Thursday, 28 March 2013

Our favourite London Sleeves… Parklife


A follow-up to yesterday's "Britpop Nostlagia" post…

Inner booklet shoot at Walthamstow Dog Track


The inner booklet and back cover pics for Blur’s 1994 Parklife album were shot at the famous Walthamstow Stadium. This grand old greyhound racing venue closed in 2008.

Back sleeve with race card motif for track listing


This traditional working class backdrop underpins Blur’s artistic volte-face away from their arty-indie roots to explore Britishness in rock music in the shadow of both the 1960s “British Invasion” and late 70’s punk. It is widely regarded as a landmark in Britpop and 1990s pop culture.



The album cover was inspired when singer and lyricist Damon Albarn saw sports pictures in the window of a William Hill betting shop on the King’s Road. The front cover is a library picture by photographer Bob Thomas. Sleeve design is by design team Stylorouge.

Elsewhere in the world of pop, East 17 filmed at the stadium for their House of Love video.

The Parklife sleeve was featured in the Royal Mail’s series of classic album cover stamps in 2004.



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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The Quotable Mister Gallagher

With Noel Gallagher joining Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon onstage last week at the Royal Albert Hall for a sing-a-long-a Britpop version of Blur's Tender, the NME were never going to be far away.

Say what you like about Gallagher, his dull bludgeon wit often leaves great quotes behind amid the verbal carnage. We love this one from this week's NME, on his unexpected buddy act with former foe Albarn…


"It turns out he's quite a congenial fella… It's almost like, what was all the fuss about, back in those days when we were all screaming drug addicts mouthing off at each other."


The full story is in this week's NME, see www.nme.com for more.

In the meantime, here's the moment when the hatchet was buried… is there any other night when having paul Weller on drums is the secondary story?








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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Rock'n'Roll London: It's A Sign

Heading toward Denmark Street today, we loved this sign at the Flat Cap coffee stand at St Giles Church…








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Friday, 22 March 2013

The Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk!

New promo for the Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk – from 1st May!










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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Fantasy Band #2









Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre on guitars, drums, keys, sitar, melodica, tambura, etc, etc… and Marianne Faithfull on vocals.



Essentially a studio-based band, we feel. We'd need older Marianne for those astounding vocal chords. 

The sound? Volatile, experimental, not a band guaranteed to turn up on time (if at all). Expect the unexpected.


Any suggestions for a name?







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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Bowie Covered

We loved this cover…



… from the Independent magazine on Saturday, all about Bowie as style icon . You can read the feature at the Independent's website HERE


Is that the smallest knot you've EVER seen on a tie?







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Our Favourite London Sleeves





The Paul Simon Songbook
(CBS 1965)

This London classic was deleted for a number of years, but is now happily available again on CD and download.

Not that such matters troubled us – as you can see, our vinyl copy is still going strong (pic, above).

Recorded at Levy’s Recording Studio at 73 Bond Street right here in London, the album is a relic of Simon’s London exile of ’64 and ’65. The girl in the sleeve picture is Simon’s then girlfriend Kathy Chitty, a native of Essex. Her name crops up twice in later Simon and Garfunkel, namely songs Kathy’s Song and America.










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Monday, 18 March 2013

£500! Thank You London!



One last BIG "Thank You!" You Rock'n'Roll Londoners helped Adam raise more than £500 for Red Nose Day on Friday when he lead the Rock'n'Roll London walk in his pyjamas.




(Last minute donations can be made here: www.my.rednoseday.com/sponsor/londonwalks)





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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Max The Rock'n'Roll London Bear


Meet Max…



Max will be helping to lead the Rock’n’Roll London Walk this Friday at 2:00pm.

And why?

Because, in aid of Red Nose Day 2013, your Rock’n’Roll London guide Adam will be leading the walk in his pyjamas. And Max is, of course, an essential part of Adam’s bedtime routine.



Join Adam and Max on Friday at Tottenham Court Road Station (Exit 3) – all proceeds from the walk will be donated to Red Nose day 2013 in aid of charities here in the UK and in Africa.

If you can’t make it you can sponsor them here: www.my.rednoseday.com/sponsor/londonwalks







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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The Rutles!













The Rutles – All You Need Is Cash. Is this the funniest music film of all time? 


The Rock'n'Roll London Walk this Friday is in aid of Red Nose Day 2013!




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Monday, 11 March 2013

Rock'n'Roll London For Red Nose Day

This Friday the Rock'n'Roll London Walk is in aid of Red Nose Day 2013. All takings from the walk will go to Red Nose Day. Here's Spinal Tap to get you in the mood…








AND you can sponsor us (we'll be doing the walk in our pyjamas) at our Comic Relief Giving Page HERE







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Friday, 8 March 2013

The Weekend Starts Here



Thanks to all who joined us on Rock’n’Roll London walks this week! We hope you all have a great weekend!


Here’s what we’ve got planned for the weekend ahead…





FRIDAY: A bit of telly – we’ll be watching Totally British Rock’n’Roll on BBC4 at 9.00pm – Badfinger, Humble Pie, Mott the Hoople, The Faces, you know the drill. Click HERE for the BBC4 website.




SATURDAY: We’ll be popping along to THE LONDON VINYL FAIR at Old Spitafields Market in E1 (Liverpool Street Station). Admission is free.



See you next week!








