Monday, August 15, 2011

81 - An Overdue Catchup

We may have been out of touch with you here for a while but we are far from idle. Various travels about the UK and the US, both solo and en famille, while Underground Garaging ultra-remotely made blogging difficult. We continue to concentrate on maintaining and improving our health aided by some excellent physicians in New York.


BREAKING NEWS: The Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra is back! You will recall "The Andrew Oldham Orchestra & Friends Play the Rolling Stones Songbook Volume 1," after many years out of print was finally reissued on CD in 1996. Our arrangement of "The Last Time" found its way into the Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" and the global soundtrack of our lives. Its success whetted my appetite to make music under my own moniker for the first time in a long while.


So...a couple of years ago I got together with old mate and wunderbar guitarist Gary Lucas in Bogota to lay down tracks for "She's a Rainbow," "Play with Fire," and a versions of "Bitter Sweet Symphony" I'm more than chuffed with. "The Andrew Oldham Orchestra & Friends Play the Rolling Stones Songbook Volume 2" was born ! Gary and I go back to the days I lived in Connecticut and he and Jon Tiven were the young upstart sprouts around town. His work since then with the avant garde and experimental , with Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley has placed him on a solo road that only he drives upon.

Having cast our bread upon the waters, so to speak, a cast of talented friends came along to lend a hand: Elliot Easton, Christine Ohlman, Vashti, Rafael Atijas, Wyckham Porteous, Johnny Marr, Juan Galeano, Pablo Memi, Brett Smiley, The Chesterfield Kings, and Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals have made this a delightful excursion back to musicland. Oh, and Jerry Shirley took time out from his turn as Humble Pie memoirist to beat it out for me once again as he has so many times before.


MORE NEWS: I have edited the first two volumes of my autobiography, "Stoned" and "2Stoned," into one volume that is currently available in South America via Spanish translation. For those of you who read Spanish here are some links to the rather flattering coverage "Rolling Stoned" is getting in the Southern Hemisphere.



For English readers I have completed an updated Rolling Stoned and it is available from the following sites:

Gegensatz Press


Mobi Pocket

Smash Words

I am more than pleased with this edition. It is an updated version of my first two books, Stoned and 2Stoned - ten years is a long time and so much has happened to the participants of those books.


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