Category Archives: memories of 70s

New Wave

By 1976 I had established an excellent relationship with a second hand record shop and my vinyl collection began to multiply. I don’t know what it was with the good people of Norwich but it seemed that no sooner had … Continue reading

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Glad to be Gay

Until 1967 homosexual activity was illegal in Britain. That doesn’t really surprise me, it may as well have been illegal in the 70’s as far as the general public were concerned. I can’t imagine anyone at my school ever admitting … Continue reading

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When Punk Comes to Town

My diary from 1977 is a pretty miserable specimen illustrating all too clearly that youth is wasted on the young. Boredom was a pretty constant factor but when I wasn’t bored I would go out with numerous friends to numerous … Continue reading

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The Adverts…Straight Outta Biddeford

There’s always something rather wonderful about a band that isn’t from London. Perhaps it’s just me but surely there’s a certain romance in a band from Swindon (XTC) or Andover (the Troggs) or even Bournemouth (um.. Al Stewart). There must … Continue reading

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I’m Gonna Break Out Of This City (or at least the suburbs) 

1977, time to leave school. As luck would have it I kept a dairy for the first few months of 1977 and so I can pinpoint the exact date. On 27th June I wrote, ‘Had my last two exams, History-special … Continue reading

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My drug experience with Man 

   There’s a conventional wisdom with general anaesthetics which the medical profession never tells you about and that is that you should never make any important decisions such as taking out a loan or making a will in the week … Continue reading

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Wales, Man, and another brother slips away

Having just spent a few days in Wales my thoughts turned inevitably to the Welsh Rock scene.It took until the 90’s for Wales to really register on the rockometer and for a few years being welsh was really cool. Not … Continue reading

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