Last Night at the Bassline

Last Night at the Bassline


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In 1994 Brad and Paige Holmes opened a small, live-music venue in the bohemian suburb of Melville in Johannesburg. They called it Bassline, which very soon became synonymous with cigarette smoke, great jazz and nights you wished would never end. They later moved the club to Newtown where it grew in prominence as the ultimate venue for live music, hosting amazing artists like Thandiswa Mazwai, Jimmy Dludlu, Lira, The Soil and Grammy Award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. In 2016 word spread like wildfire that everyone’s favourite club was closing its doors forever; this place that held all the promises of a new South Africa, a place where people of all races could come together, share a drink, dance and fall in love was to be no more. But as Bassline starts its new journey with Live @ the Bassline, yet another great story begins with Last Night at the Bassline.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781431424993
Publisher: Jacana Media
Publication date: 01/01/2018
Edition description: None
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

David Coplan is a well-respected writer and film maker. He arrived in South Africa in the early 1970s as an anthropology researcher at the University of Cape Town. His first book In Township Tonight, was pioneering social history of urban black music, dance and theatre in South Africa. A friend of the Holmes’s, he too found sanctuary at the Bassline when he moved to Johannesburg to take up a professorship at the University of the Witwatersrand. Oscar Gutierrez arrived in South Africa in 1994. As a photojournalist he has documented a great range of events and issues in politics, religion and music with an impressive client list that includes The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, The G8 Music Festival, the Orbit and Bassline. Oscar Gutierrez has an extensive photographic collection of contemporary South African music.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgements xiii

1 Last Night at the Bassline 1

2 The New South Africa: Ground Zero the Bassline, Melville 31

3 Bassline Players 61

4 Bringing up Brad 97

5 Y Oh Y 2 K? 133

Endnotes 161

Index of Names 164

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