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simonhclash  Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Clash Magazine. Last of the Duke Street kings. Etta's dad.

Another impressive score from the myriad record shops that make Gothenburg a music lover’s paradise. Frank Sinatra - ‘Come Fly With Me’ (reissue of 1958 original), Dolly Parton @dollyparton - ‘9 To 5’ (1980), Bruce Springsteen @springsteen - ‘Born In The USA’ (1984), Buck Owens - ‘I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail’ (1965), and Ronnie Hawkins - ‘Rockin’’, a late-70s compilation of the rockabilly legend that includes recordings with his group The Hawks - Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and @robbierobertsonofficial - who’d of course later venture forth on their own and become The Band. A righteous haul! #gothenburg #vinyl #shopping #sunday #sundayfunday #classicalbums #franksinatra #comeflywithme #dollyparton #9to5 #workinggirl #brucespringsteen #springsteen #bornintheusa #imonfire #glorydays #dancinginthedark #buckowens #country #countrymusic #ivegotatigerbythetail #ronniehawkins #rockabilly #levonhelm #garthhudson #rickdanko #richardmanuel #robbierobertson #theband

Gothenburg, you are undoubtedly the best city I have ever had the pleasure to shop for vinyl in. I planned to hit six stores today but only made three as I was captivated by what was on offer in each. Moreover, everything was so ridiculously cheap. London, take heed! This haul - 10 incredible chunks of vinyl - cost me approximately £50. Top to bottom, left to right: Ike And Tina Turner @tinaturner - ‘Workin’ Together’ (1970), Stevie Wonder - ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’ (1976), Red Hot Chili Peppers @chilipeppers - ‘Higher Ground’ 12” gatefold (1990), Ray Charles - ‘Love Country Style’ (1970), Porter Wagoner - ‘Experience’ (1972), Diana Ross @dianaross - ‘Diana’ (1980), Albert King - ‘King Does The King’s Things’ (1970, @staxrecords), Dolly Parton @dollyparton - ‘Here You Come Again’ (1977), Grace Jones @gracejonesofficial - ‘Nightclubbing’ (1981), The Band @robbierobertsonofficial - ‘Music From Big Pink’ (1968). Hope they don’t make my suitcase too heavy to go home...! #gothenburg #vinyl #shopping #saturday #classicalbums #gracejones #nightclubbing #theband #musicfrombigpink #robbierobertson #levonhelm #garthhudson #richardmanuel #rickdanko #dollyparton #countrymusic #albertking #staxrecords #dianaross #porterwagoner #raycharles #redhotchilipeppers #rhcp #anthonykiedis #flea #chadsmith #johnfrusciante #steviewonder @motownrecords #ikeandtina #tinaturner

I hope my wonderful friend @aak70 won’t mind me posting this flashback snapshot of him looking super dapper (as always) in the company of some rather eminent friends. This is all to say happy birthday to the beautiful @ronniespectorthebadgirl, owner of one of the best, most strikingly unique and pioneering voices in modern music. Have a suitably fabulous day, Ronnie - baby, I love you!!! XXX #happybirthday #ronniespector #icon #hero #legend #Ronettes #PhilSpector #rocknroll #babyiloveyou #bemybaby #harlem #newyork #nyc #Ramones #doiloveyou #60s #icanhearmusic #trysomebuysome #georgeharrison #saygoodbyetohollywood #brucespringsteen #englishheart #siren #unfinishedbusiness #60smusic #voice #singer #badgirl @georgeharrisonofficial

“Time was tight for the Beatles in the summer of 1969 whilst they were recording in EMI's London studios in Abbey Road, St John's Wood, and the photographer Iain MacMillan was told that he could have the group for a few minutes during a lunch break for the album cover shoot. Following a suggestion from Paul McCartney, he sat on a tall ladder outside the studio and took photographs of them striding across the zebra crossing. By then, the Beatles, on the verge of disbanding, had no uniformity in their looks. Long-haired John Lennon was in a white suit, Ringo Starr in a black frock coat, McCartney in a suit bought at Oxfam, and George Harrison was in denim.

As the cover of Abbey Road, the photograph was instantly iconic but no one could have predicted what was to follow, as fans scrutinised the picture for clues that Paul McCartney had died and had been replaced by a lookalike. There were so many pointers on the album sleeve that it looked deliberate: Paul was out of step with the others; Paul was barefoot (apparently an Italian burial custom); John was the minister, Ringo the undertaker and George the gravedigger. The Volkswagen's numberplate was 281F and Paul would have been 28 IF he were alive, and so on.

