Author Archives: Tony

Skiffle Tribute On BBC Four April 12th

65 years ago Lonnie Donegan started a music revolution in the UK with his recording of Lead Belly’s ‘Rock Island Line’ – it started the skiffle boom when thousands of skiffle bands spread throughout the land. On April 12th at 9:00pm … Continue reading

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New Set From Rory Gallagher Due May 31st.

In what would have been the 50th year of Rory Gallagher’s recording career, UMC have announced the release of ‘BLUES’ on 31st May. From the vaults of the Gallagher estate’s tape archive comes this collection of rare and unreleased recordings of Rory … Continue reading

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Record Store Day 2019

Record Store Day 2019 takes place on Saturday, April 13th, at record stores across the world. Started in 2008, the yearly event is meant to celebrate record store culture by bringing together fans, artists and thousands of independent vinyl shops, … Continue reading

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UK record company will press your ashes into a working vinyl album.

For those dedicated vinyl record collectors, a UK company, called And Vinyly, is offering to press our ashes into playable vinyl records upon our demise.  The company’s slogan is “Live On From Beyond The Groove.”  During manufacture, your ashes are … Continue reading

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Springsteen On Broadway

It’s 45 years since of Springsteen’s debut album ‘Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.’ released in 1973. The album sold poorly, but it started of a career spanning years of sell out three-hour stadium gigs and world tours. Now 69, he … Continue reading

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South To Louisiana – revised and updated published in March.

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Paramount’s Rise & Fall – Out in April

How did a chair manufacturer in rural Wisconsin come to dominate the new “race record” field in the 1920s? The fascinating story unfolds in this landmark study of Paramount records – the label that introduced Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, … Continue reading

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Blues Unlimted Exhibition In Bexhill Museum

Bexhill Museum is pleased to announce a new exhibition for 2019 – BLUES UNLIMITED. Did you know Bexhill was the birthplace of Blues Unlimited Magazine? This small exhibition explains the foundations of the magazine and the personnel involved. It charts … Continue reading

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Lament from Epirus by Christopher C King

An Odyssey Into Europe’s Oldest Surviving Folk Music In a gramophone shop in Istanbul, 78rpm record collector Christopher C. King uncovered some of the strangest—and most hypnotic—sounds he had ever heard. The 78s were immensely moving, seeming to tap into … Continue reading

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UPDATED:: 3rd Edition Of ‘The Blues Discography’

The third edition of Bob McGrath and Les Fancourt’s mighty ‘The Blues Discography 1943-1970’, published by Eyeball Productions, is now available from their website. The history of ‘The Blues Discography’ can be traced back to the mid 1960s when Mike … Continue reading

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