Saturday, 22 June 2019 14:58

A Brief History of Skiffle

During the Depression, Jug music became a fashionable way to play traditional US folk and blues standards. Makeshift instruments including guitars made from a gallon can with a neck attached and strings or alternatively homemade banjos with a tanned hide stretched across a hoop and a fretted neck added with four strings were played.

Published in Music
Sunday, 09 June 2019 12:41

Them Scousers Again

And so the exodus begins.  After both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur completed miraculous second leg comebacks the race was on to finalise travel arrangements for UEFA’s 64th European Cup final.  Cup fever’s back in town; all roads lead to Madrid and Liverpool’s 4-0 schooling of Barcelona ensured first dibs for the travel-weary Kloppites.

Published in Sport

You dream of playing in a Wembley final as a young kid and when you get there you don't perform and it can stay with you for a very long time. Unlike at Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in recent years, you don't get the opportunity too many times to go back and show a 100,000 the real you.

Published in Sport
Monday, 12 March 2018 18:12

Ken Dodd Remembered on ZANI

Kenneth Arthur Dodd was born in 1927 in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, Lancashire He was the son of a coal merchant, Arthur Dodd, and his wife Sarah (née Gray), and the family lived in an old Farm House. Kenneth was the middle child with an older brother, William (1925–2011) and a younger sister, June. He was a lively daredevil even by the age of seven, at Knotty Ash School, he accepted a dared by his friends to ride his bike with his eyes shut.
Published in Culture
Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:48

80’s Casuals Tee-Shirts Reviewed

As the legend goes in the world of Terrace Culture that the Casual movement was spawned by the travelling Liverpool supporters in the late 70s and early 80s. Who, in between watching Liverpool FC win four European cups in those decades, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81 and 1983–84, partying, fighting and sightseeing,
Published in Culture
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
Last year I was presented with a revelation. Just as I was bemoaning the lack of big budget, string-laden, 24 karat gold 70s style soul in the mainstream, solace arrived in the form of Love & Hate, the second album from Michael Kiwanuka.
Published in Music
Thursday, 28 September 2017 09:26

Shanks " The Greatest Inspiration”

In 1913, Glenbuck Ayrshire the year before the first world war begun, Bill Shankly entered the world not knowing that one day he'd be Liverpool's most famous adopted Son.
Published in Sport
Last week, London’s legendary Cherry Cola Club night opened its doors to Liverpool. A new weekly event at The Magnet (to be held every Saturday), it promises to host the crème-de-la-crème of new, unsigned and up and coming live acts, with the occasional A-list band or DJ set thrown in for good measure.
Published in Music
Oh, Brian, why didn’t you bring the sunny weather back from California?
Published in Music
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ZANI was conceived in late 2008 and the fan base gradually grew by word of mouth. Key contributors came from those of the music, film and fashion industry and the voice of ZANI grew louder. So, when in 2013 investor, contributor and fan of ZANI Alan McGee* offered his support to help restyle and relaunch the site it was inevitable that traffic would increase dramatically and continues to grow. *Alan McGee co-founder of Creation Records and new label 359 Music..

 

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