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Leonard Cohen In Blue Alert

The Cuckoo Club is a swish, luxuriously upholstered private members bar and restaurant, just off Regent Street, where everything that isn’t leather, velvet, silk or glass is gleaming stainless steel,…

Reading. . .in the beginning

On Monday night, I went to the launch of the 2007 Reading Festival – or the Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds Festivals, as the dual event is now called –…

TEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

HAPPENINGS TEN YEARS TIME AGO March 19-25 The Eagles' 1976 compilation, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, reaches sales of 24 million, equalling those of the previous all-time best seller, Michael Jackson's

The Night Lou Reed Bopped David Bowie

The news that Lou Reed is going to be playing his brilliantly grim Berlin song cycle in its entirety at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in June reminds me of when he…

TEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

HAPPENINGS TEN YEARS TIME AGO March 12 to 18, 1997 Jermaine Stewart, the 80s soul star whose biggest hit was "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off", dies of…

TEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

HAPPENINGS TEN YEARS TIME AGO March 5 to 11, 1997 The Notorious B.I.G. is shot dead as he sits in a car outside the Soul Train Music Awards in Los…

“Letsagettabittarockin'”

More on Joe Strummer and The 101’ers Following my somewhat nostalgic post about calling in at the Elgin and being reminded of many great nights there watching Joe Strummer and…

The Hold Steady take London by storm

You’ll have to excuse me if I sound as hoarse as a hacksaw this morning and seem more than a little rough around the edges, but I am in slow…

Joe Strummer strummed here. . .

I found myself last night for the first time in decades in Ladbroke Grove, an old stomping ground, not much-visited since I lived around there for a year of largely…

The Never-Ending saga Of the Never-Ending Tour

THE NEVER-ENDING SAGA OF THE NEVER-ENDING TOUR Just some thoughts on the comments about Bob Dylan’s 1987 Wembley show, posted below by Steve, who was at that show, didn’t recognise…