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.

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

Lee Brilleaux 10 May 1952 – 7 April 1994

Main photo: Patrick Higgins To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Lee's death I offer the following article written for Uncut in 2004. An Officer and a Gentleman As the media trumpet the genius of Kurt Cobain, who shot himself in the head 10 years ago, let us not forget another rock’n’roll hero who died that same [...]

By | April 4th, 2014|Dr Feelgood|0 Comments

Brinsley Schwarz and The Fillmore Trip

Main image L-R Billy - Bob - Brinsley - Nick (NYC 1970) The preposterous 1970 launch of the band Brinsley Schwarz – affectionately known to its participants as ‘The Hype’ - is the stuff of rock legend. To describe it in the briefest way possible, its movie logline might read: ‘Over ambitious pop managers [...]

By | March 12th, 2014|Nick Lowe|0 Comments

Gypie Mayo 1951-2013, guitar strangler extraordinaire

There is no doubt that the British rhythm and blues combo Dr Feelgood was as much a hot house for great guitarists as were The Yardbirds (Clapton, Beck, Page...), or that Wilko Johnson created the template on which the Feelgoods’ sound was built. And so, when in 1977 Wilko departed the band he [...]

By | October 23rd, 2013|Dr Feelgood|0 Comments