Poetry: 3 From K W Peery

BLOODY MARYS WITH FREDDIE   In the mother of pearl refraction from Freddie King’s semi hollow body fretboard You could see every metal pick scar the Texas Cannonball made with his crooked ‘n calloused index finger Just slow sellin’ it center stage – Inside that Bloody Mary haze – With a tone so honest it…

Fiction: N.Y. State of Mind By Michael A. Gonzales (inspired by Nas)

Photo by Paul Price “The illest niggas in New York City live in Brooklyn,” my homeboy home LaRoc used to say, and in the summer of ’86, when we both dwelled in the hell that was the Brooklyn Arms Hotel, nothing could’ve been more true. More than two decades later, the building itself, which was…

Poetry: Sunday Evenings by Ian Copestick

The leaves are appearing on the trees The daffodils sway in the breeze It’s a dull Sunday evening in spring What is happening ? Absolutely nothing ! The sky is a mixture of grey and blue As if it can’t make it’s mind up what to do It feels like the whole world is having…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: JEREMY THOMS

SONGS: Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell; Andromeda Heights – Prefab Sprout; This Life – Bruce Springsteen; Surf’s Up – Beach Boys; Mandolin Wind – Rod Stewart; Dead Souls – Joy Division; This Guy’s In Love With You – Herb Alpert; Over & Over – Neil Young; Amelia – Joni Mitchell; Blame It On The Sun…

TORCH NOIR by GRAHAM WYND

  Libby Holman (1904 – 1971) by Sarony New York, ca. 1928. The torch singer Libby Holman had a life so wild there have been at least two films inspired by it. In 1904 she was born to what had been a well-to-do Jewish family in Ohio—that is until her uncle embezzled all their money….

Fiction: The Knife Angel By J.B. Stevens

The Knife Angel brought tourists. A hundred thousand blades surrendered and turned into a sculpture. A black hole, sucking up everything nearby. Back home in Savannah everyone had guns. Here in Britain it was knives. Same problem, different tool. Each visitor was an opportunity. Billy made the most of it. When he left Georgia to…

Ari Up by Paul Matts

‘There is no hesitation in stating Ari Up is one of the most significant people in music. Let alone one of the most significant people in punk rock and new wave music. All of the members of The Slits should be named as a hugely significant individuals. Each made this most punk of bands what…

Poetry: My Theology by Ian Copestick

As I walk the streets, my aches Remind me that I’m passing middle age The wear and tear the body takes This skin, bone and muscle cage That we work so hard to preserve Yet still we yearn to transcend We know there must be more than this Earth And simple death can’t be the…

The Immortal Jukebox.

The Immortal Jukebox A Blog about Music and Popular Culture Thom Hickey one of the blessed 50s baby boomer generation, was born in London into an Irish family and formally educated at catholic schools and Cambridge University.  More importantly he was informally educated by the BBC, The Observer, The New Statesman and The New Yorker. …