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Archive | May, 2012

Living To Music – Talking Heads ‘Stop Making Sense’

ARTIST: TALKING HEADS

ALBUM: STOP MAKING SENSE

LABEL: SIRE

YEAR: 1984 (SPECIAL NEW EDITION 1999)

This Sunday (June 3rd) at 9pm, you’re invited to share a listening session with some likeminded souls, wherever you might be. This can be experienced either alone or communally, and you don’t need to leave the comfort of your own home to participate. Full lowdown here:
//blog.gregwilson.co.uk/2010/06/living-to-music/

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The Haçienda – 30 Years On

One of the world’s most celebrated clubs, The Haçienda in Manchester, opened 30 years ago today, on Friday May 21st 1982. In June 2007, a little after the 25th anniversary, the inimitable Manchester-based writer / musician, John Robb, author of books including ‘The North Will Rise Again: Manchester Music City 1976-1996’ (2009), ‘The Stone Roses And The Resurrection Of British Pop’ (1996) and ‘Punk Rock: An Oral History’ (2006), did a short interview with me about the club’s legacy:

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Robin Gibb

Bee Gee Robin Gibb died yesterday, aged 62, after a prolonged struggle with cancer. His twin brother, Maurice, died in 2003, with elder brother, Barry, now the only living member of the group. All 3 were born on the Isle Of Man, before their family moved to Manchester, and eventually emigrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1958.

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It Was Back In ’82

One of the defining moments of my DJ career took place exactly 30 years ago, on Monday May 10th 1982, when my first radio mix was broadcast on Mike Shaft’s show, ‘T.C.O.B’ (Taking Care Of Business), on Manchester’s hugely influential Piccadilly Radio, which played a major part in bringing black / dance music to wider attention during the ’70s and ‘80s – from Soul, Funk and Disco, through Jazz-Funk and Electro, and on into Hip Hop, House and Techno. I go into its rich legacy in greater depth here:
//www.electrofunkroots.co.uk/articles/dont_touch_that_dial.html

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Adam Yauch aka MCA

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (aka MCA), died last Friday, aged 47. The Brooklyn born rapper and bassist had been diagnosed with cancer in 2009, and, although he initially described his condition as ‘very treatable’, was too sick to attend the crew’s inauguration into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last year.

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