Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The wrap gets its freak on

Music promoters, Sade, gangsta rap, Gerald Eskenazi, moshing, swearing, container ship tourism, Lollapalooza 1995, disco balls and much more

The coolest man in the world: Marvin Gaye going for a walk in London's Notting Hill in 1976. Photo: John Minihan

Tue, Aug 18, 2015, 10:28


Colourful music promoters doing stuff: how Australian promoter Michael Gudinski dealt with some SNAFUs on a Rolling Stones tour and legendary Irish music promoter Vince Power’s latest battle

From the transport desk (1): Andy Wright explores the container shop tourism industry

Straight outta Compton: the best music movie marketing shizzle in yonks continues to produce some great reads including this piece on OG DJ Yella’s XXX career change, a superb profile of N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller, Sasha Frere-Jones comparing the Dr Dre of N.W.A. with the Dr Dre of new album “Compton” and our own piece today on the great and the grisly of gangster rap.

From the interview archives (1): rare interview with groundbreaking Krautrock and ambient musician and composer Dieter Moebius who died last month

What’s behind the masks? The secret world of aliases for DJs and electronic music makers

Extra time: sports writer Gerald Eskenazi remembers the days when sports stars actually had something to say other than “lookit” or plug some commercial enterprise.

Why do people mosh at concerts?

From the interview archives (2): Michael A. Gonzales hangs out with Sade in 1992 around the time of her “Love Deluxe” album

What David Simon did next: piece on Show Me A Hero, The Wire creator’s new HBO series about public housing in Yonkers, New York

Open your ears: Nico Muhly on how to listen to a piece of contemporary music for the first time

Swear it ain’t so: the history of cursing and swearing through the ages

From the transport desk (2): the problem with America’s trains

All that glitters: the history of the disco ball

It was America’s Féile… oral history of Lollapalooza 1995, American alternative music’s last stand

From the interview archives (3): great profile of Blue Note boss Bruce Lundvall who sadly died earlier this year

Showtime! James Brown meets David Letterman in 1982. Takeitaway….