The best part about working for Christie’s is when unexpected rock and roll items come through the door and turn out to have great historical significance
During the initial onslaught of the British Invasion, as The Beatles and The Dave Clark Five slugged it out for the devotion of America’s masses, a cuddly quintet, Herman’s Hermits, practically usurped them both. Neither as adept nor as savvy as their competition, they were assured continuing chart success via the astute guidance of producer Mickey Most and a reliable arsenal of songwriting support.
It’s a Thursday night, and a fiery band with a British Invasion-vibe has taken the stage at the long and narrow Lucky Lounge in downtown Austin, Texas.
Like many port cities, Liverpool was a rough-and-tumble town in the late ’50s and early ’60s.
To get out of dreary old England and see the world, a young, streetwise Gerry Marsden figured he had only two options: Either learn to box or take up an instrument.
Here’s the thing about stardom: You cannot predict when, or if, it will ever happen.
So, if really, really good fortune does come your way, you can’t say, “No, thank you. I’ll wait for the next bus to come along.” You’ve got to grab the golden ring while you can.
Ah, the ’80s. A time of MTV, “ALF,” “E.T.,” the USFL and “C.H.U.D.” A great time indeed. And, a time of the New Wave in music.
The five-DVD set features:
• “Dusty Springfield — Once Upon a Time 1964-1969″
• “Small Faces — All or Nothing 1965-1968″
• “Herman’s Hermits — Listen People 1964-1969″
• “Gerry andthe Pacemakers — It’s Gonna Be All Right 1963-1965″
• A bonus disc featuring more than an hour of bonus performances by Dusty Springfield and Herman’s Hermits plus an hour and a half of bonus interviews
Leaving aside The Beatles, for the most part, we present the finest in ’60s Brit-pop
The music and careers of Dusty Springfield, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Small Faces and Herman’s Hermits are the cornerstones of the new British Invasion 5-DVD set. The set, which is from Reelin’ In The Years Productions, Voyage Digital Media and Naxos …
The Small Faces were snappy dressers, but their sound was gloriously gritty.