Mark Hollis, MARK HOLLIS (Polydor, 1998). Tracks: The Colour of Spring; Watershed, Inside Looking Out, The Gift; A Life; Westward Bound; The Daily Planet; and A New Jerusalem. If Mark Hollis wanted to show that he was no… Read More

Talk Talk’s MARK HOLLIS: 20 Years Later — Progarchy

Nothing dominated the American conversation of the decade of the 1820s more than the idea of Andrew Jackson as president. The back-and-forth between the pro-Jackson and anti-Jackson forces is bewildering and dizzying even to the biographer who has… Read More

The 1820s: The Decade of Andrew Jackson — The Imaginative Conservative

Even for those die-hard Talk Talk fans among us, the band’s final album, Laughing Stock, gets only a rating as “Spirit of Eden II.” It’s not that folks don’t absolutely love it. They do. But, when it comes… Read More

Seven Sacraments to Song: Talk Talk’s LAUGHING STOCK (1991) — Progarchy

The grand folks at The Imaginative Conservative continue to publish my “director’s cut” pieces from my forthcoming book, IN DEFENSE OF ANDREW JACKSON, out September 10, 2018, by Regnery.

Though Andrew Jackson only served a very short term as governor of Florida, several things should be noted in order to see the continuity and development of his thought. Jackson, by the time he assumed office in Florida, had already held legislative as well as judicial positions. He had yet to hold a political executive office. He had, of course, held a military executive office, but not a political one. Understandably, this would serve a proving ground for Jackson, especially as he headed toward the White House, willingly or not.

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rush-clockwork-angels Rush’s 19th Studio Album.  Six years old today.  Art by Hugh Syme.

Today is the sixth anniversary of the release of the final Rush studio album, CLOCKWORK ANGELS.  It can get “nun more” prog.  

[This piece is dedicated to my great and brave friend, Steve Horwitz, fellow Rush-ian]

Rush’s nineteenth studio album, Clockwork Angels, came out on June 12, 2012.  It was the first album to be distributed by heavy-metal label, Roadrunner, and the second to be produced by Nick Raskulinecz.  As mentioned at this beginning of this book, the story of Clockwork Angelsis such an artistic success—as a story, a concert, a novel, a sequel to the novel, a graphic novel, an audio book, and a series of comic books—that it really overshadows not only the actual album but much of Rush’s other art.  It is, of course, the culmination of forty years of care, of…

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its getting late james marsh Artwork by James Marsh.  The moth, either disintegrating or becoming whole.

For all intents and purposes, Mark Hollis disappeared twenty years ago.

No, not entirely.

Since releasing his last full album, MARK HOLLIS, in 1998, he has appeared, from time to time, on the work of other artists–most particularluy on the work of Phill Brown, Dave Allinson, Unkle, and Anja Garbarek.  All of these collaborations, however, took place before 2002.

Ten years later, in 2012, Hollis again emerged, writing a stunning piece of music for the Kelsey Grammar TV series, Boss.  That piece, “ARBSection 1,” lasts a full 54 seconds.  No one in the music world has seen or heard from him since.

Not too surprisingly, Mark Hollis’s absence has only heightened the interest in him.

For those of us who love Talk Talk, there’s something unlrentingly fascinating about the trajectory of the band.  As is well known in musical circles, Talk Talk had…

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Clockwork Angels by Rush. Age 6. Pure Prog Bliss.


Art by Hugh Syme

Age 6. Clockwork Angels. Rush’s final studio album. Pure prog bliss.
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