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Suzanne Vega Fanclub

Hmmm, given that these LFF retreads seem to be coming in at one a month, will we be seeing last years LFF coverage once more in October 2010 ?

SpankTM

Doesn't 'retread' imply there was an original version out there once? Because there wasn't. This is all new stuff, just written about things that happened a decade or two ago. And as I said right at the start of all this, the end point will be 1997, the year before I started reporting on these festivals in real time.

Suzanne Vega Fanclub

Ooops Busted.

Truth is I haven't done much more with this then skim read the titles. So if you are writing this from memory, well that's more then I could do. That said I did see a good film at the cinema a couple of weeks ago. Alright I can't actually remember what it was called, or anything about the plot, but I know the lead character was called Brian and that I liked it !

The thing is though I am not really sure what the point of all this is. Given how much contemporary cultural shennanagins you consume every month, surely this sight would be far more essential reading if you concentrated on reviewing some of that (unless of course you are still after the ITV4 market).

SpankTM

That's a fair point, Suze. At the moment, I've got a backlog of four or five half-finished pieces about more contemporary stuff: if it wasn't for the various problems I've had this year with computers and elbows, you'd probably have seen them here by now. But I've kind of committed myself to the Spank Gold run: so in a month where I've only got time to write a couple of pieces, these old Edinburgh and LFF writeups will take priority.

As to why I'm doing it: mainly, I'll admit, it's for my own personal benefit. Firstly, I like having a documentary record here of what I've seen at festivals since 1998, and it's annoyed me in the past that I don't have a record of the early part of my festival-going career in the early and mid-nineties. Secondly, it's interesting to see how things have changed since 1989, in terms of both what the festivals had to offer and how I responded to them. And thirdly, as you've noticed, doing these things from memory is difficult, and it's a fascinating exercise seeing what I can remember and what I can't. (It's part of the reason why these Spank Gold pieces are heavy with YouTube clips: frequently, that'll be the first time I've seen some of these things since the nineties.)

I know a few readers have told me in meatspace that they're enjoying Spank Gold: perhaps they'd like to leave a comment or two to back me up?

SpankTM

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