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« Reply #180 on: July 21, 2016, 06:17:10 PM »




The White Hart advert, a few posts back.


D'oh, oh yeah.  Nice, isn't it?  Smiley
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« Reply #181 on: July 23, 2016, 11:19:02 PM »

Just wondering if anyone has read this yet?


I bought 'Parallel Lives' via Amazon and have No 11 of 100 signed copies. The Foreword says "It will interest those who have appreciated and continue to appreciate the work of Ralph McTell". It's not a beginner's guide.

The author is an academic in a field that eludes me, and fortunately his 'Creativity' "psycho-babble" is clearly delineated in the chapter headings and may be skipped if not your bag. The 'Biography at Work' sections, on the other hand, expertly set Ralph's song lyrics in the contexts of Ralph's artistic and social 'biographies'. For we who "...appreciate the work of Ralph McTell", they make essential reading.

I am half-way through the book and still hopeful that the 'creative' and 'biographical' elements will merge ere I finish. I'll be back...

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« Reply #182 on: July 24, 2016, 12:06:12 PM »

Incidentally, why doesn't someone drop him a line and ask him to tell us a bit about the book?


"...'I don't get it', 'It is beyond me' are exactly the phrases (Ralph) uses with reference to the theoretical interludes of this book, explicitly stating that he will confine himself to what he does understand - his personal life experience as he sees it." Parallel Lives, p104.
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« Reply #183 on: July 25, 2016, 08:46:55 AM »


Incidentally, why doesn't someone drop him a line and ask him to tell us a bit about the book?


"...'I don't get it', 'It is beyond me' are exactly the phrases (Ralph) uses with reference to the theoretical interludes of this book, explicitly stating that he will confine himself to what he does understand - his personal life experience as he sees it." Parallel Lives, p104.


I meant the author.  His contact details are on the website.
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« Reply #184 on: July 25, 2016, 12:54:55 PM »

Ah! See


...an introduction to it here.
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« Reply #185 on: July 25, 2016, 01:41:44 PM »

From the Introduction to 'Parallel Lives': "I wish to approach the biography and work of Ralph McTell by employing a perspective and the consequent tools from my own academic biography; that of the socio-cultural perspective of the French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu." [Wikilink added.]

Author Mike Grenfell himself asks, "What is all this to do with Ralph McTell?" [Parallel Lives, p79]. I'll report back if I find out...
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« Reply #186 on: July 26, 2016, 10:22:42 AM »


From the Introduction to 'Parallel Lives': "I wish to approach the biography and work of Ralph McTell by employing a perspective and the consequent tools from my own academic biography; that of the socio-cultural perspective of the French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu." [Wikilink added.]

Author Mike Grenfell himself asks, "What is all this to do with Ralph McTell?" [Parallel Lives, p79]. I'll report back if I find out...


I was interested........initially.....until I read more about it......
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« Reply #187 on: July 26, 2016, 12:56:39 PM »

As I said above (reply #181), you can skip the social theory and just enjoy the story. That's what Ralph did! (#182)
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« Reply #188 on: August 09, 2016, 08:36:31 PM »

I have posted my review of 'Parallel Lives' on Ralph, Albert & Sydney...
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« Reply #189 on: August 09, 2016, 08:38:22 PM »

...along with a little Social Media fun.
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« Reply #190 on: August 09, 2016, 11:04:43 PM »

Seems to have booked several gigs on the Autumn tour Lips Sealed
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« Reply #191 on: August 10, 2016, 10:27:58 AM »

I know that feeling.....
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« Reply #192 on: August 19, 2016, 10:17:35 PM »

A friend came across this photo and thought if anyone recognises the lady with the glass she might like to see it . Taken maybe around 1983/1984, perhaps in Slough? Reading? High Wycombe? Chesham? Does Ralph's jacket date it?


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« Reply #193 on: September 25, 2016, 10:29:33 AM »

From RTE, Ralph and John Sheehan prforming "GPO" on the late late show last friday.
https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=j-MDWK724Wk
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« Reply #194 on: November 06, 2016, 08:27:12 PM »

Ralph has posted a great picture on Twitter from Peterborough last night, Ralph with Nanna, Tom, Billy and Itsuki,

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« Reply #195 on: November 06, 2016, 11:11:50 PM »

That's great, thanks.

I went to three consecutive gigs this weekend. There were some commonalities, but he did a wide range of songs. Brilliant
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« Reply #196 on: November 14, 2016, 04:10:23 PM »

I nearly posted in 'listening to', but it might reach a target audience here :

Played My Side of Your Window ( Castle rem. CD,, 2005) last night and appreciated this album in a way I haven't before. And I've had a vinyl copy more years than I care to mention.

There's only one real clunker in what is a very fine album of songs indeed (guess which one). I used to reach for 8 Frames a Second, from this era, but I feel I've misjudged this one, somehow. What do other people think?
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« Reply #197 on: November 18, 2016, 02:50:42 PM »

MSOYW was my first McTell LP, and 'Michael' and 'Factory Girl' remain favourites. I'm not aware of any 'clunkers'! My CD version was issued on Transatlantic in 2007 - what's the catalogue number on yours?
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« Reply #198 on: November 18, 2016, 03:31:51 PM »


MSOYW was my first McTell LP, and 'Michael' and 'Factory Girl' remain favourites. I'm not aware of any 'clunkers'! My CD version was issued on Transatlantic in 2007 - what's the catalogue number on yours?


I think I got the year wrong, John. There's only one Cd edition, and as you say, it was released in 2007.

The track I wince at slightly is 'Blues in More than 12 bars'.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #199 on: November 18, 2016, 10:34:32 PM »

Thanks, Alan. I LOVE that track!
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