Wales can boast having had its fair share of awesome bands over the years, from Man to Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics to Super Furry Animals. And, in addition to all that homegrown musical talent, the country can also lay claim to having little known links with some of the biggest acts in the universe. Here are some of our favourites. Johnny Cash By the 1980s country legend Johnny Cash had seen his star fade, but this forgotten man of the music industry would end up having his career reignited by a punk from Newport. Mekons' singer Jon Langford had been a life-long Cash fan when he sneaked backstage at the Manchester Apollo in 1988 to tell his idol he and some friends were planning to make a tribute album to him. With the help of ex-Fall guitarist-turned-radio DJ Marc Riley, the homage – entitled ’Til Things Are Brighter – featured the eclectic likes of Michelle Shocked, Marc Almond and Gaye Bikers on Acid, and the proceeds went to the Terrence Higgins … [Read more...] about The world’s biggest rock stars and their unknown links to Wales
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The fabled trickle-down effect isn't lifting Kiwis' wages because their bosses are still focused on cutting costs, it's been claimed. Wage growth in New Zealand, like in much of the developed world, has lagged behind economic growth for decades. This means while there is more wealth than ever before, the share going to those who work for a living has been declining. HSBC chief economist Paul Bloxham, best-known for describing New Zealand's economy as a "rock star" in 2014, told The AM Show on Thursday managers are doing what they can to keep their businesses profitable amid technological upheaval. "Businesses are still very focused on cost-cutting - they're still very much of the mindset that's something they can control. They can't control a lot of the things that are going on in the rest of the world in terms of technology and globalisation and how that adds into competition, but they can control that cost space," Mr Bloxham explained. "The thing that normally happens though, that … [Read more...] about When will NZ’s ‘rock star’ economy trickle down to workers?
0 Have your say A new feature film documentary is to shine a light on the unsung women of Scottish pop and rock music. One of Glasgow’s new singer-songwriters, Carla Easton, is joining forces with director Blair Young to tell the story of “sonic sisterhood” in Scotland.The pair, who have been working together on the project for around two years, will go back to the 1960s to trace the evolution of “girl groups” and female-led bands. The McKinleys, The Ettes, The Twinsets, Strawberry Switchblade, Sophisticated Boom Boom and His Latest Flame are among the acts expected to be featured in the film.Yet to be given an official name, it is hoped that it will be finished in time for an official launch at a festival next year.The film will look at the obstacles faced by female musicians and singers, how they have been sexualised by the music industry over the years, and the difficulties faced in being in a band and bringing up a family at the same … [Read more...] about Film puts spotlight on Scotland’s female pop and rock stars
One of Doncaster's best known music shops has closed, with its loss described as a 'massive blow' by a big name star. A cardboard notice on the front of the shop on Copley Road described the store as closed, and referred visitors to a phone number which is that of the Yorkshire based insolvency specialists, AM Insolvency.Now the firm has issued a statement on its website stating: "It is with regret that Electro Music has ceased trading."We would like to thank ALL our customers that have purchased anything from us since 1982. It's been a pleasure!"Thanks for the memories."Read more: Major Doncaster music store closed and calls referred to insolvency firmElectro Music was set up as a partnership in 1982 by brothers brother John and Mike Wiltchinsky.Guitarist John, from Epworth, had a history in music retail, while Mike was a qualified electrician with a wealth of experience involving sound and lighting equipment. The firm employed 26 staff in its heyday. John died in 2015.Read more: … [Read more...] about Doncaster shop’s closure is a ‘massive blow’ to music scene, says rock star
Castell y Bere is as wild and remote as it was when it was first built by Llywelyn ab Iorwerth in the 13th century. Its ruins stretch along the summit of a rocky outcrop on the eastern side of the Dysynni valley, looking out over the valley's green farmland which stretches out to the Cardigan Bay coast. It's not one of Wales's most famous castles, being built by a native Welsh prince as opposed to the Normans or Edward I (Llywelyn ab Iorwerth is also known as Llywelyn the Great, though the castle was taken by Edward in 1283). But sitting atop the ruins recently were two different sort of kings. Perched on the stone ruins, with the huge mountain Cadair Idris rising up behind them, were Robert Plant and Brian Johnson, two of the biggest names in the history of rock music. Until recently, when he was forced to retire because of the threat of "total deafness", Johnson fronted AC/DC, who have sold 200 million albums worldwide. And Plant is the singer of Led Zeppelin, who broke all records … [Read more...] about Two of the world’s greatest rock stars met up in a Welsh castle