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Bebop Spoken There

Charlie Musselwhite: "I used to see these posters in the windows of the [Chicago] blues clubs advertising Elmore James and Muddy Waters which knocked me out. I was making a note of the addresses and at night I'd go back and listen to the blues until 4-5 in the morning." - (Blues Matters! Aug/Sep 2021)

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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13,530 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 948 of them this year alone and, so far, 112 this month (July 31).

Friday, August 17, 2018

Book Review: Edward Allan Faine - Serendipity Doo-Dah Book Two

Following up on last year's Serendipity Doo-Dah Book One, Edward Allan Faine once again provides the background to those 'True Stories of Musical Accidents'. Although not quite as jazzy as the previous volume, there is, nevertheless, plenty to interest those who love popular song whether it be by Jerome Kern, Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne or Phil Collins and Madonna. Plus, with Faine writing, jazz is never far away. 
But the genre is immaterial, it's the songs and the stories behind them as well as the author's own input that makes this such interesting reading.
Again, I'm not going to throw in any spoilers. Instead, I'll give you a few questions, but you'll have to read the book to find out the answers.
Which Broadway showstopper was rejected as a beer commercial before achieving immortality on the Great White Way?
Which instrumental hits began life as 'B-sides'?
Which hit songs benefitted from drastic changes to the original tempo?
And lots more.
Having led a sheltered jazz life, many of the later songs and artists were but names to me and this in itself made the book a further voyage of discovery.
I don't know if Mr. Faine has a third volume in the pipeline but if he has it's already on my bucket list.
Lance 
Edward Allan Faine: Serendipity Doo-Dah Book Two. IM Press. 
ISBN 978-0-9857952-3-8
Amazon.

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