Paul Anka

I’ve never been a fan of Paul Anka, but I was curious. So I read his autobiography. My Way, and that affirmed an impression I’d long had of him. Smart, astute, observant and a keen student, not only of pop music but the behaviour of people. The book had...

Perks

I sit here wondering what to do with Roland Nipp’s gift of a BC. liquor board certificate. It is a thank you to me for reviewing his album, The Cool Of The Dawn. I like him and his recordings because his approach to playing instrumentals on electric guitar...

Fraser Park Restaurant

I’ve been going to the Fraser Park restaurant for close to 20 years, so I should know its name by now. I think I’ve finally got it right but in the past I’ve called it Fraser Foreshore Restaurant, Fraser Hill Restaurant, Fraser View. Other...

THE BOOK CLUB 1

Chrissie Hynde’s aversion to needles probably saved her from being one of the junkies that infest her drive to become a rock star. In her autobiography, Reckless, Hynde is unapologetic about  her drug taking while she is on her way to putting together what...

Letter to Record Collector

This should be a letter to Record Collector magazine, but I feared the spill of jumbled thoughts might turn into a very long screed. Record Collector is an English monthly. I think it spun off from a small magazine called Beatle News and became a separate entity not...

LP Review: Roland Nipp

One of the tricks of winning more technique is not losing your soul. It happens. When a musician first learns, there is something pure about what they produce. It is them, doing the best they can with what skill they have. There is personality. As they learn more the...

Retirement

I didn’t plan to retire, but it looks like I did. I thought I’d be a lifer, would work at The Province until the newspaper or me drew its last breath. What happened instead was more instinctual. It’s not like I hadn’t thought about retiring. I...

The Railway Before And After

The Railway Club reopened as The Railway Stage And Beer Cafe April 5, 2017 and life seemed to return to normal. Closed for nine months, the Railway became a symbol of just how tough it is to operate a night club in Vancouver. Weak economy, changing market, tough...

the completist

I am a completist. It’s an offshoot of being a record collector. and not life threatening, but being a completist is like being ill. A completist has to own everything by a recording act or a label. That makes the completist vulnerable because of the weakness...

Ifs, Ands, or Butts

At 70 years plus, Butts Giraud was about to get into a van and go to a gig with his band, the Real Deal. He’d learned to play harmonica and now, not only was he a leading member of the band, but did the booking and had released an album, Silver Magic, drafting...