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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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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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Adventures in Birmingham – Music Mayhem

Adventures in Birmingham – Music Mayhem

Supporting live/local music I didn’t set out to break any records but if I did, it will be to hear as much live music as possible. Starting at my own event, Birmingham Vintage Fair to the end of Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival last Sunday, this is the lowdown: June 25th        Birmingham Vintage Fair […]

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Music Monday: V is for Luther Vandross

Music Monday: V is for Luther Vandross

I’ve been through the alphabet twice now, this time ending with the sublime talent that was Luther Vandross. Inspiration to many, loved by all. So many to choose from: 1. Never Too Much – an all time classic 2. Give Me The Reason  3. Stop to Love 4. So Amazing 5. Dance with My Father […]

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This Burning Age – A Muzzle for the Masses (CD)

This Burning Age – A Muzzle for the Masses (CD)

So finally I get hold of this CD…… Having seen the band perform acoustically at Urban Coffee and then live at The Actress & Bishop hearing the CD is the last vital piece. Just like at the proper live gig I recognised a few tracks from the acoustic set, I recognise a lot of these […]

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Live Music Friday – This Burning Age

Live Music Friday – This Burning Age

Yes I know, I said I wouldn’t write about local bands on here again. Last time, despite me saying I’d enjoyed the gig, that I went out of my way to leave my beloved B5 enclosure to get to Moseley upon a recommendation and that my only point was that I wished they’d done some […]

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