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Jazzy Jeff Beck - July 25, 2008

Richard Brooks, Arts Editor

Jeff Beck, the rock guitarist, was making a surprise appearance at the Proms last night — and creating a piece of musical history.

Beck, 64, who made his name with the Yardbirds in the 1960s, was due to play a guitar solo during a late-night concert of jazz and blues organised by Nigel Kennedy, the violinist. The two men have got to know each other over the past few months through a mutual love of jazz.

Kennedy, best known for his Vivaldi and Elgar renditions, invited Beck to join him in the Albert Hall. “It’s monumental to be playing at the Proms,” said Beck shortly before he was due on stage.

It is the first time a genuine rock star has played at the 113-year-old festival even if the Proms, which are mainly a celebration of classical music, have on occasion broken the mould with performances by Michael Ball and Ravi Shankar. Soft Machine, the avant garde jazz-rock group also played a Prom in 1970.

Beck, however, is a genuine rock legend who replaced Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds. He had a solo hit with Hi Ho Silver Lining before leading his own group with a young Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, to whom he bears an uncanny resemblance. In the cult 1966 movie Blow-Up, Beck breaks his guitar — a scene replicated in the spoof rock documentary, This is Spinal Tap.

“I’d long admired Kennedy both for his classical music and his jazz,” said Beck, who for 17 years lived with the 1960s model Celia Hammond, now better known for rescuing stray cats.

Last night Beck, who has won four Grammy awards for best rock instrumental performance, played a jazz number, Hills of Saturn, composed by Kennedy. Earlier in the evening Kennedy had performed Elgar’s Violin Concerto before coming back on stage with his own quintet, formed in Poland where he now lives for half the year after marrying a Polish woman.

“Nigel was particularly keen for me to do the Hills of Saturn solo,” said Beck, who played the track on his Fender Stratocaster electric guitar.

Beck’s career has had its ups and downs, although he says that he has few regrets — not even turning down the chance to join the Rolling Stones in 1974.

“I was asked over to Amsterdam for an audition after it was clear that Mick Taylor was leaving the band,” said Beck, who also played with Jimmy Page in the Yardbirds before Page formed Led Zeppelin.

“But I got fed up waiting for the audition. Anyway, I would not have liked all those girls and booze that the Stones were associated with. Also I had a better offer — for George Martin to produce an album of my work.” That album, Blow By Blow displayed Beck’s technical prowess in jazz-rock.

Beck laughs at his association with Clapton. “People always link us,” he said. “But we are very different and play very differently.” However, the two keep in touch with Clapton turning up to see Beck play recently at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in central London.

The rock star, who lives in East Sussex where he spends much of his spare time restoring American hot-rod cars, is particularly glad to have played with the Yardbirds because, he says, they were not a pop group but a band that tried all sorts of music.

Kennedy was delighted at his coup of getting Beck to play. The maverick violinist was making his first performance at the Proms for 21 years after falling out in the early 1990s with Sir John Drummond, then director of the Proms. Kennedy, now 51, still despises Drummond, who died in 2006.

In fact Kennedy has his knives out for the classical music Establishment. “Classical music itself is beautiful, but not the bureaucrats who run the industry. They stifle invention. It’s an incestuous world where the women are still in old Laura Ashley dresses and the men talk about their old school, Eton,” he said.

CD quality downloads? - July 14, 2008

HDtracks.com, the new digital music store offering high-definition audio, announced a deal to sell works from renowned guitarist Steve Vai's Favored Nations record label.

In order to completely highlight the musical wizardry of the Favored Nations artists, HDtracks will make available albums from Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel, Andy Timmons, Eric Sardinas, Billy Sheehan, Stu Hamm, THE YARDBIRDS and others as CD-quality lossless FLAC and uncompressed AIFF files, as well as high-resolution 320-kbps MP3 files. All three file formats are DRM-free and all HDtracks.com downloads are compatible for use with the majority of digital music playback devises.

Favored Nations was created by guitar virtuoso Steve Vai with the intent of bringing music fans music that's energetic and emotional, with performances by artists of the highest caliber. The artists signed to Favored Nations are a unique, dedicated breed that have attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments.

