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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 #6

A 70s punk rom-com — Pennebaker meets Depeche Mode — How a Boston Globe Reporter Tried to Reunite The Kinks and Ended Up With a Movie — Welcome to Jack White’s Temple to Vinyl — Remastering, Reflecting: Everything Still Turns to Gold — The music industry is full of pompous bores – and that’s just […]

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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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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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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 […]