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It was 40 years ago today….John Otway

Coming from a small city city myself I’m always drawn to bands and artists who appear, as if by magic, from somewhere that a bit different and remote. A sense of physical remoteness often lends a certain individuality to their … Continue reading

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Finding Fairport

Fairport Convention, the celebrated British folk rock group are due to play a venue near me very soon. I had considered going but when I discovered tickets are something along the lines of £25 I soon declined. I still cant … Continue reading

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Live Stiffs

On the 18th October 1977, just a few days after my nineteenth birthday, the Stiff tour hit the University of East Anglia. Elvis Costello chose this time to debut a ragged version of ‘I Just don’t Know What to do … Continue reading

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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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The Summer of 77….in Norwich

It might seem that in 1977 Britain was just on fire with punk, new bands were appearing from unlikely places and bands that were less than a year old had become spokesmen for their generation. This was, of course patently … Continue reading

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Rock and Roll will never die (probably)

There are areas of the British coast that time has forgotten. Musically it’s as if they have moved forward at glacial speed. The beat boom is just about acknowledged but psychedelia and all points onwards have never happened. Many of … 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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