Music enthusiasts will appreciate the inclusion of full liner notes and artwork with full-album purchases made from HDtracks. The unedited liner notes are included in PDF format allowing fans of Favored Nations artists to learn about the musicians who contributed to the works and experience these albums with all the information originally provided with the releases.

Jimmy Page drops in - May 27, 2008

I received an e-mail from Jim McCarty this morning informing me that former Yardbird Jimmy Page had dropped in to see his old mates on the Yardbirds/Zombies tour. Pagey was duly impressed according to Jim.
Do I sense a reunion in the offing?

Idan Album Update - April 10, 2008

We've got some news concerning the new album from Yardbirds singer John Idan

The album release date is June 2nd and we have got a single ("Banging My Head on the Wall") coming out on iTunes on May 4th.

The album release date has been put back because of the bank holiday here in England.

Alan Glen Update - March 19, 2008

Former Yardbirds harmonica man Alan Glen is working with the boys again. Alan will be filling in for Billy Boy Miskimmin at an upcoming gig in Iceland as well as future one-offs where Billy Boy might not be available.

Welcome back to the nest, Alan!
Visit 'The Bar Codes' (Alan's other band) at www.thebarcodes.co.uk

Another Grammy For Clapton - February 11, 2008

Former Yardbird Eric Clapton garners yet another Grammy award:

JJ Cale and Eric Clapton Win Grammy for Road to Escondido



The Road to Escondido

Eric Clapton can add another Grammy to his collection. 2006's The Road to Escondido from Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale received a Grammy at last night's award ceremony for Best Contemporary Blues Album (vocal or instrmental). Also noteworhy was guitarist Brad Paisley's win in the Best Country Instrumental Performance category for "Throttleneck," which is from Paisley's 5th Gear album (Paisley also performed "Ticks" during the telecast).

New Charts On Amazon - January 14, 2008

Amazon.Com has recently started a new specialty charting system. Specialty charts include 'Best Selling Live Albums' and 'Best Selling Tribute Albums'

The Yardbirds 'Live At BB Kings' was recently in the Top 20 live albums on Amazon.Ca (Canada) and the Dave Walker & The Ambulators album 'Mostly Sonny-A Tribute To Sonny Boy Williamson (with former Yardbird Ray Majors) was at #17 on the U.S. 'Tributes' chart.

Both albums are available on the 'music shoppe' page.

Mystery Of Being - December 28, 2007

The Yardbirds have been included on Little Steven's compilation series of albums called 'The Coolest Songs In The World...' Along with Mystery Of Being off of 'Birdland' Steven has picked some killer tracks from The New York Dolls, Joan Jett, Dave Davies and many others. Check out Vol IV of the series at www.wickedcoolrecords.com

Clapton/Winwood - November 8, 2007

Former Yardbird Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood will hit the stage together at New York City's Madison Square Garden, February 25, 26, and 28, 2008. The shows are being advertised as the duo's only North American appearances…

New album from Led Zeppelin? - October 30, 2007

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has hinted the band may work together on new material following their reunion concert. The legendary rockers will reform for a one-off show at the O2 Arena in London next month and the 63-year-old isn't ruling out a follow-up album.

He says, "Look, I'd be really surprised if there wasn't - you know, I mean I just know the way we are. We're musicians. As we're playing we'll probably be coming up with all manner of things.

"And that will be fun. I mean that's what it's all about." The gig is being held to raise money for the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which pays for university scholarships in the U.K., United States and Turkey.

Billy Boy Comes Clean! - September 22, 2007

If you've seen The Yardbirds recently then you know what a fantastic harmonica player that Billy Boy Miskimmin is. Billy's first solo album 'Billy Boy Comes Clean' is now available via mail order from this site. $20.00 check or money order to:
Russ Garrett
459 Columbus Ave
#145
NY NY 10024

Give a listen to some of the tunes on MySpace:


http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=142024979

More Led Zepp news - September 20, 2007

Pete Townshend And Bill Wyman To Open For Led Zeppelin

Pete Townshend will be one of the opening acts for November's Led Zeppelin reunion show in London. BBC.co.uk reported that Townshend will perform a solo set backed by Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings. Also performing at the November 26th show at London's O2 Arena will be 20-year-old Italian-born crooner Paolo Nutini.

