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London Music Landmarks

Those special places where music and musicians were an important part of life for many of us.

Marquee Club London

The Marquee Club was one of London's best known rock venues.

Hope & Anchor Islington

The Hope & Anchor Islington - No Stranger to the Stranglers The Hope and Anchor Islington is a grade II listed building, currently owned by Greene King and still operated as a pub with great food and live music. Before this, however, and especially in the 1970s, it...

Town & Country Club Kentish Town

Town & Country Club Kentish Town 1985 - 1993 Dating from 1934 when it was originally constructed as an Art Deco Cinema, this large building on Highgate Road in north London has had several names over the years, including the Town & Country Club Kentish Town and it is...

Hammersmith Odeon – Iconic London Venue Where Ziggy Stardust Died

The Hammersmith Odeon, also known as the Hammersmith Apollo, has a long history and has been known by several different names since it opened in 1932 as the Gaumont Palace.Over the years, in addition to serving as a cinema, it has played host to many musical legends...

Battersea Power Station – Pink Floyd Animals

Is that a flying pig above Battersea Power station? Yes - but not a real one, obviously....

Hippodrome Golders Green

The Hippodrome Golders Green is a fine old building, now Grade II listed, originally designed and built as a music hall venue in 1913. The Golders Green Hippodrome is located adjacent to Golders Green tube station.

Ziggy Stardust Album Cover Location

Bowie's Ziggy Stardust Album Cover Location The iconic photograph for David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album cover was shot on Heddon Street in London. The photo shoot took place during January of 1972 and the photographer was Brian Ward. The sign "K West" was the trade...

Eel Pie Island and the Eel Pie Hotel

Eel Pie Island is a small island in the Thames, approximately 8 acres in size, and is the home to many artists, scuptors and the like. There are also a number of private houses on the island and a few businesses are based there. Not that interesting really, or is it?...

Rainbow Theatre Finsbury Park

Somewhere Over The Rainbow - There's A Church! - A Sad Farewell To The Rainbow Theatre. After having first been used as a cinema, which was, after all, what it was originally designed and built for, the building that many a concert goer from the 70s attended in order...

Musician Commemorative Plaques In London

Freddy Mercury (Fred Bulsara) 1946 – 1991 Blue Plaque

Location of plaque: 22 Gladstone Avenue, Feltham, London...

Plaque Erected At Site Of Ziggy Stardust Album Cover Photo Location

  Link to BBC report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertainment-arts-17521244/site-of-ziggy-stardust-album-cover-shoot-marked-with-plaque Ziggy Stardust Album...

Marc Bolan Commemorative Brown Plaque Hackney London

Location: 25 Stoke Newington Common, Hackney Inscription: Musician Mark Feld, later known as Marc Bolan, lived here 1947 -...

We Still Rock You

 

Cinema Show – Rock Video Showcase

Fond Memories

Those we have loved to listen to but who we have now lost. Let’s remember the good times.

Keith Moon

Born and raised in post war London, Keith Moon came from humble beginnings and carved out a career that defined the way in which rock stars were expected to live - even if most of them actually didn't. Keith Moon, The Who’s celebrated drummer, was born in Wembley on...

End of the Road for Randy Rhoads

Aged just 25, Randy Rhoads, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, died in an aircraft accident in 1982. The teaming up of Ozzy with Randy Rhoads was a marriage made in heaven. Rhoads' virtuosity as a guitarist was the perfect compliment to Osbourne's extraordinary voice and...

Marc Bolan Death Aged 29

Tragic Marc Bolan Death Crash Marc Bolan, born in September 1947, was killed in a car crash in London on 16th September 1977 just a few days before his 30th birthday. y. Glam rock icon, guitarist and poet Marc Bolan died on 27th September 1977. He had been a passenger...

Ken Hensley

Only a few months after the death of former Uriah Heep drummer, Lee Kerslake, we are devastated to hear that his bandmate and founder member of Uriah Heep, keyboard player, singer and multi-instrumentalist Ken Hensley has also passed away. Ken joined Uriah Heep in...

