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Sep.14.2011
Meanwhile, back in Brum it was time for gig number 50 – March 26 1979, The Barrel Organ. The Barrel Organ sat like a brick wart on the arse of Digbeth. We’d played there a dozen or so times, including losing a weekly residency after four gigs when too many people showed up and someone smashed up...
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Sep.04.2011
I entered the "Double Your Money" soundproof vocal booth and donned the cans. I was told to keep my gob six inches away from and pointed at the microphone. We got a vocal volume level, a track playback level, and away we went. The opening chords of "I Don’t Take Drugs, I Don’t Tell Lies" sliced...
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Aug.26.2011
At that time I was rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist with a band called Rudi and the Rationals. Rudi and the Rationals were a conflict of egos, mainly between myself and wannabee poor boy, millionaire’s son Justin Wosnok. We made a discordant tuneless mess of noise that we variously thought...
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Aug.15.2011
Before today's writing tips, I wanted to share a link to something I wrote recently for Scribd.com - hope you like it: http://www.scribd.com/doc/57061311/ROBONOYANCES Now then, more advice - this time from Roddy Doyle. 1 Do not place a photograph of your ­favourite author on your desk,...
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Aug.12.2011
Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin 1 Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a charac­ter's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead look­ing for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry...
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Aug.11.2011
To see if I paid any attention to these suggestions, go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/8LukeJames?feature=mhee Kurt Vonnegut – Writing 101 1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. 2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can...
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Aug.10.2011
If like me you are a fan of music bios then 'Stairway to Nowhere' is a must. All the usual suspects are in this two year history of three wannabee popsters' rise from rags to rags. There's sex drugs and rock and roll aplenty. Name dropping abounds and the gigs that range from armpit venues to large...
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Aug.08.2011
Luke's latest writing venture is at http://youtu.be/1Ic7DoHlRFQ “And another thing,” I ask Annette, “Is there any danger whatsoever of some sod from the press actually turning up and reviewing a show. I mean for U2 as much as for us.” I know her well enough by now to see that she’s hiding...
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Aug.08.2011
“And another thing,” I ask Annette, “Is there any danger whatsoever of some sod from the press actually turning up and reviewing a show. I mean for U2 as much as for us.” I know her well enough by now to see that she’s hiding something. “What? “ I ask. “Well, you’d probably have seen it sooner or...
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Aug.06.2011
And so it becomes a grind of banging up and down the motorways, back to Brum after every gig for a few hours exhausted kip on the settee at my parents flat of an afternoon before catching the train into town to join the van. We play Sheffield University where we get fed and open the show for U2....