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Old 07-19-2020, 02:37 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Best Title Award goes to Chris Stamey: A Spy In The House Of Loud
Yes - a play on titles by Anais Nin or Jim Morrison, or both!
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Old 07-20-2020, 08:06 AM   #22 (permalink)
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No, I didn't know that story about Lennon's speech at Foyles. Surely B Epstien should've prepped him about what to expect.

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However: John later had the chance to put his oar in when a woman, while asking for his autograph, remarked, “I never thought I would stoop to asking for such an autograph.” To which John stooped to reply, “And I never thought I would be forced to sign my name for someone like you.
Hungover or not, at least JL had gathered his wits enough to give a snappy answer to that extremely rude woman.

It's been modernised since, but Foyles used to be a confusing labrynith covering 4 floors and a basement; you'd get lost trying to find the section you wanted, then get lost again trying to find your way out! Did you ever get a chance to go there, ribbons?

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Yes - a play on titles by Anais Nin or Jim Morrison, or both!
Thanks, I'd forgotten where Jim got that title from. Jim could have done more to acknowledge this bit of thievery too:-



...which is right on topic for this thread , of course, and a good excuse to post this charming song, wth a gallery of great photos:-

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Old 07-22-2020, 07:41 AM   #23 (permalink)
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It's been modernised since, but Foyles used to be a confusing labrynith covering 4 floors and a basement; you'd get lost trying to find the section you wanted, then get lost again trying to find your way out! Did you ever get a chance to go there, ribbons?
I've never been to Foyles, unfortunately; your description of its original labyrinthine layout reminds me of The Strand Bookstore in NYC.

And I've realized that I misspelled Foyles in my earlier post! We Yanks are much more liberal (greedy?) than the Brits in the placement of the possessive apostrophe in business and place names.

Good catch on Jim Morrison's "thievery" of Richard Fariña's title, Been Down So Long It Looks Up To Me. You have piqued my interest in that book - I've heard about it for years but never managed to read it. Thanks for sharing that lovely song and video, as well. I've watched a few YouTube videos of Richard & Mimi appearing on Pete Seeger's show Rainbow Quest. I like Richard's dulcimer playing (almost an American-raga sound), and Mimi's vocals are so similar to sister Joan! Time to dig deeper into Richard & Mimi's music.
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The Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons by Igor Stravinsky

A series of lectures that Stravinsky presented to Harvard. There's a great deal of insight as is to be expected, but it's also weirdly authoritarian and reminds me a lot of the "dancing about architecture" trope whenever he digs into aesthetics specifically. The language, flow, and style of it is rough too, but I'll let the translator take the blame for that. Valuable for musicians and Stravinsky heads.
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I think Patty Smith is the only musician whose books I've read. I loved Just kids.
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