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Steeleye Span

With the exception of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span were the most successful and enduring British folk-rock band. The parallels between the two bands are numerous: both updated traditional British folk material with rock arrangements, both featured an excellent female...

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The Curse Of Plonk – The late Ronnie Lane: Some day...

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',...

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 charts. The Fab Four reclaimed the top spot with an expanded anniversary...

Glam Top 20

From the halcyon days of flying-V guitars, pink trousers, silver satin jackets and glitter on the cheekbones, I present here for your listening pleasure the Nostalgia Central Glam Top 20.

Television sitcom writer Carla Lane dies, aged 87

31 May 2016 Television writer Carla Lane, who created shows including the 1980s Liverpool sitcom Bread, has died aged 87. Lane, who was born in Liverpool and later became known for her animal rights activism, also wrote...

Hammer Horror – A House in the Country

In the movies, few brand names are as instantly recognised or as redolent of a certain genre of filmmaking as that of Hammer. What Disney is to animation, Hammer is to English Gothic. The 'Hammer' moniker...

Carry On & On & On & On

The Carry On formula always contained something bad, nothing new, everything borrowed, plenty blue - and lots of good humour to hide the holes in the plot and situations. A scathing female film critic once described the series...

Little Richard, rock’n’roll pioneer, dies aged 87

9 May 2020 Little Richard, one of the pioneers of the first wave of rock’n’roll, has died. He was 87. Richard – whose real name was Richard Penniman – had been in poor health for several years,...