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Idiot Son

Idiot Son - (With Morton Valence, The Volunteered and Simon Bromide), Water Rats, London, 29/1/2022

We preview the next Pennyblackmusic Bands Night which will take place with Idiot Son, Morton Valence, The Volunteered and Simon Bromide at The Water Rats in London on the 29th January 2022.


Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts - 1941-2021

Nick Dent-Robinson pays tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts who died on August 24th.


Lee "Scratch" Perry

Lee "Scratch" Perry - 1936-2021

Maarten Schiethart looks back on the life and career of Jamaican producer and musician Lee "Scratch" Perry who died in August.


Aztec Camera

Aztec Camera - Profile

Aztec Camera’s five albums for the WEA label are being compiled in a massive nine disc box set 'Backwards and Forwards', with four discs of extras! But even though he enjoys it, Tommy Gunnarsson misses their amazing debut album, 'High Land, Hard Rain'.


Blues and Gospel Train

Blues and Gospel Train - Manchester, 7th May 1964

Neil Swift investigates the groundbreaking, one-off Granada TV showcase 'Blues and Gospel Train'.


Lucy in the Sky....

Lucy in the Sky.... - Pop StorIes

Nick Dent-Robinson gives a thumbs-up to Annie Nightingale’s ‘Hey Hi Hello’ – a 'rewarding read' which includes 'fascinating back-stories spanning her five decades of interaction with the biggest names in music and culture.'


Per Nilsen

Per Nilsen - Iggy and The Stooges On Stage 1967-1974

Adrian Janes examines Swedish academic Per Nilsen's new book which provides a gig-by-gig account of The Stooges' chaotic career.


Doug Hoekstra

Doug Hoekstra - Ten Seconds In Between

John Clarkson examines Nashville-based singer-songwriter and author Doug Hoekstra's haunting new collection of short stories.


Michael Stuart Ware

Michael Stuart Ware - Pegasus Epitaph: The Story of the Legendary Rock Group Love

Nicky Crewe reviews Michael Stuart Ware’s must-read for fans of Love and their music, written by one who was there and who has lived to tell the tale with insight and understanding.


Lewes Ripple

Lewes Ripple - Profile

Kimberly Bright examines The Lewes Ripple, a community of musicians from the small town of Lewes in Sussex, who after a planned week-long multi-venue festival was cancelled there due to the pandemic, have set up an inventive YouTube channel to promote their music.


Folk/Country/Americana in Liverpool

Folk/Country/Americana in Liverpool - Profile

Steve Kinrade profiles the growing Folk/Country/Americana scene in his native Liverpool.


Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard - Vs Elvis Presley

Bob Nicholson reflects on the parallels and contrasts between the careers of original rock and rollers Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley.


Attila the Stockbroker

Attila the Stockbroker - Heart on My Sleeve: Collected  Works

Fiona Hutchings generally finds poetry a bit hit or miss and now she has Attila The Stockbroker in her sights.


Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson - Beeswing

Nicky Crewe finds that the eagerly anticipated memoir from Fairport Convention co-founder Richard Thompson is a beautifully written and evocative reminder of a memorable time in his life.


Neil Anderson

Neil Anderson - Take It to the Limit 10th Anniversary Edition

Nicky Crewe reads this rollicking tale of The Limit, the legendary Sheffield club.


Reg Meuross

Reg Meuross - Six Cd Set

Including discs which have been out of print for some time, a new six CD set of Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross’s output from 1996 until 2013 brings all of his work together. Malcolm Carter reviews.


Doug Hoekstra

Doug Hoekstra - 'Wintertime' Video Premiere

Pennyblackmusic is proud to premiere the video for 'Wintertime', the third single single from Nashville-based singer-songwriter and writer Doug Hoekstra's forthcoming first album in ten years, 'The Day Deserved'.


Production Crew Confront Covid

Production Crew Confront Covid - One Year On

Last April Cila Warncke for an article at Pennyblackmusic spoke to several people who worked in production and behind the scenes in music about the devastating impact that the Coronavirus crisis was starting to have on them. A year on she revisits them and others in the same situation to find out where they are now.


Keith How

Keith How - 1950-2021

Nicky Crewe pays tribute to her friend and Pennyblackmusic writer Keith How who died unexpectedly in January.


Stephen McLaren

Stephen McLaren - 'Put Me On The Television'  Video Premiere

Pennyblackmusic is proud to premiere the video for 'Put Me On The Television', the debut single from Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Stephen McLaren's forthcoming dream-pop second album 'They Don’t Put Any Money in Your Pocket'.


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Crosby, Stills and Nash: Every Album, Every Song

Nicky Crewe finds that Andrew Wild's new book in Sonicbond Publishing’s 'On Track' series is a definitive guide to Crosby, Stills and Nash not forgetting Neil Young’s contributions.


Gerry Marsden

Gerry Marsden - 1942-2021

Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the career of Gerry Marsden, the frontman of the record-breaking 1960s Mersey Sound band, Gerry and the Pacemakers, who died in January.


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - The Clash: Every Album, Every Song

Nick Assirati sets out to make the music of The Clash accessible to newcomers and/or younger fans. Fiona Hutchings investigates whether he succeeds.


Nirvana

Nirvana - Songlife

Malcolm Carter examines 'Songlife', a new vinyl box set from 1960's pop/psychedelic act Nirvana, which combines five albums plus a previously unreleased musical.


Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd - A Delicate Sound of Thunder

Recorded during their longest ever tour, a reissue of 1988 concert film The Delicate Sound of Thunder sees Pink Floyd attempting to adapt their pioneering psych/ prog rock for a new generation. Richard Lewis reviews


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Albums of the Year 2020

Our writers and photographers list their favourite albums of the year.


