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Green Cat

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  1. Acoustic at the BBC Friday, 22:00 on BBC Four. A journey through some of the finest moments of acoustic guitar performances from the BBC archives, from Jimmy Page's television debut in 1958 to Oasis and Biffy Clyro. Other highlights include Neil Young's Heart of Gold, David Bowie's Starman, Donovan's Mellow Yellow, Joan Armatrading's Woncha Come on Home, Bert Jansch, Johnny Marr and Bernard Butler, and Joni Mitchell's Chelsea Morning. Also on the same channel before that is a documentary which might be of interest: When Rock Goes Acoustic Friday, 21:00 on BBC Four The cliché of classic rock guitar is one of riffs, solos and noise. But write a list of great guitarists and their finest moments and a quieter, more intense playing comes to the fore. The acoustic guitar is the secret weapon in the armoury of the guitar hero, when paradoxically they get more attention by playing quietly than being loud. This documentary takes an insightful and occasionally irreverent look at the love affair between rock and the humble acoustic guitar. Exploring a much less celebrated, yet crucial part of the rock musician's arsenal, contributors including Johnny Marr, Keith Richards, Ray Davies, James Dean Bradfield, Biffy Clyro, Joan Armatrading, Donovan and Roger McGuinn discuss why an instrument favoured by medieval minstrels and singing nuns is as important to rock 'n' roll as the drums, bass and its noisy sister, the electric guitar.
  2. The boathouse was featured in the Property section of the Sunday Times today. Looks like it's still on the market but now reduced to a bargain £1.1 million! link to estate agent details
  3. Down The Tracks: The Music That Influenced Led Zeppelin. on Sky Arts 1 (in the UK) Tues 12th July at 8:30pm. Down The Tracks shifts its focus to the musical history of English rock gods Led Zeppelin. Covering the band’s love of blues and the influence of English folk songs on Jimmy Page’s guitar technique, the film takes a look at Zeppelin’s literary leanings and Robert Plant’s obsession with JRR Tolkien. link to Sky Arts
  4. Some more on the subject of the Live Aid DVD from an interview on the Mojo magazine website with Bob Geldof about Live Aid and Live 8 : Link to article
  5. Episode 7/7 Profiles of rock's wilder stars, concluding with Led Zeppelin. Absolute Radio Will also be available via podcast.
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