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King Tees Paperback Now Available

King Tees Paperback Now Available

Authored By Johnny Blogger
This is the 10th novel in the Nick Guymer series. We published it on Kindle in December but it's only when the big papery brick comes back from the printer that it feels like a real thing. I am, of course, famously analogue in these matters. I think Kindle's are great and I totally see [...]
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A Peaceful Easy Feelin'

A Peaceful Easy Feelin'

Authored By Johnny Blogger
For as long as I can recall, the Eagles have never been thought of as cool. They were too big, too successful, too corporate to be thought of as hip in the way, say, Neil Young is. And, perhaps worse still, they were popular with people who just liked mainstream radio-friendly music. Their records were [...]
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Stephen Stills 2

Stephen Stills 2

Authored By Johnny Blogger
This came out in 1971. After his debut solo album the previous year, which made #3 in the Billboard chart, the follow-up did slightly less well peaking at #8. Where the first record had been critically very well received and remains the only album that both Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix played on, this album [...]
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Turn And Face The Strange

Turn And Face The Strange

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Turn and face the strange. It was never a bad philosophy to live your life by and now part of facing that strange is to be living in a world without David Bowie being alive. But, of course, he is still alive. Forever with his arm draped around Mick Ronson's shoulder, forever taking a walk [...]
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Steppenwolf - The Second

Steppenwolf - The Second

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Easy to forget now just how huge the 'wolf were in late 60s America. This, their sophomore album, released in October 1968, climbed steadily up the Billboard charts, peaking at #3 in January '69. It has to be one of their best albums, being a great blend of hard rock and psychedelics. Their hit single [...]
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No Time For Sadness: It's Time To Rock

No Time For Sadness: It's Time To Rock

Authored By Johnny Blogger
One of the things we never thought about growing up loving rock music in the 1970s was that one day, all our heroes would die. That, given the generation they were drawn from, we would likely outlive most of them. I always knew from an early age that I'd love rock n roll my whole [...]
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Us Festival 1983

Us Festival 1983

Authored By Johnny Blogger
You'd have thought, after losing upwards of $5million the previous year, Steve Wosniak would have had enough being a festival promoter but far from it. Indeed, his thirst to lose even more money was apparently unquenchable. This Us Festival 83 was born. It was to be a similar format to the previous one, with a [...]
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Miami Pop Festival May 1968

Miami Pop Festival May 1968

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The first rock festival held in Miamiwas a small scale event which was marred by bad weather. An estimated 25,000 people attended. It was promoted by Richard O'Barry and Michael Lang, later famous as the hip, curly-haired, motorbike and horse riding promoter of Woodstock. Bands featured at the festival included The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The [...]
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Spirit - Mechanical World

Spirit - Mechanical World

Authored By Johnny Blogger
This is Spirit's first single, released in 1968 and culled from their debut album. Interestingly, although Spirit were quite a left-field, psychedelic band, they sold well enough to make the top 40 album charts. The first record peaked at #31 but stayed on the charts fo 8 months. It was, on reflection, a document of [...]
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Windfall Records

Windfall Records

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Windfall Records is an interesting label because it only ever released albums by Mountain. It existed from 1969 to 1974 and, perhaps even more oddly, was distributed by Bell, which more usually sold pop and soul music. In fact, in UK, you often find Mountain records on Bell, which makes me think that the Windfall [...]
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Pat Travers 1st Album

Pat Travers 1st Album

Authored By Johnny Blogger
There was a moment in the late 70s when Pat Travers was pretty big in UK. He'd first come over in 1976 supporting SAHB to promote this first album. I saw him on that tour at Newcastle City Hall and loved their set so much that I went to HMV the following day and bought [...]
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US Festival 1982

US Festival 1982

Authored By Johnny Blogger
In 1982, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak hatched an ambitious and very expensive musical plan and committed a sizeable chunk of his sizeable fortune to a musical event, billed as the biggest thing since Woodstock, Wozniak staged a three-day concert in the mountains of San Bernardino County, in Southern California, that featured some of the day's [...]
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My New Novel Is Published

My New Novel Is Published

Authored By Johnny Blogger
On 24th December, King Tees, the 10th Nick Guymer novel was published, initially on Kindle and next month, as a paperback. It's always a strange moment when the words you've spent so many hundreds of hours working on, become a public document, especially when you know people are waiting eagerly for it to be published [...]
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P.F.M. - Cook

P.F.M. - Cook

Authored By Johnny Blogger
P.F.M. where the biggest Italian prog rock band. Their name translates as Award-winning Marconi Bakery, which is a superb name for a group, I reckon. They were signed ot ELP's Manticore label and made some great albums, some with Italian lyrics others with English. Cook is their live album and it's an absolute classic mid-70s [...]
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Altamont Free Festival

Altamont Free Festival

Authored By John Nicholson
Whether the events at Altamont marked the death of the hippy dream, as is often claimed, is open to debate, but coming in December 1969, at literally the end of the 60s, the symbolism is irresistible, especially happening four months after the high of Woodstock. But really, it was all far less prosaic than that. [...]
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Cockney Rebel - The Psychomodo

Cockney Rebel - The Psychomodo

Authored By Johnny Blogger
In the history books, Cockney Rebel and the wonderful Steve Harley deserve more acclaim for their music than they often get. They weren't quite rock, they weren't folk, and they weren't glam. This record is such a unique creation. The hit single Mr Soft is weird and infectious but it is theelegiac closing track Tumbling [...]
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Ten Years After - Sssh

Ten Years After - Sssh

Authored By Johnny Blogger
By 1969 TYA had evolved from being a jazzy blues band into a being psychedelic blues rock experience. Sssh was a top 10 album in UK and featured their classic version of Good Morning Little Schoolgirl and I Woke Up This Morning. There are quirky little instrumentals, a bit of phasing and some wonderful guitar [...]
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Vinegar Joe - Rock n Roll Gypsies

Vinegar Joe - Rock n Roll Gypsies

Authored By Johnny Blogger
They never sold a lot of records but they were a storming band. Two wonderful singers in Elkie Brooks and Robert Palmer, Vinegar Joe were a loud, rambunctious R and B outfit, as the cover of this record suggests. Full of great British rockers at one tine or another like Keef Hartley, Pete Gage and [...]
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It's That Crazy Time Of Year

It's That Crazy Time Of Year

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Ah, 'tis the season. When you're selling stuff on a website, December means only one thing - Christmas. People will tell you that Christmas is great for business and, in one way, it is. Sales increase by 300-400% for three weeks. That's got to be good, right? Well, maybe. I'm a great believer that there [...]
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The Joy of Compilation Albums

The Joy of Compilation Albums

Authored By Johnny Blogger
These days, the compilation album put out by a label as a sampler of some of their artists, is pretty much dead as a concept. The digital age has put an end to it's worth but back in the 60 and 70s, it was a primo marketing tool for record labels. And for a record [...]
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