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A feast of Roxy Music: encore…

September 19, 2008
The two main Roxy Music programmes on BBC Four tonight were a mixed bag.

The Roxy Music Story, a new documentary, successfully evoked Ferry’s genius – he had the vision for a wholly original new rockpop combo and the talent, drive and organization to execute it.

Roxy were one of the most important English rock bands. More enduring, to this writer at least, than the Beatles.

The programme mixed delicious performance clips with all the talking heads you’d hope for. The story was well told. The judgments were sound. Recommended.

Roxy Music: Frejus, turned out to be most of The High Road, the long-available video of the 1983 gig on the French Riviera. By then, the joins were showing.

“Roxy Music” had been watered down into Bryan plus backing musicians – a pity because Andy Mackay delivers a solo which demonstrates what a superior alto sax he could blow when the spirit moved him.

But when an American blues-rock anthem – Like A Hurricane – is the gig highlight, you knew that the Roxy magic had long gone. And – final indignity – one of the musos was wearing jeans!

Gerry Smith

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Here’s a reminder to (fellow) fans of English art rock: tomorrow sees a feast of Roxy Music, with three different programmes on BBC Four:

2100 The Roxy Music Story – a new documentary
2155 Roxy Music: Frejus (live) – interview and gig from the 1970s
0125 Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music – presumably clips from BBC shows like Old Grey Whistle Test.

They should be viewable online for a week via:

www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

Rumours of a new Roxy album that abound don’t interest this Roxy/Ferry fan. The legacy is the quartet of early 1970s masterpieces: Roxy Music, For Your Pleasure, Stranded and Country Life. The Best Of Roxy Music (2001) is a fabulous compilation, widely available at about £5.

Roxy Music bridged the gap between pop and high culture. That’s why their art lives on, true music for grown-ups, while the work of most of their poprock contemporaries is best avoided.

Gerry Smith

A feast of Roxy Music

September 18, 2008
Here’s a reminder to (fellow) fans of English art rock: tomorrow sees a feast of Roxy Music, with three different programmes on BBC Four:

2100 The Roxy Music Story – a new documentary
2155 Roxy Music: Frejus (live) – interview and gig from the 1970s
0125 Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music – presumably clips from BBC shows like Old Grey Whistle Test.

They should be viewable online for a week via:

www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

Rumours of a new Roxy album that abound don’t interest this Roxy/Ferry fan. The true legacy is the quartet of early 1970s masterpieces: Roxy Music, For Your Pleasure, Stranded and Country Life. The Best Of Roxy Music (2001) is a fabulous compilation, widely available at about £5.

Roxy Music bridged the gap between pop and high culture. That’s why their art lives on, true music for grown-ups, while the work of most of their poprock contemporaries is best avoided.

Gerry Smith

Roxy Music to Dylan, Anne-Sofie von Otter to Oscar Peterson, Elbow to Howlin’ Wolf

September 17, 2008
FREE! Music for grown-ups on the BBC in the next 10 days:

Wed 17 Sept
1900 Joan Baez, Mike Harding show – BBC Radio 2
2100 Anne Sofie von Otter, Performance on 3 – BBC Radio 3

Thurs 18 Sept
2300 PJ Harvey, BBC Four Sessions – BBC Four
2300 Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour (rpt) – BBC Radio 2

Fri 19 Sept
2100 The Roxy Music Story – BBC Four
2155 Roxy Music: Frejus (live) – BBC Four
0125 Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music – BBC Four

Sat 20 Sept
2400 Oscar Peterson, Jazz Library – BBC Radio 3
0025 The Roxy Music Story – BBC Four

Sun 21 Sept
2400 Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour (s2) – BBC 6 Music

Mon 22 Sept
2200 Brahms, Composer Of The Week – BBC Radio 3
(1/5, continues Tues-Fri)

Tues 23 Sept
2200 Roots Manuva, Elbow, Later Live… – BBC2
2330 Howlin’ Wolf – BBC Radio 2 (rpt) (1/2)

Thurs 25 Sept
2300 Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour (rpt) – BBC Radio 2

Fri 26 Sept
1930 Jacqueline du Pre/Elgar Cello Concerto – BBC Four
2335 Roots Manuva, Elbow, Later… – BBC2

Online access: many BBC radio programmes are broadcast online, streamed. Please see the channels’ web sites for details. Archived BBC radio and TV programmes are accessible online for a short period via:

www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

And on commercial TV:

Sun 21 Sept
2315 The Streets, South Bank Show – ITV1

Gerry Smith

Brian Eno, Roxy Music, Bob Dylan, PJ Harvey, Anne-Sofie von Otter, Joan Baez

September 9, 2008
FREE! Music for grown-ups on the BBC in the next 10 days:

Thurs 11 Sept
2300 Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour (rpt) – BBC Radio 2
2315 Brian Eno at 60, Late Junction – BBC Radio 3

Sun 14 Sept
1200 Private Passions – BBC Radio 3
2400 Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour (s2) – BBC 6 Music

Wed 17 Sept
1900 Joan Baez, Mike Harding show – BBC Radio 2
2100 Anne Sofie von Otter, Performance on 3 – BBC Radio 3

Thurs 18 Sept
2300 PJ Harvey, BBC Four Sessions – BBC Four
2300 Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour (rpt) – BBC Radio 2

Fri 19 Sept
2100 The Roxy Music Story – BBC Four
2155 Roxy Music: Frejus (live) – BBC Four
0125 Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music – BBC Four