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Sarah Cracknell’s Red Kite

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Of all the music that can be said to have soundtracked the 1990s, at least once you step beyond the Alice in Grungey Britblur axis with which the history books now berate us (was 1998 really the year of Rialto?  …

The Zombies at Woodstock. Seriously…

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The best histories are the ones you’ve never heard of.  The even better ones are the ones that you never even dreamed about.  There’s an entire vein of fiction out there, poised somewhere between sci-fi, fantasy and fact, where the …

Twinkle – Goodnight

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She only had a couple of hits, but one of them remains among the most affecting of all the so-called “death songs” that clung to the charts in the early 1960.  Lynn “Twinkle” Ripley was just sixteen when “Terry” brought …

Popcorn, Profumo and the Croydon Municipal

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In a world in which the legends of Nuggets, Rubble, Pebbles and Bam-Bam (come on.., someone has to do it sometime) long ago set the gold standard for on-going series of thematic compilations… in which Piccadilly Sunshine and Killed by …

Tracy Partridge – she made us happy

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Suzanne Crough, who died on April 27 aged 52, was the little sister that America didn’t know it needed – but which it was certainly happy it had. While her four televisual siblings… Keith and Laurie, Danny and the Christophers… could …