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Undercover: Don't Shoot the Saxophone Player (05/03/79)

As I was saying…

Novels about the music world are not uncommon, and tend to be trashy. Almost all end with some variation on the fans-eat-the-star theme, and the necessary bit about the star’s mystical communion with the muse is never quite as convincing as the necessary bit about group sex. 845 more words

Greil Marcus

3 x Phil Marlowe

Raymond Chandler, Třikrát Phil Marlowe, Praha: Odeon, 1967 (Translated by František Jungwirth, Heda Kovályová and Josef Schwarz).

Judging the book by the state of its cover, this copy of a Czech translation of Chandler has definitely found a readership, in over four decades since it was published. 684 more words

Translation

Incoming! ....plus a new collection begins....

Well, by my standards, it’s been quite a quiet week for book acquisitions – which is probably a good thing, really…

The Cheyney on the left came from an online source – I’m not exactly sure why, except for the fact that the cover is wonderful, and it is apparently set around Pevensey which I’ve just been reading about in another book (there will be a review later this week)! 323 more words

Talkin' Praha Blues: Czechoslovak Jazz Under Communism

Jazz in Czechoslovakia was inspired, experimental, and popular. It was also subversive. The Nazis attempted to regulate jazz, and the communists suppressed it. Jazz threatened basic principles of the totalitarian powers: it was hyper-individualistic, improvisational, and innovative. 557 more words