A Country and Western XMAS Brexit

We’ve had just about every word added to Brexit so why not a Country and Western XMAS Brexit? !! ūüôā¬† “Theresa, May’s a Remainer” is a Country and Western inspired Brexit Hoedown by “The Brexit Cowpokers” released on Friday 14 Dec for UK chart success on Friday the 21st¬†‚Äď could this be T May‚Äôs Bonanza moment at the OK Cabal in the Westminster cattle ranch? ¬†Watch the “Strong and Stable” film below:

 

TO KILL THE BREXIT BEAST, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE

  1. Buy the song in the week commencing Friday 14 Dec till 23.59 Thursday 20 Dec on all platforms.  EVERY click counts towards chart success and a cup of coffee gets you three copies.  Please gift the song to weary Remainers or Leavers in regret, or just your Brexity friends.  We are all sick of Brexit.  Here are the main links to download Рjust click the images and follow through:
  2. Share the project widely with others. Keep sharing throughout the week.¬† We need a minimum of 20 000 downloads to reach the UK Top 40 charts.¬† It would be simple if all the Remainers bought a copy or if the central Remain movements got behind the project.¬† Of course Brexit apathy is a thing and it’s Christmas, so we must press really hard.¬† If we succeed, we’ll inflict more mortal damage on the severely wounded Brexit beast and the stasis that grips our Government.
  3. If you have contacts in the press, tell them about it using the press release at our “WebStable“.¬† We have just done press items on BBC Radio, Norwegian TV, Kent Messenger and KM TV
  4. We have a Facebook event at A Country and Western Brexit
  5. If you are able to reach the main Remain movements, please ask them to mail their people.  They have 700 000 contacts and we could easily get the song to No 1 with just one click from them !!
  6. Streaming is available, but please remember this.  We need 150 streams to equal ONE download.  So if you choose to stream on Spotify, Deezer etc. the best option is to stream on repeat overnight Рturn the volume off, we cannot be held responsible for the psychological effects of listening to Country and Western Brexit music for extended periods!!  Streaming options via Brexit stream

The Brexit Cowpokers ask our PM to put her spurs on and use the courage of her convictions to go with the will of the people and stop Brexit in favour of Remaining and Reforming Europe.¬† We ask Parliament not to accept Theresa‚Äôs false binary choice of ‚ÄúDeal or No Deal‚ÄĚ, intended to bludgeon MPs and a weary public into accepting any Brexit at any cost, economically, socially and politically.¬† Chief Cowpoker Peter Cook aka Dolly Mayhem intends to undermine the botched ‚Äúmeaningless vote‚ÄĚ on December 11 by getting a single of ‚Äúmore meaningful Brexit music‚ÄĚ into the UK Top 40 charts.¬† The song lyrics to Theresa May’s a Remainer give a ‚ÄúHoedown evaluation” of the Brexit options on the blanket on the ground ‚Ķ¬† If we chart the song on Friday 21 Dec it will:

(a) seriously impact ongoing Brexit chaos, driving yet another stake through the Brexit Hydra’s heart
(b) impact mainstream culture and thereby affect events following the “meaningless vote”.
(c) shake the foundations of Parliament as they are forced to listen to an awful Country and Western song at Christmas !!

The song lyrics to Theresa May’s a Remainer give a “Hoedown evaluation” of the Brexit options on the blanket on the ground ‚Ķ

“No Deal is Kinda insane-er

May’s deal is mostly Remain-er

Remain is a no-brainer”

Professional singer Rachel Ashley aka “T May Whinette” said of the song:

“Theresa May is dun for unless she gets on a horse and runs down the wagons of rivals such as Jacob Rees Mogg and the Saddle Bums circling her reservation. Just like Johnny Major, she must shoot the bastards with her revolver‚ÄĚ.

