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'Island Life' - Exhibition - 22/05/2009

The Vinyl Factory, Phonica Records
51 Poland Street, London
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'Island Life' - Exhibition

The ISLAND LIFE’ Exhibition of Photos, Artwork and Memorabilia, which will run from
May 22nd – 17th June, will take place at The Vinyl Factory, Phonica Records, 51 Poland Street, London W1F 7LZ.

The exhibition will be divided into a number of themed areas that loosely define the numerous eras in Island’s history – Out of Jamaica, The Pink Label, The Season of the Witch, The Glitterball Years, Island Jamaica, Singular Voices, Global Expansion, World Music, and The New Millennium.

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Given the considerable recent publicity about Sandy Denny, and the numerous excellent reissues of her work, can you make sure that there is a suitably large Sandy Denny element to your exhibition please?

Macpherson on 18/03/2009 at 13:08

Island Life - SLY & ROBBIE & THE COMPASS POINT ALLSTARS featuring GRACE JONES, BRINSLEY FORDE & THE I-THREE'S, ASWAD, TINCHY STRYDER, VV BROWN - 26/05/2009

Shepherds Bush Empire
56 Shepherds Bush Green, London
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Island Life - SLY & ROBBIE & THE COMPASS POINT ALLSTARS featuring GRACE JONES, BRINSLEY FORDE & THE I-THREE'S, ASWAD, TINCHY STRYDER, VV BROWN

Grace Jones, the Brinsley Forde & the I-Three’s (featuring Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths and Erica Newell), Aswad (Brinsley Forde, Drummie Zeb and Tony Gad), Tinchy Stryder and VV Brown will be the featured singers on the night.

Each of these artists will perform a song or two (or even three) from Island’s illustrious back catalogue with one of the most famous Jamaican rhythm sections of all time.

Grace Jones signed to Island in 1977 and really hit her stride when Chris Blackwell suggested she work at the Island studios in Compass Point with Sly & Robbie; together they created many of her signature songs including ‘Private Life’, ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’, ‘My Jamaican Guy’ and ‘Nipple To The Bottle’.

Brinsley Forde & the I-Three’s were Bob Marley & The Wailers’ legendary backing singers.

Aswad, the UK’s most successful reggae group, signed to Island in ’76 and this performance with Sly & Robbie will reunite original members Brinsley Forde, Drummie Zeb and Tony Gad for the first time since 2000.

Tinchy Stryder, another new millenium Island artist, has come from the underground grime scene to top the charts this week with his third single ‘Number One’ taken from his debut album which is coming out this summer.

VV Brown, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer and fashion darling is a recent signing to Island and will release her debut album “Travelling Like The Light” in June ‘09.

Supporting Amnesty International and The Oracabessa Foundation (JA)

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Looks like Kid Creole & the coconuts are also on the bill (Observor music mag advert last sunday).

AndyP on 19/03/2009 at 20:30

This could be a good un. When will the special guests be announced?? I agree…has to be Grace Jones. How about Black Uhuru??

bring it
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ricochet on 14/03/2009 at 23:41

I’m looking forward to a great night - hope Grace Jones will make an appearance. She was superb at RFH last summer.
Such a shame that the late John Martyn will not be there…........Andy P

AndyP on 12/03/2009 at 20:32

Island Life - THE FRATELLIS; STEEL PULSE ; BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB - 27/05/2009

Shepherds Bush Empire
56 Shepherds Bush Green, London
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Island Life - THE FRATELLIS; STEEL PULSE ; BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB

Supporting Amnesty International and The Oracabessa Foundation (JA)

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Yeehaw….i’m a there! me, tosh and JC. A nice up close gig….Empire’s a great venue too.
So will the support be an old act then? judging by all the other line ups i guess so?

rrk ;-)

rocknrollkid on 15/03/2009 at 00:05

Island Life - CAT STEVENS/YUSUF, BAABA MAAL AND NOXSHI - 28/05/2009

Shepherds Bush Empire
56 Shepherds Bush Green, London
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Island Life - CAT STEVENS/YUSUF, BAABA MAAL AND NOXSHI

Supporting Amnesty International and The Oracabessa Foundation (JA)

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Have the tickets been sent out yet for the cat stevens concerts? I’m trying to find a contact number or email for an answer, as getting a little concerned.

Mojopearl on 13/05/2009 at 12:24

We are looking forward to see Cat Stevens and will fly to London for this event from Nuernberg, Germany! :)

claus2211 on 07/04/2009 at 00:52

How long does it take to receive confirmation on tickets purchased. I have just pair for tickets to see Yusuf, hower, still waiting? Does anyone know!! R

rona on 12/03/2009 at 13:12

I come specially from Munich around a beautiful evening with Cat to experience.

