Music Archive (274)
At ZANI’s office, we often have a flippant discussion on which fictional address we would like to reside at. Our favourite fantasy abode is the famous Rock and Roll address of 1134 North Beechwood Drive, Los Angles California USA. The residence of sixties pop legends The Monkees.
Yes, yes, yes, we know that Don Letts was the man that introduced punks to reggae in 1976 at the Roxy but that’s just one feather to his bow.
Oasis were on the brink of massive success and this interview was prior to the release of Shakermaker.
This was a big story for us. It was done in the summer of 1990 when Paul Weller hadn’t done an interview for 2 years.
From the words of The Comic Strip’s Bad News, “Sound checks are very boring”. The fine tuning of the sound is completed hours before the audience arrives, then the band has to find ways to kill time before showtime… which can vary from having a drink to just going for a walk, anything to shake off the combination of pre-gig nerves and boredom.
The public and the media often forget how dangerous The Rolling Stones were perceived in the sixties, not just by the press but by the establishment. Not for drunken antics or aggressive behaviour. No, they were feared as revolutionaries, capable of uniting the youth of the sixties and bringing the country down.
Rhiannon Hill reads between the lines......
I was ‘there’ in the 1960s and we adolescents really did divide into the Beatle tribe and the Stones tribe.... me, Beatle, girls mostly did.
As a working semi pro musician I’ve of course encountered Stones material over the years, and as a former journalist, their folklore, but it’s important to approach Keith Richards’s autobiography, as Neil Young said, ‘mining for a heart of gold.’ In this respect the book definitely offers ‘Satisfaction.’