Thursday, 19 October 2017

The line up for LONDON BLUES WEEK 2018 is now 90% complete

Heavy Soul! Fanzine issue 40 out in two weeks

HEAVY SOUL ISSUE 40 out in two weeks!!!
Hopefully another good issue for you in #40. A mixture of old and new with Stone Foundation  interviewed on what has been a great year for them – recording with Paul Weller  and having two albums out and one of my favourite singles of the year “Simplify The Situation”. The much travelled DJ Lee Grimshaw also reflects on what’s been a busy year for one of the UKs most sought after 45 spinners. 
There’s also a new section where each issue a classic al album is fully reviewed with interviews from those who took part. The first album is Makin’ Time’s 1985 masterpiece “Rhythm & Soul” with Syd and Neil answering the questions. 
Ed Silvester recalls the night of the shoot for The Lambretta’s “Go Steady” sleeve with some more pics of the night and finally Chris Free, he of The Sound Of Pop Art recalls his past youth with an interview about iconic late 70s band The Users who Love Child Records have just released the third single by the band – 38 years after it was recorded! It really is “the sound of 1979”
I had the great experience of seeing The Solarflares play on the second of their two night re-union and the night was blistering – full review inside but just a great show – hat off to Steve Worrall of retroman blog for getting it all together – as Graham Day said on the night – Steve is the only reason it all happened. Thanks Steve.

All the usual new, reviews etc and of course the 25 track "Club Sounds" CD

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A Look at the Life and Career of Marquee Club Founder Harold Pendleton

Love Northern Soul And Motown? Be Sure To Get Your Tickets To Detroit A Go Go This Week

A special northern soul and Motown night is taking place in Hull

The Who’s Roger Daltrey to put out memoir next year

Interview: PP Arnold on finally releasing her “lost” 1960s recordings with Eric Clapton and Barry Gibb

This is why mods on scooters invaded Truro’s streets

POP LIFE: Bowie, Young, Weller explored the margins

Paul Weller Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC, October 16

The Gay Architects of Classic Rock

The Time Sellers announce U.K. Tour Dates

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Album Review: Andre M - Cheriton Drive

The cover says, "Funk Filled Hammond R&B" - and it's not wrong. This is a splendid Hammond fuelled 12-song stomper of an album in the vein of The James Taylor Quartet's 'Mission Impossible' and 'Money Spyder' albums, and definitely right up my street.

There's echoes of The Style Council on the title track itself, certainly plenty of Booker T & The MGs, and even a Ska flavour to 'Binky's Dash'.

Favourites for me, if I had to pick some out of this very strong album, are 'Cheeky Face', 'Sneaky Thief', 'Holly's Hullabaloo' and 'Hangdog Nights'.

This band have been a well kept secret, but not any longer and I would love to see them 'live' - buy this album now, every home should have one.

Concert Review: Stone Foundation at the O2 Academy 2 in Liverpool

Steve Brookes Hoodoo Zoo Reviewed

Monday, 16 October 2017

The Harringtons - Change Is Gonna Come EP out now on CD

Iain Shedden: music writer and drummer with The Jolt and The Small Hours dies at 60

The Sha La La's and The Theme play Spoonful, The George Tavern, London, on Saturday 18th November

London Blues Week 2018

Get Smarter in Newcastle on Saturday 21st October

“The Modfather” Paul Weller has House Of Blues guessing with his ever changing moods

Paul Weller talks new album Kind Revolution, writing for film, and the one song he wish he wrote.

Friday, 13 October 2017

The Britalian Job in Nottingham on Saturday 14th October

It's finally here! Tomorrow at 8pm.
Ciro Affronti (Shaz Lodge),  Alessandro D'Alessio & Big Tony Stephenson join your resident DJ's Mark Crew & Mark Shaw for a night of classic R&B, Soul, Latin, British Beat & Jamaican Ska.
So......Put on your Dickie Dirt and your Peckham Rye, cos time's soon hurrying by............

