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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...

Factory Records

Factory was founded in 1978 with an esoteric roster of artists which included A Certain Ratio, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, X-O-Dus, The Distractions,...

Chess Records

Brothers Leonard and Phil Chess immigrated to America in 1928 from Poland. In 1947 they bought out Aristocrat Records in Chicago, which they renamed...

Stiff Records

Memorably described by Pete Waterman as "a crepe soles and roll-ups operation" Stiff Records was set up by industry managers Jake Riviera and Dave...

Stax

Founded in an old movie theatre in Memphis (originally as Satellite Records) by Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, Stax had been carving out a...

Motown

With an $800 loan from his family and a roster of unknown young Detroit singers, former record shop owner Berry Gordy Jnr (pictured below) started...

Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records has introduced the world to some of the most influential musicians this planet has ever produced; Jazz icons such as John Coltrane,...

Embassy Records

Kids today want designer names, the genuine thing. But in the 1950's and 1960's when money was in short supply, they were happy to...

Stock, Aitken & Waterman

In the late 1980s the pop charts were awash with songs written and produced by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman. They worked...

Rough Trade

A music-obsessed Cambridge graduate, Geoff Travis hitch-hiked across America in his mid-twenties, where he picked up "literally hundreds of records by the time I got...

2 Tone

The independent 2 Tone Records label was founded by Jerry Dammers of The Specials in 1979. Dedicated to dance-floor music performed by racially mixed...

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Rise & Rise Of Michael Rimmer, The (1970)

This brilliantly observed satire of party politics and spin doctors was commissioned by David Frost in 1966 and was a box office failure on...

Professor Julius Sumner Miller

American physicist Professor Julius Sumner Miller was the brilliant and wonderfully mad professor who introduced young Australian television viewers to science with his famous...

Doogie Howser MD

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 3 (USA) 119 x 30 minute episodes This ABC show ran from September 1989 to July 1993 and starred...

Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

Never has song been used so poignantly as in this painful, yet curiously fond recollection of postwar Liverpool from director Terence Davies. Davies draws on...

CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament)

Since its foundation in 1958, CND (a non party-political British organisation advocating the abolition of nuclear weapons) has sought unilateral British initiatives to help...

Follow A Star (1959)

Norman Truscott (Wisdom) is a meek and kindly trouser-presser at a cleaning shop with a nice voice who is duped into doing the crooning...

Not The Nine O’clock News

1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 2 (UK) 28 x episodes This satire series launched many successful TV careers and bridged the gap between the...

True Grit (1969)

After 40 years in films, John Wayne finally won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn, a fat, over-the-hill, one-eyed,...