Monday, December 23, 2019

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Friday, November 29, 2019

November 30 - Saturday at 3-5pm TOM VAGUE

Tom Vague will be talking about his zine.
Vague fanzineon it's 40th anniversary
There will be a slideshow talk and issue #100
AT Ladbroke Grove Library
Saturday November 30 2019
then the KPH/Elgin - also featuring 1979 and all that - Rough Trade, Better Badges and Acklam Hall.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

21 November - GINA BIRCH 49 Poland Street - London

and the artists from Freeze Frame, Fast Forward

Thursday 21st November 2019, 6-8:30pm

The Koppel Project Central Mezzanine

Alongside their exhibition ‘Freeze-frame, Fast-forward’ a mini-programme of complementary events taking place throughout November.

On the 21st of November from 6-8:30pm The Koppel Project is excited to announce an evening of film screenings and talks with artist Gina Birch.

Gina, who is also a founding member of cult band The Raincoats – whose eponymous debut album is celebrating its 40th anniversary – has been painting and making video work and short films since graduating from art school. She will be screening two short films which involve a rant against the patriarchal culture and a personal account of her time in The Raincoats. She will also be giving a short talk about her journey within the creative arts, and will perform 4 songs with prepared video projections.

Most of the other Freeze-frame, Fast-forward artists will also be there to talk about their work.
It’s free but good to register with the Koppel central re your attendance
49 Poland St W1

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Starsha Lee - TONIGHT at the Social

My favourite band
Sofia is like a woman strapped to a waving palm tree in a hurricane 
The bass is like the deep grey battleship on hand with the rescue supplies
The guitarist (Daisy Chainsaw) walks the stage with the hope and hastiness of a god that defies the demons that might be lurking in the water
and the drummer scares away any sirens or medusa snake hunters 
they roll and
there's gold in the flotsam and jetsam after they go 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

an emotional lunch launch at Rough Trade East - IGGY and Will Self in conversation

It's just amazing to think how long IGGY has been around and how much he's seen and the dark tunnels and paths he's been through and along. What a generous beautiful soul he is. And his hair looked FABULOUS.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Saturday, September 28, 2019

prayers answered ... Cadiz Music

Check out this line up - Youth (Killing Joke), Keith Levene, Richard Dudanski, Jah Wobble, Mark Stewart.

everybody join me in AMEN.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

lovely exhibition at Chelsea Space: celebrating Factory Records 13 September - 26 October 2019

Tuesday – Friday 11am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm

Use Hearing Protection: FAC 1 – 50 / 40 celebrates the ground-breaking early works and on-going influence of Factory Records
Curated by Jon Savage and Mat BancroftUse Hearing Protection tells the story of Factory’s formative years from 1978 to 1982 through the first 50 numbered Factory artefacts, including works by Peter Saville, Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, Durutti Column and Linder Sterling.
Supported by rare and unseen materials from personal Factory archives, as well as non-Factory period items of influence, these combine to describe an era and atmosphere from which Factory was proposed and realised, underpinning its revolutionary cultural impact on the music, art, design and ideas of our times.
Factory Records was formed by Tony Wilson, Alan Erasmus and Peter Saville in 1978. In January 1979, A Factory Sample (FAC 2) was released: this striking double EP, was wrapped in a Peter Saville designed gatefold metallic silver sleeve, heat sealed in polythene and playing at 33rpm. A Factory Sample featured audio from Joy Division, Durutti Column, John Dowie and Cabaret Voltaire. This release was a founding moment of Britain’s independent music sector as well as a vital artefact in the history of pop culture.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Out soon on Winter Hill Recordings

You can ...

the photo is a self portrait by Sofia Martins Gary.
(who sings with Starsha Lee) 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Kim Gordon CAFE OTO Body/Head

photo - Andrew Rodgers

Friday, July 19, 2019

MXM Joy playing next Thursday - london

More Maximum Joy from Janine Rainforth at Corsica Studios next thursday:
 TICKETS click here

Friday, June 14, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

I would say go see BIKINI KILL tonight at Brixton Academy BUT ... BIG JOANIE who were on first were AMAZING last night.

Here is BIG JOANIE playing on the Hello Goodbye Show
the BEST show on radio if you ask me.
Resonance 104.4 FM
with the fabulous DeXter Bentley
(Catch up here ...

If you can't afford 35 quid in Brixton ... enjoy this:

Monday, May 27, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019

new book out about Led Zeppelin's manager Peter Grant

I only have two stories about Led Zeppelin. The first is that I always used to put my fingers in my ears when I even heard someone say "Led ..." It was just what my punk gang used to do. ANY BAND with flared trousers were just too OLD. Nope. We wouldn't even speak the name.
It was only when driving with the radio on, from New York to Cleveland Christmas 1989, that I was bouncing my head in the front seat, telling my husband, "this is going to be hit."
"What are you talking about?" He said, "This is a classic radio station. This is Houses of the Holy by ..."  and he said, and I heard, "Led Zeppelin."

The other story is that a friend told me John Bonham played a drum solo for 20 minutes at Earl's Court. The band left the stage, and unknown to the audience, went across the street to the pub for a pint and back.
My friend knows cos they bought him a drink cos he couldn't get a ticket to the sold out show.

Then there was that movie, Almost Famous. And who didn't like that?

So meanwhile, Mark Blake, (Mojo, Q) journalist, has gone a little further than everyone.
He claims that Jimmy Page gave him the idea for the book. Jimmy doesn't remember.
Does it matter?
Led Zeppelin's manager IS a hell of a story.
And it does deserve a book.
What do you REALLY want to know about Led Zeppelin?
What a roller coaster life ... Peter Beard.
Q&A last night was nicely curated by Pat Gilbert (Mojo).

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

golden moment with Patti Smith at Webster Hall, NYC

Delphine Blue


April Fool
Are you Experienced (Jimi cover)
Redondo Beach
My Blakean Year
Beds are Burning
We Three
The American in Me (Avengers cover)
I'm Free (Stones cover)
Dancing Barefoot
After The Gold Rush (Neil Young cover)
25th Floor
Beneath the Southern Cross
Pissing in a River
Because the Night
People have the Power

L O V E this laid back lovely wander through the live and times of Magic Maker Dick O'Dell

You know Dick O'Dell as the manager of The Slits and The Pop Group and Y Records, and beyond ...

this is the best link I can find  - will update if i can find a better link

THIS BOOK by Bob Bert ... (you're going to google him, seriously?)

Phillipe Marcade told me he flipped for this new book by Bob Bert. 
It's filled with mind-blowing stories, interviews and tons of beautiful photos featuring la creme de la creme of the 80s/90s New York underground. 
He called it a colourful gem. 
And now you've heard it here, too. 

Monday, April 29, 2019

L O V E this zine produced by Richard O'Dell, manager of THE SLITS

printed by Better Badges. 
From the Collection of Jimmy Burns. 
This was produced by Richard O'Dell to wind up theatre owners due to some longstanding tradition that if merchandise was to be sold the house had the right to sell the programme. 
The band all contributed AND there were pages for tour mates DON CHERRY and CREATION REBEL. 
Most theatres balked and Michael Williams ended up doing the vending 
- thank you JOLY MacFie