LAZY SCRIBBLE

“So, pop fans, grab your copy” – Pickwick’s Top of the Pops

In 1976 I had my music gap year. I was seven years old. I had been buying records since I was four. There were two main reasons for this. Firstly, the music in the charts, and therefore the music I had access to, was going a bit soft. Glam rock, with its fast and simple […]

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“Watch phonies run to hide” – Succumbing to the Beat Surrender

One by one they fell. One by one they changed. One by one you watched your classmates step out of their childhood. They changed in the way they spoke and in the things that they spoke about. They changed the way they wore their school uniform, applying rebellious alterations where they could. The standard school […]

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“You yell shark, we’ve got a panic on our hands on the fourth of July” – The impact of Jaws

There was something new about Jaws. It created a buzz that none of us had experienced before. It felt totally modern. A new type of film for a new type of age. Jaws was released in the US in June 1975, famously becoming the first big summer blockbuster. It wasn’t released in Britain until December […]

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“It took seconds” – Growing up in a post-Kennedy world

Friday, November 22, 1963. US President John F. Kennedy is on a short tour of Texas. Having delivered a breakfast speech at the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth, the President, accompanied by his wife Jackie, is making a short 15 minute flight to Dallas, where he is due to give a luncheon speech at the […]

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