Jeff Dexter to Write His Memoirs

There is one book on the Sixties I can not wait to read when it finally comes out. Jeff Dexter is in the process of writing his memoirs and I predict this will be the seminal book on the Sixties and Seventies thriving music scene. Born Dexter Jeffery Bedwell on August 15th 1946 in Lambeth London, Dexter started out as a dancer and singer, progressing to be a well-known DJ, promoter, rock band manager, record producer, club host and events organiser.

Jeff Dexter has made almost every move in and around the entertainment industry. Starting with Mecca Dancing in 1961, he was a dancer & singer with Cyril Stapleton's Orchestra at London's Lyceum Ballroom, where he was banned for obscenity after doing The Twist on the dance floor. Dexter was also a band boy when on the road, which entailed looking after all the props, extra instruments & sheet music. During his days at the Lyceum, Dexter became a Disc Jockey and MC on the Record Hops, working with Ian "Sammy" Samwell, and also Jimmy Savile (then the Ballroom Manager at Leeds Locarno). Dexter also worked with many other dance bands, and in other London venues, began and presenting the new beat bands.

Dexter helped take Britain's first mobile record hop on the road in February 1962, beginning at Greenwich Town Hall followed by other regular promotions in Brighton and Croydon. He also became a partner in a record promotion company with Tony Calder. The first record they promoted together was Love Me Do. Dexter gave up his singing career after he had to follow Ike & Tina Turner at the Hammersmith Palais. Dexter and Samwell hosted many late night record shows at night clubs in London's West End, including The Flamingo in Wardour Street, The Roaring Twenties in Carnaby Street, and The Crazy Elephant in Jermyn Street.

In 1966-7, Dexter worked as the host and DJ at Tiles Club in Oxford Street presenting all the soul & pop acts including the late Otis Redding. He presented the lunch time record shows, immortalised in Tom Wolfe's book Noonday Underground. Dexter then started The Jeff Dexter Light & Sound Show with the emerging underground and psychedelic scene, with acts like Pink Floyd. Dexter also took up residency at Middle Earth Club in Covent Garden with John Peel but did not accept an offer to join BBC's Radio One.

From 1968-73 Dexter promoted and presented rock shows at the legendary Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, mainly under the Implosion banner. Dexter helped organize and host nearly all the major festivals, including many of the free concerts in Hyde Park. He also re-branded Eric Clapton & Friends as Derek & The Dominos. Dexter hosted and arranged most of the acts that appeared at the 1971 Glastonbury Fayre. He also Managed the band America, and also co-produced their first album that made number one in the States, as did their first single for Warner Brothers Records.

Between the years 1973-79, Dexter managed and produced numerous artists, negotiated deals with Atlantic Records (Isaac Guillory), Warner Brothers (Peter Sarstedt, BIM) and EMI (Alfalpha), and Sire Records (Hawkwind). Dexter also tour managed in the UK, USA and Europe, ran the merchandising concessions for many acts and his own music publishing company.

During 1979-81, Dexter moved between Milan and New York, worked with well-known Italian groups and made disco records, but also worked with some of his favourite musicians.

In 1981-83, he moved back to the UK in order to manage a hot new band called BIM (Cameron McVey was on vocals, and Andy Harley on keyboards), and signed them to Arista Records, then to Warner Brothers Records. Dexter then started promoting retro record shows in West End clubs, and during 1983-89 he promoted a regular club, called The 2I's in Tottenham Court Road at the Empire Rooms, worked with Time Out, organised music & entertainment at large corporate parties.

In1990, Dexter began managing rock bands again, took on new partnerships, made several records, and spent far too much time & money! He Joined a group of old friends to bid for a radio license, and joined a consortium with the aim of re-launching shows at the Roundhouse.

Jeff Dexter, who is currently is a successful Lifestyle Consultant is estranged from his wife Simona Perlasca (after 30 years), with two sons Wesley (Events Manager, and DJ Loki), and Lincoln (Art History student).

Source by Frances Lynn

Culture Traditions of Ladakh and Kashmir

Indeed, the people of Kashmir have made a significant contribution in the fields of telling stories, poetry, philosophy, science, etc. The craft of Kashmir like pashmina shawls, paper mache products, carpets, silk, wood, etc are admired around the world. Celebrations and festive activities during festivals provide an important diversion from the simple and monotonous lives of these people. The festivals that are celebrated with great fervor include Id-ul-Fitr, Diwali, the festival Hemis, Navratras and Loshar festival. Tours and Travel to the state of Kashmir gives you the chance to see an Indian tradition where people of different religions celebrate their festivals and brilliantly colored enthusiasm.The houses in the region generally have a lot of wood, following the inside are very warm. The brick houses have pagoda roofs and facades picturesque.

The lifestyle of the local population is very slow in the old city. Waterways and Shikara is the best way to go in the interior of the old city. Women are very entrepreneurial, they sell food, flowers and the hand of their articles on the floating markets. Kashmiri willow baskets used for the transport of essential goods from one place to another. There are a number of outdoor markets in the old city. Here, tourists have the pleasure to buy all of Kashmir traditional spices and food. Tours and Travel to the state of Kashmir also tries to store outdoor market in the old city where one is likely to find all the traditional items that are used in the kitchens of these simple people.

