MARC BOLAN KILLED IN CRASH by Ira Robbins
Exploitation in the pop world is the issue addressed by Ira Robbins in this intriguing new novel, subtitled A Musical Novel of the 1970...
BLACK LIVES MATTER
As protests in America erupt following yet another violent death of an unarmed man of colour at the hands of a gung-ho American cop, I spen...
Astrid Kirchherr, whose death aged 81 was announced at the weekend, was the first photographer – maybe even the first person – to recog...
LITTLE RICHARD – OOH MY SOUL!
So where do we start? Elvis worshipped him. Bob Dylan’s boyhood ambition was to join his band. On 27 December 1960, at Lithe...
FLORIAN SCHNEIDER (1947-2020)
I was introduced to Kraftwerk by an unlikely source, an American rock promoter called Ira Blacker who in 1975 invited me into his New Y...
MY THIRD DAY AT MELODY MAKER, May 6, 1970
MM staff, 1972; back: Richard Williams, Ray Coleman, Allan Lewis; front: Michael Watts, CC, Chris Welch, Mark Plummer. Pic by Barrie W...
MY SECOND DAY AT MELODY MAKER, May 5, 1970
My second day at Melody Maker , a Tuesday, was something of an anti-climax. When I arrived at the office at the appointed time of 10am no-o...
MY FIRST DAY AT MELODY MAKER, May 4, 1970
As I explained last week, I joined the staff of Melody Maker on the first Monday in May, 1970, 50 years ago today. For this auspicious oc...
A VAGUE HAZE OF DELIRIUM CREEPS UP ON ME – My Passage To Melody Maker, Part 3
I sat behind a desk in Melody Maker ’s offices for the first time at 10am on Monday, May 4, 1970 – 50 years ago next week. To get the...
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