He was a 15-year-old schoolboy with O-levels on his mind but music in his heart. And a phone call from The Shadows’ former road manager was about to turn Stockton teenager Brian