Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones by Paul Trynka



Description: For the first time, the complete story of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones and the early years of the band. Brian Jones was the golden boy of the Rolling Stones—the visionary who gave the band its name and its sound. Yet he was a haunted man, and much of his brief time with the band, before his death in 1969 at the infamous age of twenty-seven, was volatile and tragic. Some of the details of how Jones was dethroned are well known, but the full story of his downfall is still largely untold.

Brian Jones is a forensic, thrilling account of Jones’s life, which for the first time details his pioneering achievements and messy unraveling. With more than 120 new interviews, Trynka offers countless new revelations and sets straight the tall tales that have long marred Jones’s legacy. His story is a gripping battle between creativity and ambition, between self-sabotage and betrayal. It’s all here: the girlfriends, the drugs, and some of the greatest music of all time.

Brian Jones VERY RARE interview 1965


Brian Jones – The Death of Brian Jones

Stoned-Brian Jones Story-Full Film

Jumpin’ Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones – Introduced by John Lennon in sign language!

The Rolling Stones Play Little Red Rooster 1964

Rolling Stones – The Last Time : This is the first Stones single as we understand the Stones today. Due to Bryan’s hospitalisation and generally erratic show-ups and unreliable demeanor, Jagger and Richards took control.

Rolling Stones and Howlin Wolf _1965_ How Many More Years

He died in a pool right next to a Hundred Acre Wood

Rolling Stones – Paint It Black

Brian Jones with Donovan, Ringo, John, Cilla Black, Paul and the band Grapefruit (seated) at Grapefruit’s single launch party, 1968

Donovan & Linda Lawrence with her son Julian (her child with Brian Jones)

A Voyager Out: The Life of Mary Kingsley by Katherine Frank

bookshelves: autumn-2015, biography, published-1986, nonfiction, nonfic-nov-2015, paper-read, hardback, women, victoriana, cousin-love, slaves, colonial-overlords, a-questing-we-shall-go, adventure, travel, anthropology, lit-crit

Recommended to Bettie☯ by: FutureLearn: Empire: University of Exeter
Read from February 09 to November 22, 2015


NB: Further reading on Mary Kingsley was suggested; not specifically this book.

Description: Mary Kingsley began her life as a typically conventional Victorian woman. She would end up travelling to some of the most inhospitable regions of Africa and became one of the most celebrated travellers of the day. At the age of 31, she sailed on a cargo ship along the coast from Sierra Leone to Angola and then traveled inland from Guinea to Nigeria, studying African customs and beliefs. On her second journey, she ventured into remote parts of Gabon and the French Congo–the first European to do so. She encountered cannibals and crocodiles, studied the religious customs of the reclusive Fang tribe, climbed Mount Cameroon and explored the Ogowe River, trading cloth for ivory and rubber to fund her trip. She returned only once to Africa, during the Boer War, when she worked as a nurse and journalist. Tragically, she died of typhoid in 1900, only 38 years old.

The Royal Geographical Society briefly admitted some women as ‘Fellows’ in 1893, acknowledging their work to be contributing to scientific knowledge. The celebrated traveller Mary Kingsley was admitted as a fellow in this first cohort, but this was a short-lived achievement for women, and the society closed the membership category for women until 1913. This was noted in a satirical poem published in the newspaper ‘Punch’:

A Lady an explorer? a traveller in skirts?
The notion’s just a trifle too seraphic:
Let them stay and mind the babies, or hem our ragged shirts;
But they mustn’t, can’t, and shan’t be geographic.

My Parents
Lee and Justin

Opening quote:I thought for some reason even then of Africa, not a particular place, but a shape, a strangeness, a wanting to know… I have written “a shape”, and the shape, of course, is roughly that of a human heart – Graham Greene

Opening: It was well past midnight, and as usual Mary Kingsley was still up, writing in the small library of her house at 32 Saint Mary Abbot’s Terrace, Kensington.

