Haden revolutionised bass technique in his day and additionally used his music to advocate forcefully for a variety of political causes, through the formation of the Liberation Music Orchestra. They recorded albums during several periods of political crisis, such as Vietnam, Reagan's wars in Latin America, the waning years of Apartheid, and the run-up to the Second Iraq War.
In old age, she raged against what she saw as the mediocrity of contemporary Hollywood, as represented by everything from the career of Tom Cruise to the Twilight movies that her granddaughter dragged her to see. “She said it was the greatest vampire film ever made,” Bacall recalled. “After the film was over, I wanted to smack her across the head with my shoe.”
Instead, Bacall bought the child a DVD of FW Murnau’s 1922 classic Nosferatu. “Now that’s a vampire film,” she told her sternly.
RIP Gough Whitlam, former Australian PM, 98 years of age. Perhaps our most progressive PM ever. Gave us universal healthcare, free education (which no longer exists), got us out of Vietnam, paved the way for indigenous rights, and had good environmental policies too. All that and many more in just 3 years of government. Soon after he was disposed with a double dissolution, neoliberalism took over our political culture and the rest is history. How far we have fallen. He pulled us out of the Victorian era, and Abbott seems hell bent on returning us there.
R.I.P. to Cream bassist/vocalist/songwriter Jack Bruce, age 71.
Clapton gets all the credit, of course, but I've always felt Bruce was just as important to Cream's sound, if not more so. I mean, he sang nearly all the songs, obviously, and he wrote most of them. But there's just a cohesiveness to the Cream material that you rarely find in a lot of Clapton's later solo work. Clapton was never as good a songwriter; he rarely wrote anything as evocative as "Deserted Cities of the Heart" or "White Room" or "Sunshine of Your Love" (admittedly Clapton co-wrote the last of these) or the list goes on. And Bruce's bass playing is sorely underrated these days; he frequently gets overlooked in the focus on Clapton and Ginger Baker's admittedly virtuoso drumming.