Up & Down #455. E che nessuno si offenda.


Non teme i malavitosi la rubrica (non) più giovane di Nerds Attack! Un diario di appunti del meglio (circolettato di rosso) ma soprattutto del peggio (circolettato di marrone) che il mondo dell’intrattenimento riesce a regalarci con estrema scioltezza quotidiana. Up & Down. E che nessuno si offenda vi augura buon divertimento.


* I 70 anni di Claudio Baglioni.


+ Curtis Fuller.

+ Pervis Staples (The Staple Singers).

+ Nick Page aka Count Dubulah (Transglobal Underground…).

+ Jack Terricloth (World/Inferno Friendship Society).

+ Chris Newman (Napalm Beach).

+ John Kiedis (aka Blackie Dammett).

The cruelty that is dementia has reached its inevitable end and Blackie, so sadly, passed away earlier today (12th May). I know many of us here have fond memories of Blackie as the Head Honcho of the RHCP fan club. Others will have memories of someone who went on to become a dear friend, whether in real life or online. Some will know him as an actor and some of you will be family. You may only know him as the father of Anthony Kiedis and may have possibly have read his autobiography, ‘Lords of the Sunset Strip.’ He was also a talented artist, a collector of skulls and a champion of wolf dogs…

* I 75 anni di Donovan.

* I 70 anni di Chris Frantz.

* I 75 anni di Robert Fripp e i 35 anni di matrimonio con la moglie Toyah Wilcox così festeggiati…

* Gli Iron Maiden non si placano al birrificio e lanciano sul mercato Hellcat “a 6 percent ABV India Pale Lager crafted in the U.S.”.

* Aprirà le porte il 10 maggio 2022 a Tulsa (Oklahoma) il Bob Dylan Center vicino al Woody Guthrie Center. Il museo dedicato a Dylan sarà caratterizzato da “collection of more than 100,000 items spanning Dylan’s career, including handwritten manuscripts, notebooks, and correspondence; films, videos, photographs, and artwork; memorabilia and ephemera; personal documents and effects; unreleased studio and concert recordings; musical instruments, and many other elements”.

* Della serie perle da Twitter che meriterebbero copertine e applausi.

* Anna Calvi firma felice…


* Mentre Little Steven “scopre” Montalbano!

* L’ormai celebre puntata “smithsiana” dei Simpsons manda agli archivi anche questa meravigliosa parodia musicale. ‘Everyone Is Horrid Except Me (And Possibly You)’ della band di fantasia Quilloughby & The Snuffs ovverosia Benedict Cumberbatch (Quilloughby) e Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson). Il brano neworderiano è stato scritto da Bret McKenzie dei Flight of The Conchords. Per buona pace di Morrissey.

* Complimenti a tutti. Rock & Roll Hall Fame 2021.

* Per celebrare i 25 anni dell’ormai storico doppio show di Knebworth Park (complessivamente davanti a quasi 300mila persone) i fratelli Gallagher producono (con la direzione di Jake Scott) “Supersonic”, un nuovo imperdibile documentario che ripercorre quelle due straordinarie Oasis-night. “It’s a story-driven entirely by the music, a rock & roll experience, told in the moment, like a visual stream of consciousness that is built around the extensive archive footage from the event. No on-camera interviews or unnecessary celebrity recollections”.

* Eric Clapton racconta la sua esperienza con il vaccino Astrazeneca anti-COVID in una lettera scritta all’attivista anti-lockdown Robin Monotti Graziadei.

“I am an old timer, I have survived, with great help, addiction and alcoholism, and stand now in the greatest dilemma of my life. I have inwardly stood against our ‘elected leaders’ since brexit, intuitively doubting their integrity and character. With the arrival of C-19 I hoped that C Henegan, S Gupta and Jay B would lead the way, but when imperial college stepped up with their jailers key, I knew we were in deep trouble. I am a man of faith, albeit abstract, and what I felt and saw unfold in March ‘20 began to lead me away from govt rhetoric and the devotion of the general public to the PM and his cronies. I looked for heroes in the house, and found C Walker, Desmond Swayne, and in unfortunate retirement, Lord Sumption. On YouTube I found Hugotalks and Talk Radio… that was all. Then I was directed to Van M, that’s when I found my voice, and even though I was singing his words, they echoed in my heart. I recorded “stand and deliver” in 2020, and was immediately regaled with contempt and scorn. In February this year, before I learned about the nature of the vaccines, (and being 76 with ephezyma) I was in the avant garde. I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days, I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one. About six weeks later I was offered and took the second AZ shot, but with a little more knowledge of the dangers. Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again, (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.) But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone. Then I met a member of this group, who counselled me to be careful and to have a look at what goes on with you guys. I felt like a veil had been lifted, that I was no longer alone, that it was okay, in fact essential, to hold on to my intuition and follow my heart. I continue to tread the path of passive rebellion and try to tow the line in order to be able to actively love my family, but it’s hard to bite my tongue with what I now know. I’ve recorded and will post here another song by Van called “The Rebels” it’s not aggressive or provocative, it just asks; “Where have all the rebels gone ? Hiding behind their computer screens. Where’s the spirit, where is the soul. Where have all the rebels gone”. I’ve been a rebel all my life, against tyranny and arrogant authority, which is what we have now, but I also crave fellowship, compassion and love, and that I find here. I believe with these things we can prevail. EC”.

* In copertina ci finisce Paul Weller che nel suo ultimo album ‘Fat Pop’ dedica una canzone (‘Moving Canvas’) a Iggy Pop: “It’s going to be great live that one. I wrote it about Iggy Pop. I hope he likes it if he ever gets to hear it. It’s my tribute to him, even though it doesn’t sound anything like him. Aside from all the great records he’s made, as a performer he’s high art. It’s all about the Igster”.