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If it ain’t Stiff…

The other day I read the news that apparently Sainsbury’s, the well-loved supermarket chain, is about to start a record label. That probably says more about the state of modern music than anything else.  In the 70’s the business was … Continue reading

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Three from the States

As rock music was fermenting nicely in Britain the real quality was still coming from the States. They had had a couple of years head start on us, they were older, probably cleverer and had better teeth. There’s still a … Continue reading

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Hey Rock and Roll

  By the mid 70’s rock was all of twenty years old, it had travelled from Bill Hayley performing ‘Rock around the Clock’ way past Hawkwind and ‘ Silver Machine’. The 60’s had been very forward looking, every few months … Continue reading

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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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1977

And so, in a predictable fashion 1976 became 1977. This was to be something of a watershed year for me. In 1976 I was going to school and eating my mum’s fruitcake while watching Pussycat perform Mississippi on Top of … Continue reading

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