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Today is my 60th birthday!

Indulgence time! Nostalgia time!

2010 - Garden Scene

2010 - Garden Scene

Yes, I am a real person and not just an ‘advertising machine’, as one reader of this blog suggested a few years ago.

I have been listening to these tunes today and last night, and they have had continued significance for me since I first heard them. I won’t go into it here regarding the ‘whys’ and ‘how comes’ these pieces of music have such significance for me. Perhaps I’ll do that if and when I hit 80!

Of course, I can’t get every piece of music that has played a role in my life in here, but here are just 47 examples:

Jollity Farm (1929) – Leslie Sarony with Jack Hylton and His Orchestra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dxHNAo_a7s – obviously recorded before I was born, but I used to play this 78 record when I was a kid.

No Strings (1936) – Fred Astaire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK4C7zXBOog – I also played this 78 a lot when I was a kid.

You Don’t Need a Licence for That (1946) – George Formby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWHHKMFY4yc – Ditto.

Lonely Pup in a Christmas Shop (1960) – Adam Faith: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0_NKL2nr6I

Poetry in Motion (1960) – Johnny Tillotson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDCQEbJPPgI

Blue Velvet (1963) – Bobby Vinton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icfq_foa5Mo

She Loves You (1963) – The Beatles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0YifXhm-Zc

Bits and Pieces (1964) – The Dave Clarke Five: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoRLIJJSG4o

Good Vibrations (1966) – The Beach Boys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCeD_6Y3GQc

Bike (1967) – Pink Floyd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR234BH9Cr4 [But I hear this until 1969]

Also Sprach Zarathustra (Richard Strauss, 1896): I first heard this 1968, when I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Odeon, Leicester Square with my cousin, Gerhard. It was stunning; I bought the sound track as soon as I could. This got me into classical music:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o09L-hkrzhw and also the ‘Dawn of Man’ scene from the same film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2iiPpcwfCA – the film and music had such a big impact on my intellectual development. It would take ages to explain, so I won’t bore you with it!

Manco Capac (1969) – Quintessence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyYqOIqKRIU – If it hadn’t have been for this track I wouldn’t have applied to study at the University of East Anglia (1972-75 and 1976-77), and then wouldn’t have met Ruth. It’s a long story.

Cybernaut (1971) – Tonto’s Expanding Head Band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec8BGEb7_iA

Battlefield (1971) – Emerson, Lake & Palmer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XUtsc6GZuU&feature=fvst

Echoes (1971) – Pink Floyd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HehcJaTyd-E

Man Erg (1971) – Van der Graaf Generator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5y0GZPtJRM

Silver Machine (1972) – Hawkwind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfniG-AdSC4

Sylvia (1972) – Focus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OznS7X9BOxs

If there is Something (1972) – Roxy Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnV-agq0Yzw

The Great Gig in the Sky (1973): Pink Floyd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVM7ZpQrCnQ

Sleepwalkers (1975) – Van der Graaf Generator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbepiON2u08

I’m Not in Love (1975) – 10cc: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rgepWg4rzw 

Don’t You Want Me (1981) – The Human League: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPudE8nDog0&ob=av3e

Nothing But Flowers (1988) – Talking Heads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=068AFYvd58E

Come Out Fighting (1989) – Easterhouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErQHc9N2O08 

Family Ties (1992) – Innocence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxrMLiZQ9Sg

Matthew the Man (1992) – Iona: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_QefxfvXFY [I’m not religious, I hasten to add, but I love this track]

I Would Do Anything for Love (1993) – Meatloaf: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tuYKUgBZEc

Jurassic Shift (1993) – Ozric Tentacles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzNPlQjL13A

Book of Hours (1995) Anekdoten: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brmPb8DYfHo

Idiot Prayer (1996) – Porcupine Tree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQYMYls0MoI

Kobresia (1997) – Biosphere: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKiuEHV6HWo

Toxicity (2001) – System of a Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWSxELGNShk

Science (2001) – System of a Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGpoEPcmOK4

Arriving Somewhere (But Not Here) (2005) – Porcupine Tree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FveZKs2IZI live version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxiLuoWgi34

Lazarus (2005) – Porcupine Tree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCTeDAh1_Pk [Live]

Lonely Day (2005) – System of a Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnGdoEa1tPg&ob=av2e

Stop Making Speeches (2006) Khoma: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFHiuwCJpQY

The Incident (2009) – Porcupine Tree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVXbe2pSjbM

Harmony Corine (2009) – Steven Wilson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BClzBQmZZBc

Daystar (2010) – William Roberts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6f_pA5XUPk captures the magic of Bangor and Bangor University for me.

The Path (Part 2) (2010) – OrphanedLand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR9Eg8FbsyI

Cheerful Sin (2011) – Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

The Lamb (2011) – based on a poem by William Blake, and set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

Human Herbs (2012 version) – Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

Stagnant (2012 version) – Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo

Soft Coda (2012) – North Atlantic Oscillation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkAhSSeR8j0

 

I hope you like at least some of these tracksGlenn Rikowski, 2nd May 2012

 

**END**

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub,Bangor, northWales)  

 

 

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System of a Down

CHALLENGING CAPITALIST MODERNITY – ALTERNATIVE CONCEPTS AND THE KURDISH QUESTION

The organizers of the conference “Challenging Capitalist Modernity – Alternative Concepts and the Kurdish Question” are pleased to extend an invitation to all those interested in discussing theoretical and practical measures required to establish an alternative way of life. This conference should also prove of interest to all those who would like to be fully updated on the latest transformations within Kurdish society and its popular movement as well the alternative proposals put forward by the Kurds.

In recent years, the Kurdish freedom movement has developed and been transformed from the traditional Marxist-Leninist methods and perspectives that had underpinned its national liberation struggle. This conference aims to open up detailed discussion into the Kurdish movement and society’s transformation and its search for an alternative within the context of global developments and contemporary debates.

It also seeks to act as an international platform to exchange ideas at the academic level about the worldwide theoretical and practical measures that are needed to intervene effectively against capitalist hegemony. Debates will also – but not exclusively – be focused on the Kurdish example.

The conference will be held at Hamburg University, Germany from 3–5 February 2012. We plan to translate all the speeches and discussions simultaneously into English, German, Turkish and Kurdish (Kurmanji).

In order to register please send an email to networkaq@gmail.com . 
You can find further information and the conference programme at www.networkaq.net.
In order to support this conference or become a media partner, please write to networkaq@gmail.com 

In order to support this conference or become a media partner, please write to: networkaq@gmail.com

Supported by by Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples (Movement against Racism and for Friendship between Peoples, France), Mouvement de la Paix (Peace Movement, France), LAIKA Verlag (publishing house)

Organized by the Network for an Alternative Quest: KURD-AKAD – Network of Kurdish Academics • YXK – Association of Students from Kurdistan • Kurdistan Report • Informationsstelle Kurdistan (ISKU) • Cenî – Kurdish Women’s Bureau for Peace • International Initiative “Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan–Peace in Kurdistan”

 

**END**

 

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub,Bangor, northWales)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic