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 […]

Yes, I Had an Action Man, Too

It’s an unwritten rule of any exercise in boyhood nostalgia of the 60s or 70s that Action Man has got to be in there somewhere. And why not? There can’t have been many boys of that era who either didn’t have at least one Action Man of their own or, at the very least, […]

Heppest of the Hep – Get Lost in Rock’n’Roll on Film

Sadly, too soon after this appeared on the blog, the Heppest of the Hep page disappeared from Facebook; something to do with copyright of the various clips, I suspect! I’ve left the article here in the hope that it will resurface, and as I’m sure most of the content could be found elsewhere on […]

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    Of all the Suit Makers in All the World, I Had to Walk into Chester Cordite’s…

Of all the Suit Makers in All the World, I Had to Walk into Chester Cordite’s…

I didn’t start this blog with any sense of mounting a crusade but, if I had any sort of a mission, it was to celebrate the people who bring genuine passion and authenticity to a vintage scene often plagued by those eager to sling a ‘vintage’ label on something because it ‘looks old’ and […]

Plywood, Yes Plywood – the MidCentury Material

Plywood. He’s writing about plywood. And he’s been to an exhibition about plywood. Surely this must be the point that the MidCentury Chap enters the anoraknosphere. But what a fantastic midcentury material plywood is, and what a superb collection of delectable midcentury goodies can be brought together to celebrate its role in 20th Century […]

High Octane Hot Rods and Rhythm’n’Soul at Santa Pod

For the vintage petrol head, there’s nothing better than watching classic motors being driven hard as they were meant to be, and for the lover of 50s and 60s sounds, it’s a treat to hear original numbers in an authentic style, so when the two come together with one of your favourite rock’n’roll DJs […]

Miniature & Mechanical Marvels in Northleach

For any lover of recorded music in all its forms, it’s worth being reminded of how it all started, and there’s no better place to get a potted education in the history of mechanical music than the aptly titled Mechanical Music Museum in Northleach, Gloucestershire. Northleach itself is just the place for a museum […]

The East Kent – Whitstable’s Own Big Beat Venue

Sadly, Stix and family moved on from the East Kent at the end of 2017. Clearly, a pub full of happy drinkers wasn’t enough for the brewery! Passing the East Kent now, it’s hard to believe that for a few months, you could catch fantastic live acts for free there at least once a […]

The Rockabilly Rave 2017 – All About the Music

Somehow, although it’s what we go there for, I always find writing about the music at the Rockabilly Rave the hardest bit. Maybe it’s because there’s just so much of it – three days and four nights of live bands, all interspersed with record hops to make up a pretty much continuous flow of […]

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    Alas the Shakespeare County Raceway – I Didn’t Know It Well Enough

Alas the Shakespeare County Raceway – I Didn’t Know It Well Enough

You know that dreadful feeling when you find out about something really great on your doorstep, just in time to wave it goodbye? Well, I guess it’s going to be that way with the Shakespeare County Raceway, just outside Stratford on Avon. I can’t believe I’ve lived in the area for over a […]