Slow Joe and a Wonderful Accident
Even though I wish to believe that I had something to do with this beautiful story, because my introduction of the specialist niche carmaker Xavier de le Chapelle to an Indian business group that had plans to make a sports car in India, was the genesis of this story, it is perhaps just a fond wish. De la Chapelle’s project died when the main Indian investor died, but Xavier’s many visits to India might have had some influence in convincing his son, Cédric de la Chapelle, a guitarist from the Lyon scene, to retrace his father’s innumerable visits to India. At the same time, there is no denying that it is very much possible that Cédric would have got to India, even without the De La Chapelle sports car project history.  
 
Either way, it came to pass that Cédric and Marion, his fiancée then and his wife now, whilst looking for a place to stay at Calangute, in Goa, bumped into Joseph Manuel Da Rocha, a frail 64-years-old man, who made ends meet by brokering hotel rooms to tourists. Amused and charmed by this unassuming old man, Cédric and Marion caught up with Da Rocha again, and with one beer leading to another, music and songs followed.
 
 
Captivated by the old man’s voice, Cédric recorded him singing a cappella. “When I got back to France,” reminisces Cédric, “I talked to several musician friends about the idea, and little by little, we formed this group, which we decided to call Slow Joe & The Ginger Accident.” Cédric de la Chapelle is, incidentally, a redhead.
 
“It was only in 2009 that we were able to bring Joe to France for our first concert at the Trans Musicales in Rennes,” says Cédric, “as it took us a while before we could get his paperwork sorted out in India. He used to have a passport, but that had expired in 2000. So, a new passport had to be generated, and it was the monsoons in Goa… and that took some three or four months.”
 
Born on 22 March 1943, in Mumbai, Joseph Manuel Da Rocha lived the life of a waster, a wandering poet, living on the margins of society, smoking, drinking and doing drugs. Thus, when Cédric met Slow Joe, he had quite a history of drug and alcohol addiction, but had somewhat straightened out his life, working as a guide in Goa. More importantly, he had an innate musical talent and a rare crooner’s voice, one, which bewitched Cédric as soon as he heard the old man sing.
 
Thus, that chance encounter on the beaches of Goa changed the lives of these two men, and marked the start of an amazing adventure. Cédric and his original band mates—Lucas Spirli on keyboards, Alexis Morel-Journel on bass, and Josselin Varengo on drums—helped Slow Joe build up a repertoire of new songs and formed a group around him, which was The Ginger Accident.
 
 
With their very successful first concert at the 2009 edition of the Trans Musicales in Rennes, Slow Joe & The Ginger Accident hit the headlines in France. In no time, they were the darling of the media, as concert spectators as well as critics took to the music and the story of this cute, but frail, old man, with that deep, gravelly voice, booming over a mix of slow rock, spiced with blues and jazz riffs. 
 
  
In 2011, Slow Joe & The Ginger Accident released their first album Sunny Side Up, and the success of the album was reflected by a sell-out tour of France, followed by a European tour across Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium. In December 2011, Slow Joe & The Ginger Accident came 'home' to India, for a tour of the country, performing in Mumbai, Delhi, Goa, Bangalore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Pondicherry, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh. Organised by the Alliance Française, the band did not get the coverage they deserved.
 
In 2014, when Slow Joe was 71, a second album, Lost for Love, was released to even greater critical acclaim, with a newer rendering of Slow Joe’s song Cover me Over, a track from his first album, but this time, sung in duet with the Franco-Israeli star, Yael Naim.
 
 
By early 2016, Slow Joe & The Ginger Accident had performed at over 250 concerts. In May 2016, when Slow Joe was just 73 years old, he had a fatal heart attack. This was when a third album was nearing completion. Titled Let Me Be Gone, the album was released posthumously, in February 2017, and has since risen to the top of the French charts.
 
