Rock & Roll Clubs

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    The Scenes are Coming Apart at the Seams – and It’s Great to be in the Middle

The Scenes are Coming Apart at the Seams – and It’s Great to be in the Middle

Music scenes have always been about tribalism. What you listened to defined who you were, especially when it came with clothes, clubs and a language that deliberately set you apart from ‘others’. In the background, those who simply didn’t get passion for and identification with music sometimes tried to ridicule it, differences were most […]

Rockabilly Radio – Age 21 and Counting

Having joined the ranks of the Rockabilly Radio DJs some 6 months ago, I was interested to find out a bit more about a station that’s been around since internet radio first became a ‘thing’. Fortunately, Marketing Manager and fellow DJ Julie Miranda (aka DJ Miss Aloha) was on hand to fill in the […]

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    Teds, Rebels, Hepcats and Psychos – Chronicalling the Rockabilly Revival

Teds, Rebels, Hepcats and Psychos – Chronicalling the Rockabilly Revival

As someone who likes to try to put the scene I’ve known and loved for over 40 years into some type of context, I’m a sucker for books on social history, even when I know that most of them will either take a lazy approach to the whole rockin’ scene (a bunch of throwbacks […]

Walking in the Footsteps of Kerouac (in Camden)

In this MidCentury world, we spend a lot of time trying to recreate the spirit of the era , or at least dreaming that we might be able to. One of the obvious ways that we can reach out and touch those times is through the artists whose careers have spanned the gap. Even […]

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 […]

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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 – […]

My Life in Rock’n’Roll Clubs – Part Two

It seems like an age ago that I wrote part one of My Life in Rock’n’Roll Clubs, with the intention of rolling straight into part two – and then lots of other interesting things happened to write about, including lots more clubs to visit and dance to great rock’n’roll played very loud. But before […]

Herr Rockabilly Returns – Marcel Bontempi in Cannock

I feel a bit of a lightweight writing up one of the Marcel Bontempi gigs that Colin Silcocks staged in Cannock in March, because the whole concept of his visit to the UK was to present a double-header showcasing the two sides of Herr Bontempi’s talents in a pair of themed nights, the first […]

Branching out for the Real Vinyl Experience

Rock’n’roll clubs are great, and a habit we’d never want to break, but just occasionally the original vinyl obsession demands a bit of broadening out. We don’t make it easy for ourselves, I’ll admit, as we don’t really like records by modern bands (with a few exceptions, most of which have featured previously […]

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, […]