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COLLEGE HOUSE

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Lindsay Anderson's If.... has returned to cinema's for it's 50th anniversary and I was very excited to catch it on the big-screen - in a evocatively worn 35mm print - recently at the GFT as part of their Spirit of 68 season. 

On it's London premi...

March 4, 2018


Len Deighton's London Dossier is a guide book from 1967, with stunning Penguin design (the cover flap lifts to reveal a photograph of Twiggy). The content of the book is every chapter is prefaced by writing from Deighton (riding high from the wave of success his debut...

November 14, 2017

I recently finished reading I Read the News Today, Oh Boy by Paul Howard. Subtitled The Short and Gilded Life of Tara Browne, the Man Who Inspired the Beatles' Greatest Song (and breathe out), I highly recommend seeking out a copy.

It's, as the subtitle suggests, a biog...

May 7, 2017

WATERLOO SUNSET

THE KINKS

PRODUCED AND WRITTEN BY RAY DAVIES

PYE/MAY 1967

UK CHART: 2

Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, when discussing New Order's beautifully maudlin single Regret, noted that great pop music makes you feel happy about being sad. That phrase could equally...

April 8, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR)

SCOTT McKENZIE

PRODUCED BY LOU ADLER & JOHN PHILLIPS/WRITTEN BY JOHN PHILLIPS

COLUMBIA/JULY 1967

UK CHART: 1

One of the top-selling singles of the Sixties, San Francisco was written to act as a theme for the first 'r...

March 11, 2017

Having long been a fan of the kitchen sink dramas of the 1960's, I finally got around to reading two books by Alan Sillitoe, a highly-influential figure in the movement. Starting with his short story collection The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, I got cau...

March 1, 2017

WALK RIGHT BACK/EBONY EYES

THE EVERLY BROTHERS

PRODUCED BY WESLEY ROSE/WRITTEN BY SONNY CURTIS

WARNER BROS./FEBRUARY 1961

UK CHART: 1

Walk Right Back is a honeyed, pleading sigh of a record. Two minutes of pining for the past, the song only has one verse which gets repeated...

December 3, 2016

KITES

SIMON DUPREE & THE BIG SOUND

PRODUCED BY DAVID PARAMOR/WRITTEN BY HAL HACKADAY & LEE POCKRISS

PARLOPHONE/OCTOBER 1967

UK CHART: 9

This is the first blog entry in a series where, as a tribute to my favourite music book This is Uncool by Garry Mulholland, I'm going to w...

August 14, 2016

Having watched the BBC4 broadcast of the Classic Album's documentary on Pet Sounds, and gone back to the album for fresh listening, here's some quick thoughts:

I forgot how pronounced the Phil Spector influence is on the sound, but Brian Wilson added a fragility and sin...

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