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Semi-Detached

‘The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached’ by Mark Doyle (expected 2018). Of all the great British rock bands of the 1960s, none had a stronger sense of place than the Kinks. The core members of the group grew up in what George Orwell once described as the “inner-outer suburbs” of North London, a safe, unexciting land […]

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The Procurer

Jumpin’ Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock’n’roll Underworld ‘opens with its horrible subject, coming round after a severe beating. He is naked, bleeding, has had his head shaved and is bound to a chair which is in turn secured to a fifth-floor balcony railing above Kensington High Street, along which a CND march happens […]

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Science Fiction Blues

A review, from The Guardian, March 14, 1965. Bo Diddley – Hey Good Lookin. “Diddley gets back in his best groove on this science fiction blues, driven along by Bo’s screeching, jabbering guitar effects and a beat that fairly bursts apart at the seams.”

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Like a Rolling Stone

It sounds like the name of an unassuming clerical officer from Stevenage, or some other provincial outpost on these islands. Stanley Booth. But, it’s a name that anyone interested in writing that is concerned with music and musicians as its subjects – rock’n’roll, R’n’B, blues – should know. But, you know, I don’t think Stanley […]

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Joe Boyd’s White Bicycles

Back in 2006 Joe Boyd’s acclaimed memoir, White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s, was published. I was trawling through a crate of old minidiscs (whatever happened to the minidisc!?) and I found a recording of a fascinating interview from BBC Radio 3’s Mixing It programme (August 2006) – the show is now defunct, of […]