A Pint Of Bitter, and Pulp Fictions

It’s been a week, since I last posted anything. Last Monday I mentioned various book releases I have made available as ebooks. Such as my novella Seven Day Fool, which is now available via iBooks

https://books.apple.com/us/book/seven-day-fool/id1505606104

and my first Pulp Fiction Poetry collection – Beat To A Pulp which is also now available via iBooks

Beat To A Pulp by Jason Disley

https://books.apple.com/us/book/beat-to-a-pulp/id1505713274

As well as releasing these books, in the last week I have written an article for Zani, which is an online magazine with articles covering a wide range of topics. The article I wrote was titled A Pint Of Bitter, Bound To Be A Good Thing… And was About British Jazz icon Tubby Hayes, and a new limited edition book that has been published by Mono Media Books. In the article I interview the main man behind the project-Mark Baxter, who is an author and film producer, amongst other things.

Tubby Hayes

You can read that article here, and if you are interested in this book about the British Jazz legend. You can follow the link for more information at the end of the article.

https://www.zani.co.uk/zani-music/item/3068-tubby-hayes-a-pint-of-bitter-bound-to-be-a-good-thing

So, as you can see – I have been fairly busy. However, the main thing I wish to bring to your attention is my new paperback that has been released – it is titled – Angel In Alabaster,

Angel In Alabaster the new book by Jason Disley is out now.

and is the sequel to Beat To A Pulp. It is a book I am very pleased with and continues with the theme of writing a prose tale in verse form. My interest in Pulp Fiction and Film Noir is very apparent in this book, and it contains moments that feel familiar, and comfortable within the environment of the tale. In fact. An up and coming writer – who is very hip to the world’s I allude to in the book has written a foreword to the book, which I feel gives the reader an insight into what Pulp Fiction Poetry, Or Film Noir Verse is. Here is that foreword:

FOREWORD

It’s a pulp world. A space where people make shapes, alloyed by desire. It’s where Exterior means: “I need to get from Point A to B, with a direct response,” as Interior leaves us groping for dark epithets with one hand, while knocking back a boiler maker with the other.
Jason Disley knows this world like the back of his hand. Read The Angel in Alabaster and you’ll be on several fifth drinking terms with it. It’s a warm enough room; a bourbon haze, a nascent lounge lizard on the Wurlitzer and a Turkish delight scarlet hue in the furnishing. Pick through the Fry’s, expect to stumble upon some ebon promise.
Loretta, Johnny, The Artisan: all creations unique to Jason’s palette – the wasp’s sting here is in their familiarity. The initial impact of The Angel in Alabaster comes from this sense of ironic comfort. For a long time fan of the novels of Raymond Chandler, the songs of Johnny Mercer and the silhouette of Gene Tierney, reading words that invoke 1940s LA hums the same heat as Vernon Duke’s mellow Manhattan Fall: “Glittering crowds (…) In canyons of steel / They’re making me feel I’m home.” But, as a later poet of sky rises observed, It’s also where the hatred is.
The Angel in Alabaster has a raison d’etre supplanted from a previous work, Beat to a Pulp: a juxtaposition of the argot of gumshoes and cheese cakes with the ennui of the verse styling found in T. S. Eliot’s 1920s modernism. In laymen’s terms, this is a way of depicting a story filled with the pulse of hard boiled sensuality, through a poetic metre impressing ‘hip’ speech rhythms, for those of a Spillane bent, at the same time as employing strong rhymes to locate a subtle sense of the universality of Noir in these Google fried times. “The stuff that dreams are made of” now so manifest that “doing a number” is as much part of the current bloodstream as a commonplace app; on its 20th Luckie for the day of course.
And this is where Jason mounts his own unique killer-diller.
Jason’s poetry in The Angel in Alabaster delves into Noir as an intrinsic part of so many of today’s cultural default mode. Sin City – look at the implied neons and Edward Hopper pallor. Peaky Blinders – the hissy darkness and ‘hat as icon’ imagery. Boardwalk Empire – well, It’s like a resort for…. Gangsters. However, Mr. Disley is anything but the lid on a semiotic dust bin. E. M. Forster told us to “only connect;” he could be describing the best way to tuck into The Angel in Alabaster’s rhyme of the non’lent gumshoe jazz riff. Dig the influences, connect the dots. How modernist.
Dot connection is indeed the thing wherein we catch the shtick of the Dis. Slang is normally habitual; It’s great paradox residing in it being always there, despite fashion making it permanently transient. Within the bounds of The Angel in Alabaster, it functions as a refining signifier, beckoning towards a signified inscribed with ‘pleasure.’ Jason’s utilisation of Eliot’s bleak poetics illustrates this best of all. Cf, The Waste Land:
She smooths her hair with automatic hand,
And puts a record on the gramophone.
‘This music crept by me upon the waters’ (…)
O City City (….)
Now ‘Angel’:
Johnny needed to shake the lead out of his shorts (….)
He would find the gator with a gat
Or the cat with a shiv
Who had decided the Lady in The Jade Dress must crowd (….)
He needed Seven to become Eleven in this crap shoot.