The Morant Bay rebellion began on 11th October 1865, when Paul Bogle led 200 to 300 black men and women into the town of Morant Bay, parish of St. Thomas in the East, Jamaica. The rebellion and its aftermath were a major turning point in Jamaica’s history, and also generated a significant political debate in Britain. Today, the rebellion remains controversial, and is frequently mentioned by specialists in black and colonial studies.(wiki sourced)

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A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway


Read by James Naughton ~4 1/2hours

Description: Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most enduring works. Since Hemingway’s personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined the changes made to the text before publication.

Featuring a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Hemingway’s sole surviving son, and an introduction by Hemingway’s grandson, the book also includes a number of unfinished, never-before-published Paris sketches revealing experiences Hemingway had with his son Jack and his first wife Hadley. Also included are irreverent portraits of literary luminaries, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Maddox Ford, and insightful recollections of Hemingway’s own early experiments with his craft.

Widely celebrated and debated by critics and readers everywhere, the restored edition of A Moveable Feast brilliantly evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the unbridled creativity and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.

From left to right: Ford Madox Ford, publisher of the Transatlantic Review, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and John Quinn, the New York lawyer.

Hillaire Belloc

Aleister Crowley

Stein, Hemmingway, Fitzgerald

Jules Pascin

Wyndham Lewis

Evan Shipman

Ernest Hemingway’s ode to Paris sells out

Death in the Fifth Position by Gore Vidal

bookshelves: autumn-2015, published-2011, radio-4, north-americas, us-new-york, mystery-thriller, politics, art-forms, communist-lit-richer, pee-eyes

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from November 06 to 21, 2015



Description: With McCarthyism reaching fever pitch in 1950s America, Peter Sargeant – a dashing PR man – is hired by the Grand St Petersburg ballet to fend off rumours that their star choreographer is a communist. But New York’s ballet world is shocked when, on the opening night, the lead ballerina plummets to her death from a wire, maintaining her classical pose in the ‘fifth position’ as she hits the floor.

Gore Vidal’s earlier novel The City and the Pillar was published in 1948 when the author was 23 years old. Its central story of a homosexual relationship caused such a scandal that the New York Times book critic refused to review any book by Gore Vidal. Others followed his lead and the author found himself at a loss as to how to continue to earn a living through his pen until a publisher suggested that he turn his hand to writing under a different name. Death In the Fifth Position was published in 1952 – the first of a trio of entertainments featuring Peter Cutler Sargeant II as a publicist turned private eye.

Episode 1: Peter Sargeant, a young publicist, is invited to the offices of the Grand St Petersburg ballet.

2: Our narrator, Peter Sargeant, is beginning to get to know the members of the Grand St Petersburg ballet company. Their complicated relationships have already come to his attention when he overheard the conductor Miles Sutton threatening to kill his wife, Ella, the lead ballerina in the new ballet.

3: It becomes clear that Ella Sutton’s death was not an accident. What is also clear is that one of the ballerinas is pregnant and the father of the child (as the whole company knows) is Miles Sutton, the conductor and widower.

4: At Peter’s suggestion, Jane Garden – his new girlfriend – has stepped in to take on the lead role played by the murdered ballerina, Ella Sutton. In the meantime, Detective Gleason has some questions to ask Peter about ‘the murder weapon’.

5: The story continues with the members of the Grand St Petersburg ballet anticipating the imminent arrest of the husband of the murdered ballerina. Not only had Miles Sutton been asking his wife for a divorce, he was also hiding a serious drug habit. Questions remain however over the murder weapon – the pair of shears found by our narrator, Peter, after the murder took place. The performances of the now sell-out ballet continue as does the investigation, and tonight a wealthy patron holds a party for the company.

6: There’s shocking news for the cast of the ballet just as everyone is anticipating the arrest of conductor Miles Sutton for the murder of his wife. Peter Sargeant’s role as a publicist is rapidly becoming that of detective.

7: With Miles Sutton’s death confirmed as a gruesome accident, Detective Gleason declares the case closed. Peter is however a little curious as to why Mr Washburn had been writing letters seeking a replacement for Ella Sutton before she was murdered. Nonetheless they are all looking forward to the final performance in the first run of Eclipse.

