September 1970 saw the deaths of both Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. It was also the year that an announcement was made that the Beatles had officially broken up. North east promoter Geoff Docherty continues to book top bands at…

Way back in the summer of 1967, the ‘Summer of Love’, I’d just joined a newly formed seven-piece soul band called the James South Set. One of our earliest gigs was an open air event on some waste ground in…

In 1966 I’d been been a member of the Jazzboard when the band had opened for the Who, the Small Faces and Cream. Could anything top that? Well nearly. In 1969 Sneeze supported Free at Durham University. It didn’t seem…