Here’s Tony Benjamin’s weekly preview – and I am reminded that linking here might be helpful by the, ah, persistence you need to actually find it on the Bristol247 site. As usual it covers an amazing selection of gigs – special mention for Iain Ballamy at the Fringe, which is bound to be full, and Dave O’Higgins at the Hen and Chicken on Sunday. I won’t make either, but they should both be especially good.
Such a feast of live music at the moment. I am indulging, in anticipation of thinner times in December and January, and it’s already been a memorable musical week. Off to the London Jazz Festival shortly for some reviewing (Pat Metheny, Schaerer/Wollny/Parisien/Peirani and Mark Guiliana since you ask – the reviews will follow on LondonJazzNews.com). So no time to write much about other things, but a few notes about the earlier part of the week to help fix some things in the memory.
Nostalgia for the future is easily evoked in the early 21st century. No one knows what the future holds, but we can explore a growing archive of past prognostications. Their depictions of days to come are as often dire as desirable. But flashy, technophile futures, often vividly illustrated, offer a handy contrast to the fearful mood of a time when confidence that change might be for the better is in short supply. This has led to a literature of disappointed hopes.
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