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Newsletter #22 - November 2012

It's been a long time, as the John's Children tune would have it. In fact it's been about 12 months since the last Radiant Future Newsletter, and we hope you are still alive. Statistically at least, many of you still will be. Here, finally, are some updates and some compelling news as we reach for the low-hanging fruit and reveal how passionate we are about living our dream etc. etc.

Before we provide selected highlights of recent activities, we would like to make the following points. The CD format seems to have joined the wax cylinder and the man with the red flag who walks in front of your car on the scrap heap of technology. As no-one is motivated to buy the damn things any more, we are forced to adopt other routes in order to try to cover even our basic expenses. It seems that the actual music content of a release is secondary to compelling, lifestyle-enhancing fashion items branded with neon logos and fish. Thus we have decided that if you cannot beat them, you may as well join them, albeit in the Radiant Future modus operandi which you have come to expect.

We remember the thrill of a 12-inch cardboard LP sleeve and all it's attendant info with fondness. The CD booklet was a brave attempt to replicate the album sleeve, but who can read that tiny print crammed into 10 teeny pages? So this time around, with the release of the final part of Martin Gordon's Mammal Trilogy, we have created a plethora of material to solve this issue, of which the actual music will be but one part.

There will be music, there will even be a CD, but there will also be a lot of Stuff! in a variety of formats! Stuff! is good, we like Stuff! Do you like Stuff!? You should. Ask a young person to explain Stuff! to you, see if that works. Details of enticing Mammal packages full of Stuff! will follow in due course, so keep your eyes peeled. But not literally, of course, that would be ridiculous, and frankly unlikely, no matter what level of interest you display.

So - what's happening, what's been occurring?

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Mammal Trilogy Draws to Inevitable Conclusion

The sixth and final part of the Mammal Trilogy Mammal nears completion. The contributors include regulars Pelle Almgren and Ralf Leeman, new boys Romain Vicente on drums and Niklas Rundquist on electric violin, special guests from the Berlin Staatskapelle orchestra (conductor Daniel Barenboim was unfortunately washing his hair on the occasion of the recording), the Arthur Harrington Half-Mammal Double Trio brass section and others. More info about the contents will be provided closer to the planned release date of 4 February 2013. And keep in mind that Stuff! is due. Alright? Got that?

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Backwards Into the Future

Swedish nostalgia-freaks the 70-Five (including Martin Gordon on bass and Pelle Almgren on voice) made a couple of Swedish appearances - Stockholm in April and Gnesta in August, preserved on video. There was indeed some good Stuff! to be found in the 70s, and here the 70-Five dig out those garage gems.

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John's Children in Not-Finnished Shock

You thought John's Children were finished? Well, they are not, they are Finnished. Living proof was presented on Sunday Nov 11th 2012 at the Lexington, Pentonville Road, London, UK. Bass duties were undertaken by Kassu Kapanen. You can see them cooking Stuff! up here.

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Tribute bench to Marc Bolan unveiled on the 35th anniversary of his death

A Marc Bolan Memorial Bench was unveiled in London's Golders Green in September 2012. Perhaps the Marc Bolan Memorial Bench could get together with the Chris Townson Memorial Bench and cater for a party of extra-wide T Rex fans? I'm sure they could Stuff! a few in without undue discomfort, unless they were really enormous.

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Radio Stars live

BBC Radio 6 Music - The Live Music Hour in October featured the Radio Stars show from 1977. And their appearance on the Old Grey Whistle Test was unearthed - 'Dirty Pictures' and 'The Beast of Barnsley' were broadcast to a stunned nation. This Stuff! was even in colour!

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Martin Gordon's Seventies Soundtrack

In September, MG created his own selection, subject to the restriction that the music had to have been released during the 1970s. Thus there was, amongst other Stuff!, the rather uncomfortable bed-fellows Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Sparks, Weather Report and Radio Stars. You pays your money, or not, in some cases, and you takes your choice.

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Sparkly Bandwagon Jumping: 'The Golden Age of Glam Rock 1971 - 77', Japanese edition.

A Japanese hybrid book/magazine featuring interviews with such glam luminaries as Ian Hunter, Morgan Fisher, Michael Des Barres (woo hoo! now that's what I call Really Bonkers!) and some bloke called Martin Gordon. Lots of pix for those whose Japanese is not quite up to snuff, right here.

That's snuff, by the way, not Stuff!

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Social media

Ever heard of it? It's all the rage with young people, apparently. Here is a selection of social media Stuff! to be going on with (there is more, believe me):

Facebook Twitter Rdio YouTube Spotify

OK, Rdo isn't social media, but we put it in there anyway. It's still Stuff!, isn't it?!?

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