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The Rock'n'Roll London Reading List No.2: 2Stoned

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…




Andrew Loog Oldham was the young turk who shaped the Stones as the anti-Beatles. His first volume of autobiography – Stoned (1998) tells the tale of his youth and his meeting the self-styled World’s Greatest Rock’n’Roll Band. It is a great read.

The second volume – appropriately entitled 2Stoned – gets down to the nitty gritty.

OIdham’s tale is unique indeed. Few had such a close view of the so-called Swinging Sixties. And few have allowed other voices into their story. Oldham, always the radical, has no fear in this quarter.

His narrative bowls along with stylishly-honed tales of drunkenness and cruelty, yet… every so often he steps aside to allow someone else to chip in. Townshend, Marianne Faithfull, Al Kooper, Nick Cohn, John Paul Jones and many more – provide a Greek chorus of asides and contradictions that helps to make this one of the best of all rock’n’roll reads.

Caution: Your white-haired ol’ mum probably won’t want a copy for Mothers’ Day. Unless, of course, her hair’s white from peroxide and she thinks sweet sherry is a breakfast wine. In which case… bring her along on the Rock’n’Roll London Walk!

Richard Porter leads the Rock’n’Roll London Walk today


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











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Thursday, 7 March 2013

The Rock'n'Roll London Fantasy Band #1


Fantasy Band # 1

Scott Walker, Johnny Marr, Pete Quaife, Ian MacLagen & Charlie Watts.




View our Fantasy Band #1 on Pinterest by clicking HERE.


Even with Johnny Marr on lead, there's a distinct 60s feel to our first Fantasy Band. Tight, rudimentary rhythm section with rootsy keyboard floating on top and Marr shimmering around Walker's angsty poetry. Any suggestions for a name? 



Our Pinterest boards are at www.pinterest.com/rocknrollwalk






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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

It's That Man Again


We'd long suspected he was omnipotent. But now he's omnipresent, too. From the NME to Q, he's on every cover. He's in every newspaper, too. We were particularly fond of the headline in the Beckenham News Shopper:


Beckenham's David Bowie To Release New Single And Album.


And here he is again, doing Love You Til Tuesday, a clip from back in '69. 






We'll be tracing a few of his footsteps when Richard leads the Rock'n'Roll London Walk this Friday…





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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

"His Adoring Followers Had The Joy Sucked Out Of Their Young Souls"



Adam writes… "His adoring followers had the joy sucked out of their young souls."

Wow.

We think it might be our favourite piece of music journalism of all time. It's at least the best since the Daily Express thundered "The Tottenham Sound Has Crushed The Beatles" back in '63 when the Dave Clark Five toppled The Beatles (briefly) from the No.1 slot in the chart.

The tale from which it is quoted – pop singer Justin Bieber's late appearance at the O2 – rumbled across the Internet all day today, and made the front page of the London Evening Standard. The review of the debacle on page 7 appeared under the headline above. Let's have a look at it again:

"His adoring followers had the joy sucked out of their young souls."

Once more: Wow.  

Bieber took the stage at the O2 almost two hours late, according to the report. Many of his fans, being children, had to leave early to get home for beddie-byes and thus missed the show.

Some parents had shelled out £68 per ticket.

To paraphrase Sex Pistol Steve Jones to Bill Grundy back in '76: "What a rotter."

The young Canadian singer, whose bedtime routine must surely also have been spoiled by the lateness of his gig – finally issued an explanation for his lateness after the Evening Standard hit the streets. "Technical difficulties," apparently. 

And so, to make amends, and to teach our children good musical habits, we proudly present some Canadians who will NEVER let you down. Come on kids, cheer up! Here's Uncle Neil...





… and Aunt Joni…



… and there's even Laughing Lenny…




… all live in London. There, that's better.


NB: Rock'n'Roll London guide Richard will not be two hours late for the Rock'n'Roll London walk on Friday, will not wait all day to issue a defensive apology having been slated by irate parents on the BBC and in the Evening Standard. Nor will he charge £68 for a ticket. And he will definitely NOT sing Boyfriend. (Whether or not he will bust a move or two depends upon his mood on the day.)





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Monday, 4 March 2013

Rock'n'Roll: No Country For Old Men?



File under A for “Assholes, Like Opinions Everybody’s Got One”.

Two contrasting takes on the age of Rock’n’nRoll.

First up, Robyn Hitchcock, talking to Boston radio station 90.9 WBUR…



"Forty years ago, when I first got hold of an electric guitar, if someone had told me that at 60 I'd be playing amplified beat music, I would have just said, 'Get out of here! ... It's like Mr. Rogers is playing guitar; that's gross!' But you know, rock 'n' roll is an old man's game now."


Listen to/read the full transcript at www.wbur.org.




Meanwhile in the Gulf Daily News published in Bahrain, writer David Mills begs to differ, suggesting that pop and rock music should be left behind with all other childish things…

"Why would anyone want to be trapped in a teenage mindset, hearing only the narrow, narcissistic concerns of youth? It would be like only reading The Dandy and The Beano when you could be reading Conrad, Eliot, Dickens, Tennyson, Geothe, Dostoevsky, Mishima - for classical music is nothing if not international, unlike the oddly parochial, essentially Anglo-American world of pop."


The full story is HERE


Any thoughts, Rock’n’Roll Londoners?






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