Rhythm & Reaction – the Age of Jazz in Britain

I thought I knew the buildings along the Embankment pretty well, but there are a few that had made me wonder what might go on inside, so it was with a double sense of intrigue that we found ourselves pointed towards an exhibition going by the title of ‘the Age of Jazz in Britain’ […]

Let’s Get Wild with Rockin’ Perry Como

If anyone today were to suggest for a minute that Perry Como should be classed amongst purveyors of the Big Beat, they’d be (at best) laughed at. Yet there was a time in the mid 80s when a visit to many self-respecting rock’n’roll venues would have found Como’s Juke Box Baby and Kewpie Doll, […]

Random Magazine Finds

The beauty of occasional forays into image collections is that it allows me to bring together material that isn’t linked by any particular theme, other than it’s stuff I’ve collected over the years and like! So it is with this one – random magazines picked up here and there that don’t fit into any […]

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    Don’t Call Me Shop-a-Billy! (But there is a lot of good stuff to buy at the Rave…)

Don’t Call Me Shop-a-Billy! (But there is a lot of good stuff to buy at the Rave…)

Usually, our shopping at the Rockabilly Rave is something squeezed in between the important bits – catching up with friends, dancing and listening to great music live and on record. This year we were lucky enough to get down on the Thursday evening, giving us all of Friday to take in the stalls in […]

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    Relics of Bristol – Vinyl, Vintage Tech, and Dansette Wizards

Relics of Bristol – Vinyl, Vintage Tech, and Dansette Wizards

I hadn’t intended to build up a collection of Dansettes and other vintage portable record players (I love that term – from when ‘portable’ meant anything that had a handle fixed to it, no matter how heavy). For years, the perfectly serviceable one I had lived in the attic until it re-emerged to give […]

Hot Dang Dilly: Great Ghoulish Gigging

With all the bad stuff, big and small, going on in the world at the moment, you almost feel guilty at enjoying an evening quite as much as the Hot Dang Dilly Halloween Special, but that’s the joy of great records and a great act in a venue dedicated to real music. Little Carl’s […]

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    Rocking in Gloucester – Support Your Local Rock’n’Roll Club

Rocking in Gloucester – Support Your Local Rock’n’Roll Club

Regular readers of this blog will already have gathered that, when it comes to rock’n’roll clubs, our hearts are in the London clubs that we both grew up with, and particularly the ones featuring the DJs we know well and who share our taste in records but, with our domestic roots now in the […]

Aliens and Galaxies in the Barbican

In some respects, it’s hard to reconcile an interest in science fiction with a fascination with the past. Surely, the one should contradict the other? But for me the heyday of SciFi was the first half of the 20th Century, when enough had been discovered to open up the possibilities of what the future […]

Rockin’ by the Seaside – the Rockabilly Rebellion

It’s a very long time since Weston Super Mare featured in our rockabilly diary – not since the weekenders moved there for a few years in the late 80s when the good folk of Caister took exception to our mass descent on their village. But having been deeply disappointed to miss Sonny West’s appearance […]

Bop, Crazy Baby

One of the first things that would strike anyone happening on the British rockabilly scene for the first time is the major part that dancing plays in our enjoyment of the music. Most of us who spent our early youth feeling out of touch with the contemporary culture around us will remember the moment […]