As the group waited outside the studio for the shoot to begin, Linda McCartney took a number of extra photographs.” A Policeman held up the traffic as Macmillan, from a stepladder positioned in the middle of the road, took six shots as the group walked across the zebra crossing just outside the studio.
The Beatles crossed the road a number of times while Macmillan photographed them. 8 August was a hot day in north London, and for four of the six photographs McCartney walked barefoot; for the other two he wore sandals.”
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#thebeatles @thebeatles #abbeyroad #georgeharrison @georgeharrisonofficial #paulmccartney @paulmccartney #ringostarr @ringostarrmusic #johnlennon @johnlennonofficial #1969 @abbeyroadstudios #lindamccartney #classicalbum #iainmacmillan #cometogether #something #ohdarling #herecomesthesun #younevergivemeyourmoney #goldenslumbers #carrythatweight #theend #onthisday #london #theloveyoutakeisequaltotheloveyoumake

“1966 was the time when the Beatles were really, really busy,” says Klaus Voormann, creator of the ‘Revolver’ cover art. “They were doing one album after another. They were just happy by then that they were spending more time in the studio, in the control room, messing around with sounds, than they ever did before. They had a German tour coming up, and also a Japan tour. They had just a few more weeks available to work on their new LP, the one which would be called Revolver, and then suddenly they were off on tour. I came to Abbey Road Studios to listen to the tracks for that album as they were recording them. This was when they had recorded about two-thirds of the tracks for that album. When I heard the music, I was just shocked, it was so great. So amazing. But it was frightening because the last song that they played to me was ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’. It was so far away from the early Beatles stuff that even I myself thought, well, the normal kind of Beatles fan won’t want to buy this record. But they did. When I had finished my work for the cover, [Beatles manager] Brian Epstein was really moved by my design. He said to me: ‘Klaus, what you did is what we really needed. I was scared that the band’s new material wasn’t going to be accepted by their audience, but your cover built that bridge.’ In choosing to work in black and white, I wanted not only to shock, but I wanted also for the work to stand out in a muddle of colour. But a psychedelic influence in the Revolver cover? Well, what is psychedelic? Look at Bruegel, or Hieronymus Bosch. Those guys were far out! I don’t know if they ate mushrooms, or whatever. But I know that whatever is inside of you doesn’t have to come out through drugs. I got £50, or £40, for it. I would have done it for nothing.”
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#TheBeatles @thebeatles #Revolver #classicalbum #johnlennon @johnlennonofficial #georgeharrison #paulmccartney @paulmccartney #ringostarr @ringostarrmusic #fabfour #abbeyroad #georgemartin #liverpool #london #1966 #rocknroll #eleanorrigby #yellowsubmarine #herethereandeverywhere #gooddaysunshine #fornoone #doctorrobert #gottogetyouintomylife #tomorrowneverknows #klausvoormann #lsd #psychedelic #popart

The very last song played at my wedding reception (I was at pains to ensure - there was always “one more tune”) was ‘We Have All The Time In The World’ by Louis Armstrong, because what better way to usher in a new, shared life together than this song, which celebrates the sheer pleasure of discovery that comes with exploring exciting yet unknown territories. Happy birthday, Louis!
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“We have all the time in the world
Time enough for life
To unfold
All the precious things
Love has in store
We have all the love in the world
If that's all we have
You will find
We need nothing more
Every step of the way
Will find us
With the cares of the world
Far behind us
We have all the time in the world
Just for love
Nothing more
Nothing less
Only love
Every step of the way
Will find us
With the cares of the world
Far behind us
We have all the time in the world
Just for love
Nothing more
Nothing less
Only love
Only love.”
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#happybirthday #LouisArmstrong #whereveryouare #icon #hero #legend #RIP #neworleans #nola #storyville #queens #newyork #jazz #trumpet #satchmo #pops #heebiejeebies #stardust #scat #hellodolly #whatawonderfulworld #wehaveallthetimeintheworld #ellafitzgerald #hotfive #hotseven #whenyouresmiling #america #spaghetti #pasta #nomnom

Happy 92nd birthday to another of my all-time favourite interviewees. @itstonybennett is a paragon of class; a singer beyond compare who’s sustained an eight-decade career by relying on the enduring power of song, an unrelenting professionalism, and a honeyed, timeless voice. When I met him back in 2011, he revealed to me that his work ethic was a direct result of his experiences in World War 2: “At the very end of the war, after fighting in France and Germany, we had to wait for enough points to come home in sections. While we were waiting, I was hired to become a librarian for a huge orchestra in Wiesbaden, Germany, and every week we entertained on the radio throughout all of Europe. And I enjoyed myself so much that when I got back to the United States... Under the GI Bill of Rights, the schooling that we missed, we were allowed to choose the schools that we would like to go to, and the government paid for the training. So I joined the American Theater Wing, and because it was the Good War, as they called it, they gave us the best teachers that you could ever dream of for getting the knowledge of the rudiments of the entertainment world. Every aspect of it: music, acting, stage production, set-designing, everything. And it was very beneficial to me, because they told me never to compromise and only do top quality, and it worked. I did that my whole life, and it’s now paying off.” This picture represents the moment I first became aware of Tony and his music; appearing with Anthony and Flea from @chilipeppers at the 1993 @mtv @vmas. Their endorsement was all that was required for me to investigate further, and thank goodness I did.
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#happybirthday #TonyBennett #icon #hero #legend #92 #newyork #queens #singer #jazz #swing #crooner #italianamerican #veteran #RagsToRiches #ILeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco #TheBestIsYetToCome #TheGoodLife #FrankSinatra #IfIRuledTheWorld #MyFunnyValentine #AmyWinehouse #LadyGaga #Duets #anthonykiedis #flea #1993 #mtv #90skid #buttholesurfers

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