Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:22

The Story of Skinhead with Don Letts



Documentary in which director and DJ Don Letts looks at a very particular and very provocative British subculture - skinhead.
Published in Video of the Week
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I had an interesting conversation with a friend about dub reggae. Dub, like jazz, world, tropicalia, lounge or classical, can present a total conundrum to the outsider. Curious about the genre but completely at a loss as to where to start, he asked me which dub albums would make a good primer.

Published in Music Archive
Sunday, 15 January 2012 16:43

Hot Chocolate - ZANI on those hit makers

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In 1969 Errol Brown and Tony Wilson started writing songs together. Tony Wilson was an established session musician and they were both signed to Apple as songwriters and demo singers. The song writing duo penned hits for Herman's Hermits, (Bet Yer Life I Do), and Mary Hopkin, (Think About Your Children). The latter was a hit in 1970. Errol and
Published in Music Archive
Saturday, 14 January 2012 17:01

A Rock Steady Banter with Dean Thatcher


When ZANI was Positive Energy Of Madness, (PEOM) and we were a club fanzine, Dean Thatcher was a reader first, then a contributor. ZANI/PEOM and Dean became friends, and we could be seen together dancing on speakers or falling off stages. But I doubt if you are interested in our days of nostalgia. The fact remains that Dean was a good DJ, and in days of acid house and the aftermath, became a crowd puller, along with the likes of Danny Rampling, Andy Weatherall, Phil Perry and Steve Proctor, not just down to his choice of music; his stance with The Smiths “How Soon is Now” at Flying was legendary and truly supported the pioneer days of Acid House.
Published in Music Archive
Thursday, 29 December 2011 12:31

Anton Newcombe - His Bloody Underground

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What I want to do is enter the popular lexicon. Like Jimi Hendrix. That's my goal. Not to sell soap. Not to say, 'Look like me, dress like me, sound like me.' Not to get a supermodel girlfriend. None of that shit. I want people to come away from what I'm doing and look at it as a gift. - Anton Newcombe
Published in Music Archive
Saturday, 03 December 2011 11:38

Babylon Revisited


Released nearly thirty years ago, Babylon stands up today as a well crafted, convincingly acted, hard hitting piece of realistic drama.

It’s powerful, resonant ending is up there with the classic Jimmy Cagney‘s “Made It Make top of the world” finale in White Heat. But Babylon is not available in any British Video store. It has been not been shown on British TV, neither terrestrial or satellite, for many years.  What is the meaning of this outrage?
Published in Film Archive

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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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