Voodoo Excess (Rolling with the Stones) by Jeremy Reed

April 21, 2015

 

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Voodoo Excess

(Rolling with the Stones)

by Jeremy Reed

with an introduction by R J Dent

 

Voodoo Excess, Jeremy Reed’s latest collection, is a history of the Rolling Stones in verse, prose and prose-poetry.

In Voodoo Excess, Jeremy Reed chronicles the Stones’ progress from the early days at the Crawdaddy Club in 1962 to the fiftieth anniversary in 2012; he explicates Mick Jagger’s dance steps and his accent; he examines the Rolling Stones’ logo; and the different ways Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood angle their cigarettes; he describes the emotional impact of the Stones’ Hyde Park performance; he details the Redlands bust and the anti-establishment stance and attitude of the band; and he looks unflinchingly at the violence of Altamont and the inevitable death of the summer of love.

Voodoo Excess is far more than a Rolling Stones biography and it is far more than a collection of Rolling Stones-themed poems and prose-poems – what Jeremy Reed has achieved with Voodoo Excess is to provide an incredibly in-depth, up-close and intimate chronicle of the life and times of a group of musicians who have – for fifty years – collectively and individually continued to define the term ‘rock and roll rebels’.

 

Product details:

Title: Voodoo Excess

Author: Jeremy Reed

Format: Paperback

Pages: 224 pages

Publisher: Enitharmon Press

Published: 12 June 2015

ISBN-10: 1907587500

ISBN-13: 978-1907587504

 

Contents

INTRODUCTION: The Rolling Stones and Jeremy Reed (by R J Dent)

PART 1 – THE GREATEST ROCK AND ROLL BAND IN THE WORLD

PART 2 – THE BRIAN JONES YEARS: 1962–1969

PART 3 – THE MICK TAYLOR YEARS: 1969–74

PART 4 – MEMORABILIA/BONUS MATERIAL

PART 5 – THE RONNIE WOOD YEARS: 1975–

 

Voodoo Excess is available at:

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https://www.waterstones.com/book/voodoo-excess/jeremy-reed/9781907587504

 

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The Blood Delirium: The Vampire in 19th Century European Literature

November 29, 2014

 

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‘R J Dent’s translations are fresh with an exciting raw sexual edge…’ (Candice Black)

 

The Blood Delirium is a definitive collection of 19th century European literature in which the vampire or vampirism – both embodied and atmospheric – is featured or evoked. Twenty-three seminal works by classic European authors, covering the whole of that delirious period from Gothic and Romantic, through Symbolism and Decadence to proto-Surrealism and beyond, in a single volume charged with sex, blood and horror.

 

The Blood Delirium contains a detailed introduction (by editor Candice Black) which not only examines these texts and their meaning, but which also charts the literary and cultural climate in which the new cult of the vampire was allowed to flourish.

 

The Blood Delirium includes texts by Bram Stoker, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Oscar Wilde, J.M. Rymer, Charles Baudelaire, Le Comte de Lautréamont, Paul Féval, Maurice Rollinat, Guy de Maupassant, Count Stenbock, Jean Lorrain, Théophile Gautier, Charles Nodier, John Polidori, J.K. Huysmans, Charlotte Brontë, Ivan Turgenev, Jan Neruda, Augustus Hare, Cyprien Berard and Léon Bloy.

 

Several of the texts in The Blood Delirium are translated by R J Dent into English for the very first time, including those by Cyprien Bérard, Paul Féval, and Maurice Rollinat.

 

 

The Blood Delirium is the definitive collection for literate vampire-lovers.

 

The Blood Delirium is available from:

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-Blood-Delirium-European-Literature/dp/0983884285

 

or from:

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Delirium-The-Candice-Black/dp/0983884285

 

 

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Myth by R J Dent

October 7, 2013

R J Dent’s Myth is a fantasy/horror novel set on a Greek island.

