The Phenomenon of Donovan: Part 1 – Introduction and Acoustic Troubadour.

“Bob Dylan is the poor man’s Donovan.” John Peel. “I’ll never forget hearing Donovan say “wanker” backstage at the Albert Hall about somebody.  I mean, I was absolutely…I almost dropped to my knees…it was like being punched in the face.  A terrible, upsetting shock.” John Peel. “If I can wend my way through the flowers…

Ill-Advised Rocking Out #3: Does Your Mother Know?  ABBA.

Sometimes it seems like the world can’t make up its mind about what to do with ABBA.  At least, there’s no consensus.  From kitsch, Scandinavian eurotrash to teutonic laser guided Stormtroopers of melancholy, the opinions differ widely.  I appreciate that even with things like The Beatles, you get some attention seekers who pretend that they’re…

The Flaws Of Perception. Or, On The Cis Pension Of Reality.

This post came about after hearing a transgendered person stating in a television interview that, “I want to be perceived as female.”  I’d been thinking about perception and reality for some time and this person made me realise something I’d not previously considered.  I’d been contemplating the different ways that different people perceive reality and,…

Finger Pointing Songs: part 5. The Beatles. Or, A Twist (And Shout) Of Lennon.

“I’m really glad that most of our songs were about love, peace and understanding.” Paul McCartney, 1995. Credit where it’s due: when I think about nasty, finger pointing songs, The Beatles aren’t the first band that comes to mind.  The earlier stuff was primarily ‘I love you, you love me’ stuff.  It wasn’t really until Help!…