News from friends


Dan Berggren  (http://www.berggrenfolk.com) writes that he is on a documentary about a late, beloved Vermont folk singer named Margaret MacArthur.  It’s called MARGARET’S WALTZ and won the Best Documentary from the Northeast Regional Alliance For Community Media.
For more information, please visit the site of the filmmaker, folk musician Rebecca Padula:

A couple of multi-talented journalists have interesting stories.  Don Wilcock was given the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive in Print Journalism Award in Memphis on his 64th birthday, February 2, 2008. Don was the President of The Northeast Blues Society. He’s also a contributing editor to Blues Revue and BluesWax, writes for THE RECORD, a daily paper in Troy, NY, and many other publications. Don is the author of Buddy Guy’s authorized biography, DAMN RIGHT I’VE GOT THE BLUES.
Musician/writer Johnny Blair  (http://www.johnnyjblair.com) is writing 12 at 50: MUSICAL REVELATIONS AT AGE 50.  These are profiles on his favorite artists and albums.  He’s written about David Bowie’s SPACE ODDITY and Johnny Cash’s THE BALLAD OF IRA HAYES.  Here’s the full listing, which he started sharing this past August.  If you’d like to start receiving his commentaries (and career updates), please drop him a note at jjb@johnnyjblair.com .  

1) August: Johnny Cash The Ballad of Ira Hayes (1964)
2) September: The Beach Boys The Trader (1973)
3) October: George Gershwin Allegro from Concerto in F (1925)
4) November: The Supremes I Hear a Symphony  (1965)
5) December: David Bowie Space Oddity (1969)
6) January: Yardbirds Over Under Sideways Down (1966)
7) February: Miles Davis What I Say (1970)
8) March: Roxy Music Out of the Blue (1974)
9) April: Astor Piazzolla Libertango (1974)
10) May: Erik Satie Gnosseinnes #1 (1890)
11) June: U2 I Will Follow (1980)
12) July: Sister Rosetta Tharpe Amazing Grace (1953)