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Jamie - February 6, 2011 03:41 AM (GMT)
Quite a digest today. First things first... don't forget about the competition I mentioned in my last post. You still have till the 21st Feb to enter, and I reckon you're in with a very good chance of winning one of those signed CDs.

Next: a slew of articles from a generous contributor named Jim Farmer. Interviews with Paddy, by Sylvie Simmons in 'Creem' magazine in 1986 (here), by Karen Schoemer in 1988 (here), and a review of Jordan: The Comeback by Ira Robbins from 'Entertainment' in October 1990 (here.) He has also provided the picture from the latter review in jpg form, and one of him and Paddy at Shepherd's Bush Empire in 2000 for the 'images' page - big thanks to Jim for all this material.

There is also a brand new interview with Paddy, circa February 4th 2011, online at the Huffington Post (scroll past the Bruce Cockburn info to find it, unless you're a Bruce fan!) Thanks to ronchito for alerting us to that piece.

Then there are some videos on YouTube I haven't seen before - The Golden Calf on 'The Hippodrome Show', and a double header, Cars & Girls / Hey Manhattan. Anyone with further information on these videos is invited to come forward and get in touch.

Have you heard of a man named Burton Cummings? He was in a band called 'The Guess Who'. Rock Smith found him blogging (entirely in capitals) on the subject of Paddy and the Sprouts, which he has filed under 'philosophy'. Worth a read perhaps.

And finally...something I expect to be mentioning a lot more in future...John Birch, writer of the only existing book on the Sprouts is in the advanced stages of producing an updated sequel. He wanted me to give out his email address, and encourage 'inquiries of any nature.' We all wish him very the best of luck.

imarcopolo - February 6, 2011 11:24 AM (GMT)
Thanks Jamie.

I love the quote in the Huffington interview:

MR: What advice would you have for new artists?

PM: Cover my songs. All of them... particularly you, Bublé. Oh, must I be serious? Listen to your heart. Then reach for the beta-blockers.

I had to laugh... :P

Rae - February 7, 2011 08:42 AM (GMT)
Delightful news about John Birch, I'm looking forward to seeing what he comes up with regarding the years between Life of Surprises and today. Also, I'm intrigued by his inviting "inquiries of any nature." I do wonder how to travel to parallel universes without the worm-hole collapsing on me, and also where the money's going to come from for my vacation at the Four Seasons Mauii.

James L - February 7, 2011 10:41 AM (GMT)
It just struck me how the cover of John Birch's book seems to anticpate the LCTWWM cover. Nice.

Great digest Jamie.

bisonrav - February 7, 2011 02:59 PM (GMT)
There's been discussions between my representatives and Birch's on ownership of the newer pieces of research, and we're near a conclusion on some level of collaboration...

Actually I've been in touch quite a lot. There are a few irons in the fire for both of us and some attempts to open doors here and there. I'm rather favouring the idea of a radio biog incidentally. But John has a better history of completing things than I do.

Jamie - February 8, 2011 12:25 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (bisonrav @ Feb 7 2011, 02:59 PM)
But John has a better history of completing things than I do.

And this is coming from the man who successfully produced a Sprout DVD and CD within a few months!

Rivermoving - February 8, 2011 09:27 AM (GMT)
On your own, you two have accomplished fantastic things. And together... well, who knows what will happen? A radio biography sounds like a marvellous idea. It could even serve as a bonus CD to the book, once it's finished.

Incidentally, I'm also part of this project, although from a distance. I may be able to supply some nuggets of information from my archives.

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