Find out more about the Rage Against The Brexit Machine project, which reaches people‚Äôs heads via their hearts.¬† We have produced an album‚Äôs worth of songs to defend against the dark Brexit arts. Some are poignant, such as our song “In Limbo” for the 5 million EU citizens and UK Ex Pats trapped by Brexit uncertainty. ¬†Others are pointed, such as “Nigel Farage‚Äôs Garage” and “Jacob Rees Moog” ‚Äď an 18th Century Tory Synthpop Trancefloor groove.

A Song for Europe

We have a Eurovision … no, we have not written a Bucks Fizz record … we see the prospect for a better Britain in a united Europe and have written a heartfelt song to capture that vision.

Will you help us chart the song this week?¬† It needs just 79 pence to buy a copy, preferably on multiple platforms … see below for links.

“Don’t Throw It All Away” is Madeleina Kay’s “Song for Europe”.¬† The song speaks to our hearts of all the things we stand to lose if we leave the EU.

“Don’t Throw It All Away” has moved several people to tears with its perfect storm of Madeleina’s poetry set to music.

The song was written in a stairwell at the European Union by Madeleina in an emotional outpouring after she was removed from the EU Chamber for daring to wear a Supergirl costume to a Brexit Briefing by our “Brexit Bulldog” David Davis.

This orchestral version of “Don’t Throw It All Away” was recorded and produced by Peter Cook in his studio “The Basement of Cognition” with vocals recorded at Rock God Bernie Torme’s Barnroom Studios in darkest Kent.

Recording session for “No Jeremy Corbyn” with Rock God Bernie Torme and Rage Founder members Gareth Dylan Smith and Doug Grannell

Sony Records’ associate Mark Christopher Lee said of the song:

“Don’t Throw It All Away compares favourably with Sinead O’Connor’s version of “Vienna”.¬† There is also a little bit of Nico in Madeleina Kay’s voice”.

The original acoustic version is here for comparison:

Place your order for the song on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play now: Just click the images to find the song online. We are aiming for Top 40 success, not so much for the fame, but to “take back control of the media from Murdoch’s Murderous Media Machine”.

Did you stop to think
what you would sacrifice?
When on a whim
you took their advice.
 
What did you think you’d gain?
Why did you leave?
Which broken promises
did you believe?
 
Don’t throw it all away.
There’s just so many reasons to stay.
And if you let me have my way
We’ll make a better tomorrow, today.
 
It’s easy to cast the blame
when you’re hurt
Unaware of all the falsehoods
that you assert.
 
Don’t be reckless now,
just think before you act,
There’s still time to apply
the knowledge that we lacked.
 
Don’t throw it all away.
There’s just so many reasons to stay.
And if you let me have my way
We’ll make a better tomorrow, today.
Don’t you live your life
of regret
But on your fateful fortune
I will place my bet.
Soon your unsubstantiated
optimism
Will dissolve amidst its
criticisms.
Don’t throw it all away.
There’s just so many reasons to stay.
And if you let me have my way
We’ll make a better tomorrow, today.

 

Dublin Cowboy

Following the success of his two recent crowd-funded albums, 2014‚Äôs Flowers & Dirt and 2015‚Äôs Blackheart, former Gillan and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Bernie Torm√© has announced plans for a new album. ‚ÄėDublin Cowboy‚Äô will be a triple album comprising a studio CD, an acoustic CD and a live CD. The album is scheduled for release in March 2017 and, again, fans are being asked to support the production and release of the album via a crowdfunding appeal.

“I’m so psyched to be doing my third crowd-funded album on Pledgemusic, and in celebration of number three it‚Äôs also a triple album. Triple offender! Titled ‘Dublin Cowboy’ – because that‚Äôs what I am, its going to be a studio album, acoustic album, and a live album altogether in a dinky little slip-box. It‚Äôs a totally new experience for me, and that‚Äôs the best thing about it! It’ll be released in March 2017, and we’ll be rocking it live throughout the UK in April 2017.”