Culture of Ladakh

Buddhism is the way of life in Ladakh. There are ancient Buddhist rock carvings throughout the region, even in areas such as ARD and the lower Suru Valley that are now inhabited by an exclusively Muslim population. The gap between Muslims and Buddhists of Ladakh through Leh (on the Kargil-Leh road) and, between the villages of Parkachick and Rangdum Suru in the valley, but there are pockets of Muslim population further east in Padum (Zanskar), in Nubra Valley and in and around Leh. The village Buddhist approach is invariably marked by Mani walls are long chest high face of stone structures carved with the mantra in mane paddle by hum and shortening, commemorative Cairns, as stone-pepper pots. Many villagers have had a Gompa or monastery in May that there will be an imposing complex of temples, prayer halls and monks' housing, housing a tiny hermitage single and lonely at home Lama. Islam too has come to the west. A peaceful penetration of the Shiite sect headed by missionaries, its success is guaranteed by the early conversion of the sub-leaders of the ARD, Kargil and the Suru Valley. In these areas, Mani and shorten the walls are placed by mosques, often small unpretentious buildings, or Imambaras imposing structures in the Islamic style, topped by domes sheet happily in the glow of the sun.

In Leh area of ​​women from both communities, Buddhists and Muslims, enjoy greater freedom than other parts of the region. They not only work in the home and on the ground, but also to do business and interact freely with men other than their own relationships. In Kargil and its neighboring regions on the other hand, it is only in recent years that women are merging semi isolation and take jobs other than traditional agriculture and home-keeping.Ceremonial and public events are accompanied by music feature 'surna' and 'daman '(oboe and drum), originally introduced in the Baltistan Ladakh Muslims, but only now played by musicians Buddhist known as Mons.


As regards clothing is concerned about the phiran is a commonly worn. It is usually a wool robe and a lot of embroidery work done. These dresses are decorated with floral patterns of colors and designs. Tours of the picturesque and beautiful Kashmir can be a special treatment that most people in the street can be seen on tradition or dress phiran. Men and women find it easy and comfortable to wear these phirans as they are very warm and loose and can accommodate bags of hot water or little earthen pots with burning coal. This arrangement allows them to keep warm in extremely cold climate.

Kashmir is very popular for its pashmina shawls. These shawls are made from the wool textile tradition. The wool textile is obtained from mountain goat. These complexes have shawls thread work done on them. These shawls have been working on both sides. Kashmiri embroidery is known Kasidis. The particularity of the Kasidis work is that it is done so that trends appear evenly on both sides of the fabric. Kashmir, stoles are very popular. Many women of Kashmir following Islam wear the abaya. Tours to the Kashmir region generally tries tourists to go on shopping sprees. Kashmir women have a fetish for silver jewelry. Most women wear Kashmir with heavy silver chains with pendants subtle work done on them. They wear heavy gains money. The Traditional earing is huge, money and generally available in variations in the shape of a bell. Men wear coats of hair, cashmere and brocade.

Source by Archna Gupta

History of Ukrainian Pop – Music and Popular Ukrainian Singers

Since singer Ruslana won the Eurovision Pop Song Contest Ukrainian pop-music had become popular throughout the world. People listen to Ukrainian pop-music with pleasure all over the world.

Many Ukrainian pop singers – Sofia Rotaru, Iryna Bilyk, Oleksandr Ponomariov, VIA Gra, Ruslana, Ani Lorak, Nadezhda Granovskaya, Alena Vinnickaya, Anna Sedokova, Svetlana Loboda, Vera Brezhneva, Verka Serduchka have gained popularity outside Ukraine long time ago, especially in the Russia, USA, Japan and many European countries.

Ukrainian pop music was born a long time and in agony. Biographers did not fix the exact date of her birth, but many suggest that this date does not coincide with the birthday of the independent Ukraine. Music was born a little earlier – in 1989 with the first festival 'Chervona Ruta'. This festival healed the border between traditional singers (Sofia Rotaru, Vladimir Ivasyuk) and a new wave of Ukrainian pop music.

Now times have changed, and you can see new stars on the stage – Ruslana, Ani Lorak, Svetlana Loboda, the group "Via Gra", Alena Vinnickaya, Verka Serduchka. Today on the Ukrainian stage represented almost all musical styles: from folk to acid jazz. Club culture is actively growing.

Ukrainian Star Factory opens new bright talents, such as Dantes and Oleynik, Boris Aprel. Participants of the well-known TV project are gaining more and more girls' hearts each day.

Band Gender : Girls "NikitA" and the singer Marta is very popular musical projects. Marta – a permanent participant of various television and radio programs, a guest on the most significant sporting and social events, actively supports a variety of charitable and social activities.

NikitA is extraordinary modern Ukrainian pop-group, and was created for the attention of the male audience. NikitA is two-sex aggressive girls, ready to show all the charms of their body and voice (Dasha Astafieva and Julia Kavtaradze).