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R J Dent provides some information on his novel, Myth:

R J Dent reads an excerpt from his novel, Myth:

The book trailer for R J Dent’s novel, Myth:

A promotional poster for R J Dent’s novel, Myth:

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Myth is available as an e-book:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Myth-ebook/dp/B00FV6XBUY/ref=la_B0034Q3RD4_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381743927&sr=1-7

and as a paperback:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Myth-R-J-Dent/dp/1843862670/ref=la_B0034Q3RD4_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381743927&sr=1-4

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Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments

February 15, 2011

 Translated by R J Dent

Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments – translated by R J Dent (ISBN 978-1-906451-53-0)

R J Dent’s sensitive modern English translation of the complete Poems & Fragments of Alcaeus is now available to download onto your Kindle at:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alcaeus-Poems-Fragments-ebook/dp/B007HT1ISA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1331151350&sr=1-1

and:

http://www.amazon.com/Alcaeus-Poems-Fragments-ebook/dp/B007HT1ISA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1331151639&sr=8-2

and in ePub format (Sony, Kobo, etc) at:

http://www.hive.co.uk/ebook/alcaeus-poems-fragments/14018263/

and:

http://www.tescoebooks.com/tescoweb/search/SearchSingletitle.aspx?E=9781906451547

Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments is also available in paperback from Circaidy Gregory Press at:

http://www.circaidygregory.co.uk/alcaeus.htm

and from Amazon.co.uk:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alcaeus-Poems-Fragments/dp/1906451532/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1329660575&sr=1-1

Alcaeus was a fellow countryman and contemporary of Sappho, and his beautiful and delicate poetry is often overshadowed by Sappho’s reputation. R J Dent has now translated all of Alcaeus’s Poems & Fragments from ancient Greek into lively modern English in an attempt to rescue Alcaeus’s ethereal poetry from obscurity.

There is no other published translation of Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments in existence.

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Product Details:

Title: Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments – translated by R J Dent [Paperback Edition]

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-906451-53-0

Title: Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments – translated by R J Dent [Kindle Edition]

e-book ISBN: 978-1-906451-54-7

Translator: R J Dent

© R J Dent (2012)

Language: English 

Pages: 112

Paperback ISBN 978-1-906451-53-0 £7.49.  Orders available to trade and retail customers from http://www.circaidygregory.co.uk or to trade via Nielsen Teleorders. Contact sales@circaidygregory.co.uk for discount and SoR terms.

Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments (in paperback and kindle formats) is now available from Amazon, and in all other eformats from all i-stores. Orders available to trade from Gardners and Baker and Taylor.

Here’s a recent review of Alcaeus: Poems & Fragments:

http://hastingsonlinetimes.co.uk/arts-culture/creative-writing/a

R J Dent’s published works include a novel, Myth; translations of Charles Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil & Artificial Paradise; of Le Comte de Lautréamont’s The Songs of Maldoror; of Alcaeus’s Poems & Fragments; a Gothic novella, Deliverance; a poetry collection, Moonstone Silhouettes, and various stories, articles, essays, poems, etc, in a wide range of magazines, periodicals and journals, including Orbis, Philosophy Now, Acumen and Writer’s Muse. 

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Flesh and Excess: On Underground Film by Jack Sargeant

April 16, 2016

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Flesh and Excess: On Underground Film

by Jack Sargeant

Jack Sargeant’s new book, Flesh and Excess: On Underground Film is published by Amok Books and is dedicated to exploring Underground Film since 1999. Flesh and Excess: On Underground Film sees film-studies author Sargeant return to the physical, body-focused, extreme and transgressive films that first interested and intrigued him in the 1980s, when he wrote and published his first essays on cinema.

In Flesh and Excess: On Underground Film, Sargeant’s focus is on the historical, theoretical and philosophical content of the films he analyses. Starting with an exploration of the return to the shock of the body in underground film in the 1980s and the growth of underground film in the 1990s, Sargeant explores and defines an underground cinema that remains radical and contemporary, informing subcultures and independent cinema today.

Primarily focusing on a handful of key works by two award-winning underground filmmakers (Usama Alshaibi and Aryan Kaganof), Sargeant examines the desire – even the need – for a shocking bodily representations and interventions.

Punctuating his writing with philosophical analysis, and with explorations of areas as diverse as industrial culture, surrealism, butoh dance, fine art and medical fetishism, the book challenges the reader to examine the very nature of pleasure, of viewing and of experiencing cinema.

The American underground film scene from the late 70s, 80s and 90s has finally been carefully documented and analysed in Flesh And Excess, which contains a number of insights into the underground scene and situates it in a specific historical perspective.

Flesh and Excess is an important book. In it, a marginal world is discussed and explored in an incisive and intelligent manner. Several films that deal with excesses of the body are explored in almost forensic detail. The book deals with transgressive cinema, and so may not be for everybody, but for those who need a map through the lesser-charted waters of transgressive cinema this book is an informative, entertaining and challenging guide.

Flesh and Excess: On Underground Film is comprehensively illustrated throughout.