 
With Slow Joe’s passing, the band too has disbanded, out of sadness and respect for the memory of that lovable old Indian. There have been several eulogies in the French press and talks of a film on this sweet story have been doing the rounds. “That would be the best tribute to Slow Joe,” acknowledges Cédric, as he concentrates on other projects, in the meantime.
 
(Author of several automotive books, founder editor of many leading auto mags, Gautam Sen has also consulted with most of the Indian auto majors. He has also worked with several leading car designers such as Gérard Godfroy, Tom Tjaarda and Marcello Gandini, among others.)

 

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    Mr- Ranveer Verma

    4 weeks ago

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    Sunil

    4 weeks ago

    Brilliant Story .. Is Gautam Sen going to do a follow up on the Carlos Ghosn story he had done sometime back for Moneylife...

    HARISH CHANDRA KOHLI

    4 weeks ago

    Please alert me for comments posted

    HARISH CHANDRA KOHLI

    4 weeks ago

    Absolutely beautiful. Will pass on to my ex-French colleagues who know India well. They will be thrilled. As I am.

    Mumbai to enter 24x7 era from midnight Jan 26-27
    The Maharashtra government on Wednesday approved the much-anticipated proposal to kickstart 'Mumbai 24x7' from the midnight of January 26-27, cabinet Ministers Anil Deshmukh and Aditya Thackeray announced here.
     
    Addressing a joint press conference, the two ministers said that the programme to let establishments be always open will be implemented in designated malls, mills and multiplexes around the city in consultation with the Mumbai Police and BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation.
     
    "These complexes which have parking, security, CCTVs, licenced establishments, and are away from residential localities will be permitted the option of 24x7 operations," said Aditya Thackeray.
     
    Deshmukh said that besides the mills and malls in south-central Mumbai, places like Bandra Kurla Complex and certain other locations in the maximum city will be included in the first phase.
     
    "As it is Mumbaikars work practically round-the-clock. Then why should the city go under an 'undeclared curfew' after 10 p.m. daily? Until now, 24x7 was available only inside five-star hotels. But this scheme will be of immense benefit to the locals and also tourists," Thackeray said.
     
    He added that Mumbai has a huge service industry employing over half a million people which will get a chance to grow further with a potential to work in three shifts, besides augmenting government revenues.
     
    However, the two ministers made it clear that this will be on a purely voluntary basis and the participating business establishments would reserve the option to keep their outlets open for 18 hours, 24 hours, and on weekends or festivals, as per their requirements.
     
    Thackeray pointed out that Mumbai is a safe city and women can freely move around at any hour without fear, and under the new scheme, people can step out to eat, watch movies, and other forms of entertainment, among others, at any convenient time.
     
    "Why can't you watch a film after midnight, or go out after dark hours? This will also reduce the burden on the police who have to run after establishments which flout the rules rather than going after criminals," he added.
     
    To a question whether such a nightlife would be extended to Pune, Thackeray shot back in a lighter vein: "First we have to implement 'afternoon-life' there."
     
    Initially, Nariman Point, Kala Ghoda, Bandra Kurla Complex, Kamala Mills Compound, certain malls and multiplexes and shopping plazas in non-residential areas are expected to join the new era in Mumbai nightlife.
     
    While the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has slammed the move, hoteliers' associations and other businesses have not only welcomed the decision but have demanded that it should be implemented all over Mumbai since it's a "city that never sleeps".
     
    Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.
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    Newme

    4 weeks ago

    Hope they enforce double pay for employees in night shift.

    Ramesh Poapt

    1 month ago

    where wise people don't dare, .........run!

    Suketu Shah

    1 month ago

    India in the grip of stagnation quickly turning to chronic deflation.Donot think there wl be much more business in the night.Establishments who remain open in the night,after a few months,may voluntarily keep nights shut due to lack of substantial business.

    How Amazon Promotes, Profits from Deceptively Marketed Brain Supplements
    The largest retailer in the world isn't just turning a blind eye to the deceptive marketing of these products.
     
