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Al Stewart: Kim's Corner

August 18

Posted on August 18, 2010
There are some wonderful books out there that might interest fans of Al's work. One that combines history and wine, both important things in "the world of Al Stewart", is "Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure" by Kladstrup and Kladstrup. It's history that reads like a political thriller. Read it while playing "Down in the Cellar".

- Kim Dyer

August 9

Posted on August 9, 2010

"And one day Macmillan was coming downstairs
A voice in the dark caught him unawares
It was Christine Keeler blowing him a kiss
He said "I never believed it could happen like this"




A new exhibition of some 70 photos, letters and memorabilia from Keeler's life which go on show in November. 'Christine Keeler: my life in pictures' runs November 4 - December 17, The Mayor Gallery, 22a Cork Street, London W1S 3NA, 020 7734 3558.


Read more: http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/66214,in-pictures,news-in-pictures,christine-keeler-life-in-pictures-new-photos-exhibition-london-profumo-sex-scandal#ixzz0w8VYXqz8 -Kim Dyer

August 6

Posted on August 6, 2010
Al's fans are very good at keeping up with the various people who have accompanied him over the years. You really can't go wrong if you keep up with the people he's worked with.  Laurence Juber has a new CD out, a volume 2 of Beatles covers. As with anything LJ does, expect acoustic guitar fireworks.

http://www.acousticmusicresource.com/product_info.php?cPath=7&products_id=5496
-- Kim Dyer

July 26

Posted on July 26, 2010
Fan's of Al's music seem to know quite a bit about music, and the history of music.  For that reason I thought it might be a good thing to remind folks that 2010 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Django Reinhardt (http://www.redhotjazz.com/django.html). You can hear the influence of this giant of jazz most on "Between the Wars", but you can catch hints of it elsewhere in not only Al's work, but in that of Peter White, Laurence Juber and Dave Nachmanoff as well.  Reinhardt's skill is even more amazing when you learn of the fire that crippled his left hand when he was just 18.  So pour yourself a glass of a nice French red and toast one of the greats, whose influence still resonates more than 50 years after his passing.
-Kim Dyer

July 19

Posted on July 19, 2010

It can be frustrating at times being an Al Stewart fan. He certainly does not get the recognition we think he deserves, but I'm often surprised by how many people do know his work. They just think they are alone. Wearing a t-shirt with the "Year of the Cat" logo on it has always been a conversation starter for me. One time in Key West I offered a very large tip if the guitar player at the bar could play any Al Stewart song other than "Year of the Cat". He rattled off a half dozen songs, including "Sand in Your Shoes", but shook his head and said he couldn't play any of them. I was impressed.

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