Category Archives: Rock & Roll

Cleve Duncan of The Penguins – obituary from The Guardian

An excellent obituary of the great Cleve Duncan, lead vocalist of The Penguins. The dogged piano triplets, rudimentary four-chord harmonic structure, goofy woh-woh backing vocals and the muffled quality of¬†a¬†garage recording were typical of early doo-wop music when The Penguins’ … Continue reading

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Lonnie Donegan and the Birth of British Rock & Roll

This new biography of Lonnie Donegan by Patrick Humphries ¬†is described as “a work of deep research and dedication” and “the story of the man who arguably kick-started the British rock and roll scene and remains one of the most … Continue reading

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The Life Of Riley – B. B. King

A new film on the life of bluesman B. B. King opens in cinemas across the UK on the 15th October. Called ‘The Life Of Riley’ (B. B.s real name is Riley B. King) the film is directed and produced … Continue reading

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Skiffle In The UK – The BBC Need Help!

Lorna Skingley at the BBC is looking for help!¬†She is currently working on a new radio documentary series called ‚ÄėThe People‚Äôs Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records‚Äô to be broadcast next year on BBC Radio 2.¬† The … Continue reading

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Updated: Last Shop Standing out September 10th

“You are never going to discover Captain Beefheart or the 13th Floor Elevators or the Velvet Underground in your local supermarket, ever.”¬†–¬†Richard Hawley, Musician ‘Last Shop Standing’ is a documentary film to be released on September 10th this year and … Continue reading

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Gene Vincent 1969 UK Tour – Documentary Film

Filmed by the BBC in November, 1969 – (I remember it the first time around!) this documentary follows four days of a UK tour by Gene Vincent to promote a new album released here on John Peel’s¬†Dandelion¬†label as well as … Continue reading

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