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I wasn’t born in Sunderland but I lived there all through the 1960s, long before the town was granted its city status. I’m always fascinated by pictures and stories about Sunderland in the sixties, in particular about the music and…

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Everyone knows that unauthorised downloading or copying of mp3s and other forms of digital music is illegal. Music piracy is nothing new, though – it actually predates the digital age by at least forty years. Relatively inexpensive tape cassette players…

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In 2016 BBC Four are to broadcast a series of documentaries entitled ‘The People’s History Of Pop’. The programmes will be about pop music from the 1950s through to the noughties as seen through the eyes of dedicated music fans….

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Welcome to the new, improved version of Ready Steady Gone – the site dedicated to the memory of north east bands, venues, music and people from the mid sixties to the early seventies. The site has been restyled to look…

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Since Ready Steady Gone was launched it’s had over a quarter of a million hits. I’m guessing that most visitors to the site will be in their sixties and would have been to one or more of the north east…

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There is a long list of singers, songwriters and musicians who say they were influenced by Motown. And it’s not just artists that grew up during Motown’s golden era of the sixties. There’s a host of recent performers that not…

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE SEXY SAX? Unlike guitarists, not many saxophone players outside of the jazz world have become household names. I suppose most people will have heard of Kenny Gee, whether or not they like his slushy style of…

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In November 2010 I was given the opportunity to play at charity gig in Alnwick with a couple of my old band mates. Driving up the Great North Road through Northumberland to the gig brought back memories of the many…

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A while ago I received an email from Arthur Renwick, a north east guitarist who played in local bands in the late fifties and early sixties. Arthur reminded me that there was a very active music scene in the north…

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I finally got around to reading ‘Rock Roadie’ by Tappy Wright (mentioned in my earlier blog – ‘Who Killed Jimi Hendrix?”). There’s some interesting ‘insider’ stuff in there about the music scene from the early days of the Animals in…