Will Birch

About Will Birch

Writer and lyricist, drummer and songwriter with the Kursaal Flyers and The Records. Author of No Sleep Till Canvey Island – The Great Pub Rock Revolution and Ian Dury – The Definitive Biography. A biography of musician Nick Lowe is currently in the works.

Joe B Mauldin – cornerstone of beat group anatomy

Main image L-R Sonny Curtis, Joe B Mauldin, Glen D Hardin, WB, Jerry Allison, 1997 Joe B Mauldin, bassist in Buddy Holly's Crickets, died on 7 February. His nimble instrumental work on many of The Crickets' hits helped to define the sound of early rock'n'roll, and he was a co-inventor of the modern, self-contained [...]

By | February 13th, 2015|Popular Music|0 Comments

Pick up thy Telecaster and walk… an interview with Wilko Johnson

Biblical jokes aside, it really is a miracle, for if truth bears out, the second coming of Wilko Johnson will match, in modern terms, anything you might find in the good book. 18 months ago he sold out multiple nights at London’s Koko and other places, not only on the strength of his [...]

By | November 7th, 2014|Dr Feelgood|0 Comments

Alvin Stardust remembered

There was once a local rumour that his mum ran the newsstand on Wickford Station (eastbound side), but that may have been someone’s ‘Jealous Mind’ when the mighty Alvin Stardust dominated the UK hit parade, circa 1973. Despite his ludicrous leather cat-suit and platforms higher than, well, the platform at Wickford Station, I [...]

By | October 24th, 2014|Popular Music|0 Comments

40 years of Peace, Love, and Understanding

As this majestic song enters its fifth decade, some of us will recall those barroom comedians who couldn't resist uttering 'Yeah, peace and love, man', as one of our longer-haired brethren shuffled past. It was the predictable dig from hippie-bashers, post-Woodstock, as they taunted anyone in an ex-army greatcoat and loon pants - as later portrayed by Nigel [...]

By | May 30th, 2014|Nick Lowe|0 Comments