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40 Years: 76-77

New Rose

22 Oct 1976. Release of ‘New Rose’ by the Damned on Stiff Records, the first UK punk single. Above image is of the front (left) and back (right) cover.     The Damned, signing with an indie label, were the fastest out of the blocks, even though they had only played their first gig supporting […]

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40 Years: 76-77

Clash …

09 Oct 1976. Tonight, the Clash in Leighton Buzzard at the Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, which – in the words of journalist Kris Needs – “was one of those council hangars better suited to bingo and comedians.” The Clash were actually the opening band for a local R&B outfit, The Rockets. The Clash were photographed here […]

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40 Years: 76-77

Metallic K.O.

25 SEPT. 1976. In UK record stores this very day – on import from France – was Metallic KO by Iggy and the Stooges. Compiled from concert tapes recorded in 1973 and ‘74, including part of the Stooges final ever performance – 09 February 1974 – in Detroit. With the sudden upsurge in punk in London […]

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40 Years: 76-77

Punk Flak

25 SEPT 1976. The new Melody Maker today features a review and interview with the band that many in the music press were talking up as the next big thing – Eddie and the Hot Rods. Because the Rods played short, fast, and (sometimes) loud, they – like many other new bands appearing this year […]

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Performance

Donald Cammell was hailed by some as a genius, but aside from Performance (dir. Donald Cammell and Nic Roeg), he only made another two films. This BBC documentary traces Cammell’s career from his early years as a portrait painter in 1960s London to his final days in Hollywood. Cammell himself, filmed shortly before his death, discusses his […]

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40 Years: 76-77

Youth and Chaos

Wild Youth. Continuing with our focus on Britain forty years ago, in today’s New Musical Express, 21 AUG. 1976, Eddie and the Hot Rods are once more touted as leaders of this new thing called Punk. Reviewing their ‘Live at the Marquee’ EP, the NME‘s man in the listening booth, Bob Edmands, declared that it was: […]

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Extracts

Undead

Poor old Bruce Springsteen. The longer he keeps going, the more of the old venerable arenas that serviced rock during its peak years he ends up closing down – last old rocker standing as the buildings around him crumble – as the Los Angeles Times reported today. The latest closure in this trend is the Los […]

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Jagger on film

Mick Jagger has been in more films than you might think – or want to remember. Here, from The Guardian, ‘Gimme celluloid: a history of Mick Jagger on film’, a look at his small screen and big screen exploits, which range from a terrible Ned Kelly to a sterling Performance.

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40 Years Gone

On this day in 1975 William Burroughs was tasked with interviewing Zeppelin’s pied piper for Crawdaddy magazine (image from the cover pictured below). As Tom Nissley writes in his book, A Reader’s Book of Days, True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year (2014): “The next day at […]

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Magnetic North

Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold (forthcoming, 2017) By Paul Carr In the post-progressive rock era of the late 1970s and early 80s, a three-piece band called The Police emerged to be one of the most commercially successful acts of their generation. Unlike the vast majority of bands to emerge during the Punk/New Wave […]