Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Monday, 25 January 2010
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Sister Rosetta Tharpe ruled in so many ways. Often her Gospal song intros were 100% rapped, her guitar playing and showmanship was 30 years before Hendrix and she was willing to cross the line between sacred and secular by performing her inspirational music in nightclubs and concert halls. While she offended some conservative churchgoers with her forays into the world of pop music, she stuck to her guns and never left gospel music. Badass. Just watch these if you don’t believe us…especially the guitar solo in this first one.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Down By The Riverside
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't it Rain
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Up Above My Head
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Strange Things Happening Everyday (1944)
Big Joe Turner – Roll ‘Em Pete (1939)
Roy Brown – Good Rockin’ Tonight (1946)
Roy Brown's original was clearly blues with a Boogie Woogie bass often called Jump Blues. But when Wynonie Harris remade this version, changed to a secular theme and put the hand-clapping hard beat on 2 and 4, He created an instant revolution in music (which serious researchers have concluded was the true birth of rock and roll). That strong beat on 2 and 4 became the single most important characteristic of Rock.
Wynonie Harris - Good Rockin' Tonight (1948)
Hank Williams – Move It On Over (1947) was obviously grounded in Country but is starting to move into Rock ‘n’ Roll territory.
Amos Milburn – Chicken Shack Boogie (1947) (this version is from 1948)
Please remember that this list is not definitive and many records have been left out on the basis that we cannot find Youtube videos for them. The final record here is widely considered the first fully formed Rock ‘N’ Roll song.
Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats – Rocket 88 (1951)
Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats was, in fact, Ike Turner and his band The Kings of Rhythm recording under a different name), recorded by Sam Phillips for Sun Records in 1951.
Friday, 8 January 2010
Life After Beth - Domestic bliss, tenderness, heartbreak and the undead. 'Life After Beth' is a short observation of a couple subsisting together in London.
If you live in the big smoke (London) you can watch it for free at the ROXY BAR & SCREEN, 128-132 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1LB on Saturday, 16 January at 4:30pm. It's FREE but get there early as seats are limited.
For information press your magic mouse here.
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Way back in 2004, some the RWC crew hit up NYC and spent a day down at Coney Island Beach to check out some of ESPO's hand painted signs. On their return to the UK they discovered that some of the hand painted signs they had seen were actually painted by a fella called Greg Lamarche and not ESPO as they had thought. Greg Lamarche has mad skills, his collages are clearly influenced by his graffiti days. He also did a badass graphic for Zoo York too.
Check out his website.
Monday, 4 January 2010
“What were your dreams as a child?” and “When did you first experience death?”
The resulting mini interviews are uploaded and released every 3 days and are a valuable insight into the American psyche.
Find out more and watch here...