Category Archives: Soul

Trojan Records 50th Anniversay Book

This article first appeared in the Morning Star on December 15th Growing up in the early 1960s in Manchester, with grandparents living in Moss Side, the infectious music of bluebeat and ska records newly imported from Jamaica booming out giant … Continue reading

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London Blues Festival: January 14th – January 19th

January 14th to 19th will see US blues artists return to London for the London Blues Festival to be held at the 100 Club on Oxford Street. Kim Wilson and the Fabulous Thunderbirds will play two nights on January 15th … Continue reading

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Stuart Cosgrove’s Soul Trilogy: In Conversation

Writer and critic Stuart Cosgrove will be at Watersone’s, 153–157 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EW, on 21st January celebrating his latest book  – part of his three book trilogy. £5 entrance fee. His new volume ‘Harlem 69: The Future of Soul’ is … Continue reading

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Around The World In 80 Record Stores – Book Review

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Morrison Releases 40th album – Is that Archie Andrews On The Cover?

 Van Morrison has recently confirmed that he will release his 40th studio album, ‘The Prophet Speaks’, on 7th December on Caroline International. The new album will also feature jazz organist and trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco. ‘Got To Go Where the … Continue reading

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How They Got Over: Black Quartets and the Road to Rock’n’Roll

SCREENING: 17th November 2018 at 16:00 LDN – Picturehouse Central Dir. Robert Clem, 2017, USA, 87 mins UK Premiere + Q&A with the director and producer hosted by author Viv Brough In the decades following the Second World War, the … 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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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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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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