    Imagine the things you could accomplish in 2020 with a higher functioning brain, one that remembers more quickly, drowns out distractions for improved focus and even sparks greater creativity. There are any number of New Year’s resolutions that would benefit from better brain health: getting a raise, learning a new skill or hobby, or simply enjoying time spent with family and friends.
     
    Trying to cash in on such consumer goals are marketers selling brain supplements that the scientific community has determined are “likely a waste of money.” And supporting their efforts to deceptively market these brain supplements, lending use of its own independent marketing materials and at times taking physical possession of the products before shipping them directly to consumers, is Amazon.
     
    In fact, a TINA.org investigation has found that Amazon is actively promoting and profiting from more than 100 deceptively marketed brain supplements for sale on its website.
     
    The online giant, which earlier this year surpassed Walmart as the largest retailer in the world, isn’t just turning a blind eye to claims that these unproven products improve memory, among other purported benefits. It’s propping them up, independently publishing its own marketing content to amplify the deceptive marketing messages of third-party memory-supplement vendors, in violation of FTC law. Claims like the following are given increased visibility on the website through sponsored search results, designations such as “Amazon’s Choice” and “Editorial recommendations,” star ratings, and other Amazon-specific marketing materials.
     

     

     

     

     
    Amazon also plays an important role in the processing of many of these deceptively marketed brain supplements, collecting customer shipping information, fulfilling orders and even gift-wrapping some items when requested.
     
    This comes as more than a quarter of Americans age 50 and older take supplements on a regular basis to boost their brain health, according to a 2019 survey conducted by AARP.
     
    “What TINA.org’s investigation makes clear is that Amazon is intimately involved in the marketing of many alleged memory-improvement supplements,” said TINA.org Executive Director Bonnie Patten. “No doubt Amazon profits handsomely from the sale of these deceptively marketed supplements at the expense of seniors seeking to prevent memory decline. It’s time Amazon stopped endorsing these products.”
     
    Here are some of the ways Amazon works to sell deceptively marketed brain supplements on its website. (For information related to TINA.org’s methodology, click here.)
     
    + Amazon Prime
    + Sponsored
    + Amazon’s Choice
    + Editorial recommendations
    + Best Seller
    + Star ratings
     
    “Top Brand” is another badge appearing in search results on Amazon that is similarly shrouded in mystery, though TINA.org did not come across the mark in its investigation into deceptively marketed brain supplements on Amazon.com.
     
    Amazon’s liability as a seller
     
    Last summer, a federal court of appeals in Pennsylvania, ruling on a case involving a defective dog collar purchased on Amazon.com that caused a woman to go blind in one eye, determined that Amazon can be held liable for damages as a seller, even though the product was sold by a third-party vendor. The court cited the large role Amazon plays in the listing and selling of third-party products, as outlined above and in Amazon’s Services Business Solutions Agreement, which serves as a 52-page contract between Amazon and third-party vendors. The court said:
     
    Amazon is a “seller” of products on its website, even though the products are sourced and shipped by third-party vendors … Amazon’s involvement in transactions extends beyond a mere editorial function; it plays a large role in the actual sales process.
     
    Amazon is appealing the ruling, arguing that the third-party vendor (which, by the way, has gone missing) is the one and only seller. Third-party vendors account for more than half of merchandise sales on Amazon.com.
     
    Since the appellate decision, district courts in Wisconsin, Nebraska and Texas have reached similar conclusions about Amazon’s liability as a seller. (The appellate decision refers to yet another Amazon service available to third-party vendors called “Amazon Clicks,” which the court describes as “an advertising service in which Amazon highlights and promotes the vendor’s product to customers.”)
     
    Supplement makers mum on substantiation
     
    TINA.org reached out to several of the brain supplement makers to see what substantiation they had for their bold marketing claims. Out of five — Arazo Nutrition, Havasu Nutrition, Natural Factors, Nature’s Bounty and Neora — only one responded.
     
    Neora said it does not sell on Amazon and that the listing for its “EHT Age-defying supplement,” which claims to enhance memory and to help protect against mental decline, comes from an unauthorized reseller that “is not affiliated in any way with Neora.”
     
