OK so I’m more often a lurker to this site, and I’m sure that there has been numerous links to the History of Rock magazine before, and I’ve only read a few of them (almost 10 quid for a magazine!!!! – I may be 57 but I tend to read most of my stuff on my lovely IPad and magazines, although I used to live for them, now are something that tend to only be bought for holidays) but when I saw the most recent issue was 1976, what I consider to be one of the most influential years of my life (I was 17, at VIth form, what did I know?) it had to be purchased (unlike the infrequent Mojo purchases at the local (Bury St Edmunds) market for £1 a copy (and only one month out of date!).
So what have I learned?
– that I now realise why I brought the NME every week and not the Melody Maker – for those not in the know about this magazine it tends to spread between NME & MM articles/reviews. God the MM was so pompous and self-important (the 1976 HOR includes an album review of Slik for Christs sake trying to say it includes some works of music merit!). The mag includes a kind-of interview with Keef with Charles Shaar Murray which is funny although far more about him than his interviewee and his review of Black & Blue after all this time is pretty spot-on. The MM stuff though is so dull and predictable!
– it’s made me listen again to Thin Lizzy which is currently ‘entertaining’ the whole of the Swiss mountain village I’m in.
– I listened again to Zepps ‘Presence’ which I probably hadn’t since the time so enthused was I with Punk that I got rid of so many albums that I wished I hadn’t at the time – I’m now more likely to have Yes, Floydetc on the Spotify playlist (see how modern I am!) than Clash, Buzzcocks who ruled my world during those Friday night sessions when us Sixth formers crashed the Friday Night disco at North Staffs Poly to harangue the DJ to play those early punk singles – BTW does anyone else remember the amazing ‘Do the Standing Still’ by The Table – never forget one of our crowd turning up wearing a cardboard box to ‘dance’ to this tune. But while I agree ‘Achilles Last Stand’ is magnificent, the rest is a bit ‘Mhew’, and the review (surprise surprise form MM Chris Welch) is ‘I’m so superior in my knowledge than you oils’
– I realise that it was another 2 years before I’d get to see Bob Marley at Bingley Hall, Stafford but the mag has articles about his first influence in the UK that I was well into
– David Bowie really was a hero wasn’t he?
I’m only half way through (page 73) and sure there’s lots more to come but I’m a bit drunk and couldn’t wait to post!!!
Anyway, anyone else interested or should I just keep my remarks to myself?