Jamming with da man - at the Hilton Hotel

Jamming with ‘da man – at the Hilton Hotel – To be sure, to be sure

The success of his two recent solo albums heralded the start of a real career renaissance for Bernie Tormé. He even claimed that I was part of it when all I did was buy the beer!! Seriously I’m also seriously geeked to have played a small part in Bernie’s renaissance alongside Arthur Brown, Ginger Wildheart et al. I’ve also performed on stage twice with Bernie and the band at London’s Borderline which is a kind of baptism by fire …

Bernie Torme Quote

Both albums were assisted by highly successful crowdfunding campaigns that helped reconnect Bernie with long-standing fans as well as bringing new ones. ‚ÄėDublin Cowboy‚Äô continues that renaissance.

Full details of Bernie’s Pledgemusic appeal can be found at Dublin Cowboy. Here’s some highlights:

  • ¬£25 buys you a copy of the ‚ÄėDublin Cowboy‚Äô triple CD (and the first 100 physical CD orders will also get a free Bernie Torm√© ‚ÄėStratocaster Gypsy‚Äô DVD
  • ¬£36 buys you a signed copy of ‚ÄėDublin Cowboy‚Äô (together with a free DVD for the first 100 physical CD orders)
  • ¬£200 buys you a Guitar Masterclass with Bernie
  • ¬£350 buys you a day‚Äôs recording at Barnroom Studios in Kent with Bernie producing
  • ¬£500 buys you Bernie‚Äôs vintage pirate coat, as worn on stage by Bernie during the Gillan era
"Pirates of Temple Bar" - Bernie's "piratic coat of many colours" - SOLD

“Pirates of Temple Bar” – Bernie’s “piratic coat of many colours” – SOLD

To tie in with the release of the album a new 2017 UK Tour has also been announced:

1st April SOUTH SHIELDS The Unionist Club

2nd April GLASGOW Nice n Sleazy

3rd April EDINBURGH Bannermans

4th April GRIMSBY Yardbirds

5th April MANCHESTER FAC25

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6th April WOLVERHAMPTON The Robin

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7th April LONDON The Borderline

8th April BRIGHTON The Prince Albert

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Peter Cook leads The Academy of Rock, blending business with music. Read his book “The Music of Business” which includes an interview with¬†Bernie Torm√©.

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Engineering Bohemian Rhapsody

Here is our 1:1 interview with Barry Ainsworth, the man who engineered Bohemian Rhapsody as well as records for people as diverse as Otis Redding, Dusty Springfield, The Kinks, Rush, Deep Purple, Toyah, Yes, Jack Bruce, Hawkwind, Sooty !! and a very long list of music acts from the 1960’s and 70’s. Filmed and produced by Rory Gill, freelance film maker. Barry and I are available to give talks on aspects of working with precocious talents and extracting their genius with transferrable lessons for businesses who are interested in innovation and creativity.

Some of the artists Barry has produced

Just some of the artists Barry has produced … from Otis Redding “Dock of the Bay” to Deep Purple, Nancy Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Petula Clark etc.

To whet your appetite, in this film you will learn about:

  • Working in Liverpool’s Cavern – birthplace of The Beatles
  • Working with Frank and Nancy Sinatra
  • Dealing with Monsters of Rock – Deep Purple, Cream
  • Working with incendiary people – Lemmy, Punk Rock
  • Innovation in music recording and production
  • Working with Queen and dealing with perfectionists

So, please view the film, comment and share it widely.

Barry Ainsworth and Rory Gill at The Virgin Lounge

Barry Ainsworth and Rory Gill at The Virgin Money Lounge in London

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Peter Cook leads The Academy of Rock and Human Dynamics. Check his books out on Amazon:

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UK Tour : A Motley Crew

Here are the dates of our¬†tour of UK Virgin Money Lounges with Vicky Hamilton, former manager of Guns N’ Roses, Poison and management consultant to Motley Crue. Vicky worked¬†directly for the inflammatory character that was David Geffen, CEO of Geffen Records and Capitol Records during her career and learned at the School of Hard Rocks rather than Harvard Business School. The combination of Vicky’s hard bitten experience and my own distillation of MBA’s makes for a powerful combination. All dates are entirely FREE and run from 3.00 – 4.30 pm.

