Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies, aged 71

Jack Bruce, bassist from 1960s band Cream, has died aged 71, his publicist confirms.
Legendary supergroup Cream, which also included Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, are now considered one of the most important bands in rock history.
They sold 35 million albums in just over two years and were given the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire.
Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including "I Feel Free" and "Sunshine Of Your Love".
Born in the Glasgow suburb of Bishopbriggs in 1943, his parents travelled extensively in Canada and the USA and the young Jack attended 14 different schools.
He finished his formal education at Bellahouston Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, to which he won a scholarship for cello and composition.
He left the academy and Scotland at the age of 16 and eventually found his way to London where he became a member of the influential Alexis Korner's Blues Inc, where Charlie Watts, later to join the Rolling Stones, was the drummer.
He played in a number of bands throughout the early 60s, including John Mayall's Blues Breakers and Manfred Mann before joining Clapton and Baker in Cream.
Cream split in November 1968 at the height of their popularity, with Bruce feeling he had strayed too far from his ideals.
Bruce never again reached the commercial heights he did with Cream but his reputation as one of the best bass guitarists in the business grew throughout the subsequent decades.
In May 2005, he reunited with his former Cream bandmates for a series of concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Jack Bruce (left) with Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton in Cream in the mid-1960s Jack Bruce (left) with Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton in Cream in the mid-1960s
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Bruce's death was announced on his official website, and confirmed by his publicist Claire Singers.
She said: "He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family."
A statement from his family said: "It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father and granddad and all-round legend.
"The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts."

Jack Bruce feat. Eric Clapton - Spoonful / Sunshine Of Your Love - Recorded live at Bottom Line, New York City, NY, USA October 10, 1988

Jack Bruce - Ships in the Night - With Eric Clapton

Friday, October 17, 2014

Why Should Mankind Be Perceived As Special?

“If man is not made in the image of God, nothing then stands in the way of inhumanity. There is no good reason why mankind should be perceived as special. Human life is cheapened. We can see this in many of the major issues being debated in our society today: abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, the increase of child abuse and violence of all kinds, pornography ... , the routine torture of political prisoners in many parts of the world, the crime explosion, and the random violence which surrounds us.”
― Francis August Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?

When people say "I don't believe there is a God" and they talk about man's value, man's rights they are speaking in a contradiction. Man cannot have happened my mere chance and then have a special value that we must protect. Society today speaks in all kinds of double talk and sees no problem in saying contradictory things.

Lonesome Road Blues - Joe Bonamassa on Jools Holland

Steve Winwood - I'm Ready - Jools Holland Big Band

Billy Preston - Will It Go Round in Circles

'Stop Breaking Down Blues' and 'Little Queen of Spades' - Eric Clapton with Jools Holland & band, 31/12/2004.