Ginger Baker

Ginger Baker Made Me Skip School! I didn't skip school very often but there was one reason for doing so that I simply could not resist - my mate had an older brother who had a fantastic collection of LPs and one of those albums was Cream's "Wheels of Fire" which was a...

Jimmy McCulloch – Died Age 26 in 1979.

Founder Member of Thunderclap Newman; Scottish Musician Jimmy McCulloch Died Aged 26 in London Jimmy McCulloch was a prolific and hugely talented musician who, in his short lifetime, managed to play alongside such industry giants as Pete Townsend, Paul McCartney, John...

Dimebag Darrell Shot dead On Stage 2004

Darrell Lance Abbott was a guitarist with Pantera, a groove metal band he formed in 1981 with his brother Vinnie Paul. In addition to his work with Pantera, Abbott also played with his brother in another band, Damageplan and it was during a Damageplan concert that he...

Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce - Much More Than Just A Bass Player. On paper, the combination of Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker in a trio which also featured the prodigiously talented Eric Clapton, was never going to work - but it did, big style! Cream became the biggest selling band in the...

Looking Back

Travelling back in time with the bands and musicians we love

Monterey Memories – Monterey Pop

The Monterey Festival - Three Days In June 1967 That Changed The Face Of Music - Forever If you asked most people who were around during the latter half of the sixties to name the most important music event of that era it is likely that a majority of them would say...

RockBottoms

Things don’t always turn out the way we want.

Marc Bolan Death Aged 29

Tragic Marc Bolan Death Crash Marc Bolan, born in September 1947, was killed in a car crash in London on 16th September 1977 just a few days before his 30th birthday. y. Glam rock icon, guitarist and poet Marc Bolan died on 27th September 1977. He had been a passenger...

Bad Luck, Bad Management – Badfinger

Badfinger Badfinger were typical of many bands that have their origins in the sixties. After learning their trade, performing cover versions of popular tunes of the day, notably the Beatles in their case, songwriting and composing talent starts to surface and the...

End of the Road for Randy Rhoads

Aged just 25, Randy Rhoads, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, died in an aircraft accident in 1982. The teaming up of Ozzy with Randy Rhoads was a marriage made in heaven. Rhoads' virtuosity as a guitarist was the perfect compliment to Osbourne's extraordinary voice and...

Who Knows Where The Time Goes?

Artists and Bands we still love to listen to – after all this time

King Crimson Still Rules in the Court of the Crimson King

More Than 50 Years On - King Crimson Still Going Strong Formed some 50 years ago in London, King Crimson have been delivering the finest quality, innovative and hugely entertaining music that they are rightly famous for since 1968. Yes, the lineup has changed many...

Wishbone Ash

Wishbone Ash are a perennial rock band that, at the time of writing, (2019) were still going strong and gigging with the best of them, albeit with only one original member - the Flying V wielding Andy Powell. Famous for their impressive twin lead guitar approach,...

Memorable Music Events

Monterey Memories – Monterey Pop

The Monterey Festival - Three Days In June 1967...

Keith Moon

Born and raised in post war London, Keith Moon came from humble beginnings and carved out a career that defined the way in which rock stars were expected to live - even if most of them actually didn't. Keith Moon, The Who’s celebrated drummer, was born in Wembley on...

Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce - Much More Than Just A Bass Player. On paper, the combination of Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker in a trio which also featured the prodigiously talented Eric Clapton, was never going to work - but it did, big style! Cream became the biggest selling band in the...

Jimmy McCulloch – Died Age 26 in 1979.

Founder Member of Thunderclap Newman; Scottish Musician Jimmy McCulloch Died Aged 26 in London Jimmy McCulloch was a prolific and hugely talented musician who, in his short lifetime, managed to play alongside such industry giants as Pete Townsend, Paul McCartney, John...

Ginger Baker

Ginger Baker Made Me Skip School! I didn't skip school very often but there was one reason for doing so that I simply could not resist - my mate had an older brother who had a fantastic collection of LPs and one of those albums was Cream's "Wheels of Fire" which was a...

