Bournemouth’s Bowl of music magic

Unlike many a fondly remembered music venue – tiny, tight and wont to overheating – Bournemouth’s Chelsea Village was the bee’s knees, the height of sophistication. When it opened in 1970 it was like nothing the town had seen before and within weeks it became a magnet for revellers from miles around. ‘We thought we Read More…

John Lydon – Public Image conscious

It spring 2012 and with the first new music from Public Image Ltd in 20 years about to be released, John Lydon dons his showman’s hat and talks it up – a one-man army of startling soundbites. The album, This Is PiL, is Lydon’s attempt to assimilate all that’s happened to him in his 56-year journey from Read More…

Pablo Cook 2010

Much has been said and written about Joe Strummer in the years since his untimely death in 2002. Film documentaries, biographies, eulogies-a-go-go from famous fans and foot soldiers alike, all contributing to the gradual canonisation of the punk godhead. Doubtless he would have hated it, but it is perhaps inevitable given Strummer’s evangelical zest for Read More…