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John Robb Feat. Iman Kakai-Lazell

John Robb: Confessions Vol. 1

    Ladies & gentleman, introducing Mr. John David Robb... John Robb, is an English music journalist and singer. Robb writes for and runs the Louder Than War website and a monthly music magazine of the same name. He has written several books on music and occasionally makes media appearances as a music commentator. He is also the vocalist in the punk rock band Goldblade and bassist and vocalist in post punk band The Membranes.

    Robb has worked as a journalist for many years. He wrote for ZigZag in the 1980s, and was a regular freelance contributor to Sounds in the late 1980s, as well as writing for Melody Maker. He now writes for The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The Independent.

    While working for Sounds, Robb was the first journalist to interview Nirvana (in 1988), and also later coined the word ‘Britpop'.

    "To live in the 21st century is an art from. To have your life turned into a visual feast is the aim of any artist. To have my life reimagined by Iman Kakai-Lazell has been a thrilling trip into sound and vision and this book is a dayglo adventure into the high decibel. As Lord Byron once said ‘ The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.’" - John Robb

    This is the 2nd in a series of custom made books by artist Iman Kakai-Lazell, featuring icons of 'The Arts & Entertainment' in a way never before seen. In conjunction with each artist, each book will feature never before seen photos, manipulated & reinterpreted with original lyrics & confessions. Each series will be extremely limited and will never be repressed.


    Mark Burgess Feat. Iman Kakai-Lazell

    Mark Burgess: Confessions, Lyrics & Nostalgia

      "I've always had a inquisitive side which has drawn certain characters into my life, some stay, some go, some tell you the real truth, those ones are keepers. In these series of confessions, lines and lyrics desires come through in a form of dreams, events and more. The individual is able to express themselves in a way they haven't been able to, and more importantly for me to add my interpretation to each piece. I hope you you love reading these as much as I have creating them." - Mark Burgess

      This is the first in a series of custom made books by artist Iman Kakai-Lazell, featuring icons of 'The Arts & Entertainment' in a way never before seen... in conjunction with each artist, each book will feature never before seen photo's, manipulated & reinterpreted with original lyrics & confessions. Each series will be extremely limited and will never be repressed. 


      Tony Skinkis & Iman Kakai-Lazell

      The Chameleons : Tomorrow, Remember Yesterday 1980-2020

        A photography book of over 120 hand sewn pages, capturing The Chameleons & Chameleons Vox band members through the years, from 1980 - 2020.

        This beautiful collectable book, has been long overdue for any Chameleons fan, giving an insight of friendship, moments and road life all captured through the closest person to them. 

        "My fascination for photography began in 1966 when I got my first camera a Kodak instamatic, I've been taking photos ever since, for me photography has always been about capturing the moment - a documentary really - to preserve that moment in the blink of a shutter. Photographing The Chameleons & ChameleonsVox has been a big part of that timeline this book is about that period, and I'm eternally grateful to Iman for publishing this book...She glances at the photo and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes..." Tony Skinkis

        Various Artists

        Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons

          The recordings on this album were made in Texas prison farms in July 1964. Bruce Jackson had gone there in the hope of recording black convict worksongs, a tradition that derived from slavery and, before that, was imported from Africa. Many of the prisons in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana, where such songs had been sung, had been built on the sites of slaverytime plantations. It was as if the owners changed but not much else.

          Bruce found far more than worksongs. Prison is a place where people live: when they go there, they bring with them pieces of free world culture, just as someone migrating from one country to another brings cultural knowledge and practice to the new home. In addition to the worksongs he heard spirituals, blues, toasts (recited poems) and much more. In this album he tries to give a sense of that range of material.

          This iconic album has now been re-mastered and features original artwork in full.

          TRACK LISTING

          Raise ’Em Up Higher
          Don't Look So Downhearted, Buddy
          Move Along ’Gator
          Three Moore Brothers
          Assassination Of The President
          Don’t Be Uneasy
          Rattler
          Hammer Ring
          T.B. Bees
          If You See My Mother
          Just Like A Tree Planted by The Water
          See How They Done My Lord
          Daniel In The Lions’ Den
          Forty-four Hammers

          Chameleons Vox

          Strange Times... Live

            ‘Strange Times’ was the Chameleons’ third album, originally released in 1986 on the Geffen label and praised by the critics who reviewed it. Melody Maker called it “a marvellous departure” from their previous work and “a wonderful record,” describing it as “the band’s most inventive and winning album yet and as a fine a record as any guitar band has made this year - it should delight just about anyone.”

            Singer and bassist Mark Burgess later said “‘Strange Times’ is my favourite. Personally, I believe it was the best lyrical work I’d done with the band and some of the best vocal performances, and I think the Chameleons really began to mature and move forward with this album.”

            Noel Gallagher was quoted recently as saying “I’d forgotten how much this album meant to me. It came out in ‘86. I was 19!! I’ve been listening to it every day since and I have to say it’s blown my mind… again! It must have influenced my early years as a song writer because I can hear ME in it everywhere!!”

            The Chameleons have long been named as influences on bands such as The Flaming Lips, The Killers and Smashing Pumpkins.

            This recording from Preston Guildhall was taken from their current tour, which continues across the UK and Europe throughout 2019, ending at Manchester Ritz in December, supported by The Icicle Works.

            The ‘Where In The World’ EP consists of four original Chameleons songs, rerecorded in 2017. As a feature of their current live set the songs were universally well-received by the fanbase and are presented here by popular request. ‘Dali’s Picture’ a discarded song written in 1981, ‘Ever After’ an unfinished demo from the ‘Strange Times’ session that produced the bands third album and ‘Denims & Curls’ and ‘Free For All’, which were demos for a fourth album that never materialized due to the band’s disintegration. Despite the years in between, all four songs feel fresh, vibrant and contemporary.

            The Chameleons (known as The Chameleons UK in North America) were an English post punk band formed in Middleton, Greater Manchester in 1981. The band originally consisted of singer and bassist Mark Burgess, guitarist Reg Smithies, guitarist Dave Fielding and drummer John Lever (replacing original drummer Brian Schofield). They released six studio albums and one EP before disbanding in 2003. They have gained even bigger audiences of late, touring as ChameleonsVox and playing out their classic albums.

            TRACK LISTING

            ‘Strange Times… Live’
            (CD / 2LP)
            Mad Jack
            Caution
            Tears
            Soul In Isolation
            Swamp Thing
            Time/
            The End Of Time
            Seriocity
            In Answer
            Childhood
            I’ll Remember

            ‘Where In The World’
            (2LP Only)
            Denims & Curls
            Dali’s Picture
            Free For All
            Ever After


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