As Georges Bizet, the famous French composer once wrote, "music, what a splendid art. And what a sad profession." Bizet did not live long enough to see his operatic masterpiece ‘Carmen’ become a major success. The statement certainly rings true for Bizet, who died from angina, aged just 36.
Robert Johnson, the Grandfather of Rock & Roll sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads in return to become a guitar legend. Probably one of the greatest rock and roll myths to date. However what is far more important and indeed realistic is Johnson’s life and how an individual became obsessed with music and its performance. This is the real world of rock and roll. As Johnson plyed his trade and sacrifices were made. A legend was born.
After being absent from the public eye for over a decade, Rick Buckler is back where he rightfully belongs. Playing the drums with a new band called The Gift. A live outfit that perform hits from Rick’s former band The Jam.
At ZANI’s office, we often have a flippant discussion on which fictional address we would like to reside at. Our favourite fantasy abode is the famous Rock and Roll address of 1134 North Beechwood Drive, Los Angles California USA. The residence of sixties pop legends The Monkees.
Oasis were on the brink of massive success and this interview was prior to the release of Shakermaker.
This was a big story for us. It was done in the summer of 1990 when Paul Weller hadn’t done an interview for 2 years.
From the words of The Comic Strip’s Bad News, “Sound checks are very boring”. The fine tuning of the sound is completed hours before the audience arrives, then the band has to find ways to kill time before showtime… which can vary from having a drink to just going for a walk, anything to shake off the combination of pre-gig nerves and boredom.
The public and the media often forget how dangerous The Rolling Stones were perceived in the sixties, not just by the press but by the establishment. Not for drunken antics or aggressive behaviour. No, they were feared as revolutionaries, capable of uniting the youth of the sixties and bringing the country down.
Euston Films produced highly successful series’, for example Van der Valk, (1972–1973, 1977, 1991-1992) The Sweeney (1975 - 1978) and Minder (1979 - 1994), and other highly rated ones such as Special Branch (1969-74), Widows (1983-85) Reilly, Ace of Spies (1983) and a few more . Much of their drama was gritty, usually set in the underworld or fringes of society, all shot on location, as opposed to a studio set, offering a more film style production to their drama.