Heavy Rotation

21 05 2011

Classic Rock Presents Prog: Newest issue is in and as yet unread. Excellent photos, text, editing, story ideas, and thoughtful reviews no doubt. The free disc will also certainly be enormously hairy.

Celebrating Bob Dylan at 70 with Photos from the 1975 Rolling Thunder RevueVanity Fair: Pancake makeup. Sara Lowndes. Hours of Renaldo & Clara. Larry “Ratso” Sloman. T-Bone Burnett. Scarlet Rivera. Desire. Sam Shepard. Allen Ginsburg at Jack Kerouac’s grave. Ronee Blakley. The sublime and out of focus on parade.

The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock by Charles Snider: A chronological history of prog with summaries & reviews. Open it anywhere and find something interesting. Page 173? Focus, Hamburger Concerto, May 1974. Excellent!

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (1952): Interesting ideas written badly. These thematically linked short stories share a compelling thread of logic and science, but imprecise writing unintentionally and consistently skews the narrative. A mediocre editor could have elevated this material. Did Asimov care? Doubtful. It all worked for him.

Return to Forever and Zappa Plays Zappa: A package tour. Cock your head like a dog who’s heard a funny noise. Un-pass-up-able.

Amgen Tour of California. Proggy enough.

Heavy Rotation

14 05 2011

Sci-fi Writers Pick Their Favorite Sci-fi Novels: Leading SF writers to choose their favourite novel or author in the genre.

I, Robot  by Isaac Asimov: Just started this novel, which I’ve put off reading for decades.

Giro d’Italia – Daily highlights. Viewing entire stages is theoretically better, but not with these announcers. Were they Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwin or Sean Kelly, I’d reconsider.

Director’s Cut by Kate Bush  – Old songs, redone and, in some cases, improved, says the Guardian.

Electric Eden by Rob Young – An enthusiastic New York Times review of a book the British press enthused equally over last year. Finally available in the US.

Keith Richards on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Another witty appearance with the nervous but earnest talk show host. No Stones tour in sight.

Why Don’t We Love Our Intellectuals? – “While France celebrates its intelligentsia, you have to go back to Orwell and Huxley to find British intellectuals at the heart of national public debate. Why did we stop caring about ideas? When did ‘braininess’ become a laughing matter?”