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      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...

      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...

      Fenella Fielding (1927 – 2018)

      11 September 2018 Actress Fenella Fielding has died at the age of 90 after suffering a stroke. She was a serious actress remembered for a single,...

      Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

      16 August 2018 The great American soul singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76. She was reported to have been gravely ill...

      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...

      Trumpton Riots

      On Christmas Day 1995, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a short documentary on Oliver Postgate (pictured below) and Peter Firmin (pictured above), entitled Trumpton Riots. Presumably intended...

      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...

      Look at Life film series

      Look at Life was a regular series of short documentary films produced in Britain between 1959 and 1969 by the Special Features Division of...

      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...

      David Cassidy has died aged 67

      22 November 2017 David Cassidy, whose role in the 1970s show The Partridge Family earned him teen heart-throb status, has died aged 67. Cassidy was in...

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