Category Archives: memories of 70s

6: All the Young Dudes.. Mott the Hoople

Early Mott the Hoople had their fans, Mick Jones later of the Clash and Kris Needs later editor of Zigzag magazine to name just two. The band inspired the devotion that only comes from giging and hard work. Early producer … Continue reading

Posted in glam rock, memories of 70s, rock music | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

5. Can’t Get Enough..Bad Company

‘Well I take whatever I want And baby I want you, After the chaotic dissolution of Free, vocalist Paul Rogers formed a band Peace and landed a support slot on a Mott the Hoople tour. Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs has … Continue reading

Posted in memories of 70s, rock music | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

3 Still Life.. Van Der Graff Generator

New music is just music you haven’t heard before. By 1979, my life was full of new music, despite rock (and roll) being just over 20 years old there was plenty I hadn’t heard yet and every week there was … Continue reading

Posted in memories of 70s, prog rock, rock music | Tagged , , , , , ,

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

Posted in memories of 70s, punk rock, rock music | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in memories of 70s, post punk, punk rock, rock music | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in memories of 70s, rock music | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in memories of 70s, rock music | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in memories of 70s, rock music | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in glam rock, memories of 70s, rock music | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in memories of 70s, rock music | Tagged | Leave a comment