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hammersmith gorillas remembered alex gottschalk jesse hector zani 5

Although their music wasn't punk, per se, The Hammersmith Gorillas (later simply The Gorillas) deserve to be ranked along with the finest of the class of 1977. The band's association with independent labels--most notably Chiswick--their raw sound, frenetic live performances and overall back to basics attitude make them as punk in spirit as many of their more heralded contemporaries.

/plastic youth luke higgs james higgs dan higgs kieran ambrose bob morris matteo sedazzari zani 1.

As I wander through the back streets of Waterloo SE1 on my way to interview Essex based band, Plastic Youth with their manager Bob Morris, my mood starts to brighten. Not that I was in a particularly bad mood, I just wasn't that focused, due to the usual hustle and bustle of Waterloo Station. However the mayhem and madness experienced around a busy train station, can have quite magical moments while you 'people-watch' under the neon lights. But once I escaped the clutches of commuter hell I began to think about the task ahead.
wilcothe whole love zani tracey wilmot  2.

Every once in a while an album lands in my lap that becomes a travel companion and the theme tune to a stage in my life, but it's a rare thing.

/duncan mckenzie rhiannon hill zani 2.

Duncan McKenzie is perhaps one of those unsung stars who been there and done most of it, but has managed the trick of having a great career in music without too many of the drawbacks of 'sleb' life.

james brown dennis munday zani 1

The record business has changed dramatically over the last two decades. There are now four large conglomerates, who control over 80% of the output of music in the world. Sales have plummeted, the industry is losing about 5% per annum and given that the current economic crisis will last for another ten years, will they be able to turn this around? And more importantly, will the record industry survive?

7 ian astburty the cult matteo sedazzari zani 7.j

“When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, and religion. I shall try to fly by those nets”.  

James Joyce - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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The bass is the beat, the groove and a musical line that transfixes the listener. The bass gives the song power and attitude. The bass player has to be able to listen to a guitarist strum a few bare chords, go away and add a strong substance to half-baked song.
guitat stance logo 2.

That pent-up anger released in a majestic and magnificent manner via the six string. The guitarist has to be one of the most exciting and visual aspects of any band. Pulsating with passion, fuelled with anger and playing with pride. That is a definite criteria for Zanis. The guitar hero is the archetypal angry young man (or woman.); we love them and they fill our hearts with fire.
john du cann dont be a dummy zani 2.

John died suddenly yesterday of a suspected heart attack and was best known for his work with ATOMIC ROOSTER where he was lead singer on their Hit Singles “Tomorrow Night” and “Devils Answer” (which he wrote). As a prolific songwriter and respected guitarist with his beloved Fender Telecaster John formed a number of significant psychedelic and progressive rock bands in the 60’s and 70’s including ATTACK, ANDROMEDA, BULLET and HARD STUFF. He also had a solo UK Hit Single in 1979 with “Don’t Be a Dummy”
/mick jagger keith richards marianne faithfull simon wells the rolling stones matteo sedazzari zani 3.

This is an extract from Simon Wells’ new book on the historic arrest and imprisonment of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger in 1967. “Butterfly On A Wheel” charts the extraordinary timeline of events that ultimately led to two of the Rolling Stones finding themselves behind bars. This act would spark a chain of events that would lead to public outrage, questions in the House of Commons, and the editor of The Times newspaper likening Mick Jagger to a ‘butterfly on a wheel’.

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