Friday, 29 November 2013

Musical London Podcast From London Walks Part 2


Welcome to Part Two of the Musical London Podcast with London Walks – this part deals with Bob Dylan and The Beatles.








Tomorrow we'll post Part Three, in which we track down The Kinks in North London…





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Happy Birthday John Mayall!

John Mayall is 80 today! Happy Birthday to a great British bluesman!









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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Rock'n'Roll Reading

Dear Santa,

We've been good boys and girls this year and we'd like you to look at our Pinterest board (below) because these are just some of the titles that we'd like for Christmas this year, ta.

Yours in Rock'n'Roll


The Rock'n'Roll London Walks Guides
x

P.S We will probably be adding other titles over the next few weeks. Please don't substitute any new ones we might add in place of these original ones. We'd like to make it clear that we want them all. Yes, we really have been extremely good.

















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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

In Praise of The Telecaster

The coolest of all Fenders? Discuss…












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Friday, 8 November 2013

Rainy Day Walkers #12 & 35

Well done to all the rainy day women and men for not letting the weather get us down on today’s Rock’n’Roll London Walk! Here’s a song for all of you…


 




From New York our Walkers came (big Cream fan) and Chicago, too, as well as Belgrade (huge Pistols and Clash fans) and Seattle (a fan of Hendrix, o’course). As ever they were great company with plenty to say about the topic at hand. Undaunted by the rain, we discussed George Harrison, Pattie Boyd and Eric Clapton – a right good gossip we had there – as well as the topic of Clapton’s last great record. One walker suggested it was Five Live Yardbirds – made nearly 50 years ago! Harsh! 

London Walks guide Andy tagged along with us and we started work on the next episode of the London Walks Podcast – the Musical London podcast will be available soon.

Back home now and almost dry, looking forward to finishing Morrissey’s outstanding Autobiography and then getting started on Mark Lewisohn’s gloriously ENORMOUS Beatles biog. 

On Rock’n’Roll telly, we’re torn. The Nation’s Favourite Elvis song is on ITV. But we think we’re going for the Elvis Costello doco on BBC4. 

On the wireless we’ll be kicking off our Saturday in the usual fashion with Sounds of the 60s on Radio 2. The website for the show is HERE.

Have a great weekend everyone! See you on the Rock’n’Roll London Pub Walk on Wednesday night at 7pm. 





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We're In A Who Frame of Mind

Our 10 Finest Who Songs of the 60s…




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Thursday, 7 November 2013

50,000 Records For Sale (And A Shop To Sell 'Em In)



Rock’n’Roll London guide Adam writes…


One of London’s finest old school record shops is up for sale.

On the Beat, tucked away in Hanway Street (above), is on eBay for offers over £300,000.

It’s a bargain. At twice the price.

And we were delighted to see that owner Tim Derbyshire has used a photo from this very blog on his auction!






Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Tim explained he was looking for a buyer who is, “Eccentric and not worried about making ends meet. I don't want someone to do it for the money, I want them to do it for the passion. Nobody's ever going to get rich quick running the place."


I’m leading the Rock’n’Roll London Walk this Friday at 2:00pm. If enough of you join me (and on Wednesday night for the Rock’n’Roll Pub Walk) then perhaps I can raise the money to buy it.

You can view the auction HERE. (Postage hasn't been specified.)





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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time?


Here’s our battered copy of last week’s NME…



It’s been passed around the punters on three Rock’n’Roll London Walks now, and has been the cause of much heated debate.

We LOVE these lists just for that very reason.

Here are a few comments from London Walkers…



Chas from Texas simply stated: 

“It’s Revolver. There’s no debate.”

Fair enough, Chas.

A walker from Liverpool, however, was more forgiving: 

It’s interesting that it’s not Revolver or Sgt Pepper or Pet Sounds or What’s Going On? at No.1. That marks some kind of sea change.”

Good point, this. In terms of these lists, we’ve lived in the shadow of those four records for decades. Are we moving into a new era?


Another London Walker – from New Jersey – was having none of it: 

“It should be The Stones.”

“Which album?” I asked.

“Don’t care,” he grinned with a challenging look in his eye. “Any one of ‘em is better than The Smiths.”


That’s fighting talk. And that’s what we love about the Rock’n’Roll London Walk: the walkers are such passionate fans of The Music.

Here’s the Top Ten, as listed by NME…


1. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
2. The Beatles – Revolver
3. David Bowie – Hunky Dory
4. The Strokes – Is This It
5. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
6. Pulp – Different Class
7. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
8. Pixies – Doolittle
9. The Beatles – The Beatles
10. Oasis – Definitely Maybe




The full list is HERE



(Loving the White Album in there. Any thoughts drop us a line or leave a comment below.)




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