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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 – […]

A Vintage Man in New York – Part Three

We get fed in Katz’s – just – go record hunting on the East Side and tread the pavements of the Godfather’s Little Italy…

Our minds teeming with tales of tenement life, it seemed the natural thing to do to cross Delancy Street  heading north to stay within the East Side, making our way steadily […]

A Vintage Man in New York – Part Two

Of Broadway, an urban aircraft carrier, and the Tenement Museum…

Having mastered our surroundings, we couldn’t wait to tackle Manhattan proper, and decided to focus on satisfying some of Miss M’s Korean cravings with a trip to the BTS (Korean boy band – don’t ask) store in Times Square. We hopped off the subway at […]

A Little Gem Behind the Red Door

With fantastic rockin’ clubs popping up all over the place at weekends, it’s hard to squeeze everything into the diary and still have room for all that boring but essential domestic ‘stuff’, but just sometimes fate drops one in your lap that provides something that little bit different. So it was we found ourselves […]

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    From the Ashes of Memory Rises the Rock’n’Roll Phoenix of… The Phoenix

From the Ashes of Memory Rises the Rock’n’Roll Phoenix of… The Phoenix

Having written at length about the club below the Phoenix pub in Cavendish Square, and had the pleasure of seeing that material appear not only in the pages of Now Dig This but also as the editorial in the Rockin’ London in the 80s photobook, I genuinely thought it would stay firmly in the […]