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Thursday 14 January 2021.

Thursday 14 January 2021. Happy Birthday to Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) who is 52 today. SKY ARTS 2pm - Sissy Spacek documentary - one of my fave actresses since she was in 1976 film Carrie. --------------------- Friday 15 January 2021. Very sad new news that glam-punk legend SYLVAIN SYLVAIN has died of cancer aged 69. The news was announced on his Facebook page, with a statement saying that he had the disease for two and a half years. “While we grieve his loss, we know that he is finally at peace and out of pain,” it adds. “Please crank up his music, light a candle, say a prayer and let’s send this beautiful doll on his way.” I was lucky to see The New York Dolls live 11 times after they reformed in 2004. They brought out three great albums during that period too. Also Sylvain Sylvain solo events... 1986 - Dingwalls 2013 - 100 Club 17 July 2018 - Sylvain Sylvain book launch party Omnibus Press, London W1 - 3 songs plus QnA. 22 July 2018 - Sylvain Sylvain book tour - Dublin Castle, London NW1 - 10 songs plus QnA. See my Facebook page for photo of the autographed book. ----------- British tribute band PEARL JAMM have been served with lawyers papers from the real Pearl Jam, to stop using their name, hand over their internet domain name, destroy all merch etc. Pearl Jam are saying it is too similar to their own name. Another well known tribute band are Pearl Jam UK but they are safe it seems...for now. ----------- Happy Birthday to Saxon vocalist BIFF BYFORD who is 70 today. --------------------- Saturday 16 January 2021. Happy Birthday to SADE who is 62 today ----------- Directors JULIEN TEMPLE and DAVID MALLETT. Go on their wiki pages and see their incredible list of music videos and music films they have directed. ----------- SKY ARTS 9pm - JIMMY CARTER: ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT ( documentary film from 2020) If it hadn’t been for a bottle of scotch and a late-night visit from musician Gregg Allman, Jimmy Carter might never have been elected the 39th President of the United States. The documentary charts the mostly forgotten story of how Carter, a lover of all types of music, forged a tight bond with musicians Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and others. Low on campaign funds and lacking in name recognition, Carter relied on support from these artists to give him a crucial boost in the Democratic primaries. Once Carter was elected, the musicians became frequent guests in the White House. The surprisingly significant role that music played throughout Carter’s life and in his work becomes a thread in this engaging portrait of one of the most enigmatic Presidents in American history. It is repeated Sunday evening at 11pm.