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What's new in iJamming!...
Sun, Dec 10, 2000
The iJAMMING! interview: TRAVIS.
Fran Healy explains why "you cannot own a song." (And why Liam Gallagher "is going to turn into a really great songwriter.")
SUPERDRAG
They love rock'n'roll but they don't want to deal with the hassle
WINE AND MUSIC:
What wine fans and music devotees have in common.
ALICE COOPER
remembers Keith Moon.
COMING AND GOING
Chapter 1:
I remember DAVID
Featured wine:
COTES D'OAKLEY
The perfect party wine at the perfect party price.
Featured vine:
VIOGNIER:
Finally, a worthy rival to Chardonnay.
Featured wino:
TIMO MAAS on what to open while at home with his new mix CD, Music for the Maases.
FORGOTTEN CLASSICS
Ride's 1990 debut Nowhere
The JAMMING! Gallery part 1: the first twelve magazine covers.
MUSIC ON THE WEB
Why it's hard to sympathize with the music industry
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WHAT IS iJAMMING!?

Back in the heady punk rock heyday of 1977, I started a fanzine at school, following the famous encouragement of Sniffin' Glue founder Mark Perry that "it was easy, it was cheap, go and do it." Truth is, it wasn't always easy and the printing bills certainly weren't cheap, but I did it anyway. And I had fun. For many years. Until eventually the business realities of running a monthly magazine got in the way of the creative energies, it stopped being fun, the bean counters took over and so finally, almost a decade after it was launched, the magazine - Jamming! - folded. Continue
WHO WAS KEITH MOON?

"From the earliest age, Keith Moon proved himself an exception to all known rules, and upon discovering this about himself, he made it his purpose in life to challenge them in everything he did. He revolutionized the concept of the drummer in rock'n' roll and pop music by rejecting the previously accepted constraints, leading from the back as was almost unheard of rather than offering mere support as was then the convention, filling spaces that had always been left open, leaving gaps where usually lay the beat. He achieved greater international fame than his instrument was meant to inspire, only to treat that celebrity status as an ongoing opportunity to send up the whole notion. He sneered at the dominant British stiff upper lip, while appropriating it so effectively as to delete his working class background at will; he threw his head into the cavernous jaws of certain disaster time and again, including tempting fate with an almost unparalleled intake of alcohol and drugs, and emerged on every occasion (but the last) just about whole, beckoning the world to laugh with him at his apparent charmed existence.’"
(From the foreword to Dear Boy/Moon)

So why did I decide to spend three years of my life writing a biography on him?
Go to the Keith Moon section to find out.
WHAT IS HEDONISM?

HEDONISM is the novel I started after finishing the Keith Moon biography. Taking a 180 degree about turn as seems to be my sometimes frustrating instinct after every project I complete, I veered away from British rock and hard facts for the world of Manhattan clubs and pure fiction.

Hedonism follows the (mis)fortunes of its narrator Holy, a would-be artist and ongoing bus boy at the midtown Manhattan nightclub from which the story takes its name, during the crime-ridden, anything-goes, pre-Giuliani days of the early 1990s. Continue
WHAT IS "MUSIC"?
You know the answer to that one, even if we might disagree occasionally. The Music Section allows me to post full manuscripts of interviews I've conducted, to write about new releases of interest that I'm not covering for magazines and to post some morning-after observations about shows I attend. Also, it allows me just to gather my thoughts now and then, as time and energy allows. For now, I have an interview up with Fran Healy from Travis, a review-cum-essay on Superdrag, and some observations about the American mania for mix CDs
WHAT'S WINE GOT TO DO WITH MUSIC?

The easy answer to that would be: this is my personal lifestyle site and I don't need to justify including anything. But truth is, wine and music are a match made in heaven. Go to the Wine Section, find out What wine fans and music devotees have in common, get some ideas for what music should accompany that bottle of Cotes d'Oakley, discover the wonderful Viognier grape (assuming you don't already know it), and find out how what DJ/producer Timo Maas figures you should be drinking while listening to his new CD, Music for the Maases. You think I'm joking?
WHAT IS "COMING AND GOING"?

It started a decade ago. The nascent New York Press was running an 'end-of the-80s' special and asked contributors, of which I was then one, to write a first-person account about one of the preceding ten years. I opted for 1980 and a specific week in which I left school, lost my virginity and was offered a dream rock'n'roll job. (To quote The Buzzccocks: And I wish I was 16 again.) The reaction to this nakedly honest - and deeply satisfying - first confessional was so positive that I wrote other short stories about my (mostly failed) relationships with girls and (equally unsuccessful) attempts to be a rock star and sent them out to friends as Christmas cards. People liked them enough that I felt encouraged to assemble a whole series of them into a book, with the love-of-my-youth as the central narrative around which the central character's development through music and girls would be told as flashbacks.
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WHAT'S WITH JAMMING! MAGAZINE?

Some of this is answered in the first question: What is iJamming!? I'm excited that the Internet in general, this web site in particular, provides the opportunity to archive some of the magazine that I published and edited for ten years in my youth. Uploading the material will will be a slow process though: we didn't have word processors, let alone computers, back then, so everything will have to be retyped. (Volunteers?) But given that I still have the complete manuscripts for evey single interview I conducted, along with what must be the only complete collection of the magazine in existence, the potential for future postings is enormous. As a teaser, here's a gallery of the first 12 Jamming! covers.
WHAT'S A "MUSING"?
Simply put, the place to put things that don't fit in any of the above segments. Random rants, observations, links and comments. My own chance to mouth off at the world rather than hold it in all day. And to let (what's left of) my hair down just a little. I'm prone to sounding serious in print, and my thoughts about the whole MP3/Napster/free music download deal are certainly spoken in earnest, but in reality, I do want this all to be fun.
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