What it is to have an older brother who’s into music. Best known as bassist and singer with Cream, Jack’s solo album “Harmony Row” from 1971, came to my ears from bro’s room. A haunting song, beautifully constructed, with a South American vibe that stems from its initial influences, “The Consul at Sunset” quickly insinuated itself, so that when bro went out, I raided his room and slammed it on.
Bruce wrote music, Pete Brown, the beat poet, provided lyrics, and Brown had just read Malcolm Lowry’s novel, “Under The Volcano” set in 1938 Mexico on The Day of the Dead. Bruce himself travelled to Mexico and collected chocolate skulls on the day of the celebrations for the dead before writing the song. Take a trip to Mexico…
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About the Curator: Richard Parsons
I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.
In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?”