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anna_everson on 04/18/2019 at 12:52PM

Rock's Back Pages: What We Read On Our Holidays

Sun, sea and the chance to dip you toes into the murky waters of the rock biography. That's what the annual rock lover's summer getaway was made for.

But what to pack? The pop star tell all, or the in-depth (though often ghost written) warts and all tales of fame and drug induced mayhem?

Well, let's test the waters with a book that seemingly covers all those bases. Keith Richards' 'Life' (with James Fox), is big on tittle tattle, but light on the much anticipated goings-on of the second biggest rock band in history, the Rolling Stones.

That said, Fox captures Keith's voice perfectly, and the guitarist's asides on his ego driven frontman, Mick Jagger, will have you chuckling into your sombrero well into your two week vacation.

Mark Oliver Everett is better known as E, the singer, writer and frontman of the Eels. His childhood was blighted by the emotionless exterior of his father, Hugh Everett III; a no ordinary patriarch at that.

He was a physicist at and originator of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum theory and of the use of Lagrange multipliers for general engineering optimizations. Which may sound heavy going, but Mark with his book, 'Things The Grandchildren Should Know', writes with an inquisitive eye and humorous self-depreciation. And yes, he does give an insight into the birth of his muse and subsequent Billboard hogging success.


Madness: The Nutty Boys Exposed

House Of Fun: The Story Of Madness is a comprehensive delve into the seven disparate characters who made up the 'Nutty Boys' sound.

Having recently released a critically acclaimed 'comeback' album, The Liberty Of Norton Folgate, the band are at a new commercial high. So rather than be a story of diminishing returns, it has an almost Hollywood conclusion .. though the usual array of heartbreaks, fall outs and cringe worthy incidents litter the middle chapters.


Ian Dury: Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll

Ian Dury became known as 'uncle Ian' to the Madness boys. His early incarnation as Kilburn and the High Roads was a huge influence on Suggs and crew. Then came the Blockheads and Dury briefly tasted success when Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick topped the UK charts in 1980.

But as his popularity declined, so did his bitter side win the personality fight. Dury was the archetypal lover and fighter, and alcohol tended to bring out the latter.

With a movie, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, capturing his many-sided personality, it was the job of the book, Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll, to tell the tale of his musical side. And a mighty fine read it is too.

All the above can be found on Amazon and other good online publishing outlets. So happy holidays and happy reading.

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BeverlySwanger on 03/22/2019 at 11:07PM



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ArtofEscapism on 09/24/2018 at 11:23AM

Quick Album Update

Whew! Music is hard work. :-) I could write a short story of all the ideas I have for this album. Between creating a working, innovative central theme, researching the technical requirements to make a constructed language work and my actual daytime work for a living, ah who am I kidding, I actually still have plenty of free time. Lol. I've not been procrastinating so much as I've been avoiding. Haha. All kidding aside, though, every day I'm consistently humming out new ideas or modifying sections of progressed tracks to further reinforce the album foundation before moving forward. Hoping for a tentative release date of November 1st so fingers crossed and fly high. 

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kademlia on 12/23/2017 at 10:46AM

FrostClick's FrostWire Creative Commons Mixtape Vol. 6

At the end of each year we try to publish a mixtape with collaboration with FrostWire (only the best file downloader/music player ever!). Last year we went a bit overboard with the number of tracks included, so this year, we decided to keep it simple – only 6 tracks – one from each of our favorite promos. Just the best of the best!

The tracks on this year’s mixtape all come from free-to-download, Creative Commons licensed albums, so if you like what you hear, pls make sure to support the artists and spread the word.

So step back and enjoy each of the tracks! Comment below with your favorites and spread the word!


1. Magnolia Soul by Who Seth Power
2. Mind Frame from Computer Love by Melissa B
3. Cool Kids (produced by iLL Brown) from The Early EP by Billy Early
4. With You from Summer of Joe by Joe Playo
5. To The Shore from Electric Soul Magic Vol. 2 by Joe Marson
6. New Gods (feat. M. Dean, & C. Rydning) from Lesser Restoration by Toussaint Morrison

Related Links:
FrostWire Official Page
Creative Commons Official Page
FrostClick on Facebook
FrostClick on SoundClound
FrostClick on Twitter

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LolaM on 10/10/2017 at 10:23AM

Art and Commodity

I'm an affictionate writer and a huge fan of rock music, remember?

Hence, I'm gonna talk about about the changing attitude towards texts and music.

Once upon a time, when writing and playing/listening to quality music has been a restricted privilege, most of what was written (even if those were accounts and notes) was perceived as a thing having some meta-value. In simple words, a few lines of text weren't merely an everyday means of communication, but they also carried the sublime meaning of pertenence to the elite circles. If a note, regardless of its content, ended up in hands of an illiterate peasant, it would've been perceived as something more valuable than, let's say, a potatoe (unless, of course, there was hunger). I did some minor research for this blog post and stumbled across a super-interesting research of information exchange in pre-literate society:  . In case you're a history/culture nerd like me. 

It was slightly different with music. On the one hand, the skill of playing a musical instrument wasn't universal. On the other hand, everyone could produce certain sounds and arrange them into melody. I'd say, music was valued, but not in the same way as texts because of its relative availability.

Now it's slightly different. Most of us can write and read fluently, this skill's expected from us by default. Even if, by chance, we search google for the  best essay writing services, it's not because we're unable to make it on our own, but because we either expect to get a better result than what we can offer, or we're so overwhelmed with work that we choose to outsource our writings.

With music it's somehow very different these days. Music has accumulated complexity, so the skill of performing or producing music requires tons of knowlege and practice, which we're not being taught in early childhood (or should we be?). Meanwhile, the music market is so huge, with so many free and nearly free options created by professional musicians, that no one attaches real meta-importance to music. While being technically a form of art, it's so omnipresent, it's now a mere commodity. We'd notice if it were gone one day, but so far there's so much of it that the chances of that happening and super-slim.

Meta-meanings seem to be vanishing.

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