Category Archives: Roots

Cameroon Garage Funk – “a legacy of raw grooves and magnificent tunes”

Yaoundé, in the 1970s, was a buzzing place. Every neighbourhood of Cameroon’s capital was filled with music spots – but surprisingly there was no infrastructure to immortalise those musical riches. The country suffered from a serious lack of proper recording … Continue reading

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Great article on Charlie Gillett – Doyen Of World Music & UK Radio

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Peter Guralnick Is ‘Looking To Get Lost’ In The Stories Of American Music Icons

In his decades-long career, Peter Guralnick has written about some of the biggest icons in American music. He wrote what may be the definitive books on Elvis Presley, as well as biographies of singer Sam Cooke and Sun Records founder … Continue reading

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Alabama Black Belt Blues – great new documentary film

 This is a new, one-hour documentary digs down deep into Alabama’s African American inspired blues tradition, one less well-known than its Mississippi counterpart, but equally rich. The film is produced and directed by Alabama filmmaker Robert Clem. It is … Continue reading

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Record Store Day 2020 – Shop Openings, Mail Order, What’s Available

For crate diggers used to queuing outside the UKs plethora of independent record stores searching for rare vinyl, CDs and other collectables on Record Store Day things will be different this year. The twice postponed Record Store Day 2020 will be … Continue reading

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Lil Ed: Tryin’ To Make A Living

This is Lil Ed Williams of Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, Alligator recording artists, playing from the back of a truck in Chicago – great slide guitar. Wish we had stuff like this in the UK! He is the … Continue reading

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Great 34 Minute Documentary On Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland

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The Passion Of Chris Strachwitz

Chris Strachwitz is a man possessed. “El Fanatico,” Ry Cooder calls him. A song catcher, dedicated to recording the traditional, regional, down home music of America, his adopted home after his family left Germany at the close of WWII. Mance … Continue reading

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New Dylan Album ‘Rough & Rowdy Ways’ Due June 19th

Bob Dylan has announced his first album of original songs in eight years. ‘Rough And Rowdy Ways’ will be released on 19thJune. It follows three albums of cover versions with his previous album of his own songs, Tempest, released in 2012. … Continue reading

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Off The Record Presents Joe Bussard.

Off The Record makes the record-collector’s version of the pilgrimage to Mecca to Joe Bussard’s wonderful basement! Owner of one of the finest collections of prewar blues, country and jazz records in the world, Joe Bussard has been one of … Continue reading

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