In The Waste Land, speech rhythm connotes towards ennui – a boredom that beckons towards an out of reach memory from a Tempest. In ‘Alabaster’, the metre is also of speech, but this time the modernist urge to make it new comes not as a lofty literary, but in a bouquet of side mouth rye. The fragments that Jason stores against The Artisan’s ruins read more like William Gottlieb’s photograph of 52nd Street: from swing to bop is the measure of Seven becoming Eleven. The Angel of Alabaster may allude to Eliot’s “a handful of dust,” in form; when read and digested, the grab is still there but definitely in a lamp gaze view – from the lipstick cap to Lana Turner’s eyes, plus John Garfield’s peak in between.
Whether you dream of Rita Hayworth or crack like Jimmy Cagney, rein in your 38. for Jason Disley’s latest invitation to the pulps. *

Nathan James Le-bas

*: All quotes from The Waste Land, The Complete Poems & Plays of T. S. Eliot (London, 1969).

Angel In Alabaster has a wonderful bookcover designed by Mark Head Aka Mr. H. Mark, designed the cover for Beat To A Pulp, and it seemed natural to ask him to design the cover for this collection.

The book is available now from

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

And soon it will be available from other online retailers such as Amazon.

Going forward, I am working on a third Film Noir Verse book, and the sequel to Seven Day Fool, titled Take It Or Leave It, this book will initially be made available as an ebook. I hope that when the time is right it will be published in paperback.

Lastly I wish to share a video of a poem I have written, that is a message for all of us at this time. As we all make our way through this Pandemic – follow the rules and keep safe. I will no doubt be sharing something else with you next Monday. JD.

Keep Your Distance

My Debut Album: Speakeasy

Speakeasy by Jason Disley – Available now!

It is now available! The spoken word album that began as a concept back in 2016.

When I was approached after sharing a poem on a popular social network, and asked if I would like to record something. I jumped at the opportunity. It was something that had never really crossed my mind. But, as soon as it was proposed, I thought – yes! So then Rick Blackman – the musician and producer who had proposed the idea – and I got to work on teaming up original compositions with my poetry. So it began – a fulfilling and exciting period of creativity. It was a project that was done over long distance. Rick lived up in the north west of the UK and I lived in the South West. But with the use of today’s technology we were soon able to work well together, swapping ideas and doing our best to create an interesting body of work. Both Rick and I love music and have an affinity with various styles of music. Both of us are interested in the history of British subcultures, especially the mid twentieth century. This is reflected in some of the music on the album. There are many nods to those periods. There is also a very European feel to it, and with one track – Breathless there is a real sense of French cinema in the music. In fact Breathless is read in French by Gabriela Giacoman – the lead singer of the French band French Boutik. Serge Hoffman, also of French Boutik also adds his voice at the start of the album, supplying and setting the scene with an introduction that allows the listener to imagine the album has been recorded live in a club in Paris.

To add to this, fellow writer Jason Brummell has kindly written a fictional scene as a foreword to the twelve page booklet that is included with the CD.

