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Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:29

Tony Colton – A Forgotten and an Important Sixties Figure

Written by Katy Georgiou

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Tony Colton isn’t a name you’d instantly think of when contemplating rock and roll history. Not like Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton or Robert Plant. But to say he’s not part of that history would be far from the truth. He was on a night out with Jimi Hendrix just days before he died. He had heart to hearts with his then best friend Eric Clapton at a time when the Cream guitarist was unsure of his future, and he fell out with Jimmy Page over a guitar riff. He was on the rise as a credible artist for years. He was a rock frontman himself, a songwriter to many of the big bands of the 60s,

Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:07

Frank Broughton – A DJ Saved His Life

Written by Alan McGee
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I’ve been trying in vain to write an article for ZANI for well over a year, I had several attempts at in depth journo type stuff only to fail miserably at the composition stage; the fault lay with the subject matter and not the author (phew). The problem was I had taken on a subject that I knew little or nothing about, did loads of “interweb” type browsing,

Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:06

Farouk El Safi – The Man who Inspired Page and Plant

Written by Katy Georgiou
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In 1994, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant teamed up with 10 of the most well reputed Arabian musicians from Morocco and the Middle East to record their unledded No Quarter album and MTV unplugged shows before embarking on their worldwide Unledded tour. Page and Plant’s fascination for Arabic influence is well known; the idea of rock musicians drawing on Arabic musical influences is not just unique to Led Zeppelin, though. The Rolling Stones famously brought in the Jajouka Moroccan musicians for their recording sessions in 1989 – it seems that rock musicians have a particular affinity for this genre.

Sunday, 15 January 2012 11:50

Kenney Jones - One Man Went to Mow

Written by Val Weedon

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Kenney Jones is recognised as one of the top rock drummers in the world, playing with three of the most well known bands around.  He was a member of the sixties Mod band Small Faces, went on to play with The Faces and front man Rod Stewart then in 1978 following the tragic death of Keith Moon was the obvious choice for The Who.

Sunday, 15 January 2012 11:49

John Hellier – Dressed to Kill (A Mod’s life)

Written by Brents Yeomans
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ZANI – What type of music were you and Mods generally listening to?

John Hellier -  Mods in the 60s listened and danced to mainly Black American artistes. At the time that was seen as the real thing, it was fairly snobbish really. British bands in the main got their material from this source and even the early Beatles and Stones records are peppered with covers of American R&B classics. Very early Motown (pre- Supremes, Four Tops) records were particularly desirable to Mods, things like “Money” by Barrett Strong, “Shop Around” by the Miracles,

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