The show, which is being performed in tribute to Atlantic Record co-founderAhmet Ertegun, who died last December. Ertegun had played a key role in signing Townshend, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, and many others.


The show marks Townshend's first full-scale solo appearance since 2001 and Zeppelin's first group performance since their appearance on May 14th, 1988 at New York's Madison Square Garden for the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert.

The upcoming London show, like the 1988 performance, will include drummer Jason Bonham filling in for his dad, the late John Bonham.

Led Zepp Reunion! - September 17, 2007

Led Zeppelin


September 17, 2007, 10:40 AM ET

Legendary rock combo Led Zeppelin is reforming, but for one night only. The British band will play a one-off show at London's 22,000-capacity O2 arena on Nov. 26 as part of a tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder and chairman emeritus Ahmet Ertegun, who died last December. The band recorded for Atlantic its entire career.

The Who's Pete Townshend, former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, Foreigner and Paolo Nutini will also perform at the event. Profits will benefit the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which provides scholarships to universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Ertegun's homeland, Turkey.

Tickets costing £125 ($254) will be allocated on a lottery basis through the Ahmettribute.com web site.

Confirmation of the show, putting an end to several months of speculation, came at a press conference today (Sept. 13) at the O2 when the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, confirmed they would reunite onstage for just the third time in 27 years. The drummer for the evening will be Jason Bonham, son of the band's original drummer John Bonham, who died from a heart attack in 1980.

The concert will follow the release of a new Atlantic/Rhino two-disc, 24-track best-of set, "Mothership," due Nov. 13 in the United States.


Page, Plant and Jones initially reformed with Genesis' Phil Collins and Chic/Power Station sticksman Tony Thompson sharing drum duties for a performance at Live Aid in Philadelphia in 1985. In May 1988, Jason Bonham joined the three originals for another 'one-off" reunion at an Atlantic Records 40th anniversary concert in New York.

Plant and Page teamed in 1994 for an MTV special and subsequently toured globally and released two albums. Jones has also released two solo albums, although his post-Zeppelin work has largely concentrated on production and arranging.

Buy at iTunes - September 12, 2007

For those who like to buy songs individually or simply prefer to download here are links at all the Mooreland Street releases available at iTunes:

Please bookmark and use your direct link:

Yardbirds: Yardbirds Reunion Jam
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=6444368
British Invasion All-Stars: British Invasion All-Stars
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=5939852
Downliners Sect: Burning Snow
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=14123264
Jim McCarty Blues Band: Outside Woman Blues
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=30830609
Dave Walker & The Ambulators: Mostly Sonny-A Tribute To Sonny Boy
Williamson
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=44991705
The Pretty Things 'n Mates: Rockin The Garage
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=74517118
The Yardbirds: Reunion Jam Vol II
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=130239091
Stairway (Jim McCarty & Loui Cennamo): Raindreaming
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=192564309
Various Artists: Yardbirds Family Tree
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=200385005

Reunion Rumor Debunked - July 21, 2007

Beck denies he's reforming the Yardbirds with Page
(Saturday July 21, 2007 01:20 PM)


Rocker JEFF BECK has denied reports he and JIMMY PAGE are reuniting legendary 1960s band THE YARDBIRDS for a tour to begin in October (07).

Beck and Page were said to be recruiting bassist Chris Deja and drummer Jim McCarty for the road trip, with former member Eric Clapton refusing to take part.

But Beck's manager tells website Billboard.com "there is no truth to any of the rumours" regarding the guitar ace's involvement in a potential reunion.

The Yardbirds had the distinction of seeing three of the most highly-regarded guitarists of a generation - Beck, Page and Clapton - pass through its ranks.

Beck and Page's presence in the band overlapped for a few months in 1966, a time in Yardbirds history captured by a performance in the classic movie Blow Up.

The Yardbirds split in 1968 and original vocalist Keith Relf died from electrocution in 1976, although Deja and McCarty have been touring under the name since the 1990s.

Live At BB Kings - June 18, 2007

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees The Yardbirds Release Live CD
On a hot July 19th evening in 2006, the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City was host to the legendary Yardbirds. Captured on tape was a blistering non-stop set of powerful blues and rock n' roll, performed to an insatiable crowd crackling with excitement.

