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Mark E Smith;Spector vs Rector vs Reaper

When Mark E Smith died at the age of 60 my first thought was to marvel that he had lived that long. Smith died on 24th Jan, my father in law Ralph passed away 24 hours later, it all felt … Continue reading

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1978

And lo.. a new year was born and we called it 1978. The year started promisingly with me loosing my job. It appeared that my employers had overestimated the public’s desire for paper based goods. Business had not been good … Continue reading

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What did Punk do for us ?

A year after the infamous Bill Grundy incident the media frenzy had just about died down. Punk, by its very nature was not going to last that long, it had built in obsolescence. In a few months the Dammed and … 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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It was 40 Years Ago Today…Heroes

Summer 1977 and London was the place to be. It was the summer of punk and there was a sense of creative energy, virtually every week there was a new record out which was essential listening. David Bowie was possibly … 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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