So Goodbye – and Good Riddance – to 2020

So, some year that turned out to be in Midcentury land. We started with a good selection of events in the diary, including the potential to spend a full three days at the Rockabilly Rave for the first time. My new monthly DJ residency at a local pub was getting into its swing (barring […]

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    Collecting 78s – The Strangely Addictive Properties of Shellac

Collecting 78s – The Strangely Addictive Properties of Shellac

No matter how hard I try to persuade myself that they’re a very demanding way of collecting recorded music, 78s have a strange hold over me. Perhaps it’s their direct link to the 40s and 50s – a magical thing for a youth obsessed with the period when 45s were still very much the […]

The Inside Story – Johnny Cash at San Quentin (Part 4)

Continuing Michael Darlow’s first-hand account of filming Johnny Cash’s 1969 concert at San Quentin prison. This article first appeared in Now Dig This, the longest-running magazine dedicated to the Big Beat. All words copyright Michael Darlow…

We made an early start the next morning – Joe, Ray and the rest of the Granada crew to […]

The Inside Story – Johnny Cash at San Quentin (Part 3)

Continuing Michael Darlow’s first-hand account of filming Johnny Cash’s 1969 concert at San Quentin prison. This article first appeared in Now Dig This, the longest-running magazine dedicated to the Big Beat. All words copyright Michael Darlow…

Before describing the San Quentin concert and our filming of it, it may be helpful to recall a little […]

The Inside Story – Johnny Cash at San Quentin (Part 2)

Continuing Michael Darlow’s first-hand account of filming Johnny Cash’s San Quentin concert in 1969. This article first appeared in Now Dig This, the longest-running magazine dedicated to the Big Beat. All words copyright Michael Darlow…

By now a transmission date for our film on the ITV network had been announced – Saturday, 19th April, just […]

The Inside Story – Johnny Cash at San Quentin (Part 1)

I met Michael Darlow through working with a society dedicated to the work of playwright Terence Rattigan as he was one of Rattigan’s biographers. Not only did we get on very well, but also found we shared the same school and service in the RAF (a good few years apart, of course). I knew […]

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    Pilot Officer Prune – Forgotten Comic Strip Hero of the Battle of Britain

Pilot Officer Prune – Forgotten Comic Strip Hero of the Battle of Britain

‘This bloody station’s a right bloody cuss, no bloody pubs and no bloody bus;
Nobody cares for poor old bloody us. Oh, bloody bloody bloody bloody bloody!

For a MidCentury boy like me, brought up on a steady diet of 1950s war movies, Airfix kits, Action Man and War Picture Library comics – all of which […]

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A Sojourn in Suffolk

With all that’s happening this year (or, to more accurate, not happening), it was a good job that our holiday ambitions were a good deal more modest than last year’s expedition to New York. Fortunately, before lockdown hit us, we’d made a booking for a week in Southwold, somewhere we’ve been meaning to visit, […]

Sixty Four Pages of Wartime Grit

 

If sometimes I give the impression that my boyhood was characterised by an obsession with the Second World War, that’s because it’s largely true. I have a theory that, for any boy of the immediate post war generation (the baby boomers as sociologists would categorize us), you could place each one of us firmly […]

More Lockdown Spin-up Reflections

When I last blogged about DJ’ing in the lockdown, we’d just taken our first tentative steps into joining the community of Facebook Live DJs. A couple of months on, and our Wednesday evening sessions have become a regular fixture in our week. So much so that we’ve taken to leaving the decks and mixer […]