Linkblogging For 07/07/12

Just a quick one tonight. I’m hoping to have the next Kinks post up tomorrow, and the next League post will be up on Monday.

As part of the reading round I’ve been doing for League (and for a future piece of writing I’m doing about Alan Moore), I discovered that Bob Shea’s novel All Things Are Light, a prequel to Illuminatus!, is freely available as a Creative Commons-licensed HTML ebook.

Gavin Burrows on Prometheus

John Rentoul, of all people, points out that Britain is getting more equal under the coalition, and it’s because of the Lib Dems.

Wasps smaller than amoebae!

The Beast Must Die has posted the complete Cindy & Biscuit — What We Did At The Weekend on his blog. Everyone who likes comics should read this, and then buy all his other comics and make him rich. Cindy And Biscuit are great.

The comedian Toby Hadoke has started a blog detailing his experiences with psoriasis

And how often does Vince Cable have to be right before they make him chancellor?

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3 Responses to Linkblogging For 07/07/12

  1. David Summers says:

    Hi, Andrew, I’ve never posted a comment before, but I am writing this because I am alarmed that you should even *think* about stopping writing about music. I have always enjoyed your music books and your musical posts for two main reasons. First and foremost, they always point me to something I have never heard before, even with music I have heard all my life. Second, most of the critics of sixties music are, like me, children of the fifties and earlier, who remember the stuff when it came out and have a particular viewpoint as a consequence. Some of the things you hear and write about are fresh precisely because you are much younger and didn’t live through those times. I am reassured that you will be completing the Beach Boys trilogy, and I was rather hoping you would turn your attentions to the Zombies after that. Don’t be put off by a handful of Beatles fans who don’t happen to agree with your views. I think you pointed out the dilemma in the intro to “Beatles in Mono” in so far as there are too many Beatles books out there already (although there’s far more chaff than wheat). I’m sure your Kinks and Beach Boys books will find a much more eager audience.

    David

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Thanks David, good to hear from you! (Was rather expecting to see you at the BBB event/IPO this year — will you be getting to the Wembley gig?)
      Don’t worry, I won’t be stopping writing — enough people have told me that it’s worthwhile that I’ll still be carrying on. I’m just trying to find a way to get my writing to the people who do like it and not to those who don’t get what I’m trying to do.
      Unfortunately, there are some Beach Boys fans, too, who’ve posted some fairly dire reviews on Amazon UK — one said I was the worst writer to have written about the band since Steve Gaines, which I think is a little unfair! — but I promised in that book that I’d do the next two, so I definitely will.
      As for other music books after that, I *hope* I’ll be able to find a balance which will let me do some, though probably not quite as many as I’ve been doing so far.
      I’ve considered doing a book on The Zombies, but there isn’t really enough material to fill out a book in my usual style, because they only released two LPs in their original incarnation, plus the three studio reunion albums. Possibly if I covered Blunstone’s first three solo albums too, and the pre-Argent White/Argent demos… (other people I’ve been considering, BTW, are solo Harrison and Roy Wood).

  2. Hal says:

    Mr Hickey (I’m always rather wary about calling you by your first name as I don’t know you, yes I herald from the 19th Century), if you were to embark on pieces on the Zombies perhaps you could – instead of featuring Argent etc – group them with pieces on any groups/performers who (like the Zombies) didn’t release much material yet whom appeal to you and would make for compelling analysis, maybe the link could be a unifying quality in the music or bands from different eras who you feel share some artistic commonality. It could even be a (more) *personal* book. Erm, these are all probably really stupid unasked-for “ideas”!

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