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February 12, 2012

From guitar strings to family ties

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Rocker Dad Jorma Kaukonen talks Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and his adopted daughter. By Kyle Mullin for The Beijinger Kids, Feb. 10 2012
He’s played guitar for Jefferson Airplane, David Crosby, and Janis Joplin. But Jorma Kaukonen says none of those collaborations can compare to bonding with a Chinese orphan.
A February 11 Yugong Yishan gig will be the prolific guitarist’s first ever far east visit, but he’s been acquainted with China ever since his wife Vanessa traveled to Nanning to adopt their now 5-year-old daughter, Israel love.
“From the first time I saw her picture at the orphanage I felt that she was our daughter,” Kaukonen says of his greatest muse. “On my last album, River of Time, there’s a lot of songs dedicated to her. She inspires me to write music that’s very different from what I normally did in that it’s not blues oriented, just poetry set to music.”
In a recent phone interview with the Beijinger, Kaukonen detailed that journey from the blues to psychedelic rock, and how it now helps him write musical family mementos.

Deep Purple’s blazing glory

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From Smoke on the Water to waking nightmares, bassist Roger Glover details metal pioneers’ hazy inspirations. By Kyle Mullin for Newfoundland’s The Telegram, Winter 2012

While dreaming up “Smoke on the Water,” Roger Glover wasn’t so much inspired as terrified.

“I just woke up saying it to an empty room, with my eyes still closed. Then I kind of opened my eyes and the words were somehow hanging in the air, and I thought, ‘did I say something out loud?’” the bassist for British heavy rockers Deep Purple says of the drowsy utterance that would define his career.

Frontman Ian Gillan turned Glover’s brief, nightmarish mantra into a lyric and song title which, along with Ritchie Blackmore’s throbbing, instantly recognizable riff, became the most smouldering tune of the 1970s.

Today, Deep Purple’s biggest hit is seen as one of hard rock’s signature early songs. But the destruction that birthed it threatened the very lives of some of pop music’s biggest names.





Toying with safety

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Why heavy metals are bad for your kids. The Beijinger Monthly Magazine, February 2012

Robin Guo is appalled to hear that her child’s playthings may be poisonous.

The mother of three year old Colleen is one of countless Chinese parents stunned by a new study that found dangerous levels of heavy metals in nearly 10 per cent of the country’s child products.

“It’s so frustrating as a parent when you know you cannot at least provide your child a safe space,” Guo says of the dismal findings researched and published by eco-NGO Greenpeace in late November. “It’s not the first time I’ve heard of lead in toys or something, but this might be the first time I knew about it in such detail.”

Those meticulous details, compiled in conjunction with American NGO IPEN, zeroed in on 500 children’s products like toys, fake jewellery, book bags, and pencil cases containing toxic levels of heavy metals like lead, mercury and arsenic. The items were purchased randomly at a variety of outlets in five major Chinese cities, including Beijing. Wu Yixiu, a Greenpeace China toxins prevention campaigner, said children like Colleen are so vulnerable they can literally taste it.




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