Phil Brett

Phil Brett, Tom Fine, Anne E. Johnson, Fred Kaplan, John Swenson  |  Apr 09, 2021  |  0 comments
Paul McCartney: McCartney III, Loretta Lynn: Still Woman Enough, Little Freddie King: Going Upstairs, Irma Thomas: Love Is the Foundation, Goat Girl: On All Fours and James Yorkston: The Wide, Wide River.
Phil Brett, Anne E. Johnson, Dan Ouellette  |  Mar 12, 2021  |  3 comments
David Bowie: ChangesNowBowie, Alaska Reid: Big Bunny and John Hurlbut & Jorma Kaukonen: The River Flows.
Phil Brett, Anne E. Johnson  |  Feb 05, 2021  |  0 comments
Nick Cave: Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace, Brian Eno: Film Music 1976-2020 and Anna McClellan: I Saw First Light.
Phil Brett  |  Feb 04, 2021  |  3 comments
Make More Noise! Women in Independent Music UK 1977–1987
Various artists. Various producers.
Cherry Red Records. CRCDBOX99. 4CD set and book.
Music *****
Sonics ***

The title of this set—4 CDs and a book—comes from British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst's call to arms for women to fight for their rights: "You have to make more noise than anybody else," said Pankhurst, who died in 1928.

The first words you hear on Disc One of Make More Noise! are sung by Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex, who was born almost 100 years after Pankhurst and died a decade ago, in 2011: "Some people think that little girls should be seen and not heard." This opening lyric, from the song "Oh Bondage Up Yours!," is followed by a raw sax solo by Styrene's bandmate Lora Logic.

Phil Brett  |  Jan 06, 2021  |  3 comments
I remember when I first heard that David Bowie had died. I was half-listening to the radio as I prepared for work. I was stunned. I just looked at my partner. To my surprise, a tear ran down my cheek. I had always been rather sniffy about people who got emotional when famous people died, people they had never met, who had never heard of them, who had lived lives of wealth.
Anne E. Johnson, Phil Brett  |  Dec 04, 2020  |  1 comments
Saunder Jurriaans: Beasts, Tricky: Fall to Pieces and Doves: The Universal Want.
Phil Brett, Anne E. Johnson, Dan Ouellette  |  Oct 30, 2020  |  0 comments
Fontaines D.C.: A Hero's Death, Paul Weller: On Sunset, Jenny O.: New Truth and Joan Osborne: Trouble and Strife.
Phil Brett  |  Mar 12, 2020  |  22 comments
Few would have predicted that the Sex Pistols' first gig—in November 1975, at the Saint Martin's School of Art in central London—would be the start of an explosion of music. Not many even knew it was happening. That soon changed. Punk would create a space that other bands rushed to fill. Inspired by the DIY ethos and the rejection of the notion that pop music had to be a 30-minute conceptual track on the lives of elves, punk was just grab an instrument and form a band.
Phil Brett  |  Dec 06, 2019  |  11 comments
It's not just the gray hairs or the expanding waistline that suggest one is getting old: it's also when the albums you love so much, and so vividly remember hearing for the first time, have become a part of the rock heritage industry. So it is with London Calling by the Clash, which celebrates its 40th birthday in December 2019.
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