By Tony Stratton Smith
Alexis Korner wanted to revolutionise people's ability to feel and this he did, if not always directly. Like Plato (and Alexis's mother was Greek) he offered the philosophy and the texts; but it was those he influenced who conquered the world.
It is a formidable list, for it includes The Rolling Stones, Eric
Clapton, Jack Bruce, Robert Plant and John Mayall.
Nor, up in
We talk of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones as British growths,
which is a bit like saying the Californians invented wine,' wrote Miles Kington. It was Alexis's genius to smile away the protests
of these sharing his love of American urban blues, and to conjure in
‘Blues is a matter of feeling not of colour,' was his retort. He never envied those players who transmuted his ideas into more lucrative rock and roll, and was always dismissive of attempts to give him a patriarchal role. Yet there is no doubt Alexis Korner is the source of rich delight for the rock'n roll generation, its children, and the music industry.
rather than urban, Alexis was a boy of twelve when in 1940 he landed in
When he died, Alexis was completing his first studio recordings in
seven years, with his long-time collaborator and bass-player Collin Hodgkinson.
In re-working Peter Sarstedt's excellent and
sadly-relevant song '
I was in
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