Janis: Little Girl Blue – Music Documentary

I’ve read from various sources about a powerful music documentary, Janis: Little Girl Blue by Amy J. BergIt has revelations about the personal life of Janis Joplin I have always wanted to know.

Thanks to an understanding between the Janis Joplin estate and Amy J. Berg’s documentary company we will learn more about Janis from her private letters to her family. Cat Power is the voice of Janis Joplin and the narrator of those intimate letters.

The film will be screening at the IFC Center in the Village in New York City through December 3rd, 2015.



Darcy James Argue’s ‘Real Enemies’

My wife and I have discussed the possibility of selling our home, downsizing what we own and getting an apartment in New York City. We would love nothing more than to retire to the life of great food, art, music, and museums that is New York City.

Speaking of great performing arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has the 2015 Next Wave Festival  underway (Sept 16-Dec 20).

The work that has caught my interest is ‘Real Enemies‘ which has its last performance today at 3 p.m. at the BAM Harvey on 651 Fulton Street.  Darcy James Argue has a depth and music vision that is unparalleled.

‘Real Enemies’ is a mammoth, thought-provoking production. I love the timeliness of the subject and I hope one day to see a multimedia 3D production of this performance available on video and high-resolution audio.

Bandleader and composer Darcy James Argue’s 18-piece big band Secret Society melds minds with filmmaker Peter Nigrini, writer/director Isaac Butler, and designer Maruti Evans to investigate  America’s fascination with conspiracy theories. On projection surfaces teeming with found footage, live video, and historical texts, the narratives behind the Red Scare, the Illuminati, Edward Snowden, and alien sightings are meticulously examined and interrogated. Musical motifs from Argue’s exuberant score mimic the byzantine “everything is connected” inner workings of mass collusion to plumb the grassy knoll and give paranoia itself the probe.

Read the NY Times Review here.

Oxford American – The Georgia Music Issue

My appreciation for Southern music has been greatly enhanced by Oxford American. Their 17th Annual Southern Music issue is due to hit the newsstands on December 7th. It is dedicated to the musical heritage of the state of Georgia.


I recently participated in the Pledge Music, Georgia Music Issue campaign. My pledge provides me with exclusive availability of the 17th Annual Music issue. The magazine issue shipped yesterday ahead of the 12/7 publication date.

When I know more about the music articles I’ll update my readers accordingly. It has been  a fantastic music magazine series to read and collect for my music library. 🙂

Martin Barre – Back To Steel

Photo by Guy Harrop

Back to Steel is a new recording featuring 12 original songs written by guitarist Martin Barre with two Jethro Tull classic tracks re-worked in Martin’s unique style.

Martin Barre professes that Back To Steel is “the most important work in my career as a musician”.

An Evening of Blues, Folk, Rock w/ a Touch of Tull Martin Barre (of Jethro Tull) 

Martin Barre will be appearing at The Outer Space In Hamden, CT on Sunday December 20th.

The Who: 50 Years: The Official History With Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey

I just added a new music book to my library, The Who: 50 Years: The Official History by Ben Marshall, With Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

It is a delightful look at The Who, each member is uniquely featured plus there are sections dedicated to the unique music periods of The Who.

The only official history of The Who, created with the full cooperation of Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, and spectacularly illustrated with rare photographs and memorabilia. I was delighted to see the early pictures of Pete, Roger, John and Keith.

It is published in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the band’s first album, My Generation, and their celebratory world tour.