When Adam Cooper, the head honcho at Heavy Soul Records heard the demos and agreed to releasing the album. You can imagine how thrilled I was. This was an incredible moment. I was at the beach with my family when I received the call. You can imagine how I was when I heard the news. I was jumping up and down in my swim shorts on the beach. Onlookers probably thought I was trying to invent a new dance! I was that elated. Even with the yes, due to the schedule and the album taking its place in the run of things, it took another year for this release date to arrive. In the meantime I have worked hard at improving my craft. Becoming more comfortable with performance, (I even host a regular spoken word evening called Speaky Blinders) and have written quite prolifically. Returning to these poems will be a joy as I endeavour to share what is on the album in the coming months.

Here is just one of the tunes off the album for you

The Weekend – from Speakeasy by Jason Disley with music by Rick Blackman

Buy Speakeasy here! Heavy Soul Records

More news about Speakeasy soon.

JD.

Echoes Of Sea Shore Tides: spoken word and Our Place In The Seven Heavens.

I recently submitted a couple of poems to an exhibition at Artizan Gallery in Torquay which was curated by poet and artist Becky Nuttall and fellow poet Robert Garnham.

I was thrilled to have my poems included in the exhibition which juxtaposed the poetry with fine pieces of artwork.

The exhibition is a fantastic celebration of placing either yourself or the area of Torbay in a celestial place beneath the Moon. The whole nature of the exhibition was open for broad interpretation as all art should be. Provoking stimulus, whether it be memories, places, or

simply now.

Artizan Gallery website

The two poems I submitted were The Echo Of Sea Shore Tides, and The System AKA Grockle Town.

The first, Echo – is relating to life in a seaside town, the microcosm of rock pools, the way life changes with the Tides which are of course ruled by the moon. It reflects how the order of life can be changed, and yet there is always a glimmer of hope even when the natural order has been disturbed.

Provided by Jacob Brandon @artizangallery poem written by Jason Disley

The other poem was a poem inspired by a film and novel titled The System which was inspired and written about life in Torbay during the 1960s. The screen play was written Peter Draper, who also happens to be Becky Nuttall’s Father. She told me that her father actually coined the term “Grockle” which has since been entered into dictionaries meaning : a noun Grockle: derogatory term for holiday maker usually visiting Devon or Cornwall.

Now I myself used to visit Torbay as a child in the seventies and eighties, before moving to Devon in the nineties. I had seen first hand the way the local lads would charm the holiday makers looking for fun, romance and excitement. I myself upon moving here I will unashamedly admit behaved in a similar manner as I was a young single man looking to have fun. So, when I was given the opportunity to write a poem about Torbay The System came to mind. I have read both the book and watched the movie, and from my own experiences growing up felt suitably inspired.

The poem can be seen on display as part of the Exhibition which I highly recommend, and not just because I have a couple of poems on display there, but because there is a great mix of wonderful art and words on display.

The System starring Oliver Reed and Jane Merrow

The novel The System by John Burke and taken from the screenplay by Peter Draper

The back cover of the Pan edition of The System

I will be appearing at Artizan Gallery on Monday the 20th of May as part of a Live event that will include music and poetry.

I will be performing poems from my new collection Chaos Reigns Supreme. The poems that are in this exhibition and some poetry from previous collections.

JD.

News: Chaos Reigns Supreme and a Heavy Soul…

Chaos Reigns Supreme

I am back!

And…

I have a new collection of poetry out! It will be officially launched on May 7th. I can’t wait to get it out there for people to read.

It has been a while since I have posted anything here – Something I should rightly apologise for. So, I am sorry. I promise not to take so lo g before I write something here again.

It has simply been, that I have been extremely busy of late, and, it really doesn’t look like the workload is going to change anytime soon either! Which is a good thing. Its good to keep busy. I have recently completed the sequel to my novel Seven Day Fool a book called Take It Or Leave It, It has been sent to the publisher. I have also been performing regularly at spoken word events. I recently took part in the Torbay March Of The Mods event at the end of last month, which saw as usual a group of like minded people helping raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a very worthy cause.

As well as all that – I have collated the twenty five poems that are in this new collection. Chaos Reigns Supreme.

The book is titled after a poem I wrote and have performed a few times at spoken word events. It’s subject matter reflecting the current state of affairs in the UK, and Europe. Here is that very poem that inspired the collection.

