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Newsletter 18/12/2020 Issue 2

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~ MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A WARM WELCOME TO 2021 ~

Firstly, please let me apologise. What kind of idiot sends out a brand new newsletter on Black Friday? This kind of idiot, thats who. On a day where we drown in endless BUY, BUY, BUY emails, I thought I’d just stick another one on top – Sorry!

So, 2020, we are nearly done, you’ve not been all bad but I wouldn’t want to see you again. I miss gigs, I miss the pub, I even miss my drunk mates over-hugging me.

But there have been some real positives, my pedalboard is sorted, I’ve launched a podcast, I’ve learned how to edit in Final Cut Pro, read a ton of books, hung out with my family & saved a fortune on petrol.

I’m taking the positives and leaving the rest behind.

Have a very Merry Christmas everyone, you’ve earned it.

Jason
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~ THE GUITAR SHOW MEMORIES ~
 
They say, you should never meet your heroes.
I say, it depends on who your heroes are.
 
I was 17 when AFD came out, the perfect age. I was a working-class kid, from a working-class city, in the middle of Thatcher’s drive to eradicate the UK’s manufacturing base. I lived in the industrial heartland, a barren and crumbling landscape with, to quote Mr Rotten “no future”. I was angry and confused in the way only teenagers can be.
 
I had been looking for Hanoi Rocks albums and found Live?!*@ Like A Suicide, because Gu and Ha were next to each other, it cost me £5.99. I only bought it because Axl looked like Mike Monroe and Izzy looked like Andy McCoy (shallow, I know).
 
I loved it and eagerly awaited the release of their proper debut album. First came It’s So Easy / Mr Brownstone, the fury and the rage spoke to me like only Never Mind The Bollocks had before.
 
I gravitated to Duff and Izzy, despite the press love-in with Axl and Slash (poor Steven), they seemed cooler, more aloof, more punk rock. I stood in front of them both when I got to see them at Nottingham’s Rock City in October 87.
 
Fast forward 25 years and I’m stood back stage at Hammersmith Odeon (or whatever name it had then) with Velvet Revolver, asking Duff to do Music Live at The NEC. He said yes.
 
I bounced in to the MD’s office the following day to tell him, in true corporate style the first question is, where are you going to take him to eat? Apparently, a curry wasn’t the correct answer, but I only ever went for a curry.
 
Simpson’s, Birmingham’s premier, Michelin starred restaurant. I called, it was fully booked, the waiting list was months. I said, but it’s Duff from GNR… certainly sir, how many was the booking for? It was so easy; it was also the most expensive meal I have ever paid for (£850).
 
If you ever wanted to know what Duff is like, these three things might show you:
 
The sommelier asked what type of water Duff wanted, Sparkling or Still? Tap was the answer.
 
After what we all agreed was the best meal we had ever eaten, Duff said, next time, let’s just go for a curry.
 
I went to NAMM after I had been made redundant from Music Live, bumped in to Duff and told him that I was trying to get a show up and running, he said do you want me to come over? And he did.
 
So, if your hero is Duff “King of Beers” McKagan, go ahead and meet him, you won’t be disappointed
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~ BOOK ~

All you ever wanted to know about the Bursts – The Burst Believers Vol 1 – 5 by Vic DaPra

Whilst you could say, there isn’t much to these books, I find them endlessly fascinating, how a huge part of the guitar community can fall in love with a few hundred guitars from 1958-60, these books try and document the remaining Bursts and some of their stories.

I got mine from eBay & Amazon
Here.

~ PODCAST ~
 
I really enjoy Chris’s Podcast, I’m not even much of a Foo Fighters fan but I guess when you are in the Foo Fighters, you have a pretty good reach to other artists.

Chris Shiflett, guitarist for Foo Fighters, Dead Peasants, and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, hosts “
Walking The Floor,” where he engages a wide range of musical guests, writers, athletes, and artists in one-on-one interviews exploring their creative inspirations, struggles, successes, and everything in between. Past guests include Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Mike Ness, Steve Earle, John Doe, Sturgill Simpson, and more!
~ FILM ~
 
Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight.
 
This is probably my all time favourite music documentary. Worth your time just to hear the isolated Merry Clayton vocal track from Gimmie Shelter, if you can’t be bothered its here . A proper goosebumps moment.

The film follows the behind-the-scenes experiences of backup singers and stars Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega, and Jo Lawry, among many others.

On March 2, 2014, it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards.

The very end will bring a little tear to your eye.

You can see 20 Feet From Stardom on Netflix here
~ INSTAGRAM ~
 
Last summer I was lucky enough to go to Summer NAMM in Nashville. The day before the show opened I had time to visit some of the best guitar stores I had ever seen. Rumble Seat, Gruhn Guitars and Carter Vintage.

My favourite was Carter Vintage, I spent ages playing every Gibson acoustic I could, fell in love with a 1958 J45 that I couldn’t afford, in fact the only thing I could afford was a T Shirt.

