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Miscellany: an introduction

 
Miscellany
Murder Ballads
Secret London

You won't find anything in this section that could comfortably fit into Murder Ballads or Secret London, but aside from that all bets are off.
What you will find includes:

Show Me the Bunny: Easter Fires in Texas. This piece describes my visit to a bizarre Texan festival which aims - in the words of its own literature - to "blend the local fable of the Easter Bunny with the deeply religious facets of Easter". I wrote it back in 2001 as a sample chapter for a travel book that ended up never being published. Fortean Times bought a much, much shorter version of the same story later that year, but this is the first time it's appeared anywhere in its full form.

We had no room to include Pace in that project, so I'm using the material about him here instead

Black Swan Blues: America's first Motown. Harry Pace did everything Motown's Berry Gordy did, but did it 40 years earlier in an even more racist environment. His Black Swan Records was America's first major black-owned label, and the first to record ground-breaking blues artists like Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters and Fletcher Henderson. I stumbled across Pace's story while researching a blues programme for BBC Radio 4, but we had no room to include him in that particular project so I'm using the material here instead.





Follow PlanetSlade on Twitter @MoshpitMemories

PlanetSlade’s second Twitter stream runs daily extracts from my diaries as a young music fan. These cover the years from 1975-1981, a period which included the glory days of UK punk. Between the ages of 16 and 23 I saw most of that era’s best bands play live in tiny clubs, bought more than my share of their wonderfully invigorating records and drank an ocean of beer.

Added in Jan 2015: Moshpit Memories

Throughout 2014, I maintained a daily Twitter feed giving extracts from my old diaries as a music fan. These cover the period from 1975 to 1981, an era which included the heyday of UK pub rock, punk and ska.
      I started these diaries at 16 and ended them when I was 23. During that time, I saw many of the era’s best bands playing live in sweaty little clubs, bought a great many of their invigorating records and drank a ocean of beer. When I couldn’t get to the gigs themselves, John Peel’s nightly radio show and the ever-acerbic NME kept me up to speed.
      Now that 2014’s over, I’ve decided to give Moshpit’s tweets a more permanent home. This version allows me to present them in proper January-December chronological order as well as inserting a LOT of bonus material.
      I’ve now added full write-ups of concerts I attended by the Clash, the Rolling Stones, Kilburn & the High Roads, the Ruts, the Specials, Eddie & the Hot Rods, Graham Parker, Eric Clapton, the Damned, Ian Dury, Slade, Elvis Costello, Madness, Lynrnd Skynrd, Chilli Willi & the Red Hot Peppers, the Selecter, the Undertones, Sam & Dave, Kevin Coyne, the Stiff Records revue, Richard Hell, Frankie Miller, XTC, Steve Gibbons and a good few others.
      Some of these gigs – such the Clash’s two New York Palladium appearances in September 1979 - can even claim to hold a significant part in rock history. And I was there.
      Maybe you were there too – or maybe you’re just curious to see what living through that glorious era of British music was really like. Either way, you can jostle your way up the front for a full-on gig experience here.