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Profile

Maarten Schiethart highlights some of his favourite 7 inch and 12 inch releases of the year.


Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard - Taking Risks

Bob Nicholson explores the misguided perspective that rock icon Cliff Richard is ‘risk adverse’.


Common

Common - Let Love Have The Last Word

Chicago-raised rap artist, Common, lays bare his spiritual growth in his sophomore book, ‘Let Love Have the Last Word’ in 'Raging Pages'.


Toots Hibbert

Toots Hibbert - 1942-2020

Maarten Schiethart reflects upon the life of pioneering reggae artist Toots Hibbert, who died in September.


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Pink Floyd in the 1970s

Keith How finds Georg Purvis' account of Pink Floyd’s history through the 1970s not only fascinating but a compulsive read even for a know it all fan!


Alison O' Donnell

Alison O' Donnell - Profile

Malcolm Carter examines folk legend Alison O'Donnell's two new digital releases, a compilation of her 50-year career in music and a new set of songs with Head South By Weaving.


Silent Boys

Silent Boys - Profile

Dixie Ernill examines the career of under-rated Richmond, Virginia indie-pop band The Silent Boys.


Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen - Letter to You

Nick Dent-Robinson assesses Bruce Springsteen's extraordinary latest album, 'Letter to You'.


Fontaines DC

Fontaines DC - A Hero;s Death

Dastardly finds the second LP from Dublin 5-piece Fontaines D.C. splices hypnotic lyrics with rhythmic driving passion


Tuts Chicago

Tuts Chicago - 40th Anniversary

Philamonjoro reflects on short-lived but influential Chicago music venue Tuts in its 40th anniversary year.


John Howard

John Howard - Illusions of Happiness

Returning with the second volume of a three-part autobiography, John Howard takes Ben Howarth and John Clarkson on a compelling guided tour of the fringes of the late-70s, early 80s music industry, while also navigating an increasingly complex personal life in the shadow of the Aids crisis.


CP Lee

CP Lee - 1950-2020

Nicky Crewe reflects on the life of her friend, Mancunian musician, writer and Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias frontman CP Lee, who died in July.


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Top 10+1 Reasons Q was the Best Music Mag of its Generation

The news that Q magazine was closing this year after a 34-year run due to Covid-19 sent shock waves through the music community. Ex Q editorial assistant Cila Warncke talks to other former work colleagues about their fond memories of the influential magazine.


Stuart Moxham

Stuart Moxham - Profile

Tommy Gunnarson examines two new albums by former Young Marble Giants mastermind Stuart Moxham, the first of which 'Interior Windows' is a compilation of unreleased recordings by his project the Gist, and the second 'The Devil Laughs' on which he has teamed up with Louis Philippe once again.


Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention - On Track...Every Album, Every Track

Thirty albums in, Fairport Convention finally get a book dedicated to every song on every album. Tommy Gunnarsson is impressed.


Roger Waters

Roger Waters - Us + Them

Richard Lewis watches a highly impressive document of Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters’ huge 'Us + Them' tour, which sees the musician in typically uncompromising, fiery form.


Little Richard

Little Richard - 1932-2020

Lisa Torem reminisces about one of her favourite rock ‘n’ roll heroes, Little Richard, who died in May.


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Some Reflections

After talking to comic Jimmy Tarbuck about his recollections of Tom Jones and Elvis, Nick Dent-Robinson reflects upon his own memories of seeing Elvis live.


Aurlus Mabele

Aurlus Mabele - 1953-2020

Maarten Schiethart looks at the career of Soukous' star and Le Groupe Loketo singer Aurlus Mabélé who died in March.


Dave Haslam

Dave Haslam - Profile

Nicky Crewe takes us through the first three titles of Dave Haslam’s 'Art Decades' series, which are a captivating taste of more to come


Hollies

Hollies - The Band, the Brand, the Business

Bob Nicholson revisits the history and legacy of The Hollies, and ponders how the band have managed to go the distance.


Florian Schneider

Florian Schneider - 1947-2020

Maarten Schiethart reflects on the groundbreaking career of the late Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider


Dave Greenfield

Dave Greenfield - 1949-2020

Long-term fan Denzil Watson pays tribute to Stranglers’ keyboard player Dave Greenfield, who died on the 3rd May.


Cliff Richard and The Shadows

Cliff Richard and The Shadows - Facing Up to the Competition

In his second feature for Pennyblackmusic on Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Bob Nicholson reflects on their career post the summer of 1963 and up against Beatlemania.


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous - Profile

Nicky Crewe examines how the music community in her home city of Sheffield is coping with the challenges presented by the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.


JB Morrison

JB Morrison - A Godawful Small Affair

Following the success of his memoir last year, JB Morrison, the former frontman of Carter USM, is back with his fifth novel. Fiona Hutchings ponders whether 'Stranger Things coming to Brixton' is a good thing.


Karen Dalton

Karen Dalton - Profile

Keith How reflects on the rediscovered career of 60's folk artist Karen Dalton and new box set, 'Recording is the Trip'.


Production Crew Confront Covid

Production Crew Confront Covid - Production Crew Confront Covid

Cila Warncke writes of the devastating impact of the Coronavirus crisis on those behind the scenes in music.


Madonna

Madonna - Profile

With Madonna having just completed a fifteen night residency at the London Palladium, Nick Dent-Robinson recollects seeing an early preview of her current 'Madame X' tour in New York last summer.


Neil Innes



Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the career of Neil Innes, who died in December, and, as well as forming creative alliances with top 1960's performers, became legendary for creating catchy melodies and contributing greatly to 'Monty Python'.







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