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Vintage Rock

Vintage Rock

June/July 2021
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VINTAGE ROCK celebrates a time when music changed the world - 45s, youth culture and the odd thrusting pelvis. Vintage Rock chronicles all the stellar artists and music, the enduring legacy of those early pioneers - and why it’s still the best way to live. Spanning the dawn of the 50s to early Beatles (pre Eastern mysticism!), Vintage Rock covers a time of Mods and Rockers, crinoline skirts and blue jeans, rock star movies and screaming-girl concerts. This special magazine rejoices in the music and verve of Elvis, The Shadows, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent and a host more, and speaks to a contemporary audience that relishes the vitality and flair of the era.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Anthem Publishing
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome…

Rock’n’roll through the decades is littered with examples of stars who left us too soon. From Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran through to Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, music fans have countless unanswered questions about what their heroes would have gone on to achieve later in life. This issue’s cover star, the wonderful Ritchie Valens, deserves to be in such revered company, too. In just eight short months, his supernova success was astonishing – and he created a rockin’ legacy that now stretches back more than 60 years. Marking what would have been the Chicano rock icon’s 80th birthday, we’ve left no stone unturned to bring you the fullest account possible of the Valens story – VR’s Julie Burns talked to members of Ritchie’s family, his high school sweetheart Donna as well…

1 min.
rare billy fury bbc performances feature on new compilation

Unreleased material by Billy Fury is finally seeing the light of day as part of a new compilation of his late-60s performances for the BBC. After signing with EMI in December 1966, Fury recorded 11 singles for Parlophone up until late 1970. During this period, the singer also performed live sessions for BBC television and radio. In keeping with BBC policy of the time, most of the recordings were destroyed. Eight tracks from 1967-70 have made it to release, but nothing from 1968-69 was thought to have survived – until now. Released with the blessing of the Billy Fury Estate via the Top Sounds label, Three Saturdays With Billy offers seven previously unreleased live recordings made for the Radio One programme Saturday Club, as well as audio of a performance taken from…

1 min.
‘aladdin’s cave’ of eddie cochran memorabilia found

A remarkable haul of Eddie Cochran memorabilia found in California is set to be turned into a travelling exhibition for fans. The contents of ‘Eddie’s Room’ were recently found in an abandoned storage locker in the Golden State. Valued at just $300, they were considered junk, but after UK rock’n’roller Sonny West spotted pieces of Cochran memorabilia finding its way to eBay, he contacted the seller and has secured a haul of items once owned by the iconic 50s star. “To find all his personal possessions, home recordings of songs never heard, unseen photos and even his clothes, was like discovering an Aladdin’s Cave,” West told the PR Newswire website. “There’s a huge untold story here, from birth to death.” The collection includes Gold discs, family albums, fan club memorabilia, original artwork,…

1 min.
virtual graceland visits are going ‘behind the ropes’

Elvis fans can now get a glimpse of their hero’s Graceland mansion from the comfort of their own homes. During the pandemic, virtual live tours have been running to give Presley aficionados the inside track on his Memphis homestead. The two-hour tour hosted by Vice President of Archives And Exhibits, Angie Marchese, promises to go ‘behind the ropes’ for a full VIP experience of Graceland’s rooms. The tour also includes a look onboard the Lisa Marie aeroplane, a Convair 880 jet nicknamed the ‘Flying Graceland’ by Elvis, featuring two half-baths, a lounge area, a conference room, sitting room and a master bedroom. Viewers will also visit Elvis Presley’s Memphis and continue their tour through 200,000 square feet of Elvis-themed exhibits, where Angie will highlight and discuss many of the unique archives, including The…

1 min.
celeb-packed crickets lp available to stream

The all-star collaborative album The Crickets And Their Buddies has now been made available to stream for the first time. The 15-track LP of hits features Buddy Holly’s original backing band alongside an A-list cast of vocalists and instrumentalists including Eric Clapton, Rodney Crowell, Phil and Jason Everly, Nanci Griffith, Waylon Jennings – on one of his last studio recordings – as well as Albert Lee, Graham Nash, JD Souther and Bobby Vee. The tracklisting includes That’ll Be The Day, Rave On, Not Fade Away and I Fought The Law. Originally released in 2004 and produced by Grammy award winner Greg Ladanyi, it’s now making its debut on streaming platforms. “We had the time of our lives while recording this album with all of our buddies,” explains Jerry Allison, original drummer and…

1 min.
obituary

R&B innovator, Lloyd Price has died at the age of 88. The Louisiana-born singer had a No.1 hit in 1952 on the US R&B charts with his self-penned debut single Lawdy Miss Clawdy when it was released on the Los Angeles-based Specialty Records label. Recorded with Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, the song played a huge part in popularising the New Orleans sound. In an interview before his 1998 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Price noted how his hit broke new ground with white record buyers previously unaware of black music. “I revolutionised the South,” he explained. “Before Lawdy Miss Clawdy, white kids were not really interested in this music. People like Charles Brown and Fats Domino really only sold to the black community. Ten months after…