Book details:

ISBN-13: 978-1-878923-28-8

ISBN-10: 1-878923-28-5

Film /Filmmaking

$ 19.95/Paper

256 Pages

90 photo illustrations

Flesh and Excess: On Underground Film by Jack Sargeant is available at:

http://www.amazon.com/Flesh-Excess-On-Underground-Film/dp/1878923285

Here is a short book promo film featuring Jack Sargeant talking about Flesh and Excess: On Underground Film:

 

 

Reviews:

Flesh and Excess is a work of passionate scholarship. More than a history of transgressive cinema, Sargeant examines the persistence of underground art across generations, and the particular appeal of cinema that enfolds physical pleasures and horrors. It’s a clear-eyed and fascinating book.” — Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick and Where Art Belongs

“At last! This is now the definitive work on underground film.” — Jon Reiss, filmmaker and author of Think Outside the Box Office

 About Jack Sargeant:

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Jack Sargeant’s most recent book is Flesh and Excess: On Underground Film. Previous titles include Against Control, Deathtripping: The Extreme Underground and Naked Lens: Beat Cinema. His writings on film and culture have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, and DVD releases, including the Throbbing Gristle DVD box set.

Jack Sargeant appears as an interviewee in the documentaries Blank City, The Advocate For Fagdom and Llik Your Idols, amongst others. He has lectured on underground film, beat culture, William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard and many other topics across the world. Jack is currently program director for the Revelation Film Festival.

Other books by Jack Sargeant:

Against Control (2014)

Naked Lens: Beat Cinema (2008)

Deathtripping: the Extreme Underground (2007)

No Focus: Punk On Film (with Chris Barber) (2006)

Bad Cop / Bad Cop (as editor) (2003)

Guns, Death, Terror (as editor) (2002)

Death Cults (as editor) (2002)

Lost Highways: A History of the Road Movie (with Stephanie Watson) (2000)

Cinema Contra Cinema (1999)

Suture 1 (1998)

Born Bad (1996)

Jack Sargeant’s books are available at:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=Jack+Sargeant&search-alias=books&field-author=Jack+Sargeant&sort=relevancerank

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A Collaboration of Unlike Minds: William Blake’s and Robert Graves’ The Tyger by R J Dent

April 15, 2016

 

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The Tiger

 

Tiger tiger burning bright

In the forests of the night

What immortal hand or eye

Could frame thy fearful symmetry

 

In what distant deeps or skies

Burnt the fire of thine eyes

On what wings dared he aspire

What the hand dared seize the fire

 

And what shoulder and what art

Could twist the sinews of thy heart

Did he smile his work to see

Did he who made the lamb make thee

 

Tiger tiger burning bright

In the forests of the night

What immortal hand or eye

Dared frame thy fearful symmetry

 

Robert Graves

 

Even the most cursory glance will reveal some fundamental differences between the above two poems. Graves’ rewrite came about due to a number of flaws he felt existed in Blake’s poem. He writes of these in ‘Tyger, Tyger’, an essay collected in The Crane Bag and Other Disputed Subjects. In the essay, Graves is particularly scathing of Blake’s tendency to mix his tenses, remain ‘imprecise and ambiguous’, ‘grammatically incoherent’ and to not care about the rhetorical focus of the poem.

More importantly, however, Graves neglects at any time to mention that he has ‘made his own arrangement of The Tyger’. After interviewing Graves, Christopher Burstall claims that Graves’ ‘arrangement’ includes ‘cutting out two verses and putting the whole poem in the past tense’, so that it is grammatically correct and more structurally cohesive. Read more…

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A Collaboration of Unlike Minds: Robert Graves’ and William Blake’s The Tyger

Copyright © R J Dent (2007 & 2016)

 

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Echoes by R J Dent

April 11, 2016

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It made the national news.

          For a year after, the residents of the picturesque seaside town talked of little else. Friends of Robert’s family kept copies of the newspapers his disappearance had provided headlines for. The headlines ranged from shrieking alliterative tabloid sensationalism at its worst, to a slightly calmer, more informative recounting of events. Some included an appeal for information. However, in all reports, the details were the same, for despite their different political biases, newspapers always treated an inexplicably missing child in the same way.

          Such a thing is an outrage and all newspapers sell outrage.

