Tag Archive: The Beatles

STAR MAN – The Golden Years of David Bowie

Of all the major rock artists whose careers I have followed closely, David Bowie is the one I find it hardest to write about. Most likely it is because Bowie, given his capacity to adopt new personas, was so hard…
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BBC FOUR Documentary explores Hits, Hype and Hustle in the Music Business – but whatever happened to Attitude, Albums and Ability?

About halfway through the first episode of the BBC documentary ‘Hits, Hype and Hustle,’ a series designed to give insight into how an artist becomes successful in the music industry, the old rock romantic within me asked: ‘Whatever happened to attitude,…
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DON’T LOOK BACK WITH CANDOUR – Noel and Liam tell how Oasis conquered the world in ‘Supersonic’ documentary.

While the technique of having the opening scene of a film return at the end (with the story told in between) is hardly new, it does work perfectly for the compelling Oasis documentary ‘Supersonic.’ Beginning with the group boarding a helicopter…
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WHY ON EARTH SHOULD I MOAN? – Still nothing to complain about in ‘A HARD DAY’S NIGHT’

YEAH YEAH YEAH to coin a phrase – I know, I know, another appraisal of The Beatles film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ Nearly fifty four years old and the subject of countless critiques does the world really need one more? Well after…
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STOP HEY – WHAT’S THIS CALLED? Twenty Songs Where The Title Is Not In The Lyric

THESE SONGS HAVE A TITLE – IT’S JUST NOT CONTAINED IN THE LYRICS.  BABA O’RILEY – The Who; FUNK 49 – The James Gang; JUST LIKE TOM THUMB’S BLUES – Bob Dylan; TRUE BLUE – Rod Stewart; KING OF HOLLYWOOD…
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IT’S RAINING SONGS – Twenty With Rain In The Title

SUNNY SKIES NOWHERE TO BE SEEN………………………….. RAIN – The Beatles; LOUISIANA RAIN – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; A HARD RAIN’S GONNA FALL – Bob Dylan; SIMILAR TO RAIN – Warren Zevon; WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN/HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE…
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HELLO 1967 – GOODBYE 2017: Twenty Great Albums from a monumental year for rock.

TWENTY GREAT ALBUMS from 1967: By now the album had superseded the single as the vehicle through which an artist would most express their visions and true ambition. Few would have predicted the long-player to have travelled so far in such a…
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SHOP WORN – Bob Geldof gives his audience a dressing down……………………….

It was hard for me to stifle a laugh when I read reports of Bob Geldof castigating the audience at a rock festival last year for what they were wearing – taking a fuming dislike apparently to the Primark attire…
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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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