Category Archives: Roots

Australia’s biggest record collection is up for sale

After accumulating over 80,000 records over half a century, the passing of Aussie record collector Ken Perkins (originally from the UK) has left Australia’s biggest record collection up for sale. The extensive collection was passed down to his daughter Natalie … Continue reading

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Trailer: ‘Should’ve Been There’ The Story of The Melody Maker

Directed by: Leslie Ann Coles and starring: Barrie L Wentzell, Ian Anderson, Eric Burdon, Alan Jones, Sonja Kristina, Peter Whitehead  – behind the scenes peek at all the rock ‘n roll legends of the 1970s, as director Leslie Ann Coles … Continue reading

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Tales From The Woods May 13th Gig

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Battle Ground Korea – Songs And Sounds Of America’s Forgotten War

Box set specialist Bear Family are to releasea four CD set ‘Battleground Korea: Songs and Sounds of America’s Forgotten War’, on March 23rd. Bear Family Records have assembled an impressive four-CD anthology that is part 1950s American soundtrack and part … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of UK Record Shops

A new book by Garth Cartwright called ‘Going For A Song’ will explore the history of UK record shops – from the age of the wax cylinder to the days of dubstep and the recent resurgence of vinyl. It will describe … Continue reading

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Detroit Record Man – Joe Von Battle

Joe Von Battle was a self-made man, who followed a well-trod path from the rural South to the urban north during the Great Migration. His Detroit record shop not only sold the sounds of the black South — blues and … Continue reading

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New documentary charts the birth of British blues in Ealing

A new documentary about a West London club where The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Eric Clapton played in the 1960s is now available. ‘Suburban Steps To Rockland’ is an independent film about the Ealing Club produced by 62 Films and … Continue reading

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John Lee Hooker Box Set Due

A new career spanning five-disc set from John Lee Hooker is due in October which will include some of biggest hits, rarities, live performances and previously unreleased tracks. Those unissued sides include “Unfriendly Woman,” “When I Lay My Burden Down” … Continue reading

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New Jimmy Reed Vee Jay Box Set Out

A new three CD anthology featuring Chicago bluesman Jimmy Reed is now out called ‘Mr. Luck – The Complete Vee Jay Singles’. Issued by Craft Recordings via Concord, the collection is available in a CD set set, as well as … Continue reading

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New Album From Robert Plant Due In October

Robert Plant will release a new album in October – his 11th studio album, called ‘Carry Fire”. Street date is October 13th  with  a single, ‘The May Queen,’ – a reference to ‘Stairway To Heaven’ – promoting the album. Chrissie … Continue reading

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