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Almost Better Than The Real Thing

Almost Better Than The Real Thing

From 1968 to 1979, studio-based musicians in the employ of Pickwick Records in Britain, mimicked everyone from The Sex Pistols to Roxy Music. Eight albums were issued every year for 12 years, one every six weeks, with each albums 12 tracks recorded in four days or less. Strikingly housed in sleeves adorned with Pans People look-alikes, those collections of faceless(...)

Jon English dies after surgery complications

10 March 2016 Australian singer and actor Jon English has died after suffering an aortic aneurysm following a small operation, just days after a friend described him as itching to get back on stage. He was just 66. The English-born rock star reportedly died surrounded by family, including his four children Jessamin, Josephine, Jonnie and(...)

Sir George Martin, the ‘fifth Beatle’ dies, aged 90

9 March 2016 Record producer Sir George Martin, known as the "fifth Beatle", has died, aged 90.His family thanked "everyone for their thoughts, prayers and messages of support" after his death at His family thanked "everyone for their thoughts, prayers and messages of support" after his death at home on Tuesday, his manager said. Former Beatles(...)

Eagles member Glenn Frey dead at 67

19 January 2016 Glenn Frey, guitarist and founding member of US rock group The Eagles, has died at the age of 67 in New York. He had been suffering from intestinal problems for several months and had surgery in November. Frey co-wrote and sang some of the Eagles’ best-known songs, including Heartache Tonight, Take It(...)

Mott the Hoople Drummer Dale Griffin Dies at 67

17 January 2016 Drummer Terence Dale “Buffin” Griffin, a founding member of Mott the Hoople, has passed away at the age of 67 following a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Griffin’s passing has been confirmed by associates at Angel Air Records, who shared the news on Facebook with a post referring to him as “one of(...)

David Bowie dies of cancer at 69

11 January 2016 Singer David Bowie has died at the age of 69 following a battle with cancer. His son, director Duncan Jones, confirmed the news and a statement was released on his official social media accounts. "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," it said.(...)

So You Wanna Be a Glam Rocker? – Glam Fashion in the 1970s

One of the best things about Glam fashion was that it was always available, and never overpriced. It had the effect of making its superstars somehow seem more human, more approachable. One of the most universally desired sex symbols of Glam was Sally James, star of probably the greatest Glam kids television show ever, Tiswas. She(...)

Lemmy, Motorhead frontman, dies aged 70

Lemmy, Motorhead frontman, dies aged 70

28 December 2015 Motörhead frontman Lemmy has died aged 70, two days after learning he had cancer. Born Ian Fraser Kilmister in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, in 1945, Lemmy formed the group in 1975 and recorded 22 albums, including Ace of Spades, and became one of the most recognisable voices and faces in the rock world. The(...)

The Beatles US Tour 1964

"We want The Beatles, we want The Beatles" was the cry that drowned out the noise of the jet airliners at the John F Kennedy Airport in New York one day in February 1964, when John, Paul, George, and Ringo touched down at the start of their first-ever American visit. All the ballyhoo of the(...)

Stevie Wright, ex-Easybeats singer, dies aged 68

Stevie Wright, ex-Easybeats singer, dies aged 68

27 December 2015 Australian rock legend Stevie Wright has died at the age of 68. The ex-Easybeats frontman, who is widely regarding as Australia's first international pop star, died at 6pm at Moruya Hospital on the NSW South Coast after falling ill on Saturday. The rock icon was famed for songs like Friday On My(...)

The Beatles in Hamburg

The Beatles in Hamburg

On 27 December 1960 The Beatles appeared at the Litherland Town Hall Ballroom in Liverpool in a performance widely regarded as being a turning point in their career. The band, in one form or another, had been playing in the Liverpool area for over three years, and in May 1960 had gone on its first tour, albeit(...)

Jimmy Hill dead at 87 following Alzheimer’s battle

19 December 2015 Jimmy Hill has died aged 87 following a battle with Alzheimer’s. Hill will forever be remembered as one of the most influential figures in English football history, filling a number of different roles during a career that spanned five decades. He started his playing career at Brentford before moving to Fulham, where(...)

BB King, the King of Blues, dies at 89

BB King, the King of Blues, dies at 89

14 May 2015 The "King of the Blues", guitarist and singer BB King, has died aged 89. King, known for his hits Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas. Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians and(...)

“Love & Mercy” in Cinemas 5 June

“Love & Mercy” in Cinemas 5 June

Love & Mercy presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era-defining catalogue of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost. Visit the Love & Mercy website for exclusive(...)

Well ‘Ard Darlin’ – Glam Cop Shows of the 1970s

Well ‘Ard Darlin’ – Glam Cop Shows of the 1970s

The problem with hippies was that they were all a bit soft. All of that putting flowers in rifle barrels wasn't going to stop people getting hurt, was it? Glam might have looked on the surface as if it was a lot of blokes poncing about on high heels in make-up but look a little closer and(...)

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