Philip Larkin in Wellington - the 1940's

from Letter from Philip Larkin to J B Sutton, 17 Oct 1944, page 94:

I bought a record today (a very rare occurrence) – ‘Boo Woo’ by the Harry James Boogie-Woogie Trio. It is an old record, orig. Columbia, reissued on Parlophone, and as far as I remember had guts. James plays muted all the way (spoiling his lovely tone, but artistically correct) and the pianist is Ammons on one side and Johnson on the other. I have no gramophone here so shall have to hoard it. I talk to Bruce Montgomery about jazz a great deal. He is the last person I should have thought would have liked it, but in our last term at Oxford he took a liking to some of our records, …   more >>
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Philip Larkin, Letter from Philip Larkin to J B Sutton, 17 Oct 1944. In Anthony Thwaite (ed.), Selected letters of Philip Larkin : 1940-1985 (London, 1992), p. 94. accessed: 22 July, 2024

location of experience: Wellington


Philip Larkin
Academic library, Poet

Listening to

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written by Harry James
performed by Harry James Boogie-woogie Trio

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium playback
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:32:04 +0000