Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The wrap is not playing rugby this week

Including music managers, Mardi Gras, stock photography models, Belle & Sebastian, Frank Sinatra, hidden offstage musicians and much more

Coneheads at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, 1982. Photo: Bruce Gilden from Hey Mister, Throw Me Some Beads

Mon, Feb 8, 2016, 09:28


(1) Inside the strange hidden world of offstage touring musicians: how artists like U2, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Kiss, Billy Idol and many more rely on uncredited musicians hidden under or behind the stage to make their shows rock.

(2) The woman who invented the ⌘ key: designer Susan Kare on the process behind how that and other iconic Apple Macintosh symbols came about.

(3) Tomorrow is Pancake Tuesday or, if you’re in NOLA, Mardi Gras so here are some timely links to get you in the mood. “Hey Mister, Throw Me Some Beads” is a new book of Bruce Gilden’s photographs of New Orleans Mardi Gras shenaigans taken between 1974 and 1982; here’s my report from Mardi Gras 2014 and some tunes to play loud as you play with your beads tomorrow

(4) Thumbs up all round for All Or Nothing At All, Alex Gibney’s HBO documentary on the life and times of Frank Sinatra.

(5) How a mailing list dedicated to Belle & Sebastian became a social network with a difference: “the notion of a fan email list also doesn’t capture just how frequently, eloquently, and hilariously the emails depart from the topic of Belle and Sebastian completely, the band becoming the thinnest of tissues, more of an inspirational sensibility, connecting an altogether different kind of internet community.”

(6) One for all the freelancers in the audience: “I feel rather comfortable, secure, safe, and relaxed in my pyjamas and I work very effectively that way.”

(7) More fashion: why American sports fans have transformed themselves from “a populace pays to watch athletes perform in uniform” to one that “dresses in significant numbers exactly like those athletes”.

(8) Það var leikur tveggja helminga: the story behind the Icelandic football team’s qualification for Euro 2016

(9) Fancy a change of career? Life as a stock photography model

(10) Meet the managers: here’s how music managers have historically taken care of business over the decades from BBC’s Music Moguls series