LATEST NEWS & BLOG POSTS

The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” returns to #1

4 October 2019 The Beatles' Abbey Road has returned to #1 on the charts in the UK, 50 years after it first topped the album...

Kim Shattuck, star of LA punk scene, dies aged 56

3 October 2019 Kim Shattuck, who was once bassist with The Pixies, has died aged 56. She died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as...

Eddie and the Hot Rods frontman Barrie Masters dies aged 63

2 October 2019 Barrie Masters, frontman of British pub rock band Eddie and the Hot Rods, has died aged 63. A statement posted to the...

C’est La Rock & Roll – 60s rock from non-English speaking...

Throughout its history, rock & roll has been inextricably linked with the English language - the first tongue, after all, of the nation of...

Actress Valerie Harper, Star of TV’s “Rhoda,” Dies

30 August 2019 "My name is Rhoda Morgenstern. I was born in the Bronx, New York, in December 1941. I’ve always felt responsible for World...

The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Book Artists

14 July 2019 Artwork by illustrators from the classic Ladybird Books is to be explored in an exhibition. The books, which started life in Loughborough about...

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LATEST MUSIC POSTS

Los Mockers

Los Mockers formed as a college band in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1963. They were originally called Los Encadenados ("The Chained Ones") and played instrumentals in...

Shane Fenton (& The Fentones)

Originally known as Johnny Theakston & the Tremeloes, the original line-up included Theakston on vocals, ex-miners Jerry Wilcock and Mick Eyre on guitars, Bill Bonney on bass and Tony...

Westworld

Westworld (named after the 1973 film in which androids go on a rampage at a futuristic theme park) was founded in 1986 by former Generation X...

Dantalians Chariot

Formed by arch extrovert Zoot Money out of the ashes of The Big Roll Band, Dantalian's Chariot (obscurely named after the god of music and movement...

Madder Lake

Melbourne (Australia) band Madder Lake are best remembered for their infectious single 12lb Toothbrush. Formed in 1970, their brand of prog rock/psychedelic blues quickly became extremely...

Helloween

During the 1980s, Helloween were the most successful heavy metal band that Germany has ever produced (who aren't called The Scorpions). Formed in Hamburg in...

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LATEST TELEVISION POSTS

Traveller In Time

1 9 7 8 (UK) 5 x 30 minute episodes Teenager Penelope (Sophie Thompson, the younger sister of Emma) lives in the twentieth century but when she...

Graham’s Gang

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 7 9 (UK) 10 x 25 minute episodes Graham's gang consisted of Graham (Mark Francis), William (Neill Lilywhite), Lux (Alan...

Whitehall Worrier, The

1 9 6 7 (UK) 7 x 30 minute episodes The Right Honorable Mervyn Pugh (Robert Coote) is an accident-prone Labour minister in the government of Harold...

Blandings Castle

1 9 6 7 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes This BBC series - adapted from stories by PG Wodehouse - starred Ralph Richardson as Clarence Threepwood,...

Reluctant Romeo, The

1 9 6 7 (UK) 7 x 30 minute episodes Geraldine Woods (Amanda Barrie) is irresistibly attracted to her older work colleague, advertising executive Thomas Jones (Leslie...

Password (Password All-Stars)

1 9 6 1 - 1 9 7 5 (USA) 411 x 30 minute episodes Hosted for 14 years by Allen Ludden - in both daytime and...

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LATEST POP CULTURE POSTS

CEEFAX

Before the rise of 24-hour networks and readily accessible internet access, bored television viewers in the UK seeking entertainment at 3 AM would have...

Galaxian

Back in 1978, arcade games had one undisputed king. Its name was Space Invaders, and at the time, it seemed like it would own...

Bonanza Action Figures

Life was good at the Ponderosa Ranch in the mid-60's. Bonanza was the most-watched program in the USA, the Nevada mountains were still pristine...

Cycling Proficiency Test

Learning to ride a bicycle was always a significant childhood milestone. So was acquiring a bike suitable for road use. This often came as a...

Innocenti Spider

In 1959, Innocenti – famous for the Lambretta scooter – entered into a licensing agreement with BMC for the manufacture of the English company’s...