Chaos Reigns Supreme (The Bongo Edit)

The collection isn’t all doom and gloom though. There is light and shade as it deals with many aspects of life. It doesn’t shy away from moral panics, but also looks at existence and the necessity of hope. Poems with titles such as Things Are Changing, and A Positive Flame, are in there, as well as poems such as Knife Crime, and If Poems Were Bullets. It is a collection that reflects society at a time when Chaos does seem to be everywhere. But, the truth is – there should always be a glimmer of hope. A voice of reason for us all. The book is my voice of reason, with honesty at its core. It is a book that apparently

Combines the rhythms of 1950s Beat Poetry, with a fresh look at modern life, and illustrates them brilliantly with his verse (Pulp Magazine)

The book can be ordered here:

Chaos Reigns Supreme by Jason Disley on Amazon

Heavy Soul!

At long last the wait for my debut album to be released is almost over. Adam Cooper the head honcho at Heavy Soul! Records confirmed recently that Speakeasy is the next album to be released on the label. The poems that are on this unique spoken word album were written many years ago. In fact a couple of them were in my first publication way back in 1996! So, finally sharing them via an album is a big deal for me. The music that accompanies them was written and produced by Rick Blackman. A man whose musicianship, knowledge and creativity is simply superb. He is a true modernist with always a view to moving things on, not standing still and takes those recognisable elements of the past and shapes them into wonderful new things. It has been an honour to do this collection. Which I have mentioned in various other articles I have written previously.

Heavy Soul Records 2019 releases

So, that is my news for now. Please feel free to purchase any of my books that are available online. Or contact me for info on performances etc.

Until the next time

All the best.

Jason.

P. S.

For more news about Heavy Soul go to

Heavy Soul! Records

They have some fantastic music available.

The Weekend by Jason Disley and Rick Blackman – Speakeasy to be released in 2019…

Speakeasy the new album by Jason Disley/Rick Blackman available 2019 from Heavy Soul Records

It’s a long time coming – but the debut album by yours truly will be worth the wait, trust me.

Mixing Modernist Beat Poetry with music provides a Spoken Word album that is different, and full of diverse poetry that will resonate with some of you out there. It’s a concept album – its a performance in a club in Paris, somewhere by the left bank and starts with an introduction by Serge Hoffman from French Boutik, and then goes into a series of poems all accompanied by original music written and performed by Rick Blackman. The slick music enhances my poetry and elevates it. There is a mixture of the serious, the not so serious, and the surreal, all served with that outlook of the Mod scene. It’s about looking to the past, wearing your influences on your well tailored sleeves before moving things forward along a path of your own choosing. It’s speaking easy about what you believe. It’s living in the now and having ambition. Even if that ambition is literally only a moment away.

It’s a project that came about by chance and is a body of work that I am proud of. I am really looking forward to sharing it, and hope listeners and readers alike will dig this album as much as Rick and I do.

One of the poems included on the album is

The Weekend

It’s about wanting to have a good time. To experience those moments that are an escape from the mundane. It is a look at existence and how we need to fill our week with memories that are fulfilling. The poem first appeared in my book Runaway Soul!

Runaway Soul available here.

Here is a version of The Weekend accompanied by a series of images that are a slice of what Modernist Beat Poetry is about:

The Weekend by Jason Disley and Rick Blackman on YouTube.

Also – here is the poem:

The Weekend.

Desirous of the escapism
Of mad deeds
That sow the seeds
Of new adventures.

Urban sojourns
Into the
Neon nights filled with
Sharp beating
Hearts and the haunts
Of great troubadours.

Into the city
Music
Flows
But only in those
Pockets
That are not cloaked by
The mainstream.

For those pockets hold
The soul
The wonder of life
That reaffirms an existence
Through the mediums of
Music, dance and style.

The stage is set
The kicks
Kick in and
The weeks end
Flows to the
Will of
Dyonisus
And pleasure.

The mediocrity of
The existential life
Of routine
Dissipates
Until the
New dawn breaks
And the light
Shines on the harsh
Reality
Showing us the cracks
In the decaying
Decaying world
Only we
Ourselves
Have constructed.

That is why they say

“Life is what you make it”

For now I will
Be the architect of
My own ontology

Bringing about a happiness
That I hope can be shared.

