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Over the next few days, Converse is having several free invite only concerts in San Francisco. I had the pleasure of attending the first night with five great bands: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, DIIV, Metz, Tamaryn, and The She's. A diverse line-up which ranged from poppy to dreamy to rocky to all of the above.
© Words – Matteo Sedazzari
© Top Photograph Derek D'Souza
“I know I come from Woking and you say I'm a fraud “ The Jam - Sounds From The Street,
Classic lyrics that certainly put Woking and Surrey on the British rock ‘n’ roll map in 1977. Since then The Jam made their stamp on music, the suburban town has always been synonymous with the ‘best fxxking band in the world’.
In 1947 Miles Davis was playing in Charlie Parker's quintet, replacing Dizzy Gillespie, who had left in 1945 due to Parker's growing alcohol and drug problem. Davis recorded several albums with Parker at this time, including Parker's Sessions for the Savoy and Dial labels. By 1948 Davis had three years of bebop playing under his belt, but he struggled to match the speed and ranges of the likes of Gillespie and Parker, choosing instead to play in the mid-range of his instrument. In 1948 Davis, becoming increasingly concerned about growing tensions within the Parker quintet, left that group and began looking for a new band with which to work.
© Words - Nick Churchill
Maybe it was down to the band not having played much this year, maybe it was just a sticky night and the sound was doing battle with the Guildhall's challenging acoustics, but we were some way south of prime Weller.
© Words – Chris Madden
The last stand? If this is it (as rumours suggest) and they‘re calling time on the NY&CH adventure then it’s a genuinely fitting eulogy; one borne out of a new found sobriety (Young stopped smoking pot a couple of years back, after an adulthood spent in its mist. I wondered if his playing was a product of his drug use? The answer- a resounding NO!), but more importantly, this is a celebration of the connection between the four players on stage and their audience. Perhaps the tour being titled ‘Alchemy’ is the magic they conjure together?
© Words Val Weedon
With one eye in the rear view mirror, but a heavy boot planted firmly on the accelerator speeding towards a future vision, Terry Shaughnessy and the boys (The Universal) have delivered an album of thought provoking, driving sonic excellence. Only slowing down for the final beautiful and melodic title track that summarises all that has gone before. Terry’s apprenticeship has been well served and he brings a maturity to his music while remaining relevant to a constantly youthful fan base.
© Words Tracey Wilmot
Back in '79 thanks to the movie of the same name Quadrophenia was back on the shelves and broadening the brief mod revival scene as it was peaking. I was a 15 year old mod discovering the album for the first time and as a lone mod girl in a school full of punks and skins, I related to Jimmy's story of the angst of youth, growing up and experiencing heartbreak and disappointment for the first time and the rebellious attitude of youth.
© Words by Wendy Rose Watson & Dr. Richard Williamson
We saw the Rolling Stones at Chicago's United Center on June 6, 2013,midway through their '50 and Counting' tour. They played great and gave the fans an outstanding, if not particularly new, show. You could dun them fairly for playing things too safe in places but by and large, they did their reputation justice and deserve much credit for delivering major league guitar mastery with powerful, fluid ensemble playing.
Geoffrey Arnold Beck was born in 1944, in Wallington, England. From the age of 10 he sang in the local church choir and as a teenager learned to play the guitar. Jeff like many other UK kids became fascinated with making guitars as well as playing them. In post war England the electric guitar was a rare commodity because import restrictions from the US prevented them from general sale. The UK guitarists keen on the sound were left to build their own.
Artemios Ventouris Roussos was born in 1946 in Alexandria, Egypt. His parents were expatriate Greeks and his father was an engineer and mother, an actress. Demis was a pet name for the young Artemois who was brought up in the middle of the Muslim city and from early childhood exposed to both Byzantine and Arabic influences. Attracted to singing, he sang with the choir of the Greek Byzantine Church and became a soloist for five years.
The next album was 'High Times'. With a hot reputation across the UK and Europe For the five the conquest of these territories was the next big adventure. Paris, Germany. But...
Formed in 1964 by guitarists Kramer & Smith as the Bounty Hunters they recruit Rob Tyner on vocals (originally wanted to be their manager) who comes up with the name MC5 and recruit Michael Davis (bass) and Thompson (drums). The name MC5 is thought up by Tyner and chosen because it sounds like a car part and also stands for Motor City 5 which is apt because the band emanate from the tough city of Detroit a city famed for its car industry and simmering racial tensions in mid sixties America.
© Words - Nick Churchill
Is it just me, or is optimism back in the air again? Maybe it’s the spring sunshine, perhaps it’s the promise of a short-sleeved summer, it could simply be the music choice lately – Richie Havens, Curtis, Nina – but there’s a feeling that something’s gotta give. And soon.
© Words – Matteo Sedazzari
What he said must be spoken quickly, for most of them had no patience. What he said must be put strongly, more acted than spoken, for they had to be hooked to stand and hear.
The Warriors - Sol Yurick