We like the look of London's upcoming Doc'n'Roll film festival which features, amongst many other attractions, a doc about Detroit's lost proto-punk pioneers Death and a film about rock photographer Jini Dellaccio. Also there is Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle director Julien Temple. So, unearthed from the unvisited archive, here's an interview I did with Temple about his Joe Strummer documentary, The Future is Unwritten, which also shows. Below, our favourite Clash moment.
This weekend's Raw Power festival in London featured a raw and - I think you know where we're going with this - powerful line-up drawn from the outer-reaches of twenty-first century psychedelia (a term so hard to define that Windows declines to include it in the spellcheck facility. Read in to that what you will.) We'll cobble together some thoughts and links imminently. For now however, there's this:
That would be Evil Blizzard: four bassists in masks delivering lead-heavy, post-punk freak-outs made from abandoned bits of PiL, a strange strain of organ-disordering hypno-funk and, well, early Hawkwind. Fascinatingly, Mark E Smith - not noted for his enthusiasm for anything much - invited them on tour. And to revisit that earlier point, that's four bassists and no guitar. Here's a professional at the Quietus to explain properly.
You know how we feel about early Hawkwind round here. Now the band's endless excavation of their own past throws up this extraordinary bid for the charts. Brian Blessed declaims his way through Sonic Attack, written by novelist Michael Moorcock in 1974 and originally conceived as a paranoid satire of Cold War-era public information broadcasts. Bob Calvert's intonation back then gave it an eerie sense of authenticity. It's hard to be sure what's happening with this new version, but here it is, along with links to download etc. "Do not panic..."