Darren Watson and The Real Deal. Lido Cafe. Wellington. New Zealand. Live Blues.

"For warriors across time, there have always been tunes to march to, and tunes to defuse the tension. But Vietnam was special."

"One key reason, say Doug Bradle...y and Craig Werner, authors of the book We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War, is the role technology played in getting the music to the battlefield. Between radio, portable record players, early cassette players and live bands coming to Vietnam, soldiers in that war had far more access to music than their forebears."

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Chuck Berry - Johnny B-Goode

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Prince Photographic Tribute

Prince -The Art of Musicology 2004

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Houston Afro Creole Music Festival

You just never too old to rock the crowd!!! Best dance moves ever!!! Incredible!!! #hacmf
Song: 'Move across the river' by Bill Pinkney.

By Josh Jones via The Mind Unleashed (Open Culture) An old musician’s joke goes “there are three kinds of drummers in the world—those who can …
Former bassist Jim Rodford has died after a fall. He was 76.
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Peter Stobbart is with Robert Morrison and Raymond Lynch.

A taste of tonight's Chicago Smoke Shop performance at The Wellington Botanical Gardens.

It's been almost 30 years since legendary rhythm & blues band Chicago S...moke Shop trod the boards in their hometown.

A ten-piece, horn-driven rhythm & blues extravaganza! Featuring original Smoke Shop members Darren Watson & Richard Te One, plus Aaron Te One, and a set featuring fellow founding member, harmonica virtuoso Terry Case

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When Annie Crummer was two years old, her parents would hear her singing to herself before going to sleep at night. “Don’t interfere,” her father Will would say to Annie’s mother, Tangi. “It’s in her.” It had been in Will too. Growing up in the Cook Islan

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“He was visiting America. It is said that he was sitting, resting, when he heard a woman screaming. He looked up to see a black woman being surrounded by the po...lice. The police had her handcuffed, and were beating her. He thought the woman had committed a terrible crime. He found out "the crime" she committed was to sit in a section reserved for whites. Paul McCartney was shocked. There was no segregation in England. But, here in America, the land of freedom, this is how blacks were being treated. McCartney and the Beatles went back home to England, but he would remember what he saw, how he felt, the unfairness of it all.
He also remembered watching television and following the news in America, the race riots and what was happening in Little Rock, Arkansas, what was going on in the Civil Rights movement. He saw the picture of 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford attempt to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School as an angry mob followed her, yelling, "Drag her over this tree! Let's take care of that n**ger!'" and “Lynch her! Lynch her!” “No n**ger b*tch is going to get in our school!”
McCartney couldn't believe this was happening in America. He thought of these women being mistreated, simply because of the color of her skin. He sat down and started writing.
Last year at a concert, he would meet two of the women who inspired him to write one of his most memorable songs, Thelma Mothershed Wair and Elizabeth Eckford, members of the Little Rock Nine (pictured here).
McCartney would tell the audience he was inspired by the courage of these women: "Way back in the Sixties, there was a lot of trouble going on over civil rights, particularly in Little Rock. We would notice this on the news back in England, so it's a really important place for us, because to me, this is where civil rights started. We would see what was going on and sympathize with the people going through those troubles, and it made me want to write a song that, if it ever got back to the people going through those troubles, it might just help them a little bit, and that's this next one."
He explained that when he started writing the song, he had in mind a black woman, but in England, "girls" were referred to as "birds." And, so the song started:
"Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting
for this moment to arise."
McCartney added that he and the Beatles cared passionately about the Civil Rights movement, "so this was really a song from me to a black woman, experiencing these problems in the States: ‘Let me encourage you to keep trying, to keep your faith, there is hope.’ "
"Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting
for this moment to be free."
- as told by Valgeir Sveinsson

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KiwiMusic Top 28* NZ albums 2017 🙌

Because there were so many incredible new releases this year which makes it almost impossible to rank them ... at least for m...e 🙃 ... all artists are listed in alphabetical order.

In my very personal view, the best album 2017 is 'The Weight Of Melted Snow' by Wellington-based dream-folk-pop band French For Rabbits ... followed by the new albums of my long-time heroes The Bats, Lydia Cole, Aldous Harding, Nadia Reid, , Great North, Grawlixes, indi., Reb Fountain ... (I better stop here now 😉
But ... hey ... they're all very close together and all mean so much to me! Thank you all for enriching my life! 🙏

Aldous Harding - The Party
The Bads - Brett Adams Dianne Swann - Losing Heroes
The Bats - The Deep Set
The Black Seeds - Fabric
Die! Die! Die! - Charm.Offensive
Fazerdaze - Morningside
Flora Knight & Sean Donald - Flora & Sean
French for Rabbits - The Weight Of Melted Snow
Grawlixes - Set Free
Grayson Gilmour - Otherness
Great North - The Golden Age
indi - Precipice
Joseph & Maia - Fear
Lake South - If You're Born On An Island The Ocean Heals You
Laura Lee Lovely - Eden (EP)
Lorde - Melodrama
Lydia Cole - The Lay Of The Land
Mermaidens - Perfect Body
The Miltones - The Miltones
Motte - Strange Dreams
Nadia Reid - Preservation
Neil Finn - Out Of Silence
New Dawn - The Dying Light (EP)
reb fountain - Little Arrows
Sneaky Feelings - Progress Junction
SoccerPractise - SoccerPractise
This Pale Fire - Alchemy
Yumi Zouma - Willowbank

* I'm pretty sure that I forgot to list one or another excellent new album ... please apologize

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