Thursday, 26 August 2010
by Piermario on Flickr
One of my favourite pastimes is browsing photos on Flickr while listening to music and when I see an image that I particularly like, I make it a "favourite". My collection of faves is always growing and from time to time I display some of them under certain themes in "Galleries" on Flickr. Please take a look if you have a minute, there are so many talented photographers out there and it's very inspiring to be able to share one and other's work!
Welcome to my galleries!
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
It's documentary time again! Featuring a man who is "attitude personified" to quote Tony Wilson. He is both controversial and inspiring for his refusal to conform and need to speak his mind and deliver the uncensored truth. I am of course talking about Mark E Smith of The Fall. It all began with him reading his poetry with his mates providing a live soundtrack of bass, guitar and drums. Sprouting from the punk movement it grew into a roaring engine fueled by fiercer lyrics which the music seemed to mirror with raw, aggressive playing. They started to get noticed as an interesting, chaotic live act but the music and Smith's distinct vocals seemed almost as controversial as his lyrics and wasn't everyone's cuppa. What became clear though was that Smith had talent.
The band got a few tv performances and tours abroad and had a lot going for them but it didn't take long before the typical dilemma arose of some members wanting to go for the gold and play to a broader audience. The charasmatic front man's resistance to selling out and other conflicting visions within the band has led to him being the only constant member during their long history of several decades! And MES is showing no signs of throwing in the towel yet. He'll probably keep making records as long as he's alive. And thank goodness for that because to me he is such a refreshing element in a music scene where (almost) noone seems to dare or care to voice their opinions on important issues, whether it's unemployment or the recording industry. However the documentary portrays the struggle of holding on to your ideals and staying true to yourself when at the same time needing to maintain appreciation from your audience, especially in the later days of the band. Although I think Mr. Smith can rely on his loyal following of both old and new fans, drawn in by Mark E's anti-star quality and fantastic rock music, and empowered by the punk spirit.
The first of 9 parts available on the tube.
The (24) Peel Sessions are mighty!