Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes: Jim Walsh on Music by Jim Walsh

By Jim Walsh

Bar Yarns and Manic Depressive combine Tapes distills thirty delirious, jam-packed years of a few of the easiest song writing ever to come back out of the dual towns. As a author and musician, the ever-curious Jim Walsh has lived a existence immersed in tune, and all of it makes its method into his columns and have articles, interviews and stories, together with own essays on existence, love, song, kinfolk, dying, and, sure, the manic-depressive highs and lows that include being an obsessive song lover and listener. 

From Minneapolis’s personal Prince to such far-flung acts as David Bowie, the Waterboys, Lucinda Williams, Parliament-Funkadelic, L7, the Rolling Stones, the Ramones, U2, Hank Williams, Britney Spears, Elvis Presley and Nirvana, Walsh’s paintings treats us to a refrain of the voices and sounds that experience made the tune scene over the last 3 many years. the massive names are right here, from Rosanne money to Bruce Springsteen to Bob Marley and Jackson Browne, yet so are these a bit shy of superstardom, just like the Tin famous person Sisters and Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, the equipment Daddies, Semisonic, and The Belfast Cowboys. 

The e-book is usually a journey (de strength) of the dual towns' such a lot celebrated song venues previous and current, from the promenade Ballroom to Paisley Park to Duffy's. whilst Walsh is not celebrating the sheer magic of stay tune or dreaming to tunes blasting from the auto console, he can be surveying the scene with the Hamm's endure at Grumpy's or the Double Deuce or making a song the final evening on the Uptown Bar blues. even if he is dishing dust with Yoko Ono or digging the Replacements' roots, giving an previous rocker a spin or providing a mic to the most recent upstart, Jim Walsh reminds us that during the land of 1000 lakes there are one thousand dances, and the song by no means dies.

Capturing the natural notes and personality of the sound of the dual towns and past, with a willing eye for tendencies and the telling element, his booklet actually is a combination tape of thirty years of unforgettable music.

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