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Kevin Coyne’s ‘Beautiful Extremes’ – a little known classic from 1977

Beautiful Extremes is a collection of songs Kevin Coyne recorded between 1974 and 1977, either as radio sessions, or at the Manor studios in Oxfordshire and the Alvic studio in Wimbledon. Many were recorded at a time Kevin was working with a rock band and had remained unreleased. I remember the ...

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The Legacy of the Blues

The Legacy of the Blues: The Art and Lives of twelve great bluesmen by Samuel Charters. I bought a copy of this book originally in a charity shop, back in the 1980s. From time to time I would read bits of it. However, I had drifted away from the blues, a ...

Some Lesser Known Kevin Coyne Classics / 4 March 2016

Musician and singer Kevin Coyne (27 January 1944 - 2 December 2004) was never as well known as he should have been. Alongside albums like Marjory Razorblade, Matching Head and Feet, and Millionaires and Teddybears there are a number of lesser known classics waiting to be heard. There is not ...

A tribute to Junior Byles, a roots reggae pioneer / 11 February 2016

Earlier this century I bought a copy of MOJO magazine. It had a free reggae compilation with it. One of the tracks on the CD was ‘A Place Called Africa’ by Junior Byles. The song is a heartfelt cry on the Rastafarian theme of repatriation. Listening to it reminded me ...

Frank Bangay

Known as the Bard of Hackney, Frank Bangay has been performing poetry and song for over 40 years on the London poetry scene. He writes about his two passions: music and gardening for various publications including The Big Untidy.

‘Taking the Michelangelo’: A memoir of recovery and healing by Karim Harvey / 10 February 2015

Karim Harvey is a member of Hackney based mental health charity Core Arts. He is also a fine poet. This is his first book, put together with help from Core. Here he takes us on his life journey. Born to black parents who he never knew, he was adopted by ...