Author Archive: neilsambrook@btinternet.com

DON’T KNOCK THE ROCK – Twenty Songs Where Rock and Roll Celebrates Itself

WE KNOW WHAT IT IS – AND WE LIKE IT, LIKE IT, YES WE DO……………… LONG LIVE ROCK – The Who; IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N ROLL – The Rolling Stones; ROCK ‘N ROLL NEVER FORGETS – Bob Seger & The…
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IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR – in 1971 rock music reaches its peak.

Career peaks for Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Joni Mitchell and Rod Stewart – in 1971 popular music reached its high water mark. On a recent flight to Alicante from the UK I read a magazine article making the case for 1966 being…
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STORE WARS – Twenty Tracks for Cyber Monday and beyond………………

Twenty Songs about the oddities of Outer Space. SPACE ODDITY – David Bowie; MR SPACEMAN – The Byrds; ROCKET MAN – Elton John; MAN on the MOON – REM; SUPERSONIC ROCKET SHIP – The Kinks; ECLIPSE – Pink Floyd; THEY…
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SONG NOIR – Twenty Tracks For Black Friday

This list is respectfully dedicated to the great rock n’ roller Malcolm Young – and everyone who saw a thunderous set by AC/DC at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in November 1979, from which my eardrums have only just recovered. SKY BLUE AND BLACK – Jackson Browne;…
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AWAY THE LAD – A Tribute to Rodney Bewes (1937-2017)

  Waking this morning to news Rodney Bewes had died aged 79 brought realisation he was an actor I had watched (admittedly in one particular role) virtually my entire life. Without question he will be best remembered for his portrayal of Bob…
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MAKE AND MODEL – Twenty Songs About Cars

GOT OUT OF MY CAR – AND INTO THE RECORDING STUDIO………………………   DRIVIN’ – The Kinks; IN MY CAR – Joe Walsh; STUDEBAKER – Warren Zevon; CARS ARE CARS – Paul Simon; TRAFFIC JAM – James Taylor; CAR PHONE –…
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SHOW TIME !! Twenty Great Songs About Touring

  BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD IN SUNSHINE AND IN SNOW…………………….. THE LOAD-OUT – Jackson Browne; HOLIDAY INN – Elton John; TRAVELLIN’ BAND – Creedence Clearwater Revival; TIME OUT – Joe Walsh; IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME KNOW – The…
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LATE IN THE EVENING – Twenty Songs With Tonight In The Title

  THIS NIGHT IS GOING TO LAST FOREVER……………………. WE’VE GOT TONIGHT – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; TONIGHT – Poco/ TONIGHT – Elton John (Different Songs); TONIGHT I’M YOURS – Rod Stewart; ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT? – Elvis…
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PRAYERS ANSWERED – Gretchen Peters gives an almighty performance at the Union Chapel.

Early in her stellar set at the Union Chapel, Islington this week Gretchen Peters told the audience: ‘I’d forgotten how much freakin’ fun this is.’ In London for her only UK performance of 2017 and first in Britain for eighteen months, that comment could have…
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