Robert George Meek was born in 1929 in Newent, England. Joe’s mother wanted a girl and dressed him as a girl. Whilst his three brothers were outward going young Joe was introverted and enjoyed staging magic shows for other children and dressing up for his own elaborate theatre productions.

Published in Music
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

1:30 am on an early May Friday morning, in a deserted M6 service station stifling a deserved yawn, I stir a dispensed cup of coffee and deliberate over which calorific chocolate snack should help keep me awake for the last leg of a journey that has taken me from Norwich to Preston, via London.

Published in Music

The Dirt is a biographical and at times comedy-drama of the American glam heavy metal band, The Mötley Crüe.  Based on The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band, by writer Neil Strauss, the Mötley Crüe themselves, drummer Tommy Lee, guitarist Mick Mars, vocalist Vince Neil and bass player Nikki Sixx.   

Published in Film
Thursday, 04 April 2019 15:10

A Short Biog of The Walker Brothers

Scott Engel (1943 - 2019) came from Ohio and was a teen idol in the making in the late 50s, making several appearances on Eddie Fisher's TV series (Carrie Fisher’s father).

Published in Music
Monday, 18 March 2019 17:40

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Published in Merchandise
Like many parents from all generations since the Second World War - I worry about the music and cultures that my children are drawn to.
Published in Music
Monday, 21 January 2019 15:43

Johnny Lydon's (Rotten) Tour of London

This is a wee treat: Johnny Rotten gives a guided tour of London, circa 2009. Full of his usual face-gurning, straightforward honesty and acerbic ...
Published in Video of the Week

Nina Bumbalkova’s was born in Prague in 1987. Nina has recently just released her debut Documentary Men in A Box, she works predominantly in photography, but also makes films. With her images, she aims to record an inside view of the city’s subcultures and urban spaces.

Published in Culture
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:17

The Last Train to Ska

I can’t say for certain when I developed my love of Ska music. There was no defining moment when I heard “Willow Tree” by Alton Ellis and my world was turned on its head. My coming of age was in the dark and distant nineties, a world of MDMA fuelled warehouse parties and the guitar bands of Manchester.
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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