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Fild – Wild Rose

Fild – Wild Rose

I’m expecting a gritty Glaswegian drama with Wild Rose, especially from the opening sequence. Instead, we got the Hollywood version which is cliché after cliché.  They’ve even given the lead a country name in Rose-Lynn when everyone else is Glasgow is called Sam, Susannah and Marion. We have prison and a tag, drugs, drink, rudeness, […]

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Book: Still Whispering After All These Years by Bob Harris

Book: Still Whispering After All These Years by Bob Harris

Having been an avid listener to the Bob Harris Country show (and also the sadly defunct, late-night Americana show), I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to get round to reading his book. It is, after all, an essential read. Just as when I read sports books, I’m gobsmacked at how many stats are collated here. […]

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Film: Bohemian Rhapsody

Film: Bohemian Rhapsody

This is front-man Freddie Mercury’s story, told through the eyes of those who knew him, mainly his Queen band members. It’s a look at his life as a teenage son of an Indian immigrant, from his desperation to express himself while at art college, to his longing to perform, how he met the rest of […]

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Book: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Book: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Well this has been a long time a coming. Spurred on by the Super Bowl appearance in 2009 – the one that I actually watched as I was in New York at the time. That seemed the epitome of success for the boss and this book started getting written. It’s written in the same prose […]

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Film: Rush – Time Stand Still

Film: Rush – Time Stand Still

  A highlight of the Canadian trip. This limited release film was only shown on a few dates around the world before being released as a DVD soon after. It would have been perfect to see it in Toronto, their home city but in any case, I saw this in a very important and special […]

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Book: Young Hearts Run Free by Dave Haslam

Book: Young Hearts Run Free by Dave Haslam

The Real Story of the 1970s What the author wants us to see when writing this book – in case there was any doubt – is the non-rose tinted version of the decade that many of us may have. Particularly if like me you, you were just a child then and the memories you hold […]

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Book: Girl In a Band – Kim Gordon

Book: Girl In a Band – Kim Gordon

This book comes highly recommended by a couple of writers, in view of the fact I’m editing my own memoir at the moment. I’ve not come across the author but I’m familiar with her band, Sonic Youth. And yet despite their 30 year career and having read the book that scatters the song titles, I’m […]

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The Damned 2 Nov 2014

Live: The Damned (and Motorhead)

Thank goodness we were able to take advantage of this gig, right behind where we live! I’ve never seen either bands before or do I ever recall going to the NIA (the soon to be revamped/renamed National Indoor Arena in Birmingham) so last Thursday held some firsts for me. I don’t know if I would have […]

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Book: Freak Out, by Nile Rodgers

Book: Freak Out, by Nile Rodgers

I found out my all-time musical hero was on Twitter with the heart-breaking news that he’d been diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully he’s still touring and clearly doing what he loves! Anyway, around that time he was finishing this book and we’ve formed a lovely Twitter bond ever since. Well, at least, from my point of view. […]

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Book: John Taylor – In the Pleasure Groove

Book: John Taylor – In the Pleasure Groove

~Love, Death and Duran Duran~ It needed a fan girl book to get me back into my reading groove this year. Last year was my worst for reading since I got back into the habit in 2008. The book-a-week rule has all but gone out the window but I’m determined for its return in 2013. […]

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