He could be the king of British Northern Soul, a lost Mod icon, but Graham Dee's air of detached modesty says more about him than either soubriquet. He's just happy to finally see some of his work see the light of day when Acid Jazz released  The Graham Dee Connection: The 60s Collection , rounding up just some of the hundreds of tracks he wrote, recorded and produced in that swinging decade when London was the capital of Cool and Graham rubbed shoulders with its most stellar in-crowd.
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Sunday, 16 September 2012 14:14

When Bournemouth Welcomed The Beatles

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When most people think of Bournemouth on the south coast of England, it is probably as a popular holiday resort: a peaceful place of pleasure gardens, guest houses and golden sands. The town is a wonderful destination for those seeking a bit of summertime rest and refreshment, but during the 1960s,
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 16:49

Fleetwood Mac - The Perfect Pop Partnership

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This week, I received an email from Joe Cardamone of the Icarus Line regarding a new project he has been working on with Annie Hardy from Giant Drag. He included a demo of their song Lake of Fire, stating that "Fleetwood Mac is the new black". The track is fantastic. Joe and Annie have perfectly captured the vibe of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in their pre-Fleetwood Mac days, when they were a folk-rock duo.
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 16:17

Dusty Springfield - A True Legend

 
Dusty Springfield was born in 1939 and christened Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien. She came from Scottish Irish decent and her brother Tom, and Tim Filed made up a folk trio called The Springfields. The singing group enjoyed tremendous international success with hits including 'Island of dreams' and "Silver threads and golden needles" At their height of success the trio took the unprecedented step of dissolving the group and in 1963, Dusty started her solo career with,
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Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:59

Steve Ellis - The Everlasting Soul Speaks

 
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ZANI  spoke to Steve just ahead of his preparations for his Isle of Wight appearance with Chris Farlowe over the August Bank Holiday Weekend - we covered a lot of ground and got his thoughts on all things Modernist, Then and Now, Personal Inspirations, Style and Shades and his forthcoming album “10 Commitments”…
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Monday, 19 December 2011 20:35

Reggie King - The Ultimate Action Man RIP

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Like any other young mod in the early 80’s, I became mesmerised by The Action the moment I’d heard their version of The Marvellettes’ I’ll Keep Holding On at the first gigs and clubs I attended, and listened to older mods speaking in hushed tones about this seemingly mythical group from Kentish Town.  Getting the album The Ultimate Action seemed a necessity and from the moment it hit my turntable it very rarely left.  Having a recommendation from Paul Weller on the back no doubt helped shift a few copies but the music within those grooves would have left no-one in doubt as to how good they were.  I wanted to hear more and searched desperately for any snippet, picture or record by them.

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Saturday, 21 December 2013 16:29

The Edgar Wallace Mysteries

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© Words Matteo Sedazzari
Loosely based on the works of writer Edgar Wallace (1st April 1875 – 10th February 1932) who covered many genres from crime to historical fiction, and began his career writing songs and poems at the close of the 19th  century before establishing himself as a fiction writer.  He even worked on the screen play for King Kong in 1932 before his unexpected death.  If he had lived it looked like he would have broken into the US. 
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Saturday, 26 October 2013 11:45

British Classic Film This Sporting Life

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© Words Matteo Sedazzari

Based on the 1960 novel of the same title by Wakefield born and bred David Storey, a writer and former Rugby League player, drawing on his past experiences, to produce a masterpiece fit for the cinema. In addition, This Sporting Life was the directorial debut of Lindsey Anderson in 1963, who would only go on to direct a further seven feature films, including the cult British classic films If,  O Lucky Man and Britannia Hospital, all starring Malcolm McDowell in different incarnations of the rebellious Mick Travis. 
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Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:08

Private Walker of Dad’s Army Changed My Life

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© Words Matteo Sedazzari

Like many of my generation, the BBC situation comedy Dad’s Army was prime time viewing during the mid-seventies.  A show about the British Home Guard, a collection of volunteers doing their best  at a British coastal town to prevent a Nazi invasion during wartime Britain. The volunteers were usually too old to join the army, hence the common nickname Dad’s Army.
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© Words Matteo Sedazzari
The Perfect Friday (1971 Directed by Peter Hall, co-produced by Stanley Baker)

Friday is a nice day, the week draws to a close, and many of us plan a pursuit of happiness and excitement, away from the mundane routine of work. And that is certainly the case for Mr Graham (Stanley Baker), a deputy bank manager, in a pin striped suit and bowler hat, with a sergeant major type moustache working at a plush branch in London’s Hyde Park, single and on the surface dull and happy to oblige his employers and clients.  
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