Talk at Bananamoon, Glasgow

photo by Lyndell Mansfield--such perfect colour coordination throughout!

photo by Lyndell Mansfield--such perfect colour coordination throughout!

Slightly late notice, but this Thursday I'll be talking about Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-83, at Bananamoon, Glasgow, co-owned by Keith McIvor and Jonnie Wilkes of Optimo. Details are here,

I understand that reservations were snapped up pretty quickly but it might be worth coming along anyway, just in case some folks don't show up--or maybe we'll find a way to create more space. 

Raissa Pardini, whom I got to meet at the Life and Death on the NY Dance Floor event held at Donlon books back in the autumn of 2016, has been in touch so say she's coming along, so this gives me the perfect opportunity to post one of my favourite snaps of L&D, held by Raissa,



Book launch events in Germany this weekend

Following Monday night's engaging Life and Death on the NY Dance Floor/ Creative Talks event at Sketch--thanks to Aj Kwame for hosting and chairing--the launch series now switches to Germany. I'll be in Bochum on Thursday, heading to Berlin on Friday, then on to Offenbach on Saturday and wrapping in Hamburg on Sunday. Will there come a point when I grow tired of talking about NYC 1980-83? No chance...



Thursday 8 December
Institut für populäre Musik der Folkwang Universität der Künste                                                                        Prinz-Regent Str. 50-60
Bochum, Germany (Telekom Electronic Beats)
Doors 18:00, Reading starts at 19:00                                                                                                                         Free entry. Info here

Friday 9 December
Echo Bücher
Grüntaler Str. 9                                                                                                                                                           Berlin, Germany (Telekom Electronic Beats)
7pm to 10pm                                                                                                                                                               Reading from the book, followed by a moderated Q&A with TEB's editor-in-chief Sven von Thülen                         Info here                                

Saturday 10 December
Robert Johnson Theorie
Nordring 131                                                                                                                                                               Offenbach, Germany (Telekom Electronic Beats)
10pm to 11:45pm                                                                                                                                                         Info here

Sunday 11 December
PAL                                                                                                                                                                             Karolinenstr. 45                                                                                                                                                           Hamburg, Germany (Telekom Electronic Beats)
20:00 to 02:00                                                                                                                                                             Book presentation followed by Finn Johannsen DJ set                                                                                             Info here       

I'm very much looking forward to hanging out with Sven VT and Hans Nieswandt as well as getting a chance to spend some time with friends Lisa Blanning, Daniel Wang and Lou Louften. If I'm lucky I'll also get to see Angus Finlayson (an ex-student at UEL who is now working as a writer and musician in Berlin), Arnold Dreyblatt (one of Arthur Russell's dear friends) and Steve Mass (owner of the Mudd Club).

Many thanks to Sven VT for organising the tour and Telekom Electronic Beats for funding.


Upcoming talks and events

I’m now back from a hectically thrilling two-week trip to New York (plus Yale and Cornell). For a blow-by-blow account of the trip, which included events at the Museum of Modern Art, Howl, the Loft, 718 Sessions, Better Days at Analog, Superior Elevation Records, Rough Trade, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, the Graduate Centre/CUNY, NYU and Columbia, please visit my Facebook page.

Events continue in the UK this week with a 3-hour NTS Radio interview plus readings/appearances at Phonica and Love Vinyl. Next week there’s an interview with Gilles Peterson and an afternoon session with Colleen Murphy at Classic Album Sundays (where we’ll be talking about the book and listening to Dinosaur L’s 24>24 Music).

Soon after I’ll be heading up to Liverpool and Manchester, with more events planned in London as well as Germany. For a full list of events please visit the main events page here.