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101’ers, The

Primarily known as the band Joe Strummer was in before he joined The Clash, The 101'ers were part of the last wave of British pub rock bands of the mid-'70s. The group never released any recordings...

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Vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a songwriter of pop hits during the 1960s. Amongst his many compositions are some pure classics: For Your Love (The Yardbirds), No Milk Today (Herman's Hermits), Look Through Any Window (The Hollies) - chart pop at its most...

2JJ (Double-Jay) Radio

Monday 20 January 1975 saw the birth of alternative Australian rock radio station, 2JJ - or "Doublejay" - using an old ABC radio standby transmitter. Apart from a minor technical fault that put the station off-air briefly after...

999

999 formed in London in May 1977. Led by vocalist/guitarist Nick Cash (a onetime student at the Canterbury College of Art under the tutelage of Ian Dury and a former member of the pub-rock unit Kilburn and the High...

ABBA

Do you remember the wistful trill of pipe music and a soft, haunting voice asking "Can you hear the drums, Fernando?" - If you were tuned into the radio in the seventies you'd have to...

AC/DC

AC/DC was formed in Sydney, Australia, by ex-patriot Scotsmen Malcolm and Angus Young (brothers of George Young - one of the mainstays of 60s Aussie supergroup, The Easybeats). Their sister suggested Angus should wear his school uniform...

Ace

If the real secret of success in Rock & Roll lies in choosing the right name, then Ace very nearly came a cropper. When rhythm guitarist Alan 'Bam' King (a former member of legendary mod...

Adam & The Ants

Adam & The Ants started off in early 1977, one of a dozen bands trying to keep up in the wake of The Sex Pistols What turned them into a top-of-the-bill band was the bondage routines -...

Adicts, The

The Adicts were a British punk quartet founded in Ipswich, Suffolk, in the late '70s by lead singer Monkey (Keith Warren), guitarist Pete Davison, bassist Mel Ellis, and drummer Kid Dee (Michael Davison). The group affected...

Adverts, The

With their raw, enthusiastic immaturity, The Adverts were a bright but short-lived light of the punk era, and their bass player Gaye Advert (pictured below) was one of the first female musicians of punk rock...

Aerosmith

Aerosmith was one of the most popular hard rock bands of the 1970s, setting the style and sound of American hard rock for the next two decades with their raunchy, bluesy swagger. The Boston-based quintet found...

Agitation Free

Formed in 1967 as Agitation, this Berlin group was integral to the scene that also birthed Tangerine Dream. But unlike Tangerine Dream, they had to wait until 1972 to release their debut album (Malesch). Recording of the...

Air Supply

Formed in Australia around the partnership of Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell, soft-rockers Air Supply turned out a solid string of seven US Top 5 singles. The duo first came together in Sydney, Australia (originally with...

Al Green

If Otis Redding dominated 60s soul, Al Green bestrode the 70's thanks to a voice that glided and levitated, spiralling into a delicate falsetto just as you expected it to reach full force. Born in Forrest City, Arkansas...

Al Stewart

Al Stewart began his songwriting career during his school days in Bournemouth. He was writing skiffle songs when he was 13 but also writing poems instead of doing prep. He played in a number of beat...

Al Wilson

Al Wilson was born in Meridian, Mississippi, in June 1939 and sang in a church choir and his own gospel quartet before moving to San Bernadino, California. After touring for four years with Johnny 'Legs' Harris...

Alan Parsons Project, The

Alan Parsons had acted as Assistant Engineer on The Beatles' albums Abbey Road (1969) and Let It Be (1970), engineered Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), and produced several acts for EMI...

Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias

Comedy rock band Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias formed in Manchester in 1972. A lot of the humour from the Albertos' was hit and miss, though they wrote good tunes - not the words, just the music....

Alice Cooper

Long before there was an Iron Maiden or a Marilyn Manson, rebellious kids around the world thrilled to the macabre antics of Alice Cooper. Simply put, this pioneering rocker wrote the book on shock-rock by combining the creepy...

Aliens, The

The Aliens were one of the first Australian bands of the late 70s to adopt the New Wave "uniform" of black clothes and skinny ties. Originally known as Riff Raff, The Aliens' hailed from Adelaide and played...

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101’ers, The

Primarily known as the band Joe Strummer was in before he joined The Clash, The 101'ers were part of the last wave of British pub rock bands of the mid-'70s. The group never released any recordings...

10cc

Vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a songwriter of pop hits during the 1960s. Amongst his many compositions are some pure classics: For Your Love (The Yardbirds), No Milk Today (Herman's Hermits), Look Through Any Window (The Hollies) - chart pop at its most...

2JJ (Double-Jay) Radio

Monday 20 January 1975 saw the birth of alternative Australian rock radio station, 2JJ - or "Doublejay" - using an old ABC radio standby transmitter. Apart from a minor technical fault that put the station off-air briefly after...

999

999 formed in London in May 1977. Led by vocalist/guitarist Nick Cash (a onetime student at the Canterbury College of Art under the tutelage of Ian Dury and a former member of the pub-rock unit Kilburn and the High...

ABBA

Do you remember the wistful trill of pipe music and a soft, haunting voice asking "Can you hear the drums, Fernando?" - If you were tuned into the radio in the seventies you'd have to...

AC/DC

AC/DC was formed in Sydney, Australia, by ex-patriot Scotsmen Malcolm and Angus Young (brothers of George Young - one of the mainstays of 60s Aussie supergroup, The Easybeats). Their sister suggested Angus should wear his school uniform...

Ace

If the real secret of success in Rock & Roll lies in choosing the right name, then Ace very nearly came a cropper. When rhythm guitarist Alan 'Bam' King (a former member of legendary mod...