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Sep 27, 2012

デヴェンドラ・バンハートとアンディ・キャビック、ブリティッシュ・フォーク・ロックを語る  Devendra Banhart & Andy Cabic, talking about British Folk Rock

(English follows.)
アロハ! デヴェンドラ・バンハートとアンディ・キャビックのジャパン・ツアー「Superb Honey Moon」まであと1週間。「もう待ちきれない!」という人のために、今日は『Ptolemaic Terrascope』誌(No.36, 2007)の中からとても興味深い記事を紹介するわ。それは、70年代に『メロディ・メイカー』が「ブラインド・デイト」と呼んでいたたぐいの記事。ミュージシャンにそれがどんなレコードなのかを知らせずに聴かせて、彼らの考えやコメントを引き出したりするの。そして、彼らというのはこの場合、デヴェンドラ・バンハートとアンディ・キャビック。場所はサンフランシスコのアンディ・キャビックのアパートメント。彼らが聴いたのは以下の12曲よ。

1. Shirley Collins "Space Girl" (from the 1960 various artists album "Rocket Along : New Ballads On Old Lines")
2. Shirley Collins "All Thing Are Quite Silent" (from the 1967 album "The Sweet Primroses")
3. Michael Chapman "Kodak Ghosts" (from the 1970 album "Fully Qualified Survivor")
4. Michael Chapman "Wrecked Again" (from the 1971 album "Wrecked Again")
5. Davy Graham "She Moves Through The Fair" (from the 1963 various artists EP "London Hootenanny")
6. Davy Graham "Both Sides Now" (from the 1968 album "Large As Life And Twice As Natural")
7. Vashti Bunyan "Winter Is Blue" (from the soundtrack album to the 1967 movie "Tonight Let's All Make Love In London")
8. Vashti Bunyan "Diamond Day" (from the 1970 album "Just Another Diamond Day")
9. Fotheringay "Wild Mountain Time" (from a 1970 BBC Radio session)
10. Roy Harper "Don't You Grieve" (from the 1970 album "Flat Baroque And Berserk")
11. Martin Carthy "Famous Flower Of Serving Men" (from the 1972 album "Shearwater")
12. Giles, Giles, & Fripp "I Talked To The Wind" (from the 1975 album "A Young Person's Guide To King Crimson")

そう、見ての通り、デヴェンドラとアンディが聴かされたのはすべて、ブリティッシュ・フォーク・ロックの古典なの!(でも、それは当然よね。もともとはイギリスの片田舎でスタートしたこの雑誌について、ディヴィアンツのミック・ファーレンは「英アンダーグラウンドの小教区のような雑誌」だと評したことがあったくらいだもの)

2人のコメントはとても面白いわ。デヴェンドラはマイケル・チャップマンにとっても感激しているの。彼はチャップマンのことを「クリス・スミザーの質を持った、いい感じのサイケデリア」って考えているわ。そしてもちろん、バシュティ・ブニヤンのことは褒めちぎっている。でも、彼はいろんなことを勘違いしているみたいなの。一方のアンディは、その種の音楽についてはとても詳しい人なのに、なぜかサンディ・デニーには興味がない様子。そして2人は、ともにキング・クリムゾンの名前を思い出すことができなかったの! また、残念なことに、アメリカではマイケル・チャップマンとロイ・ハーパーはほとんど無名の存在だということが読者には分かるわ(私もマイケル・チャップマンを聴いたことがない・・・・・・。ブリジット・セント・ジョンの親友である彼を無視していてはダメね。恥よね・・・・・・)

でも、若いアメリカ人がシャーリー・コリンズやデイヴィ・グラハムに親しんでいるのは意外なことね。ブリティッシュ・フォーク・ロックの古典が彼らの関心の大きな部分になっているなんてね。世界は本当に変わったんだわ。そう、とてもいい意味で。私もあなたもいろいろな音楽にトライし続けなくちゃね。そんな気持ちにさせてくれる、とてもよい記事。

では最後にひとこと。デヴェンドラ! アンディ! あなた達の来日が楽しみよ!

Devendra Banhart & Andy Cabic

"Ptolemaic Terrascope" 

Aloha!  It's just a week till the beginning of the Japan Tour called "Superb Honey Moon" of Devendra Banhart & Andy Cabic.  For those who say "Can't wait at all!", I'm telling about a very interesting article from the "Ptolemaic Terrascope" magazine (No.36, 2007).  It's sort of like what Melody Maker in the 70's used to call a "Blind Date" - playing music to somebody and not telling them what they are listening to and making them guess and comment on it.  In this case, "somebody" are Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic.  The listening session took place in San Francisco at Andy's apartment.  They listened to 12 songs as below;

1. Shirley Collins "Space Girl" (from the 1960 various artists album "Rocket Along : New Ballads On Old Lines")
2. Shirley Collins "All Thing Are Quite Silent" (from the 1967 album "The Sweet Primroses")
3. Michael Chapman "Kodak Ghosts" (from the 1970 album "Fully Qualified Survivor")
4. Michael Chapman "Wrecked Again" (from the 1971 album "Wrecked Again")
5. Davy Graham "She Moves Through The Fair" (from the 1963 various artists EP "London Hootenanny")
6. Davy Graham "Both Sides Now" (from the 1968 album "Large As Life And Twice As Natural")
7. Vashti Bunyan "Winter Is Blue" (from the soundtrack album to the 1967 movie "Tonight Let's All Make Love In London")
8. Vashti Bunyan "Diamond Day" (from the 1970 album "Just Another Diamond Day")
9. Fotheringay "Wild Mountain Time" (from a 1970 BBC Radio session)
10. Roy Harper "Don't You Grieve" (from the 1970 album "Flat Baroque And Berserk")
11. Martin Carthy "Famous Flower Of Serving Men" (from the 1972 album "Shearwater")
12. Giles, Giles, & Fripp "I Talked To The Wind" (from the 1975 album "A Young Person's Guide To King Crimson")

Yes, as you see, all songs are the classics of British folk rock!  (But it's normal, isn't it?  "Ptolemaic Terrascope" started originally in rural England, and Mick Farren from the Deviants once described the magazine as "the Parish-Magazine of the English Underground".)

Both comments are so interesting to read.  Devendra is deeply moved by Michael Chapman.  He regards Chapman's music as "A Chris Smither-like quality.  So tastefully psychedelic".  And, of course, he highly appreciates Vashti Bunyan.  However, he also seems to guess wrong on various things.  On the other hand, Andy doesn't know much about Sandy Denny strangely though he knows well about British folk music.  And both of them can't remember the name of King Crimson!  Also, unfortunately, you can find Michael Chapman and Roy Harper are still not well-known artists in America (I've never listened to Michael Chapman either...  What a big shame, for he's one of the best friends of Bridget St. John.  You must not ignore him.  No more...)

Anyway, it's amazing these young Americans are familiar with the works of Shirley Collins and Davy Graham.  For both, British folk rock has great meanings.  The world has changed certainly.  Yes, in a very good sense.  So you and I have to keep on trying various music too.  It's a good article for us to feel so.

Let me add a few more words lastly.  Devendra!  Andy!  I'm looking forward to seeing you!

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