Alan Savage on Scott Walker and Lana Del Rey

Over at his THINKSHED blog, musician and writer Alan Savage takes a gander at the works of torch singers SCOTT WALKER and LANA DEL REY. Of Scott Walker, he says: ‘The magnificent awkwardness of Scott Walker is a quality that I most admire him for. Scott was the first pop star who refused to play…

Steven Ball’s Bastard Island by Alan Savage

Like a director of some impressionistic unscripted film, Steven Ball has created what I can only describe as field poetry, with a soundscape that blurs the lines between the conscious waking world and the mystical world beyond the veil. The instrumentation is never intrusive, hinting at possibilities rather than finalities. The songs are pieced together…

True Brit Grit eBook only 99p/ 99c!

TRUE BRIT GRIT. Edited by Paul D. Brazill and Luca Veste. Introduction by Maxim Jakubowski. The Line Up: 1. Two Fingers of Noir by Alan Griffiths 2. Eat Shit by Tony Black 3. Baby Face And Irn Bru by Allan Guthrie 4. Pretty Hot T’Ing by Adrian Magson 5. Black Betty by Sheila Quigley 6….

Satin Jacket Blues by Alan Savage

Like a cross between the films Kes and That’ll Be The Day, Alan Savage‘s Satin Jacket Blues is part coming-of-age story and part rock memoir. Kicking off  at the start of the seventies and ending in 1980, Savage’s autobiography is the story of a frustrated working class lad living in the heavily industrial north-east of…

Out now! Satin Jacket Blues by Alan Savage

If you were ever in a band or knew someone in a band who almost but not quite made it big, you must read this. Alan Savage was the singer, guitarist and main songwriter in New Wave indie band Basczax (pron: Bassax) and his autobiography is a poignant, funny and ultimately, life-affirming story of his…