Ukrainian pop music arose with the international popularity of groups like Vopli Vidoplyasova, Vij, Okean Elzy, Via Gra et al. and individual musicians, such as Ani Lorak, Tina Karol, Alena Vinnickaya and Ruslana.

Also progresses Ukrainian rock music. Among the most famous groups – "Ocean Elzy", "Vopli Vidoplyasova", "TNMK", "Skryabin", Lama. Ukrainian Rock festivals like "Rock-Existence", "Taras Bulba" are held regularly.

Source by Anna Narchenko

Czech Culture – Top Ten Czech Festivals in America

If you are of Czech ancestry or just interested in the Czech culture, you'll be glad to know there are several vibrant Czech communities scattered across the United States. Here is a top ten list of communities with festivals celebrating the Czech culture …

Throughout America, there are numerous communities where people of Czech heritage settled over the decades. Many of these communities celebrate this heritage with an annual festival that brings together people who enjoy the music, food and cultural traditions.

Each of the communities listed have an annual festival, and most are two or three days in length and held over a weekend. You can find more details about each festival at our website.

Here are our top ten favorites:

Tabor, South Dakota: Usually held the 3rd weekend of June, this fest often draws 10,000 people, which dwarfs the actual town itself. Tabor has a population of about 500.

Wilber, Nebraska: This central Nebraska community not far from Lincoln has an authentic cultural shopping district on its main street downtown. It was named the Czech capital of the US in 1987. The celebration is usually held the last weekend in July or early August.

Victoria, Texas: About 45 minutes north of Corpus Christi, Victoria is a great small Texas town that celebrates both barbecue and its heritage.

West, Texas: Held in early September , this weekend celebration attracts upwards of 25,000 visitors and has been held continuously since 1976.

Wilson, Kansas: Held on the last weekend of July, you'll find an authentic beer garden, beauty pageant, and lots of authentic food in this small central Kansas community.

Yukon, Oklahoma: This is an Octoberfest of sorts and is held on the first Saturday of October. Food, drink, music, and entertainment abound.

Clarkson, Nebraska: This northeast Nebraska community hosts its annual heritage festival in late June. It is a three day event that draws visitors from several surrounding states.

St. Louis, Missouri: Held in April, this spring fest features cooking demonstrations, fashion show, and a bountiful dinner.

Lincoln, Nebraska: One of the more active heritage communities and the capital of Nebraska, this vibrant little city holds a spring fest with an emphasis on music, crafts, and authentic food.

Taborville, Ohio: Taborville is about 25 miles east of Cleveland. They hold a one day celebration usually on a Sunday in July.

The biggest Czech communities in America are in central Texas, Nebraska, and the greater Chicago area. Near west suburban Chicago has some of the best Czech restaurants in the country, with authentic food, drink, and decor.

If we had to name our favorite Czech restaurant, it would be the historic Bohemian Cafe in Omaha, Nebraska, just south of downtown. In operation since the 1920's, it does not get more authentic than this! Portions are lovingly prepared, generous, and inexpensive. If you happen to visit Omaha, this is a great place for lunch or dinner.

Source by Jim Hofman

Caribbean Cruise Weather – Best and Worst Months to Go

Caribbean cruise weather has fewer risks for vacationers planning a trip at sea rather than spending a week on an island for a simple reason – the ship can move away from bad weather while an island can not.

Someone may one day invent detachable islands, but in the meantime vacationers should consider two major factors related to weather in planning a cruise. First is the annual Caribbean hurricane season and second is the temperature drop during the winter – especially for the sea water.

Hurricane Season
The hurricane season runs from June 1 until November 30, but the region has on average few storms in June and November. July averages three storms, while August, September and October average four, according to the US National Weather Service.

Storms in August and October have a moderate risk of developing into hurricanes while September has the highest risk of all.

For these reasons, September is the worst month of the year to take a cruise. April and May are excellent times to go because they are outside of the hurricane season, although some Caribbean destinations see more rainfall than normal in May.

Families considering a cruise with children on summer break should take advantage of June in particular because of the lower storm risk, followed by July.

Air and Water Temperatures
The Caribbean has a reputation for year-round warmth. While it's mostly true, there are some modest variations in temperature from month to month. Air and water temperatures are noticeably cooler in the northern climates during the winter, which makes a Bahamas cruise less appealing from December through February.

Anyone interested in taking a Caribbean cruise in the winter should consider a southern cruise as a better option for warmer weather than either an eastern or western cruise.

Eastern, Western or Southern?
Each of the three major destinations has varying conditions by month. Western cruises in particular are known for heavy rainfall in the interiors of the Central American countries that lie along the Caribbean coast, such as Costa Rica and Belize.

The wet interiors are a major factor in planning day-long excursions to Mayan ruins, cave tubing, zip lining, etc. The same is largely true of the Mexican island of Cozumel.

Despite the heavy fall rains, western cruises tend to be more popular in the fall than eastern in part because the Central American destinations see fewer effects from hurricanes.

No matter which cruise you take, know that the risk of bad weather goes up in the fall and that whether you like to swim or lie on the beach will be sorely tested if you visit the more northern destinations in the winter.

Source by Scott Bateman