Category Archives: punk rock

Tribes

According to local lore Norwich used to have a church for every week of the year and a pub for every day. Despite the clear preponderance of licenced establishments, even if it wasn’t 365, I would only visit a handful. … Continue reading

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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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The Pirates reform 1976 

The Pirates pretty much spluttered to a halt after the death of Johnny Kidd in 1966. Their impact by this point had been as much on other musicians as the audiences, The Pirates were always a big live draw and … Continue reading

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