"Live at B.B. King Blues Club" captures a truly memorable performance of 19 songs including such Yardbirds classics as "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul", "Shapes of Things", and "Train Kept A Rollin'".

The band features founding members Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja, guitarist Ben King, vocalist John Idan, and harmonica player Billy Boy Miskimmin.

Digital downloads can be purchased at iTunes and all other online music stores. The CD is not found in regular retail music-stores,
The album went on sale today in England and is available at Amazon.Co.Uk (There is a direct link to buy the album on the 'Music Shoppe' page)

Check out the Yardbirds at any of the following stops:
August 9th, New Bedford, Mass (With Eric Burdon)
August 10 Zoellner Arts Center Bethlehem, PA
August 18 Lewis and Clark Landing Omaha, NE
August 24 Hartwood Acres Pittsburgh, PA
August 28 B.B. King Blues Club New York City, NY
August 29th, The Ram's Head, Annapolis, Md.
August 30 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, CT

News from The Raveups - June 12, 2007

To all fans of the RaveUps,

The RaveUps (Yardbirds Tribute Band) are very proud to announce their inclusion in the 40th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967 ! The Yardbirds were always considered one of the best and most respected of the British Invasion bands. No other band produced so many legends such as, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. The Yardbirds dramatically changed the early rock landscape. A tribute to The Yardbirds presents the challenge of creating accurate renditions of the recorded Yardbirds songs, and their free-flowing and open jams called "RAVES". From this music form, the bands name The RaveUps emerged

In addition to several tribute bands such as the RaveUps, Festival director Andrew Hernandez is presenting the "Monterey Summer of Love Festival" this July 28th & 29th from the exact same stage as the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, and has secured five of the original acts who performed in ’67: The Jefferson Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Cathy Richardson of "Love, Janis" fame, Moby Grape and the Grateful Dead’s Tom Constanten. Headlining the event are Riders on the Storm, featuring Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Doors by performing a long list of Doors hits!

Performing on either the main or tribute stages are world class tribute bands, Second Flyte as the Byrds, Carlton Poward as Jimi Hendrix, The Sun Kings performing the Beatles Sgt. Pepper album with orchestra, the Unauthorized Rolling Stones, The RaveUps as the Yardbirds, San Francisco’s Summer of Love Players as The Mamas and the Papas, The Who and The Animals and just added The Floyd Project tribute to Pink Floyd so all the 40th anniversaries are covered with a live performance!.

Also performing from the late 60’s are The Electric Flag, the music of It's A Beautiful Day featuring David LaFlamme and friends and songs from the hit ’67 musical "HAIR" performed by the Stagelight Troop including some of the original cast members. Festival director Andrew Hernandez is also booking contemporary artists to attract Generations X and Y, hoping the kids of the ‘60s and younger generations will connect to discuss today’s world issues and help inspire the surging young activist groups around the World.

Please join us for an exciting weekend in Monterey, celebrating not only the music of the past, and the British invasion, but the beauty of the Monterey area.

The RaveUps

Chris Soleberg, Dave Seabury, Kit Newkirk, Bob Lewis, and Rich Snider

For more info checkout the links below.

http://www.summer67.com/performing.html
http://www.theraveups.com/
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=raveups&search=Search

Jimmy Page (New Bio) - April 27, 2007

Jimmy Page - Magus, Musician, Man is a meticulously researched life story of Led Zeppelin's legendary guitarist and producer. From his childhood in war-torn Britain and his pivotal role in the recording studios that launched the British Invasion of the '60s to his milestone achievements, his dark, nefarious excesses with Led Zeppelin, and his emergence as a revered cultural icon and honored philanthropist, this biography - the first ever written about Jimmy Page - portrays all his spiritual, artistic, and personal dimensions. Swinging London, the Sunset Strip, Bron-yr-Aur, Kashmir, and Clarksdale: Magus, Musician, Man traverses through all of Page's hallowed stomping grounds and tells, at last, the complete story of one of rock 'n' roll's most enigmatic and influential talents.