Jzero on 12/03/2009 at 12:39

This is will be really amazing…if I can get tickets:( Rona

rona on 12/03/2009 at 09:46

as per usual it seems the ticket agencies and scalpers have highjacked the system

martin1946 on 12/03/2009 at 09:16

This will be a tremendous night for all Cat/Yusuf fans.

MAJICAT on 11/03/2009 at 16:20

Island Life - PAUL WELLER; ERNEST RANGLIN; SPOOKY TOOTH - 29/05/2009

Shepherds Bush Empire
56 Shepherds Bush Green, London
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Island Life - PAUL WELLER; ERNEST RANGLIN; SPOOKY TOOTH

Supporting Amnesty International and The Oracabessa Foundation (JA)

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Island Life - KEANE; TOM TOM CLUB; LADYHAWKE - 30/05/2009

Shepherds Bush Empire
56 Shepherds Bush Green, London
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Island Life - KEANE; TOM TOM CLUB; LADYHAWKE

Supporting Amnesty International and The Oracabessa Foundation (JA)

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I just want to thank Island, and i’m sure i’m not just speaking for myself, for giving me the best night of my entire life. Never thought i’d get so close to Keane! That place was rocking last night! It was extremely well put together and i think i’m still high on adreneline since i’ve only had 5 hours sleep and feel totally awake!
THANKS : ) XXXXX

EmmaKate on 31/05/2009 at 08:31

REALLY looking forward to this, The Fratellis were awesome on Wednesday and I am turning into a true Island 50 fan!! :D

ollie123 on 28/05/2009 at 20:14

Under Pressure as a 2nd encore would be awesome!

WouterNL on 28/05/2009 at 11:48

I would also love for the setlist to include Black Burning Heart and Fly To Me (and most of ALL their albums - but they’d be on stage all night - which is fine by me!!) I am SO looking forward to this gig as I haven’t seen them since last December.  I am also celebrating my 50th this month (urgh !!!) so feel that Island should throw a special after-gig party and invite all those celebrating their 50th too - PUT ME DOWN FOR TWO ALL ACCESS PASSES P L E A S E :o)

bevbug on 24/05/2009 at 16:02

Beside the normal setlist that Keane will be playing, I would love them to add My Shadow, Under Pressure, Thin Air, Snowed Under, Nothing In My Way, Fly To Me and Black Burning Heart

WouterNL on 24/05/2009 at 01:48

Would love to hear any of Keane’s B sides plus, Bend And Break, You Haven’t Told Me Anything, The Lovers Are Losing and Love Is The End. Plus Snowed Under which has become a favourite of mine since the O2 gig in Feb. Pleeeeease thanks x

EmmaKate on 23/05/2009 at 18:03

Please put Atlantic back on the set list (but I’d probably be a blubbering wreck if it was!!). Also Sunshine, We Might As Well Be Strangers, My Shadow and if we shout loud enough, can we have Under Pressure as a 2nd encore PLEASEEE.

wrightk15 on 23/05/2009 at 14:01

I’m from Vancouver, Canada and am going to see this show while on a trip to Europe, I’m sooooo excited =)

kinz on 10/04/2009 at 21:42

Wow, really cool that Keane will be there! Would love to be there.

WouterNL on 09/03/2009 at 18:36

CANCELLED: AMY WINEHOUSE; TOOTS & THE MAYTALS; I BLAME COCO - 31/05/2009

Shepherds Bush Empire
56 Shepherds Bush Green, London
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CANCELLED: AMY WINEHOUSE; TOOTS & THE MAYTALS; I BLAME COCO

Amy Winehouse’s management has regretfully announced that Amy and her band will no longer be performing at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on May 31st as part of Island’s 50th birthday celebrations.

Amy would like to apologise to her fans who bought tickets for the shows. The show which was also to feature Toots & The Maytals and I Blame Coco has therefore been cancelled. Refunds for tickets will be issued at point of purchase.

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That’s right - this gig has been cancelled. Shame I bought travel down there and everything to find it’s now all gone to waste. Hopefully Amy will sort herself out.

ollie123 on 28/05/2009 at 20:13

Is it true this gig has been cancelled ? BBC website is saying her managment has called the gig of completly

phillikesbeer on 22/05/2009 at 17:25

My life will be complete after seeing Amy! Fingers crossed she’ll be well!x

ceribss on 28/03/2009 at 09:20

bring it on brother and sister…what a combination. Roll on 31st May.

ricochet on 14/03/2009 at 23:38

hi.im a bit disheartened now.i didnt know about island50 and amy winehouse going too be there.im in scotland.and ive just got a email telling me.but havnt had time too get money together.thats wierd i was gonna go too london for a break and i changed my mind…damn…oh well…maby amy will do another gig or something soon,

laura on 11/03/2009 at 23:40

hi.im a bit disheartened now.i didnt know about island50 and amy winehouse going too be there.im in scotland.and ive just got a email telling me.but havnt had time too get money together.thats wierd i was gonna go too london for a break and i changed my mind…damn…oh well…maby amy will do another gig or something soon,

laura on 11/03/2009 at 23:39

hi.im a bit disheartened now.i didnt know about island50 and amy winehouse going too be there.im in scotland.and ive just got a email telling me.but havnt had time too get money together.thats wierd i was gonna go too london for a break and i changed my mind…damn…oh well…maby amy will do another gig or something soon,

laura on 11/03/2009 at 23:39

they go on sell at 9am, What do you not understand?

malice73 on 11/03/2009 at 08:58

I have to be there!!