8: Did she jump or was she pushed. Now there are three deaths.

9: Looks like the Russian contingent owns the murderer.

10: It would appear that Mr Washburn has decided to let Jane Garden take the fall. He is willing to see her arrested and have her reputation ruined even when she is found innocent, in order for the ballet company to continue its tour. Peter continues to piece together his theory of what happened, but time is running out. He needs to spend some time with Louis to find out what he knows. It’s an evening that involves alcohol and a bathhouse.

Written by Edgar Box (Gore Vidal)

Béla Bartók – Concerto For Orchestra (1943) (Full)

How does that make you feel? by Shelagh Stephenson

bookshelves: autumn-2015, play-dramatisation, radio-4, amusing, psychology

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from November 10 to 20, 2015

Description: Shelagh Stephenson is the author of ‘A Short History of Longing’ and ‘Guests Are Like Fish’, recently heard on Radio 4. She is an Olivier Award winner for her play ‘The Memory of Water’ and has won Sony and Writer’s Guild awards for her plays ‘Darling Peidi’ and ‘Five Kinds of Silence’. She wrote Enid (the life of Enid Blyton) for BBC4 and Shirley (the Shirley Bassey story) for BBC2.

1: On the campaign trail MP Richard Fallon’s PA Genevieve set him up with a publicity ‘girlfriend’ to help him look less tragic. Though little more than a demure prop, the ruse seems to have worked. Unfortunately the girlfriend – who in reality looks like she’s from a rock band circa 1976 – is now claiming they are engaged and making demands which Richard is finding it impossible to meet.

2: Having completed his rehabilitation course, following accusations of sexism and cruelty to his employees, Tony has returned to Martha’s therapy sessions a new man – or so he thinks. He was alarmed to learn on his course that employers are not entitled to lock employees in a cupboard for misdemeanours and is still mystified as to why his casual often throw-away remarks on people’s body shape, sexual attractiveness and general intelligence are not received in the spirit in which they were intended.

3: Caroline tells her therapist Martha how she has found a new niche – a ‘cruelty aunt’ role on a local newspaper where she tells the disadvantaged to “stop bleating and get on with it”. This has met with mixed success. She has alienated so many of her colleagues that she is no longer able to return to work. And to top it all her husband has returned home and appears to in the midst – completely selfishly – of a mental breakdown. Why does everything but everything conspire to thwart her, when all she wants is to the most successful and best known celebrity in Britain?

4: Philip is back following a worrying ‘reading glasses incident’ where he was mistakenly taking his mother’s blood pressure pills and she his tranquilising medication. With a new lease on life, although still living in his mother’s house, Philip tells his therapist Martha about his recent visit to a writer’s retreat in Yorkshire.

5: Richard tells his therapist Martha about his recent date at a Korean/Swedish fusion restaurant. However this latest romantic failure and the news that his son Toby has sold one of his kidneys online might just be enough to push him over the edge…**

** keep checking

Writer ….. Shelagh Stephenson
Director ….. Eoin O’Callaghan.

The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward O. Wilson


Narrator: Jonathan Hogan

Description: Where did we come from? What are we? Where are we going? In a generational work of clarity and passion, one of our greatest living scientists directly addresses these three fundamental questions of religion, philosophy, and science while “overturning the famous theory that evolution naturally encourages creatures to put family first” (Discover magazine). Refashioning the story of human evolution in a work that is certain to generate headlines, Wilson draws on his remarkable knowledge of biology and social behavior to show that group selection, not kin selection, is the primary driving force of human evolution. He proves that history makes no sense without prehistory, and prehistory makes no sense without biology. Demonstrating that the sources of morality, religion, and the creative arts are fundamentally biological in nature, Wilson presents us with the clearest explanation ever produced as to the origin of the human condition and why it resulted in our domination of the Earth’s biosphere.

This book opens out with a potted biography of Gauguin with a view to his privitism.

3* The Social Conquest of Earth
4* Conscilience