in. It all serves a safe arena in which young guys can show off to their girlfriends ( before taking them back to the kiosk bar for a smoothie. At the right time of year and day and in the right conditions surfers from all over the island flock to the beach at Arrietta and stay out in the waves for hours before congregating in the evening to the kiosk bar, with its island beach music playing gently through the speakers as the sun goes down.
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A GIFT OF RECOMMENDED READING

Dyer´s caustic wit enables him to slice and dice and get away even before the blood has begun to seep out.
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Day five, concluding the inaugural Sidetracks And Detours Bluegrass Music in text Festival 2022, offering SIGNPOSTS TO NEW BLUEGRASS STARS

So, what is a jam anyway? We get that question a lot — how does it work and how do we know where we’re going? Most of the time we don’t, and that’s the fun part! It’s a journey, and to me it’s much bigger than the band or any conventions of musical form. It’s not just some framework for extended improvisation. It’s a state-of-mind that focuses on the present moment, and the endless possibilities of that moment when you open it up to everyone involved — players, listeners, creators and fans, all riding the momentum of the music together to somewhere exciting and new where a rejuvenating light shines for all to see.
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Exclusive interview for Sidetracks And Detours: delivering APPLIED ARTS with Jeff Sleeman

I think my focus at the moment is on the library film, which is called Between The Lines and rolling that out on tour sometime in the summer.