Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

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Wu Tang Clan, food security, DJ Derek, Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”, running memoirs, street style, NPR, James Brown in Boston in 1968 etc

DJ Derek on the decks. Photo: Jamaway/Alamy

Tue, Apr 19, 2016, 09:48


(1) The Wu years: Eddie Otchere’s striking photos of the Wu Tang Clan through the years from way back when.

(2) The life and death of DJ Derek: great piece by Dorian Lynskey on the extraordinary life and mysterious disappearance of the cardigan-wearing ex-accountant who became a killer reggae DJ and the blackest white man in Bristol

(3) The story of how Aretha Franklin captured lightning in a bottle, went straight to number one on the Top 40 charts, and became an icon of the civil rights and women’s movements with “Respect”

(4) From The Sartorialist and Face Hunter to Tommy Ton and Phil Oh, a brief history of modern street style snappers and a look at what street style’s next 10 years could look like in the age of Instagram and Snapchat.

(5) Inside the bizarre world of paying minor-league rappers, Real Housewives and lesser-known Kardashians to show up at a nightclub.

(6) Time to go for a run: how a month of different exercises impacted on Michael Grathaus’ brain. Another 5k: the growing trend of exercise memoirs with Catriona Menzies-Pike joining a list which includes Christopher McDougall, Haruki Murakami and Cheryl Strayed.

(7) Just what exactly happens behind the bomb-proofed doors of the laboratory in Belfast which houses the Institute for Global Food Security? “The machine is being asked to make a formal identification of the fish fillet: is it cod? Or is it something else? After comparing the fish’s “fingerprint” against a library of species profiles, the computer presents its verdict. This time it’s not guilty: “cod”, reads the screen. But just as often, such tests will reveal fraud — cod mixed with something cheaper, whiting perhaps, or a different species entirely.”

(8) More wireless woes: “A slow-moving bureaucracy. An antiquated business model. A horde of upstart competitors. Can National Public Radio survive?

(9) Excuse My French: the dirty secrets of hip-hop’s clean versions. “In the late ‘90s hip-hop went from a hugely popular underground phenomenon to a formal part of mainstream American culture and the standards for clean versions began to change. Hip-hop became accountable to white America. Given the choice between losing out on radio and video play and tightening up their standards, labels had to adjust accordingly.”

(10) The night James Brown saved Boston: Dart Adams on James Brown’s show in Boston the night after Martin Luther King was shot dead in Memphis