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Travelling mostly today … but we have events and music

Today I am in Finland after a long flight and have to catch up on things. My usual blog posting will resume tomorrow. Over the page, I have listed the speaking events that I will be involved in over the next two or so weeks. I hope to see some regulars at these events. And I will be back in early May for another solid speaking tour of Scotland and England with several opportunities to meet people and talk about MMT and the future. For now, it is cold, icy and there is a lot to organise.

Speaking Events in next period

Helsinki Lecture Series

In the next few weeks, I will be holding six lectures at the University of Helsinki in my role as Docent Professor of Global Political Economy, at that university.

The lectures are part of a formal program but the public is welcome to attend subject to lecture hall space being available.

The lectures schedule is:

  • Tuesday, February 26 – 10.15–11.45
  • Wednesday, February 27 – 12.15–13.45
  • Thursday, February 28 – 12.15–13.45
  • Tuesday, March 5 – 10.15–11.45
  • Wednesday, March 6 – 12.15–13.45
  • Thursday March 7 – 12.15–13.45

They will be held in Lecture hall XV (fourth floor) at the University of Helsinki main building, entrance from Unioninkatu.

Book Launch, London, Friday, March 1, 2019

We are launching our new Macroeconomics textbook in London on Friday, March 1, 2019.

The event will be held at the Macmillan publishers complex at the Springer Nature – Stables Building, Trematon Walk, Kings Cross, London from 17:00 to 19:00.

We have two guest speakers Dr Sandy Hager (City University of London) and Professor Heikki Patomäki (University of Helsinki).

I will be speaking around 17:30.

You will need an entry ticket (free) to attend.

We still have a few places left after Macmillan increased the available space. Please E-mail me if you would like to come.

Vienna, March 12, 2019

I will be presenting a public lecture in Vienna on the evening of March 12, 2019 sponsored by the 1 Europa political movement in Austria.

The political party are Europhiles but very progressive.

They have graciously invited me to speak and I hope we have an interesting discussion.

When further details of logistics are available I will pass them on (sometime next week).

It would be great to see all the Austrian readers of my blog turn up and we can get Austria on the road to Aexit.

The Loved Ones – a brief history

The Loved Ones were a Melbourne band that I loved in my early teen years. They were so hot but burned out within 2 years.

I listen to their songs quite often and realise how the early productions often failed to capture the musical dynamics of what was happening in the mid-1960s.

The band emerged in 1965 from the trad jazz scene in Melbourne, having defected from the famous The Red Onion Jazz Band to play R&B. The Jazz clubs were dying in Melbourne and after the Beatles and Rolling Stones came out in the early 1960s, R&B was becoming very attractive to club owners and there was a proliferation of bands through the 1960s.

The original line-up of Gavin Anderson on drums, Ian Clyne on organ and piano, Gerry Humphrys on vocals and harmonica, Rob Lovett on guitar, and Kim Lynch on bass guitar.

Ian Clyne was replaced by Treva Richards due to internal conflicts with the other members.

The Loved Ones produced one album – Magic Box – which was released in October 1967.

It was a collection of their hit singles.

I thought it was truly a piece of magic – the young mind has a tendency to over do it! But the original pressing remains one of my prize possessions (having long gone out of print). There is a CD version but it is not like the original disk, is it?

A lot of artists (INXS, Nick Cave, The Saints) copied their work. But never quite got the sound, in part, because of the old amps and other equipment that was available in the 1960s.

Everlovin’ man (from 1966)

Was on their first EP with The Loved One (see below) and ‘Blueberry Hill’.

A Love Like Ours (from 1967)

More than Love (from 1967)

Sad Dark Eyes (from 1967)

The Loved One (from May 1966)

This was the original hit song and their first promotional film. Often copied but the copies never went close.

It is actually a technically difficult song to play (a two-beat pattern) – we tried it in our school garage bands.

That Ian Clyne (keyboards) playing guitar in the video.

That is enough for today!

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    This Post Has 2 Comments
    1. They were great. The keyboards are evident in the track, but not in the video, for obvious reasons.
      Sounds like a Vox Continental… left in simple sine wavy mode with sparse use of the drawbars.
      Don’t think its a Farfisa. I managed to afford one on the late 60s, and ditched the Farfisa I had.
      They had a great sound, though poorly put together and required a bit of maintenance electrically.
      Enjoyable reminder…

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