On each tour date we are also booking business masterminding session where you will gain insights into management of some of the most incendiary people on the planet with transferable value to your own enterprise.

Click to book your place at the relevant Virgin Lounge:

Glasgow - Tuesday September 13 Click to book your place

Glasgow – Tuesday September 13 Click to book your place or call 0141 221 1952

 

Manchester Wed 14 Sept - Click to book

Manchester – Wednesday September 14 – Click to book your place or call 0161 832 8259

 

Sheffield - Thursday September 15 - Click to book your place

Sheffield – Thursday September 15 – Click to book your place or call 0114 276 8262

 

London Eagle Place - Friday September 16 - Click to book your place

London Eagle Place – Friday September 16 – Click to book your place or call 0207 439 8802

We’ll have copies of Vicky’s book available after lounge events alongside my books “Sex Leadership and Rock’n’Roll” and the latest one for Bloomsbury “Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise“.

Leadership Lessons from The Academy of Rock

Leadership Lessons from The Academy of Rock – Where MBA = Much Bigger Amps !!

Come lounge and learn from someone who has managed the tantrums, bizarre expectations, dysfunctional behaviours, creativity and hair of these people. I sense she managed this by being something of an equivalent diva herself. Expect fireworks!!

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Attitude for dysfunction

 

Guns, Roses and Rock ‘n’ Roll

I‚Äôm delighted to announce a liaison¬†with Vicky Hamilton, former Manager of Guns N’ Roses, Poison and Faster Pussycat and management consultant with M√∂tley Cr√ľe. Together, we offer MBA2 where Masters of Business Administration meets Much Bigger Amplifiers ‚Ķ a unique combination of lessons on leadership from Vicky’s experience in holding¬†explosive rock bands together with Peter’s quintessentially English observations on business from his combined experience as an MBA tutor, scientist and musician. We offer insights on the following topics:

  • Disruptive and creative thinking about your business strategy and practices
  • Converting creativity¬†into sustainable profit
  • Managing¬†volatile people with¬†huge¬†egos under extreme pressure
  • Negotiation, influencing and persuading powerful people
  • Building and rethinking your¬†brand to¬†face a¬†VUCA¬†world (Volatile,¬†Uncertain, Complex,¬†Ambiguous)

We are giving showcase events at The Virgin Lounges in the UK on these dates:

Virgin Lounge Tour 2016

Virgin Lounge Tour 2016

We are also offering a strictly limited dinner with Vicky and myself, providing a 1:1 opportunity for detailed discussions about managing high performance people with planetary sized egos. Contact me to book your dinner date:

Where Business meets Rock'n'Roll - Book a Dinner Date with Vicky Hamilton et moi

Where Business meets Rock’n’Roll – Book a Dinner Date with Vicky Hamilton et moi

At 22, Vicky Hamilton left her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and arrived on the Sunset Strip as a wide-eyed blonde with an ear for rock & roll: ‚ÄúI was back home interviewing Tom Petty for Three Rivers Review,‚ÄĚ says Hamilton, ‚ÄúAnd he told me I was a ‚Äėreal California girl,‚Äô and that‚Äôs all it took.‚ÄĚ It was 1981, and Hamilton arrived at the centre of Hollywood; where the scene was erupting with spandex, sex, cocaine, Aqua Net hairspray and madcap visionaries, like Hamilton, who discovered Guns N‚Äô Roses and became their first manager and surrogate mother. She moved on to work as an A&R executive at major labels such as Geffen and Capitol, in addition to starting her own Grammy winning indie label Small Hairy Dog.¬†Vicky’s¬†book “Appetite for Dysfunction”¬†is a no-holds-barred exploration of the realities of managing rock bands with transferable lessons for anyone seeking to manage creative people or disrupt their markets. Vicky is considered one of the most successful female industry players and has made many TV appearances on MTV, VH1, BBC, The Biography Channel etc.

