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Vintage Rock Jan/Feb 2019

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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United Kingdom
Anthem Publishing
6 Issues

in this issue

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Fitting for a man who had an anthem called Race With The Devil, Gene Vincent lived life at a breakneck speed of heady extremes. He nearly died in 1960 in the UK, when he was in the Wiltshire car crash that took the life of Eddie Cochran. But Vincent survived. Clad in black leather and literally limping his way through the 60s, he was the archetype of tough-nut survivor, a never-say-die rocker who would not be bowed… even when rock’n’roll started to go out of fashion. Vincent’s later days are the subject of this month’s excellent Vintage Rock cover feature by Jack Watkins who, with the help of Vincent peer and disciple, Graham Fenton of Matchbox, looks at Vincent’s life in the UK and Europe right up to his death. The…

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stray cats are back

The Stray Cats are back on the prowl. After reuniting in 2018 for a handful of reunion shows, including a lauded headline spot at Viva Las Vegas, the rockabilly trio will celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2019 with both a new album and a full-sized tour. “Forty years ago, us three teenagers started a little band to play a musical style that had long since passed and most folks had never heard of,” Brian Setzer says in a statement. “Forty years later, we stand together and still get that same thrill and exhilaration from the music. That feeling is what makes the fireworks go off and the sparks fly. It makes the world go around.” Bandmates Setzer, bass player Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom haven’t released a studio record since…

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rock’n’roll cinema club

Hat off to Vintage Rock reader Tony West whose ‘Boozinstoke Rockin Fraternity’ organises plenty of events for rockers around their Hampshire neighbourhood. “We have had huge successes with a Pyjama Party, a party on the Thames, an annual Midwinter Beach Party, and a rockabilly car club drive-in movie … as well as a monthly free entry rockabilly party night.” The latest is a cinema club at the Royal Oak pub in Basingstoke. “The idea of booking out a cinema screen and filling it with only those from the area’s rockin’ scene… no public and no supervision? Well, it seemed like a great idea!” And it was, as people came from as far as Swindon, Salisbury and Bournemouth to gather. The film was 1979’s cult classic The Wanderers. “For most of us,…

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the excello records story

Vintage Rock contributor Randy Fox is well known for his encyclopedic knowledge of 50s and 60s rock’n’roll and R&B, and for his new book he has charted the history of Excello Records, of his own native Nashville. Founded by Ernie Young, the Excello label (and its sister Nashboro imprint) became famous for releasing the tracks of Slim Harpo, Arthur Gunter, Lightnin’ Slim, Lazy Lester, and a host of others. By the early 1960s, Excello recordings were reaching the shores of the UK, where they inspired young Brits such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Eric Clapton to launch their own R&B combos. Through extensive research and interviews, Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story chronicles the tale of one of the most unusual labels to emerge from the 1950s, and sheds…

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billy furious!

Sad news we weren’t actually aware of until now: but the Billy Fury mural on Billy Fury Way in West Hampstead has gone. Faithful Vintage Rock reader Andre Hobus of Brussels, on a recent “pilgrimage” to the rock’n’roll hotspots of London writes: “I couldn’t find it… I knew there was a mural somewhere. I reached the fire station [which is some walk! – Ed], and asked the firemen who were idling around their big trucks. Finally, one of the lads asked his superior who knew who Billy Fury was – hurrah! – and where it [the painting] was supposedly located. I walked back, found the wild alley named the Billy Fury Way, parallel to the tracks. But no portrait… the wall was covered with plain paint. You can still see…

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christmas boxes

This is in no way surprising… but Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special is being reissued again for its 50th anniversary. The new package is a seven-disc superdeluxe edition box set, with all existing audio and video on 5xCDs and 2xBlu-ray discs. That means you get the original album, both ‘sit-down’ and ‘stand-up’ performances, rehearsals and sessions recorded with The Wrecking Crew in June 1968, including outtakes. The box set also includes an 84-page book with the story told through interviews conducted for this year’s HBO documentary The Searcher. Which pretty much makes it the final word on all things Elvis and 1968. Price is around £100 on Sony. The last issue of VR also makes the perfect companion. Also gift-worthy is a new Rolling Stones boxset… even if it doesn’t feature…