End of the Road for Randy Rhoads

Aged just 25, Randy Rhoads, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, died in an aircraft accident in 1982. The teaming up of Ozzy with Randy Rhoads was a marriage made in heaven. Rhoads' virtuosity as a guitarist was the perfect compliment to Osbourne's extraordinary voice and...

Marc Bolan Death Aged 29

Tragic Marc Bolan Death Crash Marc Bolan, born in September 1947, was killed in a car crash in London on 16th September 1977 just a few days before his 30th birthday. y. Glam rock icon, guitarist and poet Marc Bolan died on 27th September 1977. He had been a passenger...

Ken Hensley

Only a few months after the death of former Uriah Heep drummer, Lee Kerslake, we are devastated to hear that his bandmate and founder member of Uriah Heep, keyboard player, singer and multi-instrumentalist Ken Hensley has also passed away. Ken joined Uriah Heep in...

Dimebag Darrell Shot dead On Stage 2004

Darrell Lance Abbott was a guitarist with Pantera, a groove metal band he formed in 1981 with his brother Vinnie Paul. In addition to his work with Pantera, Abbott also played with his brother in another band, Damageplan and it was during a Damageplan concert that he...

Masterpieces

Oxford English dictionary definition: “a work of art of supreme quality, or the greatest work produced by a particular artist”

Sometimes, rarely, a musician or band will create a masterpiece; a song or musical piece that transcends time and musical genres. A work that is perfect, which raises your level of consciousness to a higher level – perhaps it makes you cry or transports you, in true Proustian fashion, to times past where things were better. Your experience will always be yours to enjoy – here are some of my suggestions.

Don Mclean – American Pie

Don McLean American Pie Don McLean had worldwide success with this epic song about the tragic death of Buddy Holly and the sense of loss that he and millions of others felt when the news broke - a feeling that continued to be felt for many decades. This song has also...

Pink Floyd – Delicate Sound Of Thunder

Why is Pink Floyd Delicate Sound Of Thunder a masterpiece? It's fairly certain now that we are never going to see Pink Floyd live again. Rick Wright has passed away and it just doesn't look like the surviving members of the band have any inclination to make it happen...

George Harrison – All Things Must Pass

When a former member of the Beatles releases an album, just after they had disbanded, people were bound to take notice. All Things Must Pass was released in 1970 and became both a commercial and a critical success. It attracted attention in many ways, apart from the...

Genesis – Supper’s Ready

Supper's Ready - A Masterpeice from a prolific band Rarely, if ever, in my lifetime has there been a piece of music that has inspired me as much as Supper's Ready. The problem is, I can't explain why. The lyrics are beautiful, yet baffling - I've spent almost fifty...

Brian Eno – Another Green World

Coming from a man who described himself as a "non musician," Another Green World is an extraordinary album. Whether or not you would describe him as a musician, (I do), isn't really the point here - he enlisted the help of some very powerful and talented musicians to...

Meatloaf – Bat Out Of Hell

I'm often asked why I list Bat Out of Hell as a single track masterpiece rather than the whole album. When an album has such a standout title track which captures the imagination as this one does but which is on an album with other tracks which are good, but not in...

Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells

Including Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells in a list of "musical masterpieces" is not a particularly bold step. Few would argue that this timeless masterpiece was created by a hugely talented artist who was still a teenager at the time of its conception. Using Richard...

Joni Mitchell – Blue

Aged Just 28, she gave us Joni Mitchell Blue Joni Mitchell created Blue in 1971, in Hollywood, pretty much all by herself, except for an engineer (Henry Lewy) and musical contributions on a small number of tracks by James Taylor (guitar) Ross Kunkel (percussion),...

Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

A new album by Pink Floyd was always something to be savoured. Right from the early days I marvelled at the magical album titles that this band came up with, A Saucerful of Secrets and Piper at the Gates of Dawn both triggered images of far off lands populated by...

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

Great Songs, Great Musicians - Fleetwood Mac Rumours Fleetwood Mac Rumours, a timeless epic of an album by one of the worlds most popular bands, was released in 1977 and received a Grammy Award for best album that same year. It comprised 11 tracks, several of which...