Back in the early to mid sixties, the opportunities for a north east band to become known on a national level were quite limited. The usual route for a band to break into the big time was to build up…

I recently came across a strip of negatives that hadn’t seen the light of day for over forty years. The images on the negatives were of one of my old bands, the Jazzboard, taken at the New Cellar Club, South…

If you’ve stumbled upon Ready Steady Gone via Google and you’ve got as far as this page, there’s a strong probability that you’ve got more than just a passing interest in the north east music life of the sixties. If…

After moving away from the North East in 1973 I gradually lost contact with the people I played alongside in bands in the late sixties and early seventies. Now, thanks to Ready Steady Gone, a lot of my old friends…

Many people have tried to piece together the events in Jimi Hendrix’s life on 17th September and the early hours of 18th September 1970, the period leading up to the discovery of his body in a London hotel room. Officially,…

There’s lots of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll in Geoff Docherty’s account of his life as a promoter in the late sixties and seventies. And quite a bit of violence chucked in too. When I visited the North East…

I don’t get back to the North East very often but when I got an invite to the launch party for North East Beat I just had to go. North East Beat is a new exhibition at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum…

In 1965, the UK charts were dominated by British bands and artists. A few years earlier it was mostly US singles that charted in the UK. In the spring, an all-star Tamla Motown package tour played half empty theatres but…

US soul music continued to thrive in the UK charts in 1966 leading local bands to add songs by James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett to their set lists. Bands with a saxophone or a brass section, such as…

1967 became known as the ‘Summer of Love’. Not so much because that year saw a revolutionary new movement, but because that was when the media came to identify and focus on the hippy phenomenon, the underground alternative youth culture…