Ah the Irony – An Blog about Vintage Typewriters

Vintage typewriters seem to have become all the rage, these days. After years gathering dust amongst the bric a brac on the shelves of bad theme pubs, they’ve joined the ranks of the items of analogue technology much beloved of the hipster crowd (are they still a thing?), and a quick on line search […]

Spinning ‘Em Up in the Lock Down

In the same way that the past few weeks have had such a fundamental impact on so many aspects of our lives, the fraternity of rockin’ DJs has had to adapt to a world where, even if dancing didn’t break all the rules of social distancing (apart from wild boppers who can create a […]

Stuff from the Vintage Magazine Store

When I wrote about the untimely demise of the Vintage Magazine Store in Soho (which you can find here), it was very much done in the heat of the moment, which didn’t give me much of a chance to dig out any of the things I’d bought there over the years. We’ll, as I’m […]

Zeb Marks – One of the Originals

As a child of the 60s who discovered the rock’n’roll scene as a teenager in the late 70s, I’ve a fascination with the experience of those who were actually there when rock’n’roll music was new, especially those who threw themselves into it at the time and have remained faithful ever since. Too often, the […]

A Vintage Man in New York – Part Eight (the end)

Of how we met the Muppets, filled a few holes in the suitcase with yet more records, and farewell to Williamsburg…

As our last weekend began, we set off on the final visit plucked from our ‘to do’ list and one that we knew we couldn’t miss – the Museum of the Moving Image way […]

A Vintage Man in New York – Part Seven

Of Central Park, more crate digging, and that Statue…

We were back in Manhattan again the following day to take in the scenery of Central Park. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect – stories from the dark days of the 70s and 80s had created a vision of a dangerous place, even in daylight, where […]

A Vintage Man in New York – Part Six

Lotsa serious crate digging for rekkids, and a trip back to the Tenement Museum after a walk in the New York skyline…

Our next day we’d dedicated to seeking out a legendary record shop north of Williamsburg in Greenpoint. It meant a bit of a hike, so we started with a leisurely return to the […]

A Vintage Man in New York – Part Five

More fleas, some classic transport, the iconic sights of Midtown and trying the NY waterborne commute…

Sunday saw us back in Brooklyn, again at the end of a bit of a hike, to sample the much bigger version of the Brooklyn Flea, held in the atmospheric space under the arches of the Manhattan Bridge approach […]

A Vintage Man in New York – Part Four

Downtown and Brooklyn in search of fleas, and meeting a vinyl collecting god…

Having immersed ourselves in the stories and culture of early and mid 20th Century New York, it was time to bring ourselves starkly up to the more recent events in the city’s history with a visit to the 9/11 Museum and Memorial. […]

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    Farewell Colin Silcocks – A Powerhouse of Rock’n’Roll 1950-2019

Farewell Colin Silcocks – A Powerhouse of Rock’n’Roll 1950-2019

The news of the hospitalisation and subsequent death of Colin Silcocks at the beginning of November sent a shockwave across the UK rock’n’roll scene, illustrating for anyone who might have doubted it just what an impact this modest Midlander had on the many thousands for whom his many gigs and clubs had been – […]