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Being Bad

A short extract from the opening chapter of John Scanlan, Sex Pistols: Poison in the Machine (2016). This is from Chapter 1, ‘I’ll Be So Bad’, which is about Malcolm McLaren in the 1960s. It was October 1964. Malcolm McLaren, then a few months shy of his nineteenth birthday and going by the name of […]

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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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Out There

Out There #5

Wim Wenders pictures the Kinks — Ray Davies on hipsters, Pete Townshend and why he fled Tony Blair’s Britain — Exile in Los Angeles — Nik Cohn: ‘I was right: the Stones, after the age of 30, didn’t create anything good’

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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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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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Out There

Out There #3

‘No, no way. Nah, nah, no way’ … Van Morrison says ‘No’ — ‘You’re under arrest,’ Boston mayor tells Rolling Stones audience — Bootleg tapers unmasked — David Bowie’s Favourite books — Ray Davies, once and future impresario of Rock Opera — Ray dances in the Kinks ‘Starmaker’ TV Special — When John Waters met […]

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Out There #1

UFO crashing and being an unemployed rock star in Michael Hann’s 54 minutes with Phil Mogg — Robert Frank’s CS Blues ‘never playing anywhere’ — Los Angeles Doors Tour — Paul Rothchild on the Doors — (Still) Searching for Robert Johnson — Willie Brown’s M & O Blues — Charley Patton and the Revenant, Richard […]

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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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Video

Dead Flowers

The Rolling Stones are finally releasing a cinema version of their 1972 movie, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones. Here is a rough version from the old video dubs that have been circulating for 30-odd years. The tune is ‘Dead Flowers’. Best line-up of the Stones, with Jagger and Richards on vocals, and Mick Taylor […]