          Robert Taylor, an intelligent and reasonably popular twelve year old, had left his house one sunny Easter holiday morning and met up with four friends at a pre-arranged meeting place. From there they had gone to the beach of Carbis Bay to play amongst the rocks and the rock pools and in and out of the small caves dotted along the cliffs. After a while the five children had decided to play hide and seek. Robert had asked to hide first – in fact, according to the other children, he’d been very insistent about this one particular detail. His fervent insistence had unnerved them and their acquiescence had been nervous and hurried. Robert had promptly run off into the afternoon air to hide as his friends counted to two hundred. Then they searched for him.

          They have not found him yet. Read more…

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R J Dent says: ‘ I wrote Echoes for a number of reasons. As I walked along a cliff path in Cornwall I saw some children throwing shells at a boy. He was laughing. Later on that same day, someone threw a rock at the cliff and when it hit, it made a very distinctive ‘tok’ sound, which I wanted to incorporate into  a story. I also wanted to name a story Echoes, after my favourite Pink Floyd song. After my walk, I hand-wrote the first draft of Echoes in about three hours. It’s one of my stories I like best.’

Echoes

Copyright © R J Dent (2010 & 2016)

 

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Opus by R J Dent

April 10, 2016

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You can read everything written by the great ones

          and commit their words to memory –

Use a secret alphabet that only a select few

          will recognise as their own –

Set fire to your hands and searingly etch

          your lines onto the communal retina –

Sail through the catacombs of the subconscious

          in a Viking longship and fetch

          back bales of treasure for your people

          – whoever they might be –

Scan the proverbs tattooed deep on the walls

          of a magpie’s heart, knowing

          they are written in experience’s ink –

Unwind spools of useless magnetic tape

          and let them play in streamers

          on the warm south wind –

Chisel out faces in an obsidian wall,

          gag them to stop them screaming,

          but always give them water once a week –

Give the dead child within you a decent burial,

          then perform an elaborate ritual

          so that it returns to life – Read more…

 

 

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An Untitled Piece of Writing by R J Dent

April 4, 2016

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Commentary:

 

And so, if you should happen to find writing of the type that is taking up the space above these expositional lines, examine it carefully for what sort of text it might be – and what it might be doing. Does it have a purpose? A meaning? Are there any messages in it? Is it of any practical use? Do we learn anything from it? Is it English (Standard, I mean)? Does it conform to the grammatical and lexical rules we all know so well? If not, why not? Read more…

An Untitled Piece of Writing

Copyright © R J Dent (2016)

 

 

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Burt Hirschfeld’s Fire Island Tetralogy: Fire Island, Cindy on Fire, Fire in the Embers and Return to Fire Island

March 14, 2016

 

 

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Burt Hirschfeld (22 May 1923–3 December 2004) was the author of over fifty books, several of them best-sellers. Probably his best known (and best-selling) novels are his Fire Island Tetralogy: Fire Island, Cindy on Fire, Fire in the Embers and Return to Fire Island.

 

 

Fire Island:

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Fire Island was the first of four novels set on the eponymous island. Fire Island: New York’s most beautiful beach resort… a sun-soaked playground for the bored sensation seekers.

Fire Island: where the wealthy, the sun worshippers, the hippies and the lonely housewives all flock in the summer. All come to find the freedom promised by the island.

Fire Island: where six friends share a summer house. Six people at their most vulnerable with ambitions they can’t hope to fulfil and hungers they can’t satisfy.

 

 

Cindy on Fire:

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Cindy on Fire is a sequel to Burt Hirschfeld’s Fire Island. In it, the author focuses on the life of Cindy Ashe from Fire Island. Like the first book, Cindy on Fire is a 500-plus page chronicle of the sex lives of the gone-to-seed sixties flower children, living on Fire Island. Cindy, the promiscuous teen of Fire Island, has grown up and is still very promiscuous.

Welcome to Cindy’s world – the decadent playground of society studs and jet-set perverts, of dirty old men lusting for naked young bodies and freaked-out hippies into acid rock sex scenes.

Follow Cindy’s search for fulfilment – out of her middle-class upbringing into the sordid glamour of international film making and on to a non-stop merry-go-round of exotic lovers. It’s a trip too hot to forget. And once you’ve Cindy Ashe, you’ll never forget her.

 

 Fire in the Embers:

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Fire in the Embers is a young writer’s fight for fame in a decadent society of instant success and fast failure.

Fire in the Embers tells of Mike Birns’ struggle to change the ocean-side bedrooms of Fire Island for the opulent offices of Hollywood, where eager girls are only too willing to trade their bodies to break into movies.

Fire in the Embers is about a man with too many easy women, too many long nights at the gaming tables and too much ambition to ignore the temptations.

