MENTION the name Bernard Manning these days, particularly to those of the Leftie persuasion, and the response will be: ‘Vile old racist homophobe’. Yet while he did tell racial jokes … Continue readingIn defence of Bernard Manning
Concluding our little season of songs about flying, here’s Jimmy’s version of the Jesse Winchester song.
Near-20-minute workout recorded in 1967 as the first track of the Mirror Man album. It takes its title from the Robert Johnson song Terraplane Blues and quotes extensively from it … Continue readingCaptain Beefheart: Tarotplane
Rockin’ cover of the song from Joni Mitchell’s album Blue.
‘Who’s afraid of flying? I’m just afraid of crashing.’
From the excellent 1975 album Pour Down Like Silver. Here’s a fairly recent live version by Richard on his own.
Shortly after this 1977 stadium gig in Oakland the band’s plane crashed, killing singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and Steve’s sister Cassie, a backing vocalist.
A live version of the Byrds song covered on the 1980 album Flesh and Blood. And here’s the great Leo Kottke performing it three years earlier.
WHEN Robert Maxwell bought the Mirror in 1984, one of the first tasks he set himself was to make sure that Keith Waterhouse stayed with the paper since, for many readers, his … Continue readingAn afternoon with Keith Waterhouse
‘Every silver lining seems to have a cloud that comes my way.’