BOOK REVIEW: PHILIP NORMAN- SLOWHAND- THE LIFE & MUSIC OF ERIC CLAPTON

  To some people, Eric Clapton is god. But for author and journalist, Philip Norman, the Slowhand guitarist is unquestionably human. A talented star sure, but also a fallible guy. Slowhand: The Life & Music of Eric Clapton is a detailed biography covering Clapton’s extraordinary career. Clapton’s life has been chronicled before. The legendary artist has published his own memoirs (with…

REVIEW: PATTIE BOYD PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION & TALK @ BLENDER GALLERY

George Harrison always knew there was something special about muse, fashion model and photographer, Pattie Boyd. She was married to the Quiet Beatle from 1966-77 and then to his best mate and guitar God, Eric Clapton from 1979-89. She was the inspiration for many great love songs, including Harrison’s “Something” and Clapton’s “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight.” She…

FILM REVIEWS: PAUL MCCARTNEY: LIVE KISSES & BBC ELECTRIC PROMS: PAUL MCCARTNEY

  Paul McCartney: Lives Kisses and BBC Electric Proms: Paul McCartney see the former Beatle performing songs, having fun and getting nostalgic. They also show two very different sides of Macca. The former sees him taking a leaf out of his parents’ songbook and doing covers of the easy-listening tunes that featured on his Kisses On The Bottom album. The…

NEWS: A LOOK AHEAD AT STUDIO LOVES: THE BEATLES ON FOXTEL’S STUDIO 132

  It was 50 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. Not quite. This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles only visit to Australia and the year that Beatlemania hit. In 1964 the band performed to 73 million viewers on The Ed Sullivan Show, played multiple overseas concerts, met Bob Dylan, recorded Beatles For Sale,released A…

ALBUM REVIEW: VARIOUS – BOB DYLAN – THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT CELEBRATION

The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration sees a cast of thousands pay tribute to Bob Dylan’s brilliant career. Recorded live in 1992 to a sold-out audience at Madison Square Garden, this double album displays a ramshackle group at its freewheeling best. Despite the show going for over four hours, this remastered and repackaged set is still incomplete, as omissions include: a…

ALBUM REVIEW: PAUL MCCARTNEY – KISSES ON THE BOTTOM

At this stage in the game Sir Paul McCartney can say, say, say anything on record and it’s guaranteed to shift a unit or ten. He certainly knows this because he has indulged himself on the cheekily named, Kisses On The Bottom. It’s a collection of old standards initially made as a gift for his…