M. Dowden

Hall of Fame Reviewer - 2011 2012
Top Reviewer Ranking: 14
Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (12,753 of 13,621)
Location: London, UK
In My Own Words:
Since a child I have always loved reading, a past time that has thankfully stayed with me. With television, cinema and computer games it is nice to know that you still can't beat a good book.

Amongst music, films and theatre I also have an interest in history - predominantly social history. My first love has always been in books, with a keen interest in 19th Century literature. I also have a predilection for gothic and sensation novels,… Read more

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 14 - Total Helpful Votes: 12753 of 13621
Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohe&hellip by Justin Martin
Being English I know a bit about some of the names mentioned in this book, but a lot of them are unknown or just a name that I have heard of before, but this book brings these people alive and obviously much more so for an American. If you were to ask most people about American culture and the counter culture then probably most people would instantly come up with the likes of Kerouac, Burroughs and Ginsberg and the Beat Generation. But long before that you had the American Bohemians, led by Clapp at his table in Pfaff’s saloon in New York.

Apparently the idea for this book came about when the author was asked whether he had heard of Pfaff’s, and what we have here is both… Read more
Mad About the Boy <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mad-About-the-Boy/dp/artist-redirect/B00LKO5PMS">Alice Lamb</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
Mad About the Boy Alice Lamb MP3 Download
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Downloading, 1 Sep 2014
We all know this popular classic song; it has been performed by more artistes than I can even think of. This song was actually written by Noel Coward and has always been quite popular, but since that certain jeans advert, with Dinah Washington’s fantastic cover version of this song this has definitely remained in the public consciousness.

I don’t think I have ever heard a really bad version of this, and this one definitely doesn’t disappoint. With great instrumentation we have Alice Lamb giving us a great vocalisation, which is full of soul.
Summertime <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Summertime/dp/artist-redirect/B00LKO5SKM">Ché & Charlie</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
Summertime Ché & Charlie MP3 Download
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not The Best Version, 1 Sep 2014
I think most people will be familiar with this song as the music was by Gershwin, the lyrics by DuBose Heyward. And if you are trying to remember what it was from, it was ‘Porgy and Bess’. I really love the piano on this version, but for me the singing isn’t the best I have heard, and indeed in places it was perhaps a bit too screechy for my personal liking. Try the sample first before downloading, in case you don’t like this cover version.