Their Instagram page is full of beautifully curated photos, you should check them out.
 
 ~ ON THE TURNTABLE ~
 
Yeah late to the party, only discovered Larkin Poe about 18 months ago. I was researching the blues for a Cultural Perspectives class I was depping. When I was asked to do it, I was like I know the blues, then realised that I can’t blather on about Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf for 90 minutes, these students are 19 years old, they have no idea, I had better bring it up to date.

One of my favourite songs is
John The Revelator by Son House, from there it was a YouTube recommendation to Larkin Poe’s version. Two weeks later and I owned the whole back catalogue.

Their
YouTube Channel has regular updates and covers (especially in lockdown), they’ve just released the best of them as an album – Kindred Spirits.

You can check out the album here ~
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Newsletter 27/11/2020 Issue 1

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~ 2020 SUCKS ~

I had written a long intro (since deleted), talking about why The Guitar Show 2021 wouldn’t be happening, but we all know why, and whilst my event is only one of thousands of events that have been cancelled, and it’s only another company barely holding on. It’s my company, it’s my show, I created it and I bloody love it.

On good days, I know it’ll pass, on bad days, I wonder if I’ll ever get to run it again.

To ease my mind, I’ve created this newsletter. It’s not an original idea, in fact I was inspired by a clothing company called Hiut Denim, they do the most wonderfully curated newsletters (and awesome jeans). So, what follows are things that have grabbed my attention this month, as you, like me clearly love all things guitar. You might find some of it interesting. I hope so.

I’ll see you again at The Guitar Show 2022.

Jason
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~ THE GUITAR SHOW MEMORIES ~

Phil X at The Guitar Show 2020
 
A genuine highlight of my many years of running events, I door-stepped Phil at NAMM, he had just finished a talk on the Gibson stand.

The conversation went like… “Hello, my name is Jason and I run a guitar show in the UK, it opens 3 days before your UK tour, want to come along?” Poor Phil, he didn’t stand a chance, we shook on it there and then.

A week before the show his people sent me his rider (all very sensible), I got the amps, I got the mics, I got the pedalboard, etc. Phil landed on the Saturday, I had a stressful wait for the chauffeur company to tell me he had been collected from Gatwick, 4 hours later I picked him up in a cab from his hotel and did what any Brummie would do, I took him for a curry in the Balti Triangle.

Sunday was show day, Phil arrived, I asked what Pret sandwich he would like, “eh?”, its on the rider, you require a Pret or Sainbury’s sandwich, “fuck that man, lets rock” and off in to the show he went. A total sweetheart and a total star.


 

~ BOOK ~

I collect guitar related books, so I’ve placed my order for this:

Stompbox: 100 Pedals of the World’s Greatest Guitarists, is a deluxe celebration of the unsung hero of guitar music–the effects pedal.

Stompbox showcases the actual effects pedals owned and used by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Frank Zappa, Alex Lifeson, Andy Summers, Eric Johnson, Adrian Belew, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Ed O’Brien, J Mascis, Lita Ford, Joe Perry, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Vernon Reid, Kaki King, Nels Cline and 82 other iconic and celebrated guitarists.

These exquisitely textured fine-art photographs are matched with fresh, insightful commentary and colorful road stories from the artists themselves, who describe how these fascinating and often devilish devices shaped their sounds and songs.

https://stompboxbook.com/shop/

~ PODCAST ~
 
I love a good podcast, so much so, that I have my own, but this is the daddy of UK guitar podcasts, if you’ve been to The Guitar Show it is most likely that you have seen these guys around, you should check it out

http://www.guitarnerds.net/
~ FILM ~
 
What’s that? It’s a drum! What’s that? It’s a drum too! They’re all drums!

James Brown explaining to his band that every instrument is just a drum. The Godfather of Soul’s life made in to a movie with the late Chadwick Boseman in the title role. I honestly have no idea of the accuracy of the film, but I really enjoy watching it and the music is fantastic.

Mick Jagger Produced it, so there are a few glimpses of young Mick n Keef.

You can see Get On Up on Netflix here

 
~ INSTAGRAM ~
 
Eleanor Jane Photography, you’ve seen her stunning work in Guitar Magazine   a couple of years ago we spent sometime together at the “other” show in California in January, The SoCal Guitar Show , its much more fun than NAMM, Joe Bonamassa had a stand there and was just raving about some photo’s that Eleanor had taken of his gear. You should follow her on Instagram for regular guitar porn updates and check out her new 2021 Calendar Burst & Goldtops.
 
 ~ ON THE TURNTABLE ~
 
I miss Tom Petty, I miss The Heartbreakers, they were to me, the perfect American rock n’ roll band and the world is a poorer place without them.

So I’m pleased so see that Mike Campbell is back with his Dirty Knobs, the debut album is out this month. Mike always seems to play just the right thing, at just the right time, plus he has tone to die for.

You can check out the album here ~
https://thedirtyknobs.lnk.to/WrecklessAbandon
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