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Rock n Roll London

This short-ish film – 66 mins long – presented by the late and very affable Art Wood (d. 2006), brother of Ron, is recommended, especially for those interested in the early sixties London R&B scene that gave us the Stones. Very funny in parts, especially the scenes with a possibly inebriated Mick Avory (ex Kinks) […]

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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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40 Years: 76-77

‘Who is this fucking hippie?’

10 AUG. 1976. Sex Pistols at the 100 Club. Mark Perry recounts his interesting conversion experience in an interview with the blog Perfect Sound Forever: “Caroline Coon was the one who told me about the Sex Pistols. She asked if I’d seen them and told me to come to a show. So about a week later, […]

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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 […]