 

Return to Fire Island:

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Fire Island – The East Coast playground for the beautiful achievers. They fight hard for success. Back on Fire Island, they enjoy the rewards.

Fire Island – A pleasure island where the sun comes up on last night’s lust. Where desire is hotter than the summer sun, and the warm nights are drenched in the fevered search for excitement.

Fire Island – Where the hot crowd comes to live out their fantasies.

In Return to Fire Island, Burt Hischfeld takes a look at the residents of Fire Island, and gives us a chronicle of the people who live and vacation where New York’s money and beauty buy every pleasure under the sun. And there’s a lot of money – and a lot of pleasures to be had.

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Burt Hirschfeld is a very powerful writer, with a talent for good dialogue, exotic settings, and excellent character insights.

 

Many of his books are available here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Burt-Hirschfeld/e/B001HP1UD8

 

and here:

http://www.amazon.com/Burt-Hirschfeld/e/B001HP1UD8

and there are reviews of a few of his books here:

http://glorioustrash.blogspot.co.uk/2010/06/fire-island-glorious-70s-trash.html

 

Burt Hirschfeld’s Fire Island Tetralogy: Fire Island, Cindy on Fire, Fire in the Embers and Return to Fire Island.

 

© R J Dent (2016)

 

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My Father’s Garden: Fireworks by R J Dent

January 25, 2016

 

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Bonfire Night was always fun.

Bonfires are great and fireworks are even greater.

My father never bought lots of fireworks on Bonfire Night – there were never more than eight to ten in a box, but there were Catherine Wheels, Roman Candles, Fountains, Jumping Jacks, Bottle Rockets, Fire Crackers – and we always had Sparklers.

I don’t mean to sound churlish, but sparklers are not the most exciting type of firework in existence. You light them, wave them around, they fizz and sparkle for a minute, then they die. They’re the firework world’s equivalent to the mayfly. One great (or in the mayfly’s case, not-so-great) aerial incendiary burst, and then gone, done, nothing left but the inevitable fall… Read more…

 

 

 

Pauline Baynes and J.R.R. Tolkien

January 25, 2016

Pauline Diana Baynes (9 September 1922 – 1 August 2008) was an English illustrator whose work can be found in more than one hundred books, notably several by J. R. R. Tolkien.

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Pauline Baynes was born in Hove, East Sussex. She spent much of her childhood in Farnham, studying at the Farnham School of Art (now the University for the Creative Arts) and eventually attended the Slade School of Fine Art.

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She worked for the Ministry of Defence, where she was soon transferred to a map-making department, and where she acquired skills that she later employed when she drew maps of Middle-Earth for J. R. R. Tolkien.

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In her obituary for The Daily Telegraph, Charlotte Cory described how Baynes and Tolkien came to be associated:

‘In 1948 Tolkien was visiting his publishers, George Allen & Unwin, to discuss some disappointing artwork that they had commissioned for his novella Farmer Giles of Ham, when he spotted, lying on a desk, some witty reinterpretations of medieval marginalia from the Luttrell Psalter that greatly appealed to him. These, it turned out, had been sent to the publishers ‘on spec’ by the then-unknown Pauline Baynes. Tolkien demanded that the creator of these drawings be set to work illustrating Farmer Giles of Ham and was delighted with the subsequent results, declaring that ‘Pauline Baynes has reduced my text to a commentary on her drawings’. Further collaboration between Tolkien and his Farmer Giles illustrator followed, and a lifelong friendship developed…’

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Tolkien wanted Pauline Baynes to illustrate The Lord of the Rings, but the book grew into a huge project that made that particular plan impractical. Nevertheless, Baynes created immaculately drawn and exquisitely coloured versions of the author’s maps of the lands travelled by Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.

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Baynes’ also designed a slipcase for the three volumes of Tolkien’s epic:

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The slipcase illustrations were later adapted for the cover for the original one-volume 1973 paperback edition – an indispensable prop of the seventies generation – with its evocative landscape of Middle-Earth viewed through a doorway of yellow, over-arching trees.

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The same designs were used for the 1981 three volumes edition.

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Eventually, a drawing by Pauline Baynes was used to illustrate Tolkien’s final hobbit piece, the poem, Bilbo’s Last Song:

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which appeared as a poster in 1974:

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and then as a book in 1990:

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Pauline Baynes was for a long while the only Tolkien illustrator of note.

