ROCK HISTORY: SONGS OF PROTEST (PART I)

With the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President-Elect of the USA, commentators have remarked that perhaps this era will also see the return of the protest song, prevalent during the tenure of hardline conservative leaders like Ronald Reagan (USA) and Margaret Thatcher (UK) in the 1980s.

PoP ROCKS! AN INTRODUCTION

Once upon a time, pop and rock came together and made a baby, and its name was Pop-Rock. Very strictly speaking, Pop-Rock is a fusion genre that mixes a catchy pop style and light lyrics in its (typically) guitar-based rock songs. Other genres that bear similar traits would be Powerpop, Continue Reading

ROCK HISTORY: THE BEATLES – REVOLUTION IN THE HEAD (PLAYLIST)

“With every song that I write, I compare it to the Beatles. The thing is, they only got there before me. If I’d been born at the same time as John Lennon, I’d have been up there.” This mind-boggling quote comes from Noel Gallagher. The self-delusion is obvious but the Continue Reading

ROCK HISTORY: THE BEATLES – TOPPERMOST OF THE POPPERMOST (PLAYLIST)

Here’s part one of a playlist put together to celebrate The Beatles’ entry into the streaming services. This playlist covers the Fab Four’s early years of Beatlemania (1963 – 65) whereby in 2 short years, the band released SIX albums and numerous non-album singles and EPs, the majority of which Continue Reading

MUSIC NEWS: BEATLES 1 TO BE RE-ISSUED WITH RESTORED VIDEOS

It has been 45 years since The Beatles broke up but the Fab Four still set the standard for pop success – which explains its continued relevance and appeal in 2015. 1 was a compilation album, originally released on 13 November 2000. The album featured virtually every number-one single released Continue Reading

PoP ART

A PoP feature where we examine the influence on ART on rock and pop music, in particular album covers. Today we look at Pop-art, a movement that began in UK and the USA in the 50s. The dominant figure in this ‘genre’ is probably one of the most influential artists Continue Reading