(Jason Disley 2016)

The album Speakeasy will be available sometime in 2019. There will be a single released prior to the album and they will both be released by

Heavy Soul Records

So, yes exciting times ahead!

2019 looks like it’s going to be an exciting year.

For now, Seasons Greetings and keep on keeping on, as that is always the best way. JD.

Beat To A Pulp – A collection of Film Noir Verse

It’s Noirvember and the perfect time of year to luxuriate in the comfort of your home watching classic movies like The Big Sleep, or Key Largo, maybe Double Indemnity or other such films. Likewise you could read books by authors such Raymond Chandler, Micky Spillane or Dashiell Hammett to name but just three of the great Pulp Fiction writers out there that have influenced the Film Noir genre. Or you could dip into my book –

Beat To A Pulp.

available at Lulu. com

It’s a great slice of the Pulp genre – even if I say so myself. It has all the ingredients of Pulp Fiction and a good Film Noir. It has characters easily recognisable from the genre. Ruby the Femme Fatale, Johnny – On – The – Spot, and Jack Rabbit Blood – two rival Gangsters, and Aldous Beech the hardboiled detective. But, this book is a Pulp Fiction with a difference. It is written to the rhythms of Jazz, and flows in verse form. It is a form of prose/poetry. Each snippet leads to the next, as each “poem” is read in order – so a film noir reveals itself in the readers imagination. It isn’t poetry that provokes deep thought. It is poetry for pleasure. It’s story telling in a way that is perhaps a little different from your normal book.

I am proud of it, and hope that should anyone buy a copy that they enjoy it. It’s an original tale, but has a familiarity about it. It will hopefully be appreciated like a favourite classic movie or a thrilling detective story.

Since the books release on Lulu earlier this month. I have been performing some of the poems.

It allows me to get my creation out to a different audience. It’s title Beat To A Pulp is obvious. I am after all a poet who enjoys performing. This book is my concept album. It’s full of Jazz and tells a story.

Here is a snippet from the book:

Doing A Number by Jason Disley – taken from Beat To A Pulp

Jason Disley reading from his new book Beat To A Pulp

The book is currently in the global reach system and will be available in paperback from Amazon and other online retailers soon There are also plans for an ebook version in the New Year.

If you want a copy for Christmas for someone- to guarantee it’s delivery please order direct from Lulu (see the available at Lulu link above) updates on other retailers will be announced in future posts.

In the meantime enjoy the rest of Noirvember. Thanks for reading Jason Disley.

Beat To A Pulp, and Jazzy numbers.

I have been busy. Extremely busy. Last month saw my run of poetry performances hitting an all time high. So much so – I haven’t posted anything here for while. For that I can only apologise. Having performed in Torquay, Paignton, Newton Abbot and a gig in Birmingham it is a wonder I have had time to focus on other things. But I am pleased to say I have. I have been adding the final touches to my new book which will be available soon. My book is a poetry collection that is different from anything else I have ever written. It is a complete Pulp Fiction tale told in verse form.

Here is the blurb from the back cover:

“In this, epic collection, Disley has conjured up a cast of characters that shimmer, dodge and thrill the page with a story straight out of storyvile”

SJ Knight – Crime Fiction Writer

Firmly set in the period of Pulp and Noir of the twentieth century in an unnamed American city- Beat To A Pulp delivers poetry that’s full of the jive talk you would expect to read in Hammett, Chandler and Spillane.

It’s a Beat Poet delivering his version of a Pulp Fiction. It’s straight from the fridge and if you’ve got your boots on, you will dig the jive and imagine what happens when the canary sings.

The book is published by Beatnpress.

Now that the book is practically complete, it’s forty poems, are also ready to be performed and on the 14th of this month I will be debuting a handful of the poems from this collection. If you are a fan of Pulp Fiction, and Film Noir like I am. You will know that Jazz is often associated with the movies, and tales in the Pulp oeuvre. So naturally as my thoughts move towards performing and breathing life into the poems. I immediately felt it was right to have some suitable jazz to play in the back ground whilst reading. Enhancing the experience and hopefully allowing for a Film Noir to play in the minds of the audience.

So I have made a suitable Spotify playlist. It is only short and comprises of just three tunes.

1) Main Title by Gerry Mulligan

2)Private Investigator by Graham De Wilde

3) Gumshoe Blues by Paul Pritchard.

