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Next on Life Elsewhere, a special feature on one of the most influential bands to emerge from the late 70’s music scene in London. A band Nirvana and  Soundgarden, amongst many others, cite as a major inspiration for their forays into rock ‘n’ roll. Those two Seattle bands, who emerged out of the Seattle’s “Grunge” scene, were regular listeners to Norman B’s early incarnations of Life Elsewhere, where he was the first DJ in America to play the formidable and extraordinary music of…Killing Joke.

Killing Joke, John Peel Sessions, 1979In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, we talk with Frank Jenkinson who in 1979, happened to be living in the same ramshackle house as Killing Joke and their original management team, in the then bedraggled area of Notting Hill Gate, London. “These were early days and I happened to have a camera.” Recounts Jenkinson“Things were kicking off for the band and I was there at all the early gigs, including the legendary John Peel Radio Show Sessions.” The photos Frank took, graphically document a moment in time, now long gone and shrouded in mystery. His extraordinary photographs lay dormant in a dusty box, under his stairs, until he recently noticed on Facebook, Killing Joke‘s ever-increasing and devoted following. Recently, Jenkinson self-published his unique photo-book, documenting a special period in 1979, and, if the response to this book is encouraging, he plans to publish a much larger volume of his historical pictures.

Frank Jenkinson will join the next edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about his historical photographs, the early days of Killing Joke and what life was like in London, circa 1979. To round out our focus on Killing Joke, we look to the future of music, as envisioned by Martin Youth Glover, with highlights from Norman B’s 2013 in-depth interview with Killing Joke‘s bass player.

The Killing Joke photographs are from the BBC John Peel Sessions, October, 17, 1979, by permission of Frank Jenkinson

Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  
Mondays at 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

 

The Photos From Under The Stairs

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“These photos of Killing Joke have been nesting in the dark for a long time.” Writes Frank Jenkinson in the introduction to his self-published book, KILLING JOKE Picture Book 1979Frank was living in the same ramshackle house as the band and their original management team, in the then bedraggled area of Notting Hill Gate, London. “This book of photos were taken in 1979, when things were kicking off for the band,” continues Jenkinson“These were early days and I happened to have a camera. There are a lot of photographs, and I had some difficulty editing. Each one seems to have an interest in itself. The quality varies, remember, these were analogue times: I pushed the film to the limit in order to avoid the use of flash in low light. I can still see some sense of excitement of those times in them.”  Frank’s extraordinary photographs lay dormant in a dusty box, under his stairs, until he recently noticed on Facebook, Killing Joke‘s ever-increasing and devoted following. Frank witnessed the birth of what was to become one of the most influential bands of the late 70’s London music scene. He went along to all of the band’s early gigs including the legendary John Peel Radio Show Sessions. The photos he took, graphically document a moment in time, now long gone and shrouded in mystery. His unique photo-book, represents a small selection from his treasure trove, and, if the response to this book is encouraging, he plans to publish a much larger volume of his historical pictures, covering the period from ’79 to 1980.

Frank Jenkinson will join the next edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about his historical photographs, the early days of Killing Joke and what life was like in London, circa 1979. To round out our focus on Killing Joke, we look to the future of music, as envisioned by Martin Youth Glover, with highlights from Norman B’s 2013 in-depth interview with Killing Joke‘s bass player.

The Killing Joke photographs are from the BBC John Peel Sessions, October, 17, 1979, by permission of Frank Jenkinson

Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  
Mondays at 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

Past editions of Life Elsewhere are available at the WMNF Listen-On-Demand feature

Dr. Bass Explains His Passion

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“It’s just like rock ’n’ roll, it’s all about life and love!” Proclaims Dr. James Bass, explaining his passion, Choral Music. The esteemed Director of Choral Studies in the School of Music at the University of South Florida and the artistic director of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, becomes animated, gesticulating with a conductor’s panache as he leans into the microphone. Norman B invited James Bass to talk about an often misunderstood genre of music. Choral music refers to music sung by a choir. Each musical part is sung by two or more voices. The size of a choir varies, it can be as few as a dozen singers or as large as to be able Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E Flat Major also known as Symphony of a Thousand.” Explains Dr. Bass, who illustrates his chosen topic with judiciously selected works. Be prepared to reappraise your thoughts on Choral Music, as James enthusiastically shares his knowledge. His refreshing take is unwavering, even when asked if sex is integral part of Choral Music.

Make sure you do not miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Dr. Bass is an extraordinary guest. His music selection will amaze you, including a special Hit That Never Was, featuring the late Elliott Smith.

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 12.04.05 PMSpecial programming note: The October 4th edition of Life Elsewhere will feature an exclusive interview with Frank Jenkinson, who documented the very first days of Killing Joke in 1979. Frank was right there, living in the same ramshackle house in Notting Hill Gate, London, along with band members and the original management team. Jenkinson witnessed the birth of what was to becomeScreen Shot 2015-09-25 at 12.03.51 PM one of the most influential bands of the late 70’s London music scene. Better still, he had a camera, which he took along to gigs, including the legendary John Peel Radio Show Sessions. The photos he Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 12.03.16 PMtook, graphically document a moment in time, now long gone and shrouded in mystery. Frank’s extraordinary photographs lay dormant in a dusty box, under his stairs, until he recently noticed on Facebook, Killing Joke‘s ever-increasing and devoted following. HeScreen Shot 2015-09-25 at 12.03.00 PM has self-published a unique photo-book, representing a small moment of time in 1979, with plans to publish a much larger volume of his historical pictures. To round out our focus on Killing Joke, we look to the future of music with highlights from Norman B’s 2013 in-depth interview with Killing Joke‘s bass player, Martin Youth Glover.

The Killing Joke photographs are from the BBC John Peel Sessions, October, 17, 1979, by permission of Frank Jenkinson

Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  
Mondays at 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

Past editions of Life Elsewhere are available at the WMNF Listen-On-Demand feature

A Remarkable Voice – Carrie Akre

“It’s a bit different to the other stuff you’ve sent over.” Said the legendary and influential British DJ John Peel, during a telephone call to Norman B, circa 1990. Norman had been sending John boxes of records for a few years by that time. Most notably, was a package he shipped over to London, that included, Mudhoney,TadGreen River and Nirvana. Peel raved on about those releases, playing them often on his nightly BBC radio show. This caused the ever-alert British music press, always on the look out for the next flavor of the month to wax lyrically about the music scene in Seattle. The rest of that story, Norman promises, “I’ll include in my tell-all biography, which I hope to finish sometime in the next year or so.”

John Peel  continued, “It’s a bit different and I like that,” adding, “She has a remarkable voice, what’s her name again?”  Carrie Akre replied  Norman B. The band was Hammerbox, who put out some fine releases, but in retrospect, it could be reasonable to deduce that Hammerbox, despite their deliberately hard name, did not quite fit into the grunge identity. Mostly because of Carrie Akre‘s (as John Peel said), remarkable voice. While she could rock out with the best of ’em, her voice was perhaps too haunting and melodic? She went on to form Goodness and again released excellent records from the middle to late 90’s. Since Goodness disbanded in 1998, she has contributed vocals to the project band The Rockfords (which included Pearl Jam‘s Mike McCready on guitar), and released three solo albums. Currently Carrie Akre is Crowdfunding to record new music.

On the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B will sit down with Carrie to talk about, her career, the ups and downs of the music business and how a musician goes about raising money to record new material.

Make sure you don’t miss Life Elsewhere, Sunday, May 10, 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3 and Monday, May 11, 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio