Archive for 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
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
Barry Murphy returns once more trawl the TV and radio guides (so you don't have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 1st May to Thursday 7th May 2009.
Highlights of the week
BBC 4 tells the story of the blues this week with Blues Britannia: Can White Men Play the Blues? (Friday 1st, 9pm – repeated 1.10am & Monday 3rd, 10.30pm), a brand new documentary telling the story of what happened to blues music on its journey from the southern states of America to the heart of British pop and rock culture, providing an in-depth look at what this music really meant to a generation of kids desperate for an antidote to their experiences of living in post-war suburban Britain.
Narrated by Nigel Planer and structured in three parts, the first, Born Under a Bad Sign, focuses on the arrival of American blues in Britain in the late 50s and the first performances here by such legends as Muddy Waters, Sonnie Terry and Brownie McGhee. Part two, Sittin' on Top of the World, charts the birth of the first British blues boom in the early 60s, spearheaded by the Rolling Stones and groups such as the Yardbirds, Manfred Mann, the Animals and the Pretty Things.
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
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.
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.
We've just drawn the winners of the competition for The Boat That Rocked vinyl boxsets and radios, (from several thousand entrants) with those winners being the following:
Barry Ashton – Bolton
Laura Hand – Scunthorpe
Billy Poole – Livingston
Ann Marie O'Sullivan – Cardiff
Laurie Stevenson – Belfast
- I'll be in touch with all for address details. If we can't get hold of any of the winners, prizes will be re-allocated. If you missed out, we have another competition starting very soon – for five pairs of tickets for the Mini Festival that features Paul Weller.
Been overlooked a bit of late, but finally managed to get a significant events listing update for the summer months and beyond.
Hopefully all the biggies are here (at least the ones we've been sent details for), including some overseas events, along with a number of rallies and events all over the UK.
Check them all out at the events section via the link below.
Modculture events listings
Cult singer, songwriter and actor Anthony Newley gets his own night at the NFT in London, courtesy of the Flipside's Newley Appreciated, which takes place on Thursday 30th April.
In NFT1 at 6:30pm, you can check out Can Heironymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe And Find True Happiness? from 1969. Written, directed by and starring Newley, he plays troubled song-and-dance man Merkin reviewing life so far, alongside then real-life wife Joan Collins. The resulting overblown psychedelic oddity – with moments of painful apparent honesty that many might have saved for their therapist – is by turns funny, disturbing, uncomfortable, challenging, or just plain weird. If that's not enough for you, 8:45pm brings more Newley.
2009 marks 100 years since the birth of Frederick John Perry, better known as Fred Perry, tennis legend and man behind the classic British clothing company. To celebrate this fact, Fred Perry is releasing a very special item – the Fred Perry 100 Year Polo Shirt.
Available in very limited numbers, the polo shirt will feature an enlarged 16-leaf laurel with the centenary embroidery underneath and be sold in three classic colourways – white with leaf tipping, black with champagne tipping and the 1964 sky with navy tipping.
No news on a price, but you'll find out soon enough – the 100 Year Polo Shirt will be available online and in Fred Perry stores from May 18th, the very day of Fred Perry's 100th birthday. See over the page for images of the other two colourways.
Fred Perry website