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Her work was approved by Tolkien himself, but faded from view as the Tolkien industry began to expand in the late seventies and other artists quickly crowded the field, many of whom lacked Pauline Baynes’ subtlety and sympathy for the material.

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Pauline Baynes and J.R.R. Tolkien

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Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

December 6, 2015

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Steve Harley is an English singer and songwriter, best known for his work with the band he founded in 1970s, the glam rock group Cockney Rebel, with whom he still occasionally tours.

 

The Human Menagerie is Cockney Rebel’s debut studio album. It was produced by Neil Harrison, and released by EMI Records in November 1973.

 

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Tracks:

 

Hideaway

What Ruthy Said

Loretta’s Tale

Crazy Raver

Sebastian

Mirror Freak

My Only Vice

Muriel the Actor

Chameleon

Death Trip

 

All songs written and composed by Steve Harley

 

Personnel:

 

Steve Harley – vocals

Jean-Paul Crocker – electric violin, mandolin, guitar

Milton Reame-James – keyboards

Paul Jeffreys – bass

Stuart Elliott – drums, percussion

 

 

 

The Psychomodo is the second studio album by Cockney Rebel. Produced by Steve Harley and Alan Parsons, it was released by EMI Records in June 1974.

 

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 Tracks:

 

Sweet Dreams

Psychomodo

Mr. Soft

Singular Band

Ritz

Cavaliers

Bed in the Corner

Sling It!

Tumbling Down

 

All songs written and composed by Steve Harley

 

Personnel:

 

Steve Harley – vocals

Jean-Paul Crocker – electric violin, mandolin, guitar

Milton Reame-James – keyboards

Paul Jeffreys – bass

Stuart Elliott – drums, percussion

 

 

The Best Years of Our Lives is the third album by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel released in March 1975. It was the first album that used Harley’s name ahead of the band (the band was previously known simply as Cockney Rebel). The album contains the band’s biggest hit, the million selling ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)’

 

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Tracks:

 

Introducing The Best Years

The Mad, Mad Moonlight

Mr. Raffles (Man, It Was Mean)

It Wasn’t Me

Panorama

Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)

Back to the Farm

49th Parallel

The Best Years of Our Lives

 

All songs written and composed by Steve Harley

 

Personnel:

 

Steve Harley – vocals

Jim Cregan – guitars, backing vocals

George Ford – bass guitar, backing vocals

Duncan Mackay – synthesizer, keyboards, Hammond organ, electric piano, clavinet, elka, grand piano, violin

Stuart Elliott – drums, percussion, marimba

 

 

Timeless Flight is the fourth studio album by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, released in 1976.

 

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 Tracks:

 

Red Is a Mean, Mean Colour – 4:29

White, White Dove – 5:37

Understand – 7:15

All Men Are Hungry – 4:51

Black or White (And Step on It) – 5:48

Everything Changes – 2:23

Nothing Is Sacred – 5:43

Don’t Go, Don’t Cry – 5:04

 

All songs written and composed by Steve Harley

 

Personnel:

 

Steve Harley – lead vocals, producer, liner notes

Jim Cregan – guitars, backing vocals

George Ford – bass guitar, backing vocals

Duncan Mackay – keyboards

Stuart Elliott – drums, percussion

 

 

Love’s a Prima Donna is an album by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, released in October 1976. The album reached No. 28 in the UK Albums Chart in November 1976.

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 Tracks:

 

Seeking a Love

G.I. Valentine

Finally a Card Came

Too Much Tenderness

(Love) Compared with You

(I Believe) Love’s a Prima Donna

Sidetrack II

Seeking a Love, Pt. 2

If This Is Love (Give Me More)

Carry Me Again

Here Comes the Sun

Innocence and Guilt

Is It True What They Say

 

All songs written and composed by Steve Harley

except Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison

 

Personnel:

 

Steve Harley – vocals, guitar, producer

Jim Cregan – guitar, backing vocals

Jo Partridge – guitar

George Ford – bass, backing vocals

Duncan Mackay – keyboards

Stuart Elliott – drums

 

 

Face to Face: A Live Recording is a live album by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, released in 1977. Following the release of the 1976 studio album Love’s a Prima Donna, the band embarked on a UK tour to promote it. Harley recorded a number of concerts between December 1976 and January 1977 and the best tracks were then sorted for a live album.

