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Some Music Reflecting the 1980s

I’m feeling a bit nostalgic, so I thought I’d post some songs from my youth. Most people think of the 1980s as being a greedy materialistic time, but I remember a lot of political activism at that time. 2,163 more words

Classic Rock Almanac January 25, 2015


2011-Ronnie Wood’s divorce from his wife of 23 years, Jo, is finalized.

2008-C-S-N-Y’s film Deja Vu, premieres at and closes the Sundance Film Festival… 350 more words



It’s a little surprising how many of the now classic records in this series were conceived in chaotic circumstances.

This track was nominated single of the year in 1981 by the UK’s three biggest music papers of the day (NME, Melody Maker and Sounds) and spent three weeks at number one. 764 more words

Blank Cheque

17 year old, northern band ‘Blank Cheque’ are my latest discovery and new found love. The two piece have just released their EP ‘Down the Hill’, which i can only describe as a fusion of indie/rock; Ska/Two-Tone; and almost Northern Soul, which combined with their Rock n’ Roll image makes them a rare commodity. 147 more words


Now You Know This is the End: The Specials' "You're Wondering Now"

In 1977 a group of mates in Coventry, England formed the ska revival band The Specials.  Jerry Dammers, founder/keyboard player started 2 Tone Records in 1979, a label that became synonymous with the ska and reggae revival movement in England.   164 more words

Sing Like No One Is Listening