Kanye West @ Glastonbury (Live on BBC Two)

“Old folks talking bout back in my day/But homie this is my day”

AFTER three months of talking Kanye West’s Saturday night headline slot on the Glastonbury Festival’s revered (by some) Pyramid Stage finally came.
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The BBC, which is only occasionally insightful enough to see past a cheap talking point, had been lapping up the ‘hip hop shouldn’t headline Glastonbury’ so called debate from the moment its main 9.30pm coverage started. Top marks though to the researcher who’d dug out Kanye’s 2013 Radio One interview with Zane Lowe, where he firmly stated ‘Rap is the new rock and roll, we the rock stars’. Continue reading

My top 10 gigs of all time

“I can see clearly now the rain is gone…gone are the dark clouds that had me blind it’s gonna be a bright, sunshiny day”

I DOUBT Johnny Nash was only thinking about the weather when he wrote the above, but counting the days down to spring they, and the time I saw Jimmy Cliff sing them live during a miserable summer in Cardiff, come to mind.
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As the dark clouds of January and February burn away my spring optimism is the promise of live music, getting underway right on cue this Sunday, March 1 with a live show from Maxi Priest on the first day of the season which is also Dydd Gwyl Dewi (Saint David’s Day). Continue reading

Kanye West: College Dropout to first class honours

“Good dude, bad night, right place, wrong time

In the blink of a eye, his whole life changed”Kanye1

Los Angeles: The early hours of October 23, 2002 a young music producer making his way back from another late studio session is seriously injured in a car crash.

I learned how Kanye West recovered from the night he almost killed himself in a Lexus, to find his voice  Рmetaphorically and physically following re-constructive jaw surgery  Р18 months later, constantly spinning two thick black vinyl discs at a steady 331/3 revolutions per minute on the turntable my brother had squeezed, with a mixer and a second deck, on the worktop in our tiny kitchen. At times I barely made it past the first five tracks (including the opening skit) as I just dropped the needle back instead of flipping to side B . Continue reading