The Rage announce London show for 28th December

The SolarFlares, The Embrooks and King Mojo play the Water Rats on 14th October

El Sid (Derwent/Stebbing/Jones) to support The Scene at Clacton

Are 3 members from the 79/earl 80's mod revival era The late 70s mod scene was much maligned, but there are some great, energetic guitar-based songs.
El SID  Simon Ian Derwent  =SID We had to come up with a name quick but that is what is stands for.
SIMON STEBBING the lead guitarist/ song writer from THE PURPLE HEARTS, RT4 and SPEAKEASY  THE_79er's, IAN JONES Bass and side man from LONG TALL SHORTY,Ian Page AND THE AFFAIR , SPEAKEASY and THE_79er's DERWENT ... LONG TALL SHORTY, THE RAGE.
An honest, bare bones band will be playing songs from long ago and some current songs from recent albums and maybe some covers....

Thursday, 12 October 2017

From The Jam - new 'live' album due out on 1st December

The Reaction from Bristol 1985-88 to release new CD, Shapes Of ThingsTo Come

We are excited to announce the forthcoming CD release of the new album from Bristol's very own The Reaction. The album is called 'Shapes Of Things To Come' and its available now to pre-order from...

The date of the launch event will be announced soon

Quadrophenia and Mod(ern) Culture text edited by Pamela Thurschwell to be published by Palgrave in December

This collection explores the centrality of The Who’s classic album, and Franc Roddam’s cult classic film of adolescent life, Quadrophenia to the recent cultural history of Britain, to British subcultural studies, and to a continuing fascination with Mod style and culture. The interdisciplinary chapters collected here set the album and film amongst critical contexts including gender and sexuality studies, class analysis, and the film and album’s urban geographies, seeing Quadrophenia as a transatlantic phenomenon and as a perennial adolescent story. Contributors view Quadrophenia through a variety of lenses, including the Who’s history and reception, the 1970s English political and social landscape, the adolescent novel of development (the bildungsroman), the perception of the film through the eyes of Mods and Mod revivalists, 1970s socialist politics, punk, glam, sharp suits, scooters and the Brighton train, arguing for the continuing richness of Quadrophenia’s depiction of the adolescent dilemma. The volume includes new interviews with Franc Roddam, director of Quadrophenia, and the photographer Ethan Russell, who took the photos for the album’s famous photo booklet.


Michael Caine on how the 1960s broke class barriers: ‘I’ve met lots of equals. No betters’

Sixties club, The Little Fat Black Pussy Cat Club, revived after proving a hit at Sunbridgewells

Day the Mods marched on Ferguslie

The photographer who captured the swinging 60s

Anthony Meynell to perform a reenactment of the whole of Sgt. Pepper live on stage with Alain Pire, strings & horns & Squire!

This weekend I am performing in the reenactment of the whole of Sgt. Pepper (deluxe!)  live on stage  with my friend Alain Pire with strings & horns & Squire!
involving 35 musicians... with some Squire songs performed for good measure!
Friday 13th October 2017 at Huy Centre Cultural, Avenue Delchambre 7, 4500 Huy, Belgium 
and Saturday 14th October 2017 at Theatre Royale de Mons, Grand-Place, jardin du mayeur 22, 7000 Mons, Belgium

A splendid time is guaranteed for all!!

The Electric Stars announce new album, Velvet Elvis, for early 2018

The Len Price 3 and The Deep Six at The Flapper in Birmingham on Friday 2nd February

Get your Early Bird weekend tickets to see The Deep Six at Music Mania for just £40

Be in front of this stage to see this awesome line up for just £40 on the Early Bird Offer.
Order now at

300 Brits book Detroit hotel for Motown 'northern soul' music festival

The Len Price 3 Release Fifth Album “Kentish Longtails”

My Generation by David Dry on Suave Collective Publishing

Pleased to announce that the pre-order links for MY GENERATION by David John Dry are now in place and can be ordered from on the buy a book page. We have also a discounted offer to buy both our new books at a reduced price. Books should be with you around 6th October. Please order now as quantities are strictly limited.


Original Mod, Dave Dry’s hilarious memoirs of his days at the cutting edge of both fashion and scooters in the mid-sixties.

With a foreword by Paul Anderson

The GT is now the fastest and most eye-catchingly gorgeous transport in West London and looks very cool when matched with the new wine red, hand-made, full length, leather coat from Harry Fenton’s and the silver-grey mohair suit.

You’ll know me when you see me!

£9.99 + P&P


The Japanese City obsessed with Northern Soul