Led Zepp Book - February 24, 2007

New Crossfire Releases - Led Zeppelin, Zombies and Former Zappa Members - Soon To Hit The Streets



New York, NY. (Top40 Charts/ Glass Onyon PR) - Formidable publisher and record label, Crossfire Records, has some ambitious new releases lined-up for Spring 2007. Crossfire, who has blazed a name in the rock music publishing field by issuing invaluable documentations on music legends like Frank Zappa, Jethro Tull, Manfred Mann and The Zombies, are sole distributors of Led Zeppelin: The Montreux Concerts. Led Zeppelin can be considered the quintessential rock stars of the 1970s with their special brand of classic hard rock. Written by Gilles Chateau and Sam Rapallo, the book explores the band's special relationship with the legendary concert venue, home of the famous Montreux Jazz Festival. Co-author and photographer of Led Zeppelin: The Montreux Concerts, Gilles Chateau, shares his incredible never-before-seen collection of photographs along with insightful interviews, research and text by Sam Rapallo. A portion of the proceeds from the book's sales go to two of Jimmy Page's charities - The ABC Trust and Casa Jimmy.
In keeping with the Led Zeppelin book, Crossfire is making exclusively available Danish photographer Jorgen Angel's fantastic limited edition lithograph "The First Performance", with photos from Led Zeppelin's very first gig in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sept. 7, 1968.


more info at http://www.crossfirepublications.com

Art Wood Benefit - February 9, 2007

Sunday 25th March, a stellar line-up of musicians representing the roots of British rhythm n' blues and rock n' roll will be collaborating to commemorate the life of Art Wood. The evening promises plenty of musical surprises and will be held at York House, Twickenham Town Hall. Art Wood was an industrious protagonist in the early British rhythm and
blues scene, beginning as vocalist for Blues Incorporated with Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies. He went on to form his own band The Artwoods in 1964 and by 1969 after The Artwoods had split, he brought together the fruition of Quiet Melon, a precursor line-up to The Faces. Art Wood remained active as a musician until the time of his illness last year. Sadly following a six-month battle with prostate cancer, he passed away on 3rd November 2006; all proceeds from this gala event will be donated to The Prostate Cancer Charity.

At this stage, artists confirmed to perform at the evening subject to availability are Robin Bibi, The Deputies, The Downliners Sect (with original Sect members Don Craine and Keith Grant), Mark Freeman (Rollin' Stoned), John Hogg and Jesse Wood, John Idan (The Yardbirds), Kenney Jones (The Faces), Mark Lamarr, Leaf Hound (featuring original vocalist Pete French, ex Cactus, Atomic Rooster), Ray Majors (ex Mott The Hoople), Top Topham (Yardbirds), Geno Washington and Tom Nolan and The Bluescasters.

In addition a ‘For One Night Only' line-up of ‘The Art Wood All-Stars' with special guests is being organised. Art's brother Rolling Stone, Ronnie Wood will sign a print of one of his paintings to be auctioned on the night.
Tickets can be purchased via The Eel Pie Club (www.eelpieclub.com) or via Keith Prowse booking agency, full details of the venue and contacts for advanced booking are as follows: -
ART- A Gala Musical Tribute To Art Wood and Celebration Of His Life, Sunday 25th March, Clarendon Hall, York House, Twickenham. Doors open 5pm. Starts 6pm. Finishes 10:30pm approx. Advance Tickets £17.50 (£15.00 Eel Pie Club Members) cash or cheque from Eel Pie Club, or by credit card £17.50 from Keith Prowse, ph. 0870 848 0000, www.keithprowse.com
Author:
Stephanie Lynne Thorburn

Strange Brew - January 12, 2007

Eric Clapton became God when he was a guitarist in the British blues boom finishing school that was John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, a band that also counts Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) and Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) as alumni.

Clapton's route to deification is one of many stories woven into Strange Brew, the latest book in Jawbone's critically acclaimed, best-selling day-by-day series. It tells the story of the late 1960s British blues boom, and features not only Eric Clapton and Cream, but also Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Manfred Man, Delaney & Bonnie, Blind Faith and John Mayall himself.

