Shepherds Bush Empire, London
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Sunday 27 September 2009
Those of us who witnessed the emergence of this Mexican guitar duo 10 years ago knew instantly they would hit the heights.
Sunday 26 July 2009
There was no glitzy marketing campaign, no elaborate special effects, no live internet streaming: just 32 world-famous musical acts, 500,000 fans, and three days of "peace and music" which turned into the most famous pop music festival of all time.
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Sunday 26 July 2009
Friday 26 June 2009
Nowadays, very few instrumental records are successful, but during the late Fifties and early Sixties there was a large following for instrumental groups. At first, they tended to feature saxophones (Johnny and the Hurricanes, the Champs), but then the classic beat group line-up of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass and drums emerged. The bands that epitomised this were the Shadows in the UK and the Ventures in the US. Both had their biggest successes ("Apache" and "Walk, Don't Run" respectively) in that golden year for rock'n'roll instrumentals, 1960.
Friday 29 May 2009
Vocals - Terry Kath
He was the lead singer in Chicago. Their song "Street Player" is one of my all-time favourite disco dance tunes. He died from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Friday 22 May 2009
The packaging suggests some long-lost artefact from the hippie era, which, in a way, is exactly what Live From Madison Square Garden represents, with its emphasis on the primacy of instrumental virtuosity and the "super-session" formula.
Sunday 22 March 2009
Ray Dennis Steckler: Actor and director of cult films and slasher movies who worked with Hendrix and Zappa
Monday 23 February 2009
Ray Dennis Steckler rose above most drive-in and exploitation directors with two immortally named and enjoyable cult films, The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies!!? and Rat Pfink a Boo Boo.
Sunday 25 January 2009
You should already own 'Ladyland': it's Hendrix's best studio album, the one which hinted most aromatically at riches yet to come.
Tuesday 06 January 2009
Thursday 13 November 2008
Mitch Mitchell has been described as one of the three great British rock drummers of the 1960s.
Tuesday 11 November 2008
Friday 05 September 2008
Until his mid-Seventies relocation to the South of France, Kevin Ayers was a rock equivalent of Zelig, witness to many an iconic counter-cultural event.
Saturday 09 August 2008
The writer, broadcaster and musician Keith Shadwick, who was a music critic for The Independent and a leading contributor to Jazzwise magazine, was a rarity among jazz journalists. In addition to numerous jazz books and magazine features, he was an authority on classical music who also wrote in-depth biographies of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. He was a jazzer who rocked and championed Górecki.
Saturday 19 July 2008
Mrs Irina Ivanova, mother of the lovely Ekaterina, the cocktail waitress and model who has so beguiled Ronnie Wood, isn't happy about how her daughter has been portrayed in the British media. "The way she is described is as a Russian waitress," wails Irina, "but what it means is she is a bitch." It will be news to many Russian catering staff in Britain that the terms are synonymous but there you are. Mrs E continues: "Jo Wood said that she is a bitch but she is only 20 –she is just a normal girl." Absolutely. Nothing could be more normal than for a young woman to link up with a 61-year-old legendary booze-hound and shag-monster, pose naked for him and decamp with him to his Irish mansion to live in innocent bliss for ever. What mother would argue with that?
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