I am travelling for most of today after a rather (exhausting) speaking tour of Europe and the UK. I met a lot of people, gave an (awful) lot of presentations and I thank all the organisers who helped set up the meetings. Special thanks to Tristan (Paris), the GIMMS team (UK), Kevin (Dublin), and all the other people who helped make the tour work. I will be back in Europe in June-July. On Thursday, I will be provide some information about the new book that Thomas Fazi and I are working on as the sequel to our last book – Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Pluto Books, September 2017). Tomorrow, I will be providing some final remarks to cover the material that we did not get to in last Saturday’s London MMT Masterclass.
Please note that I will not be able to moderate comments etc while I am flying for the next 24 or so hours so please be patient and I will eventually get them.
I will also be publishing my June-July European-UK speaking schedule soon – well as soon as it is finalised. If you are an event organiser and want to acquire my services, please contact to see if we can arrange terms and a date.
Music for return travellers
Here is the US jazz guitar player – Emily Remler – who died in 1990 at the age of 32 while on tour in Sydney.
She died of heart failure but the claim was that it was linked to her struggles with heroin.
Whatever, she could really play and was up against it all her life as a result of being a fabulous female guitarist in a male-dominated music world.
I first started to listen to her when she married Jamaican jazz-reggae pianist – Monty Alexander – who has also collaborated closely with another fabulous guitarist Ernest Ranglin.
She played a Gibson ES-335, which is the only guitar I own and play which isn’t a Fender Stratocaster. It is poles apart from the Fender but it is a great guitar to play jazz and R&B.
She was always struggling with the claims that she was just a Wes Montgomery copy cat. We all copy – that is how we learn. But I think she made a statement in her own right.
This article from Premier Guitar magazine – Forgotten Heroes: Emily Remler (July 29, 2014) – is an interesting bio on her.
I particularly liked the part about her developing her sense of timing using a metronome.
Her version of this much covered song appeared on her dedication album to Wes Montgomery – East to Wes – which came out in 1988 on the Concord Jazz label.
That is enough for today!
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