Sex, Dysfunction and Rock'n'Roll

Sex, Dysfunction and Rock’n’Roll

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Slash meets Prince Рwith my pal Aaron Stone after hours at a private party 

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Peter Cook leads Human Dynamics, offering better Business / Organisation Development and Coaching / Mentoring. He offers keynotes that blend World Class Leadership Thinking with the wisdom of the street via The Academy of Rock ‚Äď where Business Meets Music.

For some wisdom on business leadership, innovation and creativity, check Peter’s seventh¬†book out at Bloomsbury¬†or book us for a masterclass or longer development programme.

 

New Year Revolutions

During 2015 I was very lucky to sample some glimpses of what the future holds in healthcare, the environment and music. In this article I’m looking at some snapshots of ingenious innovations in these areas to encourage other entrepreneurs to get busy on their own new year revolutions.

Digital Health

Up till recently technology was not reliable and therefore difficult to use in situations where reliability is key such as healthcare. This has now changed and technology is on the cusp of being a health game changer. I witnessed some of the amazing innovations in healthcare, when I was invited to attend and present by Roberto Ascione, CEO of Healthware International at the Frontiers of Interaction conference in Milan just recently. Here’s three:

Tinnitracks helps manage tinnitus without the use of a pill but rather your music library, cancelling the frequencies responsible for the symptom. This enables us to use our smartphones as a therapeutic device, using our own preferred music to help reduce the hyperactivity of affected nerve cells and this ease the effects of tinnitus.

If a picture is worth a thousand words how is a video worth? Starting from this and from the knowledge that health videos are by far the most desired and effective way we learn about our own health Videum pioneers the potential of making validated health videos available to all in any language. For the first time, people can learn easily about health from high quality video enriched with additional content.

The diabetes management app OneDrop uses timelines, geolocalization, badges and social media to help people to stay within their target glucose level range. OneDrop was devised by a diabetes sufferer who felt things could be a lot better. The free app looks like a visual diary and allows people to simply record their glucose levels by saving them where and when they took the measure and maybe even link them to the photo of their meal. This helps people manage their diabetes better.

Recycling London

Imagine being able to cycle from South East London to West London on your bicycle without fear of being run over? Imagine being able to do that on the River Thames? This is the concept being pioneered by the Thames Deckway project, which aims to construct a dedicated cycle path along the Thames. I was privileged to attend a briefing on the project from a young entrepreneur who has arranged a crowdfunding project to gain momentum to advance the idea. In my opinion the project is viable, novel and would contribute massively to make London a greener, safer city for cyclists, motorists and the general public. If we are serious about the environment we must get busy on pedal power.

Networking and horizontal collaboration

Enterprises are increasingly finding that innovation springs from collaboration, often from networks that they don’t “own”, i.e. through partnership with external agents, customers, even competitors in some circumstances. In this context I am delighted to have been personally invited to the Open For Business¬†global network, the brainchild of Ted Coin√©. This global network of speakers, writers and influencers are very much¬†open for business in 2016. Ted explains the concept:

Open For Business in 2016

Open For Business in 2016

I am¬†very lucky to have a place in this network at Keynotes, adding to the global networks I share with Nadine Hack¬†and Virgin.com.¬†At last, the world is your oyster …

New Year Revolutions

  • In common with Professor Charles Handy, I predict that we are about to realise the power of networks, where small networks can join together to create massive changes in the world for good.
  • We are already seeing how small networks can exert big influence in healthcare and the environment. Entrepreneurs can, for the first time, exert major influence with good products and the ability to network them effectively.
  • Consequently we will have to embrace all the diversity that this opportunity presents, beginning to understand our relative unimportance in a complex and wired world.

Come Lounge With Me … and Jess and The Bandits

Jess and The Bandits

Jess and The Bandits

Come lounge with me at¬†the Virgin Money Lounge at 1 Eagle Place, London on Friday November 6th at 3.00 pm for a very special event with upcoming Country Rock band Jess and The Bandits,¬†a feisty five-piece Country Rock band from the Wild¬†West (Houston, Texas and Bristol, Somerset). Here’s the invite from Sir Richard Branson’s¬†Virgin¬†Group.

