Who can deny the greatness of George Gershwin? Rhapsody in Blue alone would be enough to put him on the Mount Olympus of modern composers. And from a highly personal perspective, An American in Paris is just about perfect for me who is exactly what the title suggests. Both marvelous pieces of music by the way, which were composed in the 1920’s, my default cultural decade. First, there’s the mythical lost generation of American writers who moved to Paris because it was both inexpensive and there was no Prohibition and these guys and gals liked their cocktails: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, being the most prominent of the lost legionnaires of literature. But there were others too, like John Dos Passos, Archibald MacLeish (I mentioned him in “Metaphysical Moments” from my current EP Wonder-Full) as well as the poets E.E. Cummings and Hart Crane as well as novelist Kay Boyle (who was blacklisted during the McCarthy Red Scare) and wonderful Janet Flanner who covered Paris and all its doings for The New Yorker for decades. Speaking of which, I’ve two confessions to make: first, I have been subscribing to The New Yorker since I moved to Paris 34 years ago; and second, I don’t think I have ever read an entire issue in one sitting. But I nearly always read the short stories (especially if they’re by Thomas McGuane), the book and film reviews, any pop music coverage which catches my eye (although not enough coverage of literate singer-songwriter which one might think would be a given) and anything Adam Gopnik writes. For all my ex-pat life, The New Yorker has remained my cultural lifeline to an America that is constantly shape shifting.
- What The Fuck Is Going On From the album "Ricochet" 5:25
- Rock 'n Roll 'n Rock 'n Roll From the album "Elliott Murphy" 3:30
- You Never Know What You're In For From the album "Night Lights" 4:19
- Last Of The Rock Stars From the album "Aquashow" 3:43
- Everything I Do (Leads Me Back To You) From the album "Selling The Gold" (with Bruce Springsteen) 4:47
- Green River From the album "Strings Of The Storm" 6:31
- On Elvis Presley's Birthday From the album "12" 3:28
- Anastasia From the album "Just A Story From America" 5:10
- Euro Tour From the album "Affairs" 3:57
- Come On Louann From the album "Soul Surfing" 4:06
New Review Of Live In Bilbao March 4, 2022
Jeff Burger has reviewed the new Live In Bilbao album on the Blog Critics website. You can read the full review on the website. Here's a bit of what he had to say.
Tinnitus Journals – Volume 1 February 28, 2022
A fascinating look at the interior life of a working musician, semi-famous, living in Paris, struggling with the ringing in his ears and the world in which we all live. Full of archival photos and lyrics from Elliott Murphy’s catalog...
Live In Bilbao Now Available! February 21, 2022
Finally a CD version of the legendary Elliott Murphy with Olivier Durand sold-out Bilbao concert of 2015 featuring songs from the EP Intime (“Benedict’s Blues,” “Sweet Honky Tonk”) as well as classic Murphy songs.
“Broken Poet” movie trailer
Vintage video from 1977
An acoustic version of “Chelsea Boots”
US Television in 1974
Live in March 2017
From Selling The Gold, 1995
Live at New Morning March 2018
From La Nuit du Blues de Cabannes 2013.