    “Any product listings and claims such as this one are from unauthorized resellers and Neora has a dedicated team that works to get these postings removed,” the company said in an emailed statement. (Of note, while Neora does not claim on its own website that the EHT supplement protects against mental decline, the multilevel marketing company — which is currently being sued by the FTC for allegedly making deceptive health claims, among other things — does say it “helps enhance memory and cognitive function in adults.”)
     
    Neora identified the unauthorized reseller as Nutrition Galaxy. However, according to the Amazon listing itself, as of January 2020, the supplement was sold by Indian Summers (and fulfilled by Amazon). In June 2019, the Amazon product page listed yet another company as the seller, Purified Silver.
     
    Neora said on Dec. 12 that it was working to have the Amazon listing removed. But not only has the listing yet to be taken down more than a month later, it’s now being marketed with the Amazon’s Choice label. In other words, in addition to the deceptive marketing issue, Amazon is pushing consumers towards a brain supplement from an unauthorized reseller while the actual seller has allegedly requested that it be removed.
     
    Other brain supplements are promoted on Amazon with claims that aren’t replicated on the supplement manufacturer’s own website. For example, this Amazon listing for Natural Factors’ 3 Brains Brain Fix claims the supplement “[p]rovides critical support by protecting the brain from cellular damage,” while the supplement’s product page on the manufacturer’s website says nothing about protection from cellular damage.
     
    Unproven ingredients tell the story
     
    A closer look at the ingredients in these deceptively marketed brain supplements reveals why they are a largely ineffective solution for improving memory and boosting brain health. For example, a form of ginkgo biloba appears as an ingredient in more than 30 of the products in TINA.org’s database — and in the case of Nature’s Bounty’s ginkgo biloba supplement, ginkgo biloba extract is the only active ingredient. An AARP report,
     
    “The Real Deal on Brain Health Supplements,” examined a number of ingredients common in brain supplements, resulting in recommendations not to take the products for brain health. It addressed the problem with marketing ginkgo biloba for brain-related disorders:
     
    A study with more than 3,000 people over six years found that the [ginkgo biloba] supplement had no effect preventing … mild cognitive impairment. There is not enough evidence to recommend taking ginkgo biloba supplements to improve memory.
     
    Several of the brain supplements that TINA.org reviewed also contain vitamin B12, which the report said “helps keep brain cells, nerve cells and blood cells healthy” but has not been proven to “prevent cognitive decline or dementia.” Another common ingredient is huperzine-A, a substance extracted from plants that the report said “has been studied as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, but the studies have been small and inconclusive.” The report added, “There is not enough evidence to recommend taking a huperzine-A supplement for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease or memory problems, or for protecting aging brains.” Another unproven ingredient is apoaequorin, the active ingredient in Prevagen that, as a protein, cannot penetrate the blood-brain barrier.
     
    In addition to ingredients that are ineffective for the conditions they are often promoted for on Amazon, some brain supplements contain ingredients that pose health risks.
     
    As America has gotten older, the FTC has begun to crack down on brain supplements, which aren’t reviewed by the government for safety and effectiveness before they are sold, like prescription drugs. Last year, the FTC and state of New York got the go-ahead to proceed with their lawsuit against Quincy Bioscience, which for years has deceptively claimed that its supplement Prevagen is clinically proven to improve memory.
     
    Looking to boost your brain health? Look elsewhere
     
    TINA.org asked Dr. David S. Seres, director of medical nutrition and associate professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, what he would say to someone thinking about purchasing a supplement for brain health online, such as on Amazon.
     
    “I would tell them to close their browser and focus on a balanced diet,” Seres said.
     
    TINA.org reached out to Amazon for comment. Check back for updates.
     
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    4 weeks ago

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    nadeem

    4 weeks ago

    Personally I order only unimportant and regular products (no premium products) and definitely no health related products.

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