Come Lounge With Jess and The Bandits

Come Lounge With Jess and The Bandits – 1 Eagle Place, London

We’ll have an interview, Q&A, mini performance and meet and greet with the band. This is the second of our series, following Bernie Torm√© on Halloween at 3.00 pm – ooh er – oh yes and the events are¬†completely free. ¬†Catch Jess and the band on her first UK headlining tour at UK TOUR. I’ll be at London’s Borderline on Thursday October 29th if you want to meet up for some great music and a drink.

UK Tour Dates - Click for more information

UK Tour Dates – Click for more information

See Jess and a bandit from Bristol talking in our interview and some of their fantastic music:

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Peter Cook leads The Academy of Rock, where business meets music.

Check out our current book The Music of Business, which explores parallels between music and business. You may now pre-order our next major work “Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise” with Bloomsbury, featuring interviews with Sir Richard Branson and Sir James Dyson amongst others.

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Charity begins at The Bank of England …

I have just written, arranged and recorded some¬†songs on “economics futures” for our 2015 Charity campaign with Dr Andrew Sentance, former MPC member at The Bank of England, Haydn Jones, Managing Director at Fujitsu, alongside a band of musicians featuring Rick Benbow, a session musician and member of Brit Floyd, who recently scored Status Quo’s “Aquostic” album. The triple¬†A side EP “Rockonomics”¬†was engineered by¬†Ozzy Osbourne and Ian Gillan’s former guitarist Bernie Torm√©.

The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street is ravished

The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street is ravished

The songs tell tales of eMen’eM (Macro-economic Mayhem (Yes, I know there are not so many hits written about such things!!):

New Normal” predicts a flatter economic forecast and was¬†a term coined by Andrew¬†Sentance in his first¬†book. The song is set in a Neil Young / R.E.M inspired¬†rebel rant.

The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street” (formerly “Forward Guidance” after Governor of The Bank of England, Mark Carney’s catchphrase) is a Blackmore’s Night and Led Zeppelinesque inspired 16th century folk rock anthem¬†that calls bankers, brokers and bosses to rethink the fundamentals on which capitalism rests.

Plus the bonus track “Fiscal Cliff” which I wrote for a BBC programme. Almost as soon as I’d finished it, the BBC were instructed by the Government to stop talking the economy down, so I lost my money and it never made the programme. ¬†That’s the media for you! ūüė¶

We are selling the songs with the option to donate a significant amount to a basket of charities. We are also available for live performances supported by keynote talks in the Square Mile or indeed anywhere around the world. Click the picture to donate by buying the songs plus a bonus track now:

Our Charities

By far the best option for purchase is Bandcamp, as the vast majority of the money reaches the chosen charities with Bandcamp only taking a modest commission. Buy the triple A side EP at TRIPLE A SIDE. Or individual tracks via SINGLES.  The songs will be available on iTunes / Amazon etc. shortly if you just want the tracks without a charitable donation. Meet the band:

Dr Andrew Sentance – Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, Economics
Zee Fincham – Lead Vocals
Rick Benbow – Keyboards
Pete Stephens – Drums, percussion
Haydn Jones – Bass guitar, vocals
Peter Cook – Lead guitars, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, musical direction

Rock in the City

Rock in the City L-R : Moi, Haydn Jones, Pete Stephens, Zee Fincham, Rick Benbow and Dr Andrew Sentance

The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street - inspired by Stairway to Heaven - Robert Plant looks amused - Photography by my friend Christina Jansen

The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street – inspired by Stairway to Heaven – Robert Plant looks bemused – Photograph by my good friend, the lovely Christina Jansen http://www.cjansenphotography.com

Here’s the video for the bonus track: “Fiscal Cliff” – a hard rock song for hard times – the forerunner to the Rock In The City sessions:

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For fresh thinking on Business¬†grab copies of our books on Amazon, including new editions of “The Music of Business” and a 2nd edition of “Punk Rock People Management” – disruptive strategy and common sense ideas about leading your people.

