adrian belew's blog
That is funny! Too bad there isn't a whole comic to go with it... or is there?
Yeah, seriously! What is this, where is it from? Who is responsible? It looks great!(For what it's worth, I think the figure in the shadows is Roger Moore.)
Love the art. I would love to know who the artist is. I have a question probably unrelated to this thread, hopefully Adrian can answer sometime, but here goes. I am a 33 yr old Tattoo artist, and as of late I find myself having to explain the music selection I choose to listen to while working. "Billy Joel, Isn't he like ancient", "Adrian Bellew, who the hell is that?". I find myself listening to King Crimson, Adrian, The Bears, but also the Beatles, Hendrix and a plethora of Classic Rock music. I do not enjoy most modern music because I feel it has no heart and soul to it, or as Adrian has said before.."no passion". I understand the music industry is in it for a buck, but where has the story telling gone. The passion. The meaning. I have seen Adrian on many occasions. My son who is 11 saw King Crimson when he was 7 and fell headlong in love with their music along with Adrian's. I told him it was because of the music. Not just the words, but the music as a whole. Here is the main question. Besides the prior names mentioned, where has the heart and soul gone in music?
that's a great cartoon. the bruford bit is funny. i went to a bruford drum workshop a couple of weeks ago. he's actually a funny guy, which surprised me a bit. hey whiteshark1974, i think you are listening to the wrong music. i don't want to sound mean, but maybe you should turn off the radio and find your music somewhere else? i find that there are tons of great new musicians out there, writing heartfelt wonderful music... tons... way more than I will ever be able to listen to in my lifetime. i discover more of them every week. for me, the problem is that there is too much to listen to.
Is the art by the same chap who did the excellent BPM&M artwork. I own a very large poster of that and one day, when I have enough spare cash, I intend to have it properly framed. More great stuff!
Hey whiteshark1974,I agree with eardrum. I learn about new music on the blogs of my favorite artists. I would have never found Porcupine Tree had I not followed Adrian's goings-on. There's a WHOLE lotta passion in Steven Wilson. I saw Porcupine Tree for the first time a few weeks ago. "Halo" (a song adrian guested on) was the final encore and obvious audience favorite. Check 'em out. Go from there. Also, visit blogs that your favorite artists link to. And adrian, I felt a special sense of pride for you when Steven played your parts. They're so you! Also, the PT's new "Fear of a Blank Planet" message is especially relevant for all the folks out there with children in their lives. Compelling stuff.
I almost feel like it might be insulting to offer a listen to my band, but here's my humble attempt at heart and soul and story telling. you can hear snippets of my band at www.cdbaby.com/deathtaxes2OK, shoot me if you must. Just wanted to share. Truly. Share. Not sell. As a matter of fact, if any of you like what you hear there, drop me a line directly and I'll send you a free CD, simply for being a fan of Belew. My email is firstname.lastname@example.orgSorry if I just abused the purpose of this blog. Belew, I love your work...your guitar playing, you're lyrics, and now your storytelling. The biggest compliment I ever received in a newspaper review of my band was that I had an approach to playing somewhat similar to Belew. Probably not accurate (I'm not that good), but I was most flattered.Please keep the anecdotes coming. Discovering your blog has been even more pleasant than a new CD release from you. But keep those coming too! :)
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Hi Adrian,I love the artwork too - such descriptive caricatures of you all! (Is that how you really talk to your guitar Adrian? ;-)Such a shame it didn't all fit onto the scanner - I feel like I'm missing something.... I would love to get a copy of it - but I am sure it is a personal gift to you from the artist, and would be worth a large amount of money :-)Thank you for sharing it with us.As for Whiteshark1974's comment regarding music - I certainly share you disdain for a lot of mainstream music, and not just todays pop/rap crap.... I have found that, since hearing Adrian and King Crimsons' music, and as such having developed a certain 'listening ear' for music, I find most music is definitely 'missing' a lot - not just heart and soul, but depth and creativity also. As a result, my forays into my extensive CD collection do not extend very far past Adrian, RF, King Crimson and its various alumni. (It also seems to me that, seeking out those artists who have had some working involvement with Mr. Fripp, is a worthwhile rule of thumb - as I feel that Robert would not work with those who, he considered, were not 'worthy' of his involvement.) Having said all that, I have a myspace page - not for the purposes of 'friend collecting', but for seeing who other people are listening too. And through it, I have found a huge 'collective' of brilliant 'unsigned' small-time but big-sound artists just trying to get their music heard. This may be an avenue that you might consider for yourself...and the best part is, you get to know something about the artist and his music, and then you get to try before you buy. A win/win situation in my books.(www.myspace.com/krimsoncourt)Wendy
Oh, and I forgot to mention earlier....it's got to be the real Robert Fripp - because he's sitting on his stool in the shadows! ;P
Heck, I might as well get in on this deal (sorry, Mr B). I've been a home recordist for a long while and I've got a page where you can download most of my back catalogue in crappy MP3 format for free. Copy and paste the following link into your browser and get ready to fire up your BitTorrent client!http://www.bittorrent.com/users/vrooom
sorry to say I don't know who the artist is. if anyone does please let us know.
I'm 99% sure that it is Denis Rodier, a Quebec artist. http://www.rodierstudio.com/engl/introeng.htmlhttp://www.podgallery.com/index.cfm/hurl/action=artistInfo/msgId=824http://www.tonylevin.com/bpm.htm
Eardrum, you're right...since too many years ago I turned off the radio and TV, there is anly crap.If we want to find good music is better search it at the web, in the blogs, recomendations... the radio and TV only publics pretty faces and nice butts, good legs and terrible voices with a repetitive beat 4/4 with no tonal inflections always Cmajor (if it's piano) or E minor (if it's guitar)... we are so tight of hear the same things with the same miniskirts singins "empty" lyrics.