 

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 Tracks:

 

Here Comes the Sun

(I Believe) Love’s a Prima Donna

The Mad, Mad Moonlight

Red is a Mean, Mean Colour

Sweet Dreams

Finally a Card Came

Psychomodo

If This Is Love (Give Me More)

The Best Years of Our Lives

(Love) Compared with You

Mr. Soft

Sebastian

Seeking a Love

Tumbling Down

Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)

 

All songs written and composed by Steve Harley

except Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison

 

Personnel:

 

Steve Harley – vocals

Jo Partridge – guitar

George Ford – bass guitar

Duncan Mackay – keyboards

Stuart Elliott – drums

 

 

Hobo with a Grin is a debut solo album by Steve Harley. It was released in July 1979, eighteen months after Harley had disbanded Cockney Rebel.

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 Tracks:

 

Roll the Dice

Amerika the Brave

Living in a Rhapsody

I Wish It Would Rain

Riding the Waves (For Virginia Woolf)

Someone’s Coming

Hot Youth

(I Don’t Believe) God is an Anarchist

Faith, Hope and Charity

 

Personnel:

 

Steve Harley – vocals

Jo Partridge – guitar

George Ford – bass guitar

Duncan Mackay – keyboards

Stuart Elliott – drums

 

 

The Candidate is the second solo studio album by British singer-songwriter Steve Harley released in 1979.

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Tracks:

 

Audience With the Man

Woodchopper

Freedom’s Prisoner

Love on the Rocks

Who’s Afraid?

One More Time

How Good It Feels

From Here to Eternity

Young Hearts (The Candidate)

 

Personnel:

 

Steve Harley – Vocals, Producer (all tracks), Writer (all tracks)

Yvonne Keeley – Backing Vocals

Jo Partridge, Phil Palmer – Guitar

Nico Ramsden – Guitar, Backing Vocals

John Giblin – Bass

Joey Carbone – Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Steve Gregory – Saxophone, Saxophone Arrangement

Stuart Elliott – Drums

Bryn Hawarth – Mandolin (track 1 only)

The English Chorale – Choir (track 3 only)

Robert Howes – Choir Director – Robert Howes (track 3 only)

Jimmy Horowitz – Producer (all tracks), Writer (track 3 only), Celesta (track 2 only)

 

Yes You Can is the third studio album by British singer-songwriter Steve Harley, released in 1992 within Europe and 1993 in the UK.

 

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Tracks:

 

Irresistible

Victim of Love

Rain in Venice

Star for a Week (Dino)

Promises

Fire in the Night

The Alibi

New-Fashioned Way

The Lighthouse

Dancing on the Telephone

 

Personnel:

 

Steve Harley – vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar, harmonica, producer

Jim Cregan – acoustic guitar

Alan Darby – guitar

Rick Driscoll – guitar

Harvey Hinsley – guitar

Robin LeMesurier – guitar

Nick Pynn – acoustic guitar, guitar

Barry Wickens – acoustic guitar, violin, viola

Kevin Powell – bass

Adrian Lee – keyboards

Duncan Mackay – keyboards

Stuart Elliott – drums

Paul Francis – drums

Dave Mattacks – drums

 

 

Poetic Justice is the fourth studio album by British singer-songwriter Steve Harley, released in 1996.

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Tracks:

 

That’s My Life in Your Hands

What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted?

Two Damn’d Lies

Loveless

Strange Communications

All in a Life’s Work

Love Minus Zero-No Limit

Safe

The Last Time I Saw You

Crazy Love

Riding the Waves (For Virginia Woolf)

 

Personnel:

 

Steve Harley – lead vocals, producer

Paul Francis – drums

Andrew Brown – bass, double-bass

Thomas Arnold – Hammond organ, accordion, percussion, piano, keyboards

Ian Nice – piano, keyboards

Nick Pynn – acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, dulcimer, mando-cello

Phil Beer – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bottle-neck guitar, violin, vocals

Richard Durrant – classical guitar on ‘Crazy Love’

Mark Price – drums on ‘Strange Communications’ and ‘The Last Time I Saw You’

Herbie Flowers – double-bass on ‘Strange Communications’

Susan Harvey – vocals

 

 

Unplugged is a 1999 live acoustic album by English songwriter and musician Steve Harley.

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 Tracks:

 

My Only Vice (Is the Fantastic Prices I Charge for Being Eaten Alive)”

Star for a Week (Dino)

The Best Years of Our Lives

Judy Teen

The Last Time I Saw You

Mr. Soft

(Love) Compared with You

Tumbling Down

Only You

Bed in the Corner

Sling It!

