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Ian McLagan

Ian McLagan
On of my favourite rock stars, Ian McLagan, past away yesterday. His organ playing was a huge part for me in Small Faces and even more so in The Faces with Ron and Rod. I strongly recommend everyone to read Mac’s book, All The Rage, I enjoyed it way more than both Keith’s and Ron’s biographies.

Movie of the day

Not really related to music, or guitars, but if you like The Wicker Man like I do, then you will love this.

The Power Of The Witch is a documentary about witchcraft as it was practised in the late 60s and early 70s in the UK – apparently it was only screened once and there is practically no information about it on the web. The Power Of The Witch is worth a watch even if you are not particularly interested in the occult – rather watch it as a document of its time, capturing as it does people’s attitudes, beliefs, fashions and plummy Brit accents. It’s a curious mixture of patriarchal stiff upper lip-ism and unerring belief in both Christianity and the forces of magic, making it feel very much as if it comes from a completely different era. Not to mention, it’s a goldmine of potential witch haus footage. Taken from Dangerous Minds

Movie of the day

Dolly Parton 1970's

Araceli and I watched this documentary about Dolly Parton last week which was quite good. We also decided to watch Nine to five after which was even better.

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart drinking Hein

I was raised on Rod Stewart. It’s the only music that was ever played out loud in my house when I grew up. Weekend mornings back in Södertälje and my mum would dazzle my young innocent mind with the raspy voice of Rod Stewart while she was cleaning the house. I guess I kind of always liked it but since she preferred the late Seventies stuff I didn’t fully understand how good he was until I decided to find out for myself. I bought his 1971 album Every Picture Tells a Story when I was about 17-18 years old and was hooked straight away and bought everything I could find, both Rod Stewart solo and with The Faces. Well everything I could find up until his 1974 album Smiler, after that he left The Faces and moved to America and made Atlantic Crossing and the Rod I knew and loved was gone. Out of my old heroes I guess it’s just Rod Stewart, with and without The Faces, and Crosby, Stills & Nash that I still really care about. Here is a longer post about Rod Stewart that I wrote for my other blog.

Rod Stewart - Every picture tells a storyThe record that changed my life, Rod Stewart’s 1971 album Every Picture Tells a Story

One of the reasons why I love Rod

Grab yourself a drink and start the night with this concert

If you would like to get to know Rod a bit better

The Faces live at The Marquee Club 1970

Movie of the day

More awesome documentaries from the BBC. First out, David Bowie – the story of Ziggy Stardust, and after why not enjoy Kings of Glam for a full night of 70’s fun.

Movie of the day

Movie of the day

crosby, stills and nashMy girlfriend Araceli and I watched two great BBC documentaries recently that I can highly recommend. Sweet Home Alabama: The Southern Rock Saga and Hotel California: LA from The Byrds to The Eagles.

Sweet Home Alabama: The Southern Rock Saga (2012)

Hotel California: LA from The Byrds to The Eagles (2007)