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Rick Wakeman – still an outstanding musician and good bloke

Keyboard player Rick Wakeman occupies an enviable niche in the pantheon of British rock music. I’d hate to saddle him with ‘national treasure’ status but – despite his well-documented professional and personal excesses – he attracts a grudging respect even in those like me who [...]

January 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Remembering a British blues legend

Pure self-indulgence this, but I’m not apologising. I’m a committed fan of live music and especially blues or old-style R & B. Having been a teenager in the 1960s, the blues first came to my attention via the Rolling Stones, probably their Little Red Rooster single, if I’m trying to be [...]

December 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

… And The The Rest

Neil McCormick selects Bob Dylan’s thirty greatest songs in the Daily Telegraph today – see here – BOB DYLAN’S GREATEST Do you agree with his [...]

November 19, 2013 // 0 Comments


We learned this week that the older generation can maintain a brighter outlook on life in general by wallowing in nostalgia. A study by researchers at the University of Southampton, published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, has concluded that those who are encouraged, for [...]

November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments


Many years ago I recall a teacher at my school who became a holocaust denying bishop ordained at Harrods railing against Pop music on the basis that JS Bach is always in the top ten. The observation must have resonated with me as 45 years on I still recall it. Over the last few years as my tastes [...]

November 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

ROCK MUSIC BYWAYS: SOME GIRLS (1978) by the Rolling Stones

They say you can tell someone’s age by their favourite popular music choices, so make what you will of the fact that precious few of mine originated later than 1980. Since then there has grown a trend for artistes to release deluxe or anthology editions of their catalogues, often including in [...]

November 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

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