You can listen to the playlist here:

Beat To A Pulp Tracks

No doubt as I add more of the poems to the performances I will add more music to the playlist.

The debut performance will be at Word Command at Zitas in Exeter.

If things develop as I hope I would love to turn this collection into a play also. To see the characters come to life would be incredible. It would also be another string to add to my writing bow. But for now I am just so happy to share that this collection is going to be available to read soon. The book cover has been designed by Mr. H. He has also provided six images within the collection to accompany the poetry. Mr H. also designed the cover to my debut novella Seven Day Fool.

Mr H Design Co

More news about Beat To A Pulp soon…

Beatnik Revolution. The New Beat keeps moving on….

Poet Robert Garnham with his copy of The New Beat Generation which he bought in 1996. 20 years before I met him!

It was recently highlighted to me that I published my first poetry collection back in 1996. 22 years ago! My outlook is still the same. My first book was a call for a New Beat Generation to emerge – writing profound words that inspire the next generation. Now recently there has been a real renaissance in terms of Spoken Word. There are poems used on mainstream adverts on the television. There are spoken word events popping up everywhere. I even curate my own Spoken Word night with the help of fellow poet Robert Garnham. Our night is called Speaky Blinders and it is a night that is gaining in popularity, thanks to the great venue:Peaky Blinders Bar in Paignton, and of course the wealth of local talent. All wordsmiths with a great deal to say. As Robert Garnham stated – there is a peculiar micro climate in Torbay where the local booming spoken word scene is very much about fun! Well like the original Beats, Beatniks and Mods, Rockers, hippies, and Punks – those that are into the Spoken Word scene are out to get their kicks. These events are great platforms to share messages. Sometimes it’s deftly showing off your skill with word play, sometimes it’s silly and nonsensical, but other times it’s deep, profound and personal. There is a lot of comedy in Torbay, and that’s probably because, at this time we all feel we need a good laugh. An escape from the ongoing debates about Brexit, the state of the economy, education, housing, the National Health Service etc. The Spoken Word scene to me is so diverse – it is magical. People from all ages and backgrounds are there to take part and enjoy it. Not like other scenes, where it is usually the young disenfranchised teen raging against the machine, it as inclusive as you can get. It’s welcoming, it’s not generally descriminate and audiences are prepared to listen. Not that those subjects just mentioned above don’t get included in some of the poems and stories that the local spoken word artists tell. It is rather that for a few minutes an individual can share the honesty of their minds. Their individual thoughts and aspects of their personality. Everyone wants to share who they are to some point. Some rant, some tell sad stories, others are funny, and some are just (tongue now firmly in cheek) bonkers!

As stated in previous posts – I admire the original Beat Generation. Although I may have not travelled as much as those writers, my journey has always been about enriching my life with experience – to allow myself to develop and ultimately find pleasure in as many moments as my life will allow. Is there a Beatnik Revution? I don’t know – but the poetry scene has expanded in the last decade in ways that could be seen as an explosion. There are creative minds getting their kicks with words again. It’s not just the domain of Rappers and MC’s – although it has to be said of course, some of these lyrical geniuses are without doubt great poets. But, its happening. A subliminal rise of spoken word that will always give thanks to the influence of a Generation from the middle of the Twentieth Century. There are great young poetic talents out there, and those that have been writing and spouting for some time. It is truly wonderful seeing them mix and learn from each other. The creativity is bubbling way and those that dare are experiencing some truly magnificent moments.

October news:

The last month saw my regular performances at Stanza Extravaganza at Artizan Gallery, and of course Speaky Blinders, where we had the fantastic Exeter based poet Ross Bryant headline. October sees myself doing a few more things. I will be performing at Big Poetry on October 11th. Then on the 13th I will be at the Heavy Soul Records Alldayer in Birmingham. (more news about Heavy Soul Records to be announced soon.) The 20th sees me performing at an event in Paignton thanks to a wonderful poet called Melanie Crump. Then on the 23rd I will be performing and Co hosting at Speaky Blinders – which for one night will become Spooky Blinders, and has the wonderful and haunting story teller Mic B headlining.

Experimental Beat.

Jason Disley wearing a Charles Caine Spear point tab collared shirt.

