THE PUNK ROCK EXPLOSION AND 60’s COUNTER CULTURE

This week I took a trip up to London to take in a couple of exhibitions : ‘You Say You Want A Revolution’ at The V&A and ‘Punk 1976 -78’ at The British Library.

PUNK 1976 – 78, The British Library until 2 October FREE (Kings Cross Tube)

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A ROUGH GUIDE TO BOOTLEGS

 

I first stumbled into the murky world of collecting illegal bootleg records in the early 80’s when I went with a mate to the Manchester Record Fair which was then located in a basement at the back of Piccadilly Plaza in the heart of Manchester. I still recall the excitement of walking down the steps and paying my admission price (around 60p) and seeing stacks of record crates and boxes in the stalls packed into every available corner of the basement space overlooked by dodgy looking geezers with fags hanging out of their mouths and T-shirts a couple of sizes too small. The kind who looked like they’d rip-off their own granny. Continue reading “A ROUGH GUIDE TO BOOTLEGS”

Borderlines Film Festival 2016

Friday 26 February – Sunday 13 March

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“This year the festival is taking a few risks and showing some exciting and obscure films from new or relatively unknown Directors and offering the chance to sample new and visionary filmmaking with themes and stories about displacement, identity and diversity”

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Janis: Little Girl Blue Documentary showing at The Courtyard 2/28-2/29

http://www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk/

Today is the start of the Borderlines Film Festival featuring films showing at venues across Herefordshire, Shropshire and the Welsh border.

With nearly 100 films, there is a wide variety to choose from, with previews of films yet to go on general release, some of which have won prizes at major International Film Festivals and from all parts of the globe.

This year the festival is taking a few risks and showing some exciting and obscure films from new or relatively unknown Directors and offering the chance to sample new and visionary filmmaking with themes and stories about displacement, identity and diversity and offering unique insights into the lives and cultures of different European countries and shining a spotlight on both British film and world cinema. Continue reading “Borderlines Film Festival 2016”

Carnival Records Bowie tribute

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Last Saturday 16 January, Carnival Records in Malvern hosted a David Bowie Day in memory of the great man who gave us so much amazing music. An icon who changed the lives of his fans, shaped pop culture and inspired generations of musicians. His memory and songs will live on forever.

Local musicians including Tyler Massey, Jaime Knight and Kevin Jenkins played classic Bowie songs in the courtyard outside the shop and there was a DJ, readings, face painting, a raffle and refreshments. Fun was had by all with the crowd singing along to the hits and an excellent turnout.

There were some fantastic prizes in the Bowie raffle, an Aladdin Sane canvas, Starman original 7” single and a 4 CD box set of Bowie’s Berlin period albums. The raffle raised £400 for MacMillan Cancer support.

In memory of Bowie and friends of Carnival Records taken too soon by cancer. Thanks to Chris and Rachel at Carnival records for a wonderful afternoon and fitting tribute.

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