Riding the Waves (For Virginia Woolf)

Sebastian

Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)

 

Personnel:

 

Steve Harley – Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Compiler

Nick Pynn – Acoustic Lead Guitar, Dulcimer, Mando-cello, Violin

 

 

The Quality of Mercy is a studio album from English rock band Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel. Led by Steve Harley, the band’s line-up consisted of new musicians compared to the last Cockney Rebel album. The album was released on CD in the UK and Norway only, through Gott Discs, whilst Pinnacle Records handled the album’s distribution within the UK.

 

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 Tracks:

 

The Last Goodbye

Journey’s End (A Father’s Promise)

Saturday Night at the Fair

No Rain on This Parade

The Coast of Amalfi

The Last Feast

Save Me (From Myself)

When the Halo Slips

A Friend for Life

 

Personnel:

 

Vocals, Guitar – Steve Harley

Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Robbie Gladwell

Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Backing Vocals – Barry Wickens

Keyboards – James Lascelles

Bass – Lincoln Anderson

Drums – Adam Houghton

 

 

Stranger Comes to Town is a studio album from English songwriter and musician Steve Harley. The album was released in 2010 and was Harley’s first studio album in five years, after the Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel album The Quality of Mercy.

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Tracks:

 

Faith & Virtue

Take the Men & the Horses Away

For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Worn.

Stranger Comes to Town

This Old Man

True Love Will Find You in the End

No Bleeding Hearts

Blinded with Tears

Before They Crash the Universe

2,000 Years from Now

 

Personnel:

 

Steve Harley – Acoustic Guitar, Vocals

Stuart Elliott – Percussion, Drums, Hand Drums

Robbie Gladwell – 12 String Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals

Barry Wickens – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Violin, Viola, Background Vocals

Lincoln Anderson – Bass, Double Bass

James Lascelles – Piano, Synthesizer, Percussion, Keyboards, Hammond B3, Synthesizer Strings, Mini Moog, Dulcimer (Hammer), Melodica, Drums

Kerr Nice – Piano

Katie Brine – Background Vocals

Marcus Greenwood, Sam Hewitson, Maisie Colquhoun, Grace Nickalls, Maya Hodgson, Joe Dobson – Choir, Chorus on “2,000 Years from Now” (from Spooner Row Primary School)

 

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Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel’s work can be found at:

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Georges Bataille

November 20, 2015

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Georges Bataille (10 September 1897 – 9 July 1962) was a French intellectual and writer working in literature, philosophy, and the history of art. His writings included novels, essays and poetry. His subjects included eroticism, mysticism and transgression.

His fiction includes:

Story of the Eye:

Story of the Eye (L’histoire de l’oeil) is a 1928 short novel that details the increasingly bizarre sexual perversions of a pair of teenage lovers. It is narrated by an unnamed young man looking back on his exploits.

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L’Abbé C:

L’Abbé C (1950) is a work of dark eroticism, centred on the relationship between two twentieth century brothers in a small French village, one of whom is a Catholic parish priest, while the other is a libertine. The novel explores issues of split subjectivity, existential angst and bad faith.

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Blue of Noon:

Blue of Noon (Le Bleu du Ciel) is an erotic novella. Bataille completed the work in 1935, but it was not published until 1957. The book deals with both incest and necrophilia.

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My Mother, Madame Edwarda, The Dead Man:

My Mother is a frank and intense depiction of a young man’s sexual initiation and corruption by his mother, where the profane becomes sacred, and intense experience is shown as the only way to transcend the boundaries of society and morality. Madame Edwarda is the story of a prostitute who calls herself God, and The Dead Man, published in 1964 after Bataille’s death, is a startling short tale of cruelty and desire.

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His non-fiction includes:

Eroticism:

Eroticism is a collection of essays on taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality. Bataille examines these themes with an original, often startling perspective. He challenges any single discourse on the erotic. The scope of his inquiry ranges from Emily Bronte to Sade, from St. Therese to Claude Levi-Strauss and Dr. Kinsey; and his subjects include prostitution, mythical ecstasy, cruelty, desire and sexuality.

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Literature and Evil:

Literature and Evil is an extraordinary 1957 collection of essays, which begins with Bataille’s assertion that ‘Literature is not innocent. Bataille argues that only by acknowledging literature’s complicity with the knowledge of evil can literature communicate fully and intensely. The literary profiles of eight authors and their work, including Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal and the writings of Sade, Kafka and Sartre, explore subjects such as violence, eroticism, childhood, myth and transgression.

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Georges Bataille’s books are available at:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=george+bataille

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