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A LIFELONG FASCINATION WITH GUY EVANS

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If the later seventies and the eighties saw musical shifts arising from the development of the synthesizer, the sixties and early seventies heralded the rise of the drummer in importance. Rival for drumming GOAT Stephen Morris (Joy Division/New Order) represented the shift from acoustic drumming to the ubiquitous drum machine of the eighties by creating the sound acoustically.

RARE RECORD CLUB

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 One of the great things about saving music history is that there are so many kind people out in the big old World who are happy to give us amazing rare tracks, videos and articles so that we in turn can share them with all you guys and gals.  Check out the Rare Record Club  Beatles Event  14 April 2010  .   We will be playing just loads of Rare Beatles tracks that have never  been heard before... really!! 

 

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BOB DYLAN AND THE BEATLES GET HIGH AS HELL

BOB DYLAN AND THE BEATLES

Al Aronowitz is often referred to as "the godfather of rock journalism." But his roots are in the tradition of the writers who trailed behind the Old West's outlaws and revolutionaries, embellishing the truth to delight an eager readership.

However, Al was always more a participant than a mere observer, positioned early at the crossroads of one of modern America's defining eras. Indeed, his influence was a catalyst that helped precipitate the psychosomatic eruptions that ripped the social fabric and gave life a new soundtrack.

THE MAN WHO REALLY SHOT THE SIXTIES.

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It's not often that one gets to meet, and interview such an interesting man as Philip Townsend, his name perhaps not quite so well known as Baily, Duffy or Donovan but his images of sixties London are as important and evocative as any.  The stories he has to tell about being the first person to photograph the Rolling Stones or his encounters with The Beatles are fascinating.  We will be publishing the interview shortly, together with a video and  podcast.

LENNY KRAVITZ

LENNY KRAVITZ TOPLESS
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LENNY KRAVITZ
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American “retro” rocker, Lenny Kravitz’s style has been compared to such greats as Prince and Jimi Hendrix. His career boasts multi-platinum albums, four consecutive Grammy awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and over 40 million album sales globally.

Kravitz’s influence also reaches his peers. His collaborative efforts read more like a Hollywood A-List party - Jay-Z, Aerosmith, Mick Jagger and P. Diddy amongst others.

In the 80s, Kravitz worked under the stage name Romeo Blue. He developed a demo but was told he wasn’t “black enough” to compete with the RnB styles that dominated the radio airwaves at the time. Undeterred and without a label, Kravitz decided to started work on an album and managed to attract the attention of Virgin Records.

Within a few years, he traded the Shakespearian nom de plume for a freshly signed Virgin Records contract and released his debut album Let Love Rule in 1989 to mixed reviews.

In the first few years of the 90s, Kravitz spent writing and producing for other artists including Madonna’s Justify My Love but also experienced his first chart success with second album Mama Said. This album featured a song titled It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over and collaborations with Guns 'N' Roses’ Slash and BeatlesOffspring, Sean Lennon.

In 1993, Are You Gonna Go My Way was released and reached #12 on the Billboard charts and won Kravitz a BRIT award. He followed up with Circus in 1995 which hit #10 despite it only having two moderately successful singles.

In 1998, Kravitz exploded onto the mainstream music scene with his fifth album, suitably named 5, thanks to the hit single Fly Away. This song helped make the album multi-platinum, featured on advertisements and secured Kravitz his first Grammy in 1999.

Success continued in 2001 with an award-winning, cover version of the Guess Who’s American Woman for the second Austin Powers movie soundtrack.

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Kravitz subsequently released three more studio albums and became more involved in other projects like political activism, acting and collaboration. He also established his own record label named Roxie Records and a design company aptly named Kravitz Designs. In an era of throwaway music careers, Kravitz has proven his critics wrong with a three decade long career that continues to flourish.

Juanita Appleby

This information is provided as a brief overview and not as a definitive guide, there are other sources on the net for that. If however you have a story or information that is not generally known we would love to hear from you. Content@rokpool.com

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C.E.O CHAT...WHATS COMING UP !!

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Never been a stamp collector, but boy can I understand the thrill of finding some hidden gem or being offered unique content to display or auction.  Beatles autographs with great provenance are exciting enough, but coupled with Four Tops, Monkees, and Madonna signatures, to name but a few is special indeed. We already have some amazing Saxon memorabilia and this morning were offered some 20 rare early Queen photos  all should be available  to bid for within the next few days. 

Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

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Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band Album Cover
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The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band was formed in 1962 by students of The Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths College. The core line-up consisted of Viv Stanshall on trumpet and lead vocals; Neil Innes on piano, guitar and lead vocals; Rodney Slater on saxophone; Roger Ruskin Spear on tenor sax and other instruments and “Legs” Larry Smith on drums. The original name, The Bonzo Dog Dada Band, was inspired by cartoon Bonzo the Dog and ‘Dada’ from an early 20th century abstract anti-art movement.

The band gigged regularly in London pubs with their brand of trad jazz and avant-garde humour. The Bonzos, as they were known, secured a record deal and in 1967 they released their debut album ‘Gorilla’. The first track, ‘Cool Britannia’, became a phrase adopted in the late 1990s with the election of a Labour government after 18 years of Conservative rule. Also on the album is ‘Death Cab for Cutie’ which is a parody on the teenage tragedy songs such as ‘Teen Angel’ and ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’. The track appears in The Beatles film ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and its title has been adopted as the name for an American indie rock band. The album’s other track of note is ‘The Intro and the Outro’ with its sublimely absurd made-up contributors such as Adolf Hitler on vibes and Count Basie’s Orchestra on triangle. However, among the fake musicians playing their parts, Eric Clapton actually does feature on the track playing ukulele.

Appearances on children’s TV show ‘Do Not Adjust Your Set’ between 1967 and 1969 gave the band greater notoriety, not to mention a solid comedy pedigree. Three members of what would come to be the comedy group Monty Python Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Jones – wrote and performed on the programme. The Bonzos appeared in a number of sketches and Neil Innes has been referred to as the seventh Python.

The Paul McCartney-produced single ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman’ became a big success in 1968. It was at this time that the band started to abandon their jazz roots and focus more on psychedelic rock with a comedic twist. As well as being championed by The Beatles, they also accompanied The Who on their US tour and supported The Kinks at Fillmore East in New York.

Following a two-year split, a few members of the band reunited to release the album ‘Let’s Make Up and Be Friendly’. Viv Stanshall passed away in 1995, a year prior to the band’s 40th anniversary gig. Stanshall was ‘replaced’ on stage by comedians such as Phil Jupitus and Paul Merton.

The album ‘Pour L’Amour des Chiens’ was released in 2007 – 35 years after they recorded their previous studio album.

Carly Page

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