Friday Links

alice wonderland lewis carroll machete ukulele lidellLA Daily News talks to Jim Beloff and Dan Sawyer about the ukulele’s gaining popularity.

Is this the earliest photo of an ukulele? It is according to this great article by John King. The photo was taken by Lewis Carroll and features Alice (of Wonderland fame), on the left, and her sisters holding machetes – the Maderian precursor of the ukulele.

The Idler magazine Ukulele band announce lit festival appearance. Rehearsals for which have a habit of starting late.

Why didn’t I think of this?

For when only real style will do. Buy on Flea Market.

What do you do with the offcuts from ukulele picks? Turn them into trivets and sell them for $196.

Dreamtime has a dark and atmospheric podcast telling the tale of Stagger Lee/Stack O’Lee and playing versions of the song including that by Ukulele Ike.

A Saint not playing the ukulele and Lee Morse not playing the ukulele either.

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  1. Jason R. Wallace July 13th, 2007 11:29 pm

    What can I say? Some days are slower than others in terms of breaking, fascinating news. However, lyrics are always of interest to the songwriters and philosophers in a given readership and, of course, a solid source for random searching traffic.

  2. Howlin' Hobbit July 22nd, 2007 7:29 pm

    Tsk, now! The trivets are only (?!) $27. It’s the 6.5″x66″ ‘runner’ that’s $196.

  3. Woodshed July 22nd, 2007 7:59 pm

    Ahhh, I’ve been found out. My journalistic credibility is in taters.

    Since a ‘runner’ seems to be a long trivet, I’m sticking with the story :P

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