Category Archives: Patti Smith

A Conversation With Mr. B

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By the age of eleven, he planned to be a graphic designer or a radio announcer. Then, Elvis changed his life. Music became a passion. He was there, the night Andrew Oldham discovered the Stones. At art school, he learnt about the Blues, R & B, Soul and Reggae. A visit to New York in ’74 found him at CBGB, alongside Lenny Kaye and Patti Smith as Television performed. A chance introduction to radio resulted in a long career as an acclaimed interviewer. This is part one of his story, illustrated with music from Johnnie RayElvis PresleyThe Rolling Stones, Marvin GayeThe SkatalitesRoy & MillieAlton EllisToots & The MaytalsJohnny Clarke, Television and Killing Joke.

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“Evening All”

hi001263351.jpgFrom 1955 to 1976, each episode began with the genial London bobby, effecting a modest salute as he said, “Evening All”. That opening line became a British household phrase, which lives on to this day as a jocular greeting. It was the BBC TV series, Dixon of Dock Green,  supposedly about daily life at a London police station, with the emphasis on petty crime, successfully controlled through common sense and human understanding. The central character was a mature and sympathetic police constable, George Dixon, played by Jack Warner in all of the 432 episodes. The policeman portrayed in Dixon is a far cry from fictional or real-life officers of the law today. The juxtaposition between real and crime-thriller police are discussed in the next edition of Life Elsewhere. Bestselling author Peter DixonJames joins host, Norman B to talk about his latest book, the tenth in the Roy Grace detective-thriller series. James offers thought-provoking observations about police procedures, criminal minds and the more innocent times of Dixon of Dock Green. Be sure not to miss the early part of the interview when Peter James and Norman B share their respective experiences with stalkers!

Lizzy Mercier DesclouxThis week’s Hit That Never Was features French No Wave cult artist, Lizzy Mercier Descloux with her cover of Arthur Brown’s Fire. The musician, singer-songwriter, composeractress, writer and painter, became involved in the Punk and New Wave, met with up Patti Smith and Richard Hell when visiting New York in 1975. She moved to New York 1977 and became a name in the No Wave movement. Despite being bankrolled at one time by Island Records’ Chris Blackwell, she never really had much success in the US and moved back to France. In the mid 90’s she moved to Corsica and devoted herself to painting and to writing an unpublished novel. In 2003, she was diagnosed with cancer, from which she died the following year. Fire is from her 1979 album Press Color, but you can also find it on a 2003 reissue featuring tracks from others sessions.

Its Holiday time, so what better than a brand new song for the season?Lola Dutronic are a multi-lingual Electro Pop duo consisting of Toronto-based producer/composer Richard Citroen and Dusseldorf-based vocalist Stephanie B. Their latest single “The Christmas Disco” is a teaser from their new album “Lost In Translation” which will be released in the Spring of 2015. 

Also in the program, Norman B selects two music choices he thinks are worthy of making a Best of ListFirst up, Lydia Ainsworth with a version of a song covered by so many people, Chris Isaak’s, Wicked Game. Hailing from Canada, Ainsworth‘s album Right From Realwould make a fine Holiday gift. Coincidentally, so would the latest album from our other north-of-the-border favorite, the talented and charming Barzin with his excellent Something I Have Not Done Is Following Me. We encourage you to start your Monday with the very best in Art, Media & Culture: Life Elsewhere. And, if you happen to miss the program live, you can go to Stitcher to hear the Podcast.

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What Would Sid Say, Frida As Patti Smith, Good Pop Music & More

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 Power, Corruption & LiesTime Traveling PhotosFake Frida as Patti

The latest installment of BACK. covers a lot of territory, including a question about Sid Vicious‘s cover of My Way in a car commercial, Frida Kahlo nude and as Patti Smith, pixilated album sleeves, new pop music and much more…

BACK.  is the page where Norman B. the host and creator of Life Elsewhere presents his thoughts, observations and curated links to all manner of places. We encourage you to take a look, then scroll down and discover places you never new existed. You’ll find music before the other indie music blogs receive their promo packages. Discover links to graphic artists, photographers and designers who deserve your attention. BACK. shares links to sites carefully curated by Norman B. and occasionally stories about and from his life, like the time he lusted after and eventually bought a pair Manolo Blahnik shoes. We invite you to BACK. now…

Life Elsewhere airs next: Monday August 25 at 9.00am ET (1400 GMT)

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