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This is where I indulge in my passions - VINYL & ROCK 'n' ROLL

Capricorn Records

Capricorn Records

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Capricorn Records was formed in 1969 in Georgia by brothers Phil and Alan Walden and their friend Frank Fenter, Capricorn Records was the label without which the Southern Rock genre would not exist. But as well as giving the world one awesome band in the Allman Brothers and several other really good ones like the [...]
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Rickenbacker

Rickenbacker

Authored By Johnny Blogger
There is no more beautiful sound in pop than the jangling, sad sunshine of a well played 12-string. And the Rickenbacker is the undisputed queen of those guitars. It is truly one of the instruments of rock. John Lennon began a love affair with Rickenbacker guitars in 1960, when he bought a six-string Model 325 [...]
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Donington Monsters Of Rock 1980

Donington Monsters Of Rock 1980

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Donington Monsters Of Rock 1980 - A motor-racing track in Leicestershire might not be the most inspiring venue in the world, but it played host to anyone who is anyone in hard rock and metal for a decade and a half. It is, of course, Castle Donington Raceway and the event is the Monsters Of [...]
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The Moog Synthesiser

The Moog Synthesiser

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Robert Moog was already making Theremins in the early Sixties when he began developing the technologies that would become the Moog synthesiser. Meanwhile, a composer and music teacher at Hofstra University in Long Island called Herbert Deutsch was fiddling around with Theremins - he built his own from Moog's design in 1962 - as he [...]
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Todd Rundgren - A Wizard, A True Star

Todd Rundgren - A Wizard, A True Star

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Without writing a very large book it would be impossible to do full justice to the polymath and restless creative genius-cum-polymath that is Mr. Todd Rundgren. No one in the history of popular music has achieved quite so much in so many styles and areas of the music business. A brilliant producer, a visionary when [...]
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Legendary Venues: Hammersmith Odeon

Legendary Venues: Hammersmith Odeon

Authored By Johnny Blogger
In a hectic, rather unprepossessing part of West London dominated by the A4, a visit to which means a guaranteed traffic jam, morning, noon or night, Hammersmith is not really a place for idling or enjoying the finer things in life. But it does boast a top quality venue that has hosted some of the [...]
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Purple Records

Purple Records

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Would it be unkind to call this a vanity label? Certainly Purple Records put out a lot of material by various band members or hangers-on, and it is fair to say that not all of it would have got a commercial release on a non-Purple-affiliated company. But a lot of the material was excellent in [...]
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Dandelion Records

Dandelion Records

Authored By Johnny Blogger
There cannot be a rock music fan in the United Kingdom who did not at some point listen to the late John Peel's legendary radio shows. His championing of acts from The Fall to The Undertones to PJ Harvey and the White Stripes helped countless bands on their way. But his own record label is [...]
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Pink Floyd Soundtracks

Pink Floyd Soundtracks

Authored By Johnny Blogger
With their genius for strange, huge soundscapes, relentless technical invention and mastery of mood, there can be no band in rock better suited for continued excellence on movie soundtracks than Pink Floyd. In 1967, they performed on Tonite Let's All Make Love In London, a documentary about the swinging Sixties, baby, that featured everyone who [...]
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Glastonbury Festival 1971

Glastonbury Festival 1971

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Glastonbury Festival 1971 - When Noel Gallagher called the decision to book Jay-Z for Glasto "wrong" he was right, but for the wrong reasons, if you see what we mean. Noel reckoned the festival should be about guitar bands, not hip-hop, which is a point of view - albeit one contrary to the eclectic origins [...]
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History of Track Records

History of Track Records

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The public school rebel, the streetwise East End scenester and the guitar hero: the three men who put together Track Records were a diverse and complicated trio. But their label was to become perhaps the great indie of the 1960s, a showcase for a stable of great acts including Jimi Hendrix. The three men were [...]
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History of Blue Horizon label

History of Blue Horizon label

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The British blues boom that started around 1963 and ran for the rest of the decade was initially a cultish, non-mainstream movement largely fed by merchant seaman bringing blues records back from American to the great industrial ports of the UK, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow and London. Blues guys like John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson [...]
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The Strange Case of Jeff Baxter

The Strange Case of Jeff Baxter

Authored By Johnny Blogger
You'd think playing in a band with Jimi Hendrix would be the pinnacle of most careers. Or maybe being in Steely Dan for their early Seventies holy trinity of Can't Buy A Thrill, Countdown To Ecstasy and Pretzel Logic. Or maybe 8 Platinum Records and two Grammys. Or being in the Doobie Brothers. Or even [...]
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Knebworth Festival 1985

Knebworth Festival 1985

Authored By Johnny Blogger
1985. Deep Purple are back - and so is rock at Knebworth. 1980 had seen Santana and the Beach Boys play at the Hertfordshire pile, then came two years of jazz / blues - including Ella, BB and Dizzy - before a couple of years of the Christian Greenbelt Festival including, erm, Cliff Richard. Fortunately, [...]
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The History of Dawn Records

The History of Dawn Records

Authored By Johnny Blogger
From making televisions and the unexciting beginnings of Petula Clark and Lonnie Doneghan to the freaked out acid folk of Paul Brett's Sage, the story of Pye Records and its Dawn Records offshoot is a peculiar one. Pye was a television and radio manufacturer in the Fifties but diversified into record label ownership with the [...]
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