Month: May 2010

“Once upon a time in Westphalia” and the Imaginary World of Charles Avery

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“Once upon a time in Westphalia, in the castle of Baron Thunder-ten-tronckh, there lived a young boy whom nature had endowed with the gentlest of dispositions.” The young boy was of course Candide and his tutor in Voltaire’s Westphalia, the irrepressible Dr Pangloss, who teaches him that “there is no effect without a cause, in this best of all possible worlds.” The best of all possible worlds? A laughable myth says Voltaire in his skinny […]

A Conversation With Bill Fay – Part Two

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Wilco quote you as an influence, Jim O Rorke, and your music means an awful lot to the people who know of it, do you feel that you’ve made something enduring? Are you proud of the music and the albums? It’s always a shock to me and I find the praise very moving. I see it as someone not only acknowledging me, but the musical influences of everybody else involved. I do feel that the Decca contract […]