September 23, 2009
It’s a fact of life isn’t it? You change. The world changes. And if you don’t change there’s a danger you’ll get left behind. Change, lest we forget, is the underlying theme of this blog.
All of which is by way of a rather melodramatic preamble to say things have changed for me. I was recently made redundant and it’s largely the reason I stopped the blog as I needed to focus on other things. But I think I’m through it now…have turned a corner etc. etc.
I’m not quite there yet though. In the meantime, if you’re new to this site, or are patiently waiting for new material, here are a few links to some of the posts I’ve liked or that provoked discussion.
Early on in this blog, I posted up a singles review from James Brown, then of the N.M.E. The post now is almost exactly as originally posted. I say almost, because a week or two after posting it, I received this email which I’ll share with you all now for the first time.
To whoever you are
A friend sent me a link to your website pointing out some singles reviews I wrote. Can you remove the libelous comment about ‘nazi worship’.
Now I don’t know how this reads to you, but I was rather taken aback. I mean, surely if you are going to threaten someone over a libellous comment, then the least you can do is spell the word correctly. As a friend said at the time “the immediate legal threat, poor spelling and reference to ‘Big House’ should be enough to try and pillory the cunt.”
But I didn’t. I maintained a dignified silence, tweaked the post and left it at that. But today I thought I’d share that with you in case anyone does sympathise with him and thinks I’ve got him all wrong. I haven’t.
One of the great things about the format of this blog is that a new post can simply be a new scan. If I don’t feel inspired to write anything then I don’t have to force it. I’m not a particularly great writer but occasionally I have found myself writing longer posts. An interesting effect of which is that it’s these posts that generate the most comments and discussion. Here are a couple of my longer posts that got people talking.
Everett True on Hole I like for the embedded video and list of their notable highlights and here’s another one I remember that amused me when I read it which I think provoked some fair retrospective analysis.
Clearly, there’s a lot more than this at AMP. I forget how much I’ve posted over the last year and a half. If you like the links above then stick around, dig deep and enjoy.