Monday, January 11, 2010

'When Scooter and the Big Man bust this city in half..'

Happy 68th Birthday, Clarence Clemons.

Over the holidays I read his book "Big Man" which came out towards the end of the Working On A Dream tour. The sub-title is "Real Life and Tall Tales" and it's just that - a collection of true recollections and narratives which fall into something of a grey area, hence they're printed on grey pages in the book.

Clarence's co-author Don Reo introduces one of them with "Most of Clarence's stories are only partially bullshit. It's only fair to tell you that I think the next one is complete bullshit."

The book's great to dip into and well worth reading, especially for E Street fans. As he says himself, it's impossible to tell his story without talking at length about Bruce. Here's Clarence's recent appearance on The Daily Show, and below, he talks about getting his first saxophone:


Tonight at 9pm on PBS is the debut of the American Masters documentary on the life of Sam Cooke. Here's Ken Shane's review for PopDose. (On my local station, WNET, it's being followed by the one on Marvin Gaye)


Tickets went on sale today for the Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band show next month at BAM. Eric Clapton, Paul Simon and Martha Wainwright are on the bill.


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