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Johnny Depp Joins Ryan Adams Onstage at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Johnny Depp Joins Ryan Adams Onstage at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Johny Depp joins Ryan Adams and Daniel Clarke on stage at Shepherds Bush Empire Last night
Johny Depp joins Ryan Adams and Daniel Clarke on stage at Shepherds Bush Empire Last night

Johny Depp joins Ryan Adams and Daniel Clarke on stage at Shepherds Bush Empire Last night

Gig goers had a surprise during the encore to Ryan Adams’ show at Shepherds Bush Empire last night as Johnny Depp slung on his guitar and joined the band. Sporting a wide-rimmed trilby, Depp threw some impressive shapes and even pulled off a guitar solo during set closer “Kim”.

Johnny Depp and Ryan Adams

Despite such a Hollywood…

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"Later….With Jools Holland": A Focus Group Shares Their Thoughts…

“Later….With Jools Holland”: A Focus Group Shares Their Thoughts…

Later with Jools Holland BBC2

Later with Jools Holland BBC2

When producers of Jools Holland’s long running TV show Later… were brainstorming a couple of years ago for fresh impetus and ideas, something appeared to go awry.

TV Centre was closing, so the show required a vibrant new home. But where could they go that was fresh, buzzy and exciting? Hoxton perhaps? Shoreditch? Manchester?

Nope.

They went to Maidstone, Kent: a place where (with apologies to…

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Sep 8

Early Candidate For Music Book of the Year: “Beatles With An A” by Mauri Kunnas

Early Candidate For Music Book of the Year: “Beatles With An A” by Mauri Kunnas

Beatles with an A Mauri Kunnas cover

Beatles with an A Mauri Kunnas cover

In the year after the release of Mark Lewisohn’s 1,800 page Proustian Beatles biography “All These Years”, (merely part-one-of-a-trilogy) most Beatles writers have, quite justifiably one suspects, thrown down their pens in despair, turned to drink, or begun to dust off their Rolling Stones records and collect stories on The Beatles’ main rivals.

However, this year, two writers have noticed a…

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Sep 3

Remember Smash Hits Magazine…?

Remember Smash Hits Magazine…?

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Smash hits cover ian dury.png

Let’s compare Smash Hits to its modern day equivalent……

It’s very tempting to look at how things were with either misty-eyed nostalgia, or like one of the Four Yorkshiremen in that Monty Python sketch (“Luxury! Kids today don’t know they’re born!”) One thing that appears to have been much better in the eighties is the pop music magazines, at least if a comparison of the ones I glanced over today…

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Pop Music: A Bluffer’s Update on the VMAs, X-Factor and the Grande v Royal Blood Chart Battle

Pop Music: A Bluffer’s Update on the VMAs, X-Factor and the Grande v Royal Blood Chart Battle

vma 2014 MTV

vma 2014 MTV

It has been a busy week in the world of pop.

At the weekend (and on TV on Monday) was the MTV VMAs – Video Music Awards – traditionally the scene of all manner of unpleasantness generally involving pop stars cavorting with snakes.

In previous years viewers have witnessed the unedifying spectacle of Britney Spears and a white Python (Python Regius), whilst two years ago it was the turn of Miley…

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Royal Blood ‘s debut album in white #vinyl: Rough Trade exclusive 800 copies #LittleBeauty #nowplaying #instavinyl #vinyligclub

Royal Blood ‘s debut album in white #vinyl: Rough Trade exclusive 800 copies #LittleBeauty #nowplaying #instavinyl #vinyligclub

Now a “House of Ho” restaurant, in Old Compton St, Soho - the 2i’s Coffee Bar #birthplaceofBritishrocknroll

Now a “House of Ho” restaurant, in Old Compton St, Soho - the 2i’s Coffee Bar #birthplaceofBritishrocknroll

Up Your Game With Personalised Rock T-Shirts

Up Your Game With Personalised Rock T-Shirts

rock_legends t shirts cult zeros

rock_legends t shirts cult zeros

With Prince gently encouraging fans to wear purple at recent shows and Arcade Fire requesting fancy dress be worn by the audience for their latest tour, it appears that even rock stars are wearying of the traditional audience attire / uniform of jeans and black t-shirt.

Although perhaps not as tricky as that impossible fashion quandary “Smart Casual” *, trying to get the Well Dressed Rock Fan to…

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$903 For Your Vintage Rock Concert T-Shirt? Yes Please…

$903 For Your Vintage Rock Concert T-Shirt? Yes Please…

Eddie Iron Maiden t shirt 1985 New York

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One of the problems of not having a time-machine (and there are many) is the difficulty in predicting exactly which bits of accumulated old tat you should throw disdainfully in the nearest skip, and which you should wrap in linen and ceremonially preserve in a casket in the loft with full military honours.

The Egyptians had the right idea, squirrelling away all manner of treasures in the tombs…

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Just got this #ZZTop t-shirt printed by #CultZeros. Mid-life crisis or the greatest T-shirt ever? You decide…

Just got this #ZZTop t-shirt printed by #CultZeros. Mid-life crisis or the greatest T-shirt ever? You decide…

Rock and EDM: ZZ Top and David Guetta Collaborate On New Tracks

Rock and EDM: ZZ Top and David Guetta Collaborate On New Tracks

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Billy Gibbons

Billy Gibbons

The news this week that ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons teamed up with David Guetta in Ibiza to record an album is surprising to many. At first sight, it looks like there’s a too-strong batch of Ecstacy going around the island.

After all, why would an ageing 70’s throwback with a silly beard be allowed to make a record…with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top?

ZZ Top of course occupy a genre where…

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Aug 8

How To Buy A Set of David Bowie’s Classic Albums on Vinyl For Less Than £100

How To Buy A Set of David Bowie’s Classic Albums on Vinyl For Less Than £100

David Bowie by Masayoshi Sukita at Snap Gallery Keep that 'lectric Eye

David Bowie Vinyl records

The story so far: I have made a bet that I can buy a full set of Bowie‘s albums (in their original vinyl versions – and in excellent condition with all the inserts) from The Man Who Sold The World to Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). That’s fourteen albums in fourteen days. Total budget: £100. The loser has a heavy penalty: to buy drinks – and wear a WestlifeT-shirt for a day. The bet is…

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Aug 7

The David Bowie Bet: Pin Ups, Low and…The Fonz?

The David Bowie Bet: Pin Ups, Low and…The Fonz?

He's got balls...to sport a hair cut like that.
David Bowie shows us a hair metal mullet in Labyrinth
David Bowie The story so far: I have made a bet that I can buy a full set of Bowie‘s albums (in their original vinyl versions – and in excellent condition with all the inserts) from The Man Who Sold The World to Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). That’s fourteen albums in fourteen days. Total budget £100. The loser has a heavy penalty: to buy drinks – and wear a Westlife T-shirt for a day. I have seven…

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Aug 6

David Bowie’s Live Albums – on Vinyl

Aug 5

How To Buy David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane on Vinyl

How To Buy David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane on Vinyl

Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie

The Challenge: Buy a full set of Bowie‘s vinyl albums (in excellent condition with all the inserts) from “The Man Who Sold The World to Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). That’s fourteen albums in fourteen days. Total budget: £100. The loser has a heavy penalty: to buy drinks – and wear a Westlife T-shirt. I have a week of searching left.

I left Leigh Records with four albums: “The Man Who…

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