On The Road with Rabid

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    A week ago I received an email from Jack Rabid, the editor of New York’s enduring Big Takeover magazine, to say that he was London-bound. An encyclopaedic print magazine (remember them?), BT has survived for 30 years covering … Continue reading

Get a Studio, you two!

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Songs where you get the girlfriend in to do the backing vocals. A document of artistic as well as romantic congress, a charter for skinflints getting round MU small print or the shameless pursuit of duvet brownie points? Qualification: Can’t … Continue reading

Independence Days

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In an act of shameless self-publicity: My new book on independent labels is finally out, a press release and some quotes extracted from the text below. Independence Days, even by the standards of author Alex Ogg’s previous work (The Hip … Continue reading

Eric’s: The Book

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It’s inspiring, in these straitened times, to stumble across a piece of non-profit musical archeology that recalls time and place as evocatively as Jaki Florek’s new book about Eric’s.It’s the sort of venture that anyone interested in the history of … Continue reading