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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 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...

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