I am a fan of clobber. I like to dress smart, and project myself as someone who has a bit of style. I don’t mean in an egotistical way. But in a way that makes a good impression. Over the last year or so, I have been enjoying some of the shirts made by a company called Charles Caine Shirts. Their designer John Nichols is a man that is like myself in some ways. He has the get off your backside and just do it attitude. As well as designing some great shirts here at:

Charles Caine Shirts

He like many people that enjoy a Modernist outlook on life, isn’t just into clothes and style. He likes music, film and any other art form that ticks the boxes. So, when he knew I was a writer he shared some music he had created with me and said “If you want to use something you can.” The result is an experiment that I quite enjoyed. Sure its rough, it’s not perfect. But, it does allow me to play with form, and style within my writing. These are two entities that have been combined. The result is what it is. The track I chose is actually a wapping nine minutes plus long – which was too long for a poem unless it was some great long saga. Consequently I just used a third of its length with a poem I had written called Soul Dancer. The track I chose is called Yeah Yeah!

You can find John’s tunes over at soundcloud under MoD. Which he is also known as.

Here is the video.

I will be appearing at Speaky Blinders on September 18th, and Stanza Extravaganza on September 24th. Work on Beat To A Pulp my next collection to be published is continuing, as is work on Take It Or Leave It the sequel to my debut novel Seven Day Fool. News about my debut record will also be revealed soon. My next blog will be more detail about September’s events and other projects I am involved in. The Summer may practically be over, but the Autumn is going to be full of great things. JD.

Speakeasy: A Modernist Beat Album.

In the not too distant future an album that fuses fantastic original music, that has nods at soul, jazz and Hammond grooves, with my poetry will be complete.

The music has been written and arranged by Rick Blackman. He also plays all the instruments! His wizardry has managed to elevate my spoken words. These are poems that have perhaps been read before in books I have written. It incudes The New Beat Generation, which was originally published in a collection that was published all the way back in 1996! It also includes a poem that has been written more recently, Breathless, which was first published in my most recent book Songs of Benevolence and Rage, (2018)Available here

This particular poem has been beautifully transformed with a fantastic cinematic sounding tune that brings alive the sound of French films of the 1960s. To embrace this wonderful sound. Rick and I took it upon ourselves to approach Gabriela Giacoman, the lead singer of French Boutik,

Front Pop – The debut album by French Boutik

a Paris based band whose music is very popular amongst those who enjoy the current Mod scene on literally an international scale. Gabriela, is actually the person who encouraged me to perform my poetry to live audiences a couple of years ago. Something I am very grateful for. I was thrilled, when she very graciously agreed to not only translate my poem from English to French, but also to record it. The result is a fantastic recording that transports you to France in an era that has been immortalised on the silver screen by films directed by Jean Luc Godard.

The album also includes a poem called The Weekend, which embraces that “Friday feeling” and the need for escapism from the everyday grind.

Other poems/tracks deal with many different subjects and emotions. There is the call for change in Words of Wisdom and another poem The Rebel’s Call , there is the conflict of every day life in Hobos and Tramps, then there is the almost dreamlike surrealistic snapshot that is revealed in A Lazy Sumner Afternoon. There is the quirky and funky track Firecracker In My Mind and there is the a collection of three poems brought together by one piece of music which has simply been titled The Trilogy. Naturally I won’t reveal all the tracks just yet.

The recording of this album has been a very rewarding experience and quite honestly I am really looking forward to sharing it. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will be able to share more news about the album.

The artwork for the album has been created by the very talented Mark Hynds who is behind the excellent Subbaculture Magazine

There is also the added extra of a short scene written by Mod Fiction author and publisher Jason Brummell

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– who sets the tone of the album and gives it a concept album feel. He introduces the idea of the album being performed in a Parisien club and when the introduction is heard that sense is added to by the distinctly French accented voice of Serge Hoffman, another member of French Boutik.

The album has in part been engineered by John Mathew. mixed by Ean Currie and mastered by Moody Boy at Redcurrent, Brighton.

I will post more updates soon and look forward to announcing Speakeasy’s release.

The album will also be supporting Love Music Hate Racism.

http://www.lovemusichateracism.com