Pre-order our new book for Bloomsbury at Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise.  Groundbreaking thought leadership on leading and managing Brain Based Enterprises where thinking and doing are aligned in perfect harmony.

HARD ROCK, BLACK HEART

I have just received a copy of Bernie Torm√©’s new album BLACKHEART – I’m mightily impressed. Bernie goes on tour at the end of October¬†– get your tickets NOW:

Thu 22nd Oct Keighley, Yorkshire The Octagon 01274 562252

Fri 23rd Oct Troon, Ayrshire, South Beach Hotel 01292 312033

Sat 24th Oct Edinburgh, Bannermans 0131 556 3254 

Wed 28th Oct Frome, Dorset Cheese and Grain 01373 455420 

Fri 30th Oct Birmingham, Institute, The Temple 01865 798797

Sat 31st¬†Oct London, Borderline 020 7734 5547 – I’m treating this as a social evening as I’m playing on one of the numbers with Bernie and the band – how cool¬†is that? – get your ticket for the party!

Sat 7th Nov Oxford, The Wheatsheaf 01865 721 156

Wed 11th Nov Newcastle, The Cluny 0191 230 4474

Thu 12th Nov Liverpool Liverpool Arts Club 0151 559 3773

Sat 14th Nov Brighton, The Prince Albert 01273 730499

An original power trio - Christian Hellmann, Bernie Tormé and Ian Harris

An original power trio – Christian Hellmann, Bernie Torme and Ian Harris – in Church searching for their souls

What strikes most people¬†about Bernie’s work is most often the guitar playing which is extraordinary. What also struck me about the album was the songwriting and lyrical content as much as the great musicianship. There are three sorts of songs on the album – straightforward hard rawk¬†and roll, hard rock ballads¬†and some rather nice folk music.

In the hard rawk and roll category we have songs like 1985, Golden Pig and On Fire. Bernie moans “I’m a¬†slave to the rhythm, the keeper of the flame” – so true. Every time I visit his¬†studio there always seems to be some kind of fire …

Keeper of the rawk and roll flame ....

Keeper of the rawk and roll flame …. Mr¬†Torm√©

I love the ballads, “Flow”, “Into the Sun” and “Party’s Over” – these feature a choir made up of Bernie’s fans who sang into their phones and sent the individual recordings over for mixing into the final cut – an ingenious idea from Bernie’s crowdfunding project. “Party’s Over” is simply not long enough and features a Dylanesque harmonica and a guitar solo to die for, slightly reminiscent of something Mott The Hoople might have done. After all Ian Hunter was Dylan speeded up ūüôā “Flow”¬†features¬†a haunting¬†motif that eventually moves into a Zeppelinesque grind with a guitar sound and performance that is truly imaginative for a classic three piece.

And we have some traditional folk songs, perhaps inspired by Bernie’s Irish homeland. “Miles to Babylon” and “Steady Roller Blues” which has a haunting mystical quality. In both cases the songs break out into rock after their acoustic beginnings from the old country (Kent).

The production is also great – crystal clear, loud and with everything louder than everything else! We had direct experience of this when we pledged towards the project with a mini album of Be-Bop Deluxe songs and just recently when I brought Dr Andrew Sentance’s band Rock In The City to Bernie’s¬†studio to record two songs about Macroeconomics in a day. More on that later.

So, get yourself a copy of the album and book into the tour. I’ll be in London on 31 October for some beer and rawk n roll. Listen to Bernie live on Salford City FM on Wed 16th September at 11 am in conversation with Tom Hughes.

Here’s our interview with Bernie from last year for his previous album release:

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For our work combining music and business¬†contact us via The Academy of Rock.¬†Order our new book “Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise” via Bloomsbury.

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