Spellbound
Spellbound was published by D.C. Thomson & Co. between 1976 and 1978, lasting just 69 issues. Launched on the 25th of September 1976 (with its run ending on the 21st of January 1978),
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Went to college, studied art / To be an artist, make a start
Studied hard, gained my degree / But no one seemed to notice me …
Tried cartoons and comic books / Dirty postcards, woman’s looks
Here was where the money lay / Classic art has had its day
The Creation, ‘Painter Man’, 1966.
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‘Come in from school / My head buzzing with rules’
Jook, ‘Crazy Kids’, 1974.
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‘Yes, I’m in Aggravation Place / Where the pressure takes the smile off every face’
Jook, ‘Aggravation Place’, 1978
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© Words - Simon Wells - 2014

Turn the clock back forty years, and one would probably find 26-year-old singer-songwriter Nick Drake alone in his bedroom in the leafy, chocolate-box environs of Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire. Deflated, defeated, dented and depressed – Nick’s energy for life had evaporated in a fog of sadness and unfulfilled ambition – the prevailing morbidity dulled only by strong tranquillisers.
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Sunday, 26 January 2014 16:45

The Secret Disco Revolution

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© Words Matteo Sedazzari 

The Secret Disco Revolution is an ambitious, well structured, informative and entertaining  documentary made by Toronto born film maker Jamie Kastner.  Kastner has chosen a music genre and movement that in the year 2014 most people take for granted, not in a dismissive way, but the sheer fact that if any famous piece of disco music, such as Thelma Houston’s Don't Leave Me This Way, comes on the radio or at a party,
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© Words Barry Cain

It’s time to enter the twilight zone again. Time to renew my acquaintance with public enemy number one, Spanky and his gang. Time to nip round to his place in Gunther Grove and meet the directors of his company.
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© 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?
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Tuesday, 28 May 2013 20:45

Demis Roussos

Demis Roussos
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.
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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... 
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