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Born within the sound of Dobell’s*

A new book, out this week - ‘A Fabulous Creation’ by David Hepworth (Bantam Press) – is subtitled ‘How LPs Saved Our Lives’. I’m about to dive in and I suspect it will sum up my major preoccupation during pop and rock’s golden years, the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s. From, say, [...]

By | March 21st, 2019|Books, Popular Music|0 Comments

Remembering the Be Stiff Tour 1978

Here we are, 40 years ago, midway through the ‘Be Stiff Tour’, travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles by train. There are hotels, of course, including at the higher end the Randolph in Oxford, the Queen’s in Leeds, the Highland in Strathpeffer, and for security reasons, the Europa in Belfast. [...]

By | October 26th, 2018|Popular Music|0 Comments

40 years ago: Stiff Tour ‘Hits’ Manchester

October 1977 and my own group, the Kursaal Flyers, are midway through a UK tour with loveable punk rockers The Cortinas in support. It is a turbulent period – ‘Punk Rock’, as in ‘God Save The Queen’, has invaded the TV living room and is a top ticket on the gig circuit, but [...]

By | October 19th, 2017|Nick Lowe, Popular Music, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Van Morrison – Beauty and The Beast

‘Sleeve designers’ are a mixed bunch. Their remit is to make the product look as attractive as possible to its intended market to help shift more units in an increasingly commercialised world. They often fail, and sometimes the musician is to blame for exerting undue influence, but I doubt that is the case [...]

By | September 17th, 2017|Popular Music|0 Comments