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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: 1971- Never a Dull Moment by David Hepworth

Book: 1971- Never a Dull Moment by David Hepworth

  If all we know of David Bowie was what he did in 1971 it would be more than enough. Changes, Oh! You Pretty Things, Life on Mars, The Bewlay Brothers, Hang On to Yourself, Five Years, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City and Starman are all from 1971. As if that wasn’t enough to quantify that […]

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Book: Tony Visconti: The Autobiography. Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy

Book: Tony Visconti: The Autobiography. Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy

  Known in the mainstream as David Bowie’s producer, Tony Visconti put this bio out in 2005 and took the opportunity to be honest about everyone he has worked with (AKA have a go) including Paul McCartney. Perhaps because of his loyalty to Lennon, who’s ex he later married. Marc Bolan seemed to be a […]

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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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Movie – Searching for Sugar Man

Movie – Searching for Sugar Man

I’m a card-carrying member of mainstream cinema but it’s been distinctly lacking in films I want to see lately. I’m not into any of this seasons blockbuster releases; Batman, Bourne, Spiderman – although I eventually saw that one and it was better than expected. I only counted four Cineworld cinemas showing the film this week […]

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Bass buds

Bassbuds: more bass for your bucks

I had a feeling that these would come in some snazzy packaging and then when I saw the size of the box, I knew I was right. What I immediately liked were the spare ear buds (silicone or memory foam) that come in 3 different sizes and you can buy spares too (from £2.95). There […]

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Adventures in Birmingham: Live music at Six Eight Kafé

Adventures in Birmingham: Live music at Six Eight Kafé

Those of you who know me on Twitter will have noticed I’ve been to every single Live Music Friday evening at Urban Coffee Co but now I’m delighted there’s a second coffee house to embrace one of life’s pleasures. I’ve loved live music in coffee shops ever since I first saw a man and a […]

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Adventures in Birmingham – Entertainment Heritage Walk

Adventures in Birmingham – Entertainment Heritage Walk

Entertainment Heritage Walk I’ve lost count of how many ‘heritage walks’ I’ve now completed with the knowledgeable and witty Mr Ian Braisby but all have been enlightening and entertaining. The latest, on a sunny Sunday afternoon is to learn about Birmingham’s entertainment heritage. Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Slade seemed to have played everywhere but […]

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