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RAM and JUKE Magazines

Australian Anthony O'Grady was a dedicated music fan and had written occasional record reviews for Go-Set and its early rival Soundblast. Ironically, the first encounter he had with future partner Phillip Mason was as an outraged freelancer demanding payment. Mason was working at Go-Set and offered O'Grady the finance for a new music magazine. RAM was(...)

The Girl On The School Sign Steps Out

She has what must be Britain's best-known silhouette - yet for 40 years she has been anonymous herself. Since 1964, the sign displaying a little girl leading an even smaller boy across the road has been warning motorists to slow down near schools. The silhouette is a self-portrait of graphic artist Margaret Calvert, now 68,(...)

Rolling Stone

The brainchild of a young Berkeley dropout named Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone magazine was founded in 1967 with a mere $7,500 and a few volunteers on the second floor of a San Francisco print shop. Debuting on 9 November 1967, Rolling Stone was the first significant publication that truly understood and explored the tremendous importance(...)

Hammer Horror – A House in the Country

Hammer Horror – A House in the Country

The House of Hammer was founded in the 1930s by Enrique Carreras and William Hinds (William Hammer to his audience). At the heart of Bray Studios in Berkshire, stood a 17th Century mansion with resident ghost, the Blue Lady, wafting through the house. It was a perfect marriage when Carreras and Hind purchased the mansion(...)

Sherbet Remembered

The intermission lights were dimming and scattered chatter was turning into a cacophony of high-pitched squeals and titters. OL'55 and TMG had carried off the first half admirably, fuelling the mounting frenzy. Streamers were ankle deep over the stage. Under cover of darkness, 5,000 young females had poised and primed themselves for the marathon to(...)

Sherbet: Around Australia in 350,000 Girls

Denise is 12 years old. She is stamping her feet outside the 2GZ radio station in Orange, mostly to keep some circulation happening, for the late afternoon is wet and cold. But there's some anger in the petulant stomp, stomp! STOMP! of thick school leather against wet concrete. "Why isn't Garth here," she pouts. "Garth(...)

Get Your Skates On Mate – Behind The Scenes of The Italian Job

1969: Neil Armstrong walks on the moon, America bombs Vietnam, and dozens of Minis bring Turin to a standstill. Nostalgia Central takes you behind the scenes of The Italian Job - The greatest caper movie of all time. Troy Kennedy Martin as The Screenwriter It says a lot for Troy Kennedy Martin that you'd still probably know who he was even(...)

That’s Where It Was At . . .

The doorway was just south of Shaftesbury Avenue on the west side of Wardour Street. Walk along the echoey hall, down the stairs to the basement. It was dark, atmospheric. A bar, a small dance floor and the stage straight ahead with -oddly - a few rows of seats in front. We're down the 'Mingo(...)

The Rolling Stones In Exile

The two pre-eminent British bands of the gaudy 1960s marked the grey dawn of the 1970s in very different ways. The Beatles marked it by making solo albums and sniping at each other among the plundered ruins of their Apple organisation; The Rolling Stones marked it by becoming tax-exiles in France. So which band looked(...)

The Curse Of Plonk – The late Ronnie Lane: Some day his bad luck surely must end . . .

The Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert. Royal Albert Hall, London. 8 April 2004 For anyone up to speed with the tragic trajectory of Ronnie Lane, the circumstances surrounding his May 2004 Memorial Concert, 'One For The Road', struck a familiar chord. The diminutive East Ender's impressive solo work and central role in two iconic British bands(...)

Public Information Films (PIFs) in Britain – The Green Cross Man Cometh 

Public Information Films (PIFs) in Britain – The Green Cross Man Cometh 

Once upon a time in a country where children were served warm milk for free in the middle of the morning, the TV overlords surveyed the multitude of potential disasters that awaited the well-meaning but feckless populace and decided that "something must be done". The result , via the Orwellian-sounding Central Office of Information, was(...)

The Girls of ‘Carry On’

The Girls of ‘Carry On’

Idealised post-war Britain that no longer exists - warm beer and village greens, knotted handkerchiefs and women getting changed on the beach behind a wind-break. Carry On films are an intrinsic part of being British - and despite the sexual innuendo and double entendres, the Carry On films were actually quite innocent, safe and homely. Much British TV comedy(...)

The Sherbet Seventies

1 9 6 8 The original Sherbet line-up emerged from the ashes of two Sydney bands, The Downtown Roll Band and Clapham Junction. Englishman Clive Shakespeare formed the Downtown Roll Band in 1968 with Doug Rae (bass), Danny Taylor (drums) , Pam Slater (vocals), Francis Ma (vocals) and Adrian Cuff (organ). 1 9 6 9(...)

Retro Australia – Random Remembrances

Royal Easter Show at the Showground Manzil Room nightclub School excursions to places like Warragamba Dam, Lucas Heights nuclear reactor and Old Sydney Town Cracker Night Telstra was known as Telecom Russell Fairfax, Arthur Beetson, Ian Schubert, Eric Simms etc and Rex "The Moose" Mossop Al Grassby's colourful ties Radio 2SM with Ian Mcrae and(...)

What’s Yours? – The preferred tipple of your favourite TV characters

What’s Yours? – The preferred tipple of your favourite TV characters

Many TV shows are lubricated by alcohol, and the big American soaps would dry up and stop without it. The Rovers Return, The Queen Victoria and the like, are the setting for so much important action, useful places for characters to meet and a boon to writers. Dot Cotton is looking for her evil son,(...)

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