Thursday, 28 February 2013

NME Award Winners 2013




The full list of winners from the 2013 NME Awards – for full coverage, pics, interviews and more go to the NME website www.nme.com.

Godlike genius  – Johnny Marr
Teenage Cancer Trust outstanding contribution award – The Cribs
Best British band – Biffy Clyro
Best album – Given To The Wild, The Maccabees
Best international band – The Killers
Best track – Inhaler, Foals
Best TV show – Fresh Meat
Best music film – Crossfire Hurricane, the Rolling Stones
Best re-issue – 21, Blur
Best solo artist – Florence Welch
Best new band – Palma Violets
Best music video – R U Mine?, Arctic Monkeys
Best festival – Reading & Leeds
Best live band – The Rolling Stones
Best dancefloor anthem – Sweet Nothing, Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch
Philip Hall Radar award – Child Of Lov
Best Twitter – Alana Haim, Haim
Best book – The Story of the Streets, Mike Skinner
Music moment of the year – Olympics opening ceremony
Hero of the year – Barack Obama
Villain of the year – Harry Styles
Best small festival – Festival No 6
Worst band – One Direction
Best fan community – Muse
Best film – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey






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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Nostalgie!

We're BIG fans of Nostalgie, the French radio station dedicated to playing hits of the 60s and 70s in an almost willfully ecclectic mix of French, British and international artists…



Jacques Dutronc, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Francoise Hardy, Stevie Wonder, Serge Gainsbourg. It was always a joy to tune in when in France and catch that peculiarly Gallic cultural balancing act.

But we can now enjoy Nostalgie online – their website is HERE.

On the Rock'n'Roll London Walk yesterday – a group of French students – we came upon the plaque at the old 2 I's coffee bar in Soho marking the birthplace of British Rock'n'Roll. When the narrative turned to aged British rocker Cliff Richard, the students – from Normandy – looked blank. Thinking of how to explain Cliff, I suggested that he was "the British Johnny Halliday". Instant looks and nods of recognition spread through the group, and one of the students (a big Sex Pistols fan) put up his hand with a question:

"Is he as uncool as Johnny Halliday?"

Answers on a postcard…





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Friday, 22 February 2013

It's Friday: Back to the 90's on Rock'n'Roll London Day



Blur's Parklife video was shot in North Greenwich at River Way…

 






 In the meantime, here’s our own Rock’n’Roll London video…

   



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Thursday, 14 February 2013

The Rock'n'Roll Reading List No.1: England's Dreaming


One of the most common questions asked of the guides on the Rock’n’Roll London Walk is: can you recommend a good Rock’n’Roll read.

It’s a tough question to answer in one line. So we’ve dedicated our new blog series to answering it one classic book at a time, beginning with…




England’s Dreaming was first published in 1991 and has been through a number of reprints since. It won the Ralph Gleason music book award and has become required reading for all scholars of rock’n’roll.

The Sex Pistols are at the epicentre of the narrative explosion, but Savage also treats us to an eye-witness account of the period, pulling in a vivid cast of supporting characters from The Clash to Adam Ant, criss-crossing London from the 100 Club to the Screen on the Green in Islington. The politics of the period, analysed in detail here with a deft lightness of touch, provide many a resonance with the present day.

Still at large, Savage is these days an ever-reliable talking head on music documentaries and writes for The Guardian – you can read some of his work HERE



You can buy a copy of this seminal work at Foyles (which is where we picked up our copy, pictured above) by visiting their shop at 113 - 119 Charing Cross Road WC2 (very near the meeting point for the Rock’n’Roll London Walk) or by clicking HERE for their website


The Rock'n'Roll London Walk meets at Tottenham Court Road Station (Exit 3) every Friday at 2:00pm. £9 per person (£7 concession). Tomorrow's walk is led by Rex.



Friday, 8 February 2013

Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day


We don’t think it’s an anniversary that anyone would be falling over themselves to celebrate, but this month sees 45 years since Pink Floyd parted company with their founding genius Syd Barrett.

The subject matter, however, is in good hands in this month’s Mojo magazine…





… which takes this seismic event in the history of rock’n’roll as the starting point for a lovingly detailed assessment of The Floyd’s “wilderness years”.

Other stars of the Rock’n’Roll London walk to feature in the mag this month are Stuart Goddard and Bromley’s own David Jones.


Visit the Mojo website HERE. http://www.mojo4music.com/blog/


And heres our own RocknRoll London video

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Monday, 4 February 2013

Shocking Blue!

Here's a bunch of cover stars one doesn't see down W.H Smith very often…



They're Shocking Blue, Dutch rockers founded in 1967.

The ever-wonderful Shindig mag leads the way in looking back once more.

The new issue (pictured above) is out on 14th February. Their website is HERE.

And here's Shocking Blue in action with Venus





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