Archive for April, 2009

Remember Roger Eagle tribute

by Modculture 30 April, 2009

Want to find out more about one of Britain's most pioneering DJs and get something rather cool absolutely free? You need to check out Caught By The River, which is offering a download tribute featuring music, words and images relating to Roger Eagle.

Next Monday (4th May) is the tenth anniversary of the passing of Twisted Wheel DJ Roger Eagle and to commemorate this date, the Caught By The River site has put together a tribute based around the words of those that knew him, each providing a memory.

These will be available as an exclusive download, along with tracks from Eric's (in Liverpool, which he later owned) and some super-cool images from ace illustrator Kavel (like the one seen here). To receive it you will need to be signed up to the Caught By The River site mailout as it will come as an email. You'll find a link to the site below, where you can find out more about the man and the download.

Find out more at the Caught By The River website

Johnny Moke 1945 – 2009

by Modculture 30 April, 2009

Sadly, we've just been told of the death of Johnny Moke, aged just 64.

Moke (real name John Rowley) was a prime mover in the early 60s mod scene, later becoming a leading fashion designer and retailer, as well as being one of the main contributors to Richard Barnes' classic Mods book.

Paul Gorman has put together a fitting obituary for the man over at The Look site – it's well worth five minutes of your time. Check it out via the link below.

Johnny Moke obituary at The Look website

Fred Perry / The Specials shirt range

by Modculture 29 April, 2009

Well, we've already seen the Terry Hall sweater, but now Fred Perry has a new range celebrating the band's reunion – The Specials 30th Anniversary shirts, which has been produced in conjunction with the band.

The theme is 'black and white unite', with the polo shirts and long-sleeved shirt all featuring a monochrome colour scheme, along with a unique twin coloured laurel with chequer detailing. You can see one of the tops above, the other two over the page.

The shirts will be released in limited numbers at the end of June, but pre-registration is taking place now, so if you want one, get your name down at the site as soon as possible. Prices start at £60. Alternatively, you can chance your arm to win one – this site will be giving one of the new designs away in a competition in the very near future.

Find out more at the Fred Perry / Specials website

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BFI Jazz and Film Weekender

by Modculture 29 April, 2009

The BFI is partnering up with Ronnie Scott's to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary with the BFI Jazz and Film Weekender, which runs from 12th to 14th June.

There's a range of events, including (as you would expect), live performances (see the website for full listings), a  60s Jazz Scene party and films aplenty, most notably, some John Dankworth-soundtracked 1960s flicks – Accident, The Criminal and The Servant, with Dankworth appearing at the first of those for a Q&A. The BFI will also be screening rare archive television footage of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone (both filmed live at Ronnie’s), Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, as well as home-grown talent like Stan Tracey, Courtney Pine, Humphrey Lyttleton and John Dankworth.

For more information about the BFI Jazz and Film Weekender: Celebrating Ronnie Scott’s at 50, visit www.bfi.org.uk/weekender. A full programme will be available there from 5th May.

Blues Britannia on BBC4

by Modculture 27 April, 2009

BBC4 continues its love-in with all things British and musical with a new theme – Blues Britannia.

Kicking off on Friday 1st May, the mini season offers up a new documentary called Blues Britannia – Can Blue Men Sing The Whites?, which looks at the British love affair with blues from the 50s to the 1970s. Contributors include Keith Richards and Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones); Paul Jones and Tom McGuinness (Manfred Mann); Chris Dreja (The Yardbirds); Phil May (The Pretty Things); John Mayall (The Bluesbreakers); Jack Bruce (Cream); Mick Fleetwood and Bob Brunning (Fleetwood Mac); Ian Anderson and Mick Abrahams (Jethro Tull); Dick Taylor (The Pretty Things); and jazz trombonist Chris Barber.

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