Category Archives: memories of 70s

The Doctors of Madness

Many years ago while working in Leicester I came across a story in the local paper, the Leicester Mercury, about Leicester bands who had not quite made it. Leicester is not exactly a rock and roll city but it’s made … Continue reading

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Andy Gill

The death of Andy Gill, Gang of Four Guitarist in many ways seems more tragic than the Amy’s, Janis’s and Jimi’s. Gill was only 63, it’s tempting to think that if you’ve made it that far you should be entitled … Continue reading

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2: The Air that I Breathe-The Hollies

One of the main reasons I can pick up songs pretty quickly is that in the 70’s there was no telling just how many chances one might get to listen to a track. The obvious exception was if you bought … Continue reading

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1: Sylvia’s Mother: Dr Hook and the Medicine Show

The first couple of years of the 70’s are a dark hinterland to me. It was dark literally all the time it seemed but also I didn’t really have a clue about what was happening in the world. Like most pre teens, school was the … Continue reading

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The Tracks of my Years

Splitting out lives into decades is, at best, an arbitrary experience. Its not possible to divide a century by 10 and expect life events to follow a pattern. The first part of the 70’s were really just the end of the 60’s, … Continue reading

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Lonely this Christmas..Mud

I always had a soft spot for Mud. Even in the unsophisticated world of zits and glitter in the mid 70’s the band was relentlessly unglamorous. Hailing from a satellite town  inSurrey Mud, rather like the Sweet or even the Jam … Continue reading

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Music vs Politics vs Music

In 1979 I had my first chance to vote in a general election. Naturally the people I looked to for advice (this being the days before social media) were the rock musicians of the time. Punk had just about boiled … Continue reading

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