Sunday, November 16, 2008

The broadcast with Paul Barnes was terrific fun. It's always good to talk to someone who knows what they're on about. He must have enjoyed the experience too, as he gave over two of his three precious hours to blethering with me about Duke Ellington, the Coventry Hippodrome and Liberace, and playing, to use his catchphrase, "some simply spiffing music" (not Liberace, obviously). Anyone daft enough not to stay in on a Saturday night listening to the wireless can catch up on the jollity here.

No sign of it online yet, but Roger Lewis has reviewed Turned Out Nice Again in today's Mail on Sunday. He makes the fair point that variety's such an amorphous mess, it's almost impossible to make any sort of sense of it. At times, writing the bloody thing did feel like plaiting sawdust, but I felt and still feel that it was worth trying. He concludes that it was worth trying too, and recommends it as background reading for media studies students. I'll take that as a compliment...

4 comments:

Phil Norman said...

You mean Lewis didn't CRUCIFY you?

I see variety's still in the news - the recession was all the fault of Bretton Woods, apparently. Looking forward to Gordon Brown accosting Obama with 'I'll stop you going to those youth clubs!'

LF Barfe said...

Quite the opposite. In fact, last night, he sent me a lovely warm email with the review as it stood before the MoS subs cut it to ribbons, and in the context of the full review, the media studies comment comes across as an absolutely unqualified compliment. Just replying to him now, 'appen.

Your mention of our Eli reminds me that I've got some superb Woods action with Roy Hudd and Jim Casey to put on YouTube. Eli singing Karma Chameleon, anyone?

office pest said...

My dad is also a Paul Barnes correspondant and committed Crosby man. You can tell they'd have a lot in common! I shall have to get the tape of the show off him and have a listen.

dave said...

Thank you for flagging the Youtube video on Paul Barnes' programme - it's wonderful despite the quality, and Paul deserves Ross's salary for his show - always a treat. We don't get much jazz in this area (Welsh Borders), and what little we are lucky to see (apart from the Brecon weekend which we have to wait a whole year for)is poorly supported. You might enjoy John Gibbon's book The Gibbs Club Files, if you can find a copy. Thanks again!