Men of the Cloth – The low-down on four of London’s...

John Simons Little did he know it, but in 1965 the clothes stylist John Simons was about to start the skinhead movement in Britain. Simons, a pure Mod at...

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LATEST MOVIES POSTS

Serious Charge (1959)

An unmarried vicar, the Reverend Howard Phillips (Anthony Quayle), newly arrived in the parish of Bellington, attempts to force local 19-year-old thug and petty...

Some People (1962)

Cult musical drama about a leather-jacketed rocker who forms a Shadows-style guitar band under the tutelage of a hip youth club leader, incurring the...

Smallest Show On Earth, The (1957)

The Smallest Show On Earth revolves around a young couple - Matt and Jean Spencer (Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna) - who inherit a...

I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)

I Wanna Hold Your Hand is not a movie about The Beatles. It's a film about the fans and the frenzy the Fab Four...

Panic in Year Zero (1962)

The Baldwins are a suburban Los Angeles family, headed by the gruff, controlling dad, Harry (Ray Milland, who also directed the film), and his dutiful...

Tilt (1979)

Brenda Davenport - a.k.a "Tilt" (Brooke Shields) - is a precocious 14-year-old pinball wizard and runaway. She hooks up with Neil Gallagher (Ken Marshall), an...

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LATEST EVENTS POSTS

The Troubles (1969 – 1998)

'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland, one of the most turbulent episodes in modern British history, had political and religious roots that were centuries old...

Mandela Day Concert (1988)

The Mandela Day Concert staged on 11 June 1988 at London's Wembley Stadium was organised by Special AKA main man Jerry Dammers and Britain's...

Expo 67

The 1967 International and Universal Exposition - or Expo 67, as it was commonly known - was a World's Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from 27...

Hands Across America (1986)

On Sunday 25 May 1986, Americans were asked to simultaneously hold hands across a 4,137-mile route stretching from California's Santa Monica Pier to New...

LATEST BLOG POSTS

Dr John, legend of New Orleans sound, dies aged 77

6 June 2019 Mac Rebennack, the pianist, singer, songwriter and producer better known as Dr John, who embodied the New Orleans sound for generations of...

Windsor Davies dies aged 88

17 January 2019 Actor and star of It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Windsor Davies, has died. Davies, 88, who was best known as Battery Sergeant Major...

Jim Rockford’s 1978 Pontiac Firebird For Sale

18 January 2019 The Barrett-Jackson auction company in Scottsdale, Arizona, is currently auctioning one of three Firebird Formulas provided by Pontiac Motor Division to the...

Honey Lantree obituary

23 December 2018 Anne Margot "Honey" Lantree, who has died aged 75, achieved the unique feat of being the first woman drummer in a pop...

Top 10 Pub Rock Bands

Pub rock was a British musical genre which endured from the early 1970s to the early 80s. It’s a genre that is defined less...

John Wicks of The Records dead at 65

John Wicks, frontman of the UK power pop band The Records, has died in Burbank, California, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was...

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LATEST AUSTRALIA POSTS

Madder Lake

Melbourne (Australia) band Madder Lake are best remembered for their infectious single 12lb Toothbrush. Formed in 1970, their brand of prog rock/psychedelic blues quickly became extremely...

Chain Reaction, The (1980)

Produced in the wake of the worldwide success of Mad Max, this film reunited many of that film's cast and crew (Mel Gibson even...

Lucky Starr

Australian entertainer Lucky Starr was born Leslie William Morrison on 29 December 1940. His father was a motor mechanic and his mother was a housewife,...

Castle, The (1997)

"Tell 'em they're dreamin'" The Castle was the first feature-length offering from the creative team behind the hit Aussie comedy TV series, Frontline. They succeeded in producing...

Ocean Girl

1 9 9 4 - 1 9 9 7 (Australia) 78 x 25 minute episodes This Australian children's TV series told the story of Neri (Marzena Godecki),...

Turkey Shoot (1982)

In the totalitarian near future, objectors to the authoritarian rule are labelled 'social deviants' and sent to prison camps for re-education and behaviour modification. The...

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