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Al Stewart: Kim's Corner

September 20

Posted on September 20, 2010
Al will be one of the artists featured in a BBC-4 month long celebration of Singer-Songwriters starting October 1, 2010. http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=123291 <snip> Artists featured include Elton John, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Carole King, Cat Stevens and Billy Joel, alongside lesser-known but brilliant cult artists from the US – Tim Hardin, Judee Sill, Harry Nilsson and Jesse Winchester amongst many – and from the UK – Roy Harper, Al Stewart, Michael Chapman and Bridget St. John.
-- Kim

September 10

Posted on September 10, 2010
Sometimes I don't hear about these things until several months after they occur.
Pete Morgan, the man who wrote the poem Al built "My Enemies Have Sweet Voices" on, passed away on July 5, 2010.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jul/15/pete-morgan-obituary -- Kim Dyer

September 7

Posted on September 7, 2010
With your photographs of Kitty Hawk
And the biplanes on your wall
You were always Amy Johnson
From the time that you were small.
 
Amy Johnson is not as well known in the US as she is in the UK, but the 1930s was an amazing time for women in aviation.  To really understand the kind of adventurous spirit Al is talking about in "Flying Sorcery" a fan really should read up on women like Amy Johnson, Amelia Earhart and Beryl Markham.  I would highly recommend Beryl Markham's "West With The Night", which Ernest  Hemmingway praised as  "a bloody wonderful book".
-- Kim Dyer

August 29

Posted on August 29, 2010

If you have ever wondered about joining one of the online communities of Al fans out there, either one you found on your own or one of the ones linked to on this site, DO IT.  Remember to give it a bit of time as you get used to the people there, but do join in.   Some talk about Al more than others, and in some cases you need to learn the personalities involved just a bit.  They can, however, be a great deal of fun.  You can meet Al fans from all over the world.  You will find people who will actually understand why you chuckled when St. Albans, Soho and Old Compton Street were all mentioned within a couple pages of eachother in a currently popular novel.  They will go with you so you can get your picture in front of the sign at the Swiss Cottage tube station.  You will be able to meet up with people before a show for a meal and excited conversation.  It is GREAT.

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August 23

Posted on August 23, 2010
YouTube has quite a few interesting Al videos. Here's one that was just brought to my attention. It's "Midas Shadow", prefaced with a story of Al and a friend talking their way backstage to meet the Beatles.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi06-uWWCF4 - Kim Dyer


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