Jazzy on 10/03/2009 at 10:48

Amazing!!
I can’t wait to see ger again..

Miwistar on 09/03/2009 at 15:06

Island Life - TOOTS & THE MAYTALS; I BLAME COCO - 31/05/2009

Bush Hall
310 Uxbridge Road, London
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Island Life - TOOTS & THE MAYTALS; I BLAME COCO

Intimate show to replace Toots & The Maytals’ appearance at the cancelled Amy Winehouse show.

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Keep On Running - The Story of Island Records : Release Date - 01/06/2009

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Keep On Running - The Story of Island Records : Release Date

Keep On Running – The Story of Island Records is available from June 1st, but you keen pre-order your copy now on the link above.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect from Chapter 1 :

OUT OF JAMAICA

By Chris Salewicz

In 1958 Chris Blackwell, who had been teaching water-skiing at the Half Moon Hotel in Montego Bay, decided to record the young, blind jazz pianist and his band who were playing at the hotel. He was called Lance Hayward. His first recording, an LP of jazz standards released in 1959, was the relatively inauspicious birth of an independent record label destined to have a vast influence on global popular music – Island Records.

Soon after Blackwell had his first hit with a local artist called Laurel Aitken and the tune ‘Boogie In My Bones’; the record made the Cuban-born Aitken the biggest star in Jamaica in 1960.

In 1962 Blackwell moved his operation to the UK, acquiring the rights to the recordings of the Jamaican sound system giants Sir Coxson Dodd, Duke Reid and King Edwards among others, selling them to Jamaican immigrants. So began Island Records in Britain.

Chris Blackwell would personally deliver the records to the shops in the West Indian communities of London, Birmingham and Manchester, driving up and down the new M1 motorway in his Mini-Cooper. Records like Jimmy Cliff’s ‘Miss Jamaica’ and Derrick Morgan’s ‘Forward March’ moved quickly, justifying Blackwell’s decision to move to Britain: a strong title would sell twenty to thirty thousand copies.

Island’s Jamaican 45s also hit a chord with the new mass tribal group of Mods, the most powerful underground force in Britain: the Mods took to Jamaican music and styles, adopting the immigrants’ love of mohair suits and pork-pie hats. In clubs such as the RamJam in Brixton, blacks and whites, both wearing the same uniforms, danced side-by-side to the same sounds.

At The Scene, London’s top Mod club by virtue of its never-ending source of the finest American black music, Chris Blackwell met Guy Stevens, the club’s DJ, believed to have the best R&B collection in Britain. Chris Blackwell offered Stevens the chance to run Sue, a label releasing the hottest American R&B whose first hit was Inez & Charlie Foxx’s ‘Mockingbird’.

But there was another big opportunity. In 1963 a big seller for Island Records had been Roy and Millie’s ska tune ‘We’ll Meet’. Blackwell resolved to record Millie as a solo artist, bringing her over to London from Jamaica.

Five years previously in New York Blackwell had bought a record called ‘My Boy Lollipop’ by the American singer Barbie Gaye. Looking for material for Millie he discovered the tune: it was given a ska arrangement by the great Jamaican jazz guitarist and arranger Ernest Ranglin. ‘It came out exactly as I heard it in my head – it seemed to be a hit,’ said Blackwell. The song, licensed to Philips’s Fontana label, sold six million copies and Millie toured worldwide.

Taking Millie up to Birmingham to appear on the ATV pop show, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Blackwell checked out a local act, The Spencer Davis Group. The singer Steve Winwood sounded, he thought, ‘like Ray Charles on helium – his voice was so high-pitched.’ Like Millie, Winwood was only fourteen years old.

Looking for a hit for them, Blackwell checked another of his artists, the songwriter Jackie Edwards. Edwards had just written a perfect song, ‘Keep On Running’. The hit was followed by even larger successes – ‘Somebody Help Me’, ‘Gimme Some Lovin’’, and ‘I’m a Man’.

When The Spencer Davis Group fell apart early in 1967, it led to the birth of Steve Winwood’s Traffic, released on Island Records; through a combination of synchronicity and serendipity, Island launched itself anew, as the quintessential ‘underground’ rock label. Traffic perfectly captured the spirit and mood of the time, as did its label.

As the dream, in all its liberated, day-glo colours, of the Sixties was realised in the last three years of the decade, so the most creative musical artists of the period clamoured to record for Island.

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