Strange Brew is a staggering history, covering hundreds of gigs, radio/TV-appearances, recording sessions, discographical information, trivia, contemporary reviews plus first-hand accounts and recollections from ex-band members and fans. Amidst this treasure trove of information and comment nestle a multitude of fascinating, never-before-published stories, for example, a comprehensive account of Clapton's Greek odyssey in 1965, including the true story of The Glands and Greek band The Juniors, and fresh information about John Mayall's recording with Bob Dylan.

Readers will discover the single live event that provided the opportunity to see and hear Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton, the reviewer who described Fleetwood Mac's 'Albatross' as "a maudlin Mantovani number", the gig at which Mick Taylor and The Rolling Stones were surreptitiously recorded for one of the first rock bootlegs, LiveR Than You'll Ever Be, and the Swedish reporter who described Clapton as sounding "like a lightning strike in a guitar factory". The book's day-by-day format, peppered with great photographs and memorabilia, reveals the way the musicians behind the blues boom worked together, influenced each other, and pushed one another to ever greater achievements.

Author Christopher Hjort is a rock historian, who collaborated with noted American researcher Doug Hinman on the acclaimed chronology of Jeff Beck's career, Jeff's Book. He lives in Oslo, Norway.

New from Jimmy Page? - December 16, 2006

Jimmy has revealed plans to record a solo album of new material in early 2007. During an interview with BBC Radio on November 14th he stated that "I'd been hoping earlier on this year to be recording some music that I've already got together, but I had a few things that got in the way of it, and I'm gonna get, I'm gonna start up in the new year. It's an album that I really need to get out of my system. It's fun playing Zeppelin, playing with the Black Crowes, Zeppelin -- and playing their music, too, that was fun -- but there's a good album in there, and it's ready to come out." During the same interview Jimmy also mentioned that there are some more "Led Zeppelin things" that may be released next year.

Truth! - September 19, 2006

New book by Dave Thompson....available on Amazon.Com and Amazon.CO.UK

Jeff Beck stands alongside fellow ex-yardbirds Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton as one of the greatest electric guitarists Britain has ever produced. His work in the past three decades has encompassed progressive, soul, jazz rock and instrumental music, winning him the accolade of "the guitarist's guitarist" from innumerable musicians' magazines. Yet despite his eclectic output and many collaborators, fans and critics alike hark back to the short-lived Jeff Beck group of the late 1960's, featuring Rod Stewart on vocals and Ronnie Wood on bass, as his greatest single contribution to rock music. Some go so far as to say that "Truth", their first album from 1968, was the first true heavy metal album, a prototype that set the style for countless (and inevitably less talented) outfits to follow. Award-winning author Dave Thompson has put together the first analysis of this seminal work by a notoriously reclusive character, drawing on existing and new interviews with those who were there or thereabouts to give an incisive view of a rock band that enjoyed a short, sweet and highly influential life. The book features in-depth interviews with Beck himself, together with Bandmate Nicky Hopkins, plus a full cast of friends, colleagues, rivals and onlookers, including Mickie Most, Peter Grant, Donovan, Jim McCarty*, Simon Napier Bell, Lulu, John Entwistle (the who), Jack Bruce (cream), Noel Redding (the Jimi Hendrix experience) and many others, "Truth!" fills this gap at last, to emerge the first truly comprehensive biography of its subject. "Truth!" should receive very favourable press reviews and all the major Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart and rolling stones websites will be promoting the book to the large and very loyal fanbase.

Clapton needs help - August 29, 2006

Clapton Could Use Your Help
The producers of Clapton's forthcoming video anthology spanning his career are still looking for your rare home video and photos of Clapton. They're particularly interested in video and images from his time with The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie, Derek and the Dominos, and anything from the 1970s.

If you have photos, film, video, super 8, or other visual media prior to 1980, please contact them at their new email address: ec_anthology@yahoo.com. Regrettably, the former email address was problematic and the producers would encourage anyone who previously contacted them without a reply to please do so again at this new email address ( ec_anthology@yahoo.com ).

You will be credited and compensated if your footage is used. http://www.ericclapton.com
Nice to know that Clapton wants to include some Yardbirds footage in this. r.g.

Yardbirds Radio Special - August 21, 2006

Check out the two hour Yardbirds Radio Special on Little Steven's Underground Garage. Great interview with Jim McCarty. Programme #229.

http://www.littlesteven.com
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