Thursday, 17 April 2014

Astal Weeks Live: a Fan's Notes


Shannon Vale's book Astral Weeks Live: a Fan's Notes and her Follow Shannon website are a must for any Van Fans.  The book chronicles her one year attending 23 Van concerts.  It begins in November 2008 when Van launched the year of Astral Weeks Live, performing the songs from his critically acclaimed 1968 album Astral Weeks. The first two shows were the ones at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on November 7 and 8, 2008 that gave birth to the live album and the now rare DVD.  The Astral Live concerts ended 12 months later at the MGM Grand in Connecticut.

Check out the website and buy a signed copy of the book.  Of particular interest is the fact that Ms Vale is releasing her Van Morrison Chronicles in instalments on her website.  The Chronicles component is her unreleased biographical book project about Van. 

The book has been culled from her concert reviews, blog posts, and discussions with the fans.  (Almost as famous in Van circles as game show contestant Pat Corley's moleskine notebook!) It also includes essays on the eight songs that make up Astral Weeks.

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