Wednesday, 15 November 2017 19:53

Music Press: The Mersey Beat (1960 - 1964)

The Mersey Beat was a fortnightly newspaper started by Bill Harry and his partner in 1960. The purpose of the broadsheet was to cover the emerging beat scene of the sixties in Liverpool. An early “Gig Guide” the Mersey Beat was full of information about the groups, photographs and who was appearing and where.

Published in Music
Monday, 06 November 2017 16:37

The Conflation of Music and Drugs

Music & narcotics have went hand in hand since the days of blues singers such as Harlem Hamfats with their partiality towards the occasional jazz cigarette.
Published in Culture
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 14:36

Jimmie Nicol The Forgotten Beatle

Regardless of how talented a musician you are, luck plays an important part in climbing the greasy pole to success in the record business.
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The Beatles, The Fab Four, The Mop Tops, John, Paul, George and Ringo, the band that doesn’t need any introduction.
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The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band may or may not still be the “greatest rock album of all time,” but—as the presenter in the documentary above remarks—it most certainly is “an extraordinary mirror of its age.
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Tuesday, 08 December 2015 10:49

Thinking about John Lennon 35 Years on

On the 9th Dec 1980, I had a cold, not a bad cold, but enough for my mother to say I was not well enough to attend school.
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The Day John Lennon Died (documentary 2010) is a look at Lennon and his death through archival footage and interviews.
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Pete Best (24th November 1941 Madras, India) is a name that has always been associated with The Beatles, and how his life drastically changed forever on 16th August 1962, when their manager, Brian Epstein, reluctantly fired Best as The Beatles’ drummer. 
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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:56

Sixties Legend Billy J Kramer Talks to ZANI

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Do you want to know a secret? Billy J Kramer is back and very soon it will be common knowledge, as he has been busy recording a comeback album, which has spawned a single To Liverpool with Love.  A native of Merseyside and now happily residing in New York, yet it seems he has never forgotten his roots, and why should he as he was at the centre of the Merseybeat in the early sixties?  Young northern teenagers inspired by American rock ‘n’ roll artists like Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and of course Elvis,  making music.
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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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