9. A RAINBOW IN CURVED AIR – TERRY RILEY

Bought this when it came out in 1969/70. Had no idea what it would sound like just liked the sleeve and the blurb. I devoured music at that time and this was one gamble that paid off. There was obviously no internet, I wasn’t really aware of John Peel’s Perfumed Garden radio show so my friends and I would gamble on a different album nearly every week. Thankfully, the labels were putting out cheap samplers like Fill Your Head With Rock and Bumpers which were invaluable in sorting the wheat from the chaff. No-one ever believes me but I have never owned a Led Zeppelin album nor a Black Sabbath one. I didn’t need to. I heard them in a friends bedroom and thought “Nah! Not for me”.

 

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Some surprises here wasn’t expecting beefheart, I was also at that Albert hall gig and had found him via Zappa. Also Jack Johnson which some purists eschew. Interesting selection.

  2. Strange, how Severin used to claim that he’d actually seen Bowie at the Beckenham free festival on Croydon Road Rec in 1969 and that he’d not only gone to the same school as Bowie but had found Bowie’s old desk and made it his own. Ah, the propaganda of youth, Steven…

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