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17: Keys to your Heart..the 101ers

I was going to write a more substantial piece about the 101ers but I found I had already done this a couple of years ago, that’s the great thing about a failing memory; life is full of surprises. Here’s my … Continue reading

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14: Welcome to the Working Week..Elvis Costello

So, it’s ok to go back to work as long as you can’t work from home (I can!) and its safe to do so (?) and you can get there without using public transport (??), or you can use public … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Up The Day Job

Writers as rock stars Even by the mid 70’s the star maker machinery behind the popular song was still in its infancy. The rock writer had traditionally either been a slick Tin Pan Alley product churning out press releases for … 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..part 2

On of the few things I can still remember from studying history in my humanities degree was the concept of unwitting testimony. As far as I remember this is the idea that you can find out things from a period … 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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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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My drug experience with Man 

   There’s a conventional wisdom with general anaesthetics which the medical profession never tells you about and that is that you should never make any important decisions such as taking out a loan or making a will in the week … Continue reading

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Pub Rock.. The Glory Years

Gradually more musical venues became available and more bands appeared to fill them so buy the middle of the decade there was a thriving scene in north London at least. The importance of this scene was almost certainly blown out … Continue reading

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Pub Rock: Eggs Over Easy

Throughout this weekend and, indeed, every weekend elite groups of people all over Britain will be packing up instruments, loading cars and vans and making their way out to entertain the masses for one night only at avenue near you.Every … Continue reading

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