I have deliberately stopped writing about politics and news, because it is too depressing, but I wanted to say a few words about the interview with Prince Andrew on BBC last Saturday.
Andrew is the Queen’s second son and third child, and has been involved with convicted and now dead financier Jeffrey Epstein. The interview was to clear the air about the various sexual allegations against the partying prince, set the record straight etc I assume.
But this article from GQ magazine says virtually all of it in a much better way than I possibly could, and I commend it for your attention.
I run a website for a teddy bear. No really… It used to do quite well, less so now.
Associated with the site is an e-mail address. The teddy bear has, in recent weeks, started getting an awful lot of spam.
One appears a lot. It is a request to invest in a film being made about Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. Epstein also managed Cilla Black, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and the Pacemkers and others. He shaped much of the Merseybeat music scene.
Epstein had his issues, but there is no doubt he made The Beatles. At the time, the contracts he negotiated with record companies etc seemed OK. Looking back, it is clear Epstein lost a lot of opportunities (merchandising for one) but then, who knew?
Anyway, I haven’t invested in the film for several reasons:
the mail is addressed to the bear so I should not read it anyway
bear has no money
I have little money
there have already been great books and at least one good tv documentary about Mr Epstein, and I am sure others are not needed. They will probably say ‘based on a true story’ and mangle the facts anyway
It’s amazing to think that Brian Epstein died aged just 32 in 1967. His death, from a drug overdose, has been well documented as to the events but there have always been questions about exactly why it happened.
If you like prog rock kind of music, Genesis, Moody Blues, King Crimson whatever, you may enjoy a band called IQ.
They started in the early 1980s and are still on the go, despite members coming and going.
Their last album, The Road of Bones, is, in my opinion, one of their best and is really enjoyable. Don’t be put off by long tracks, up to 20 minutes or more. Tuneful and multi-part epics.
IQ do regular concerts. They are popular in the UK, doing two concerts in London alone this year including their legendary Xmas bash, and on the continent, especially the Netherlands.
In September, they did a new album launch at the Islington Town Hall. The new disc, Resistance, is a double cd at a reasonable price. The concert was full (they have loyal fans) and I am sure they sold plenty of records.
For me, though, while there are great moments, it’s a bit unsatisfying and a let down from the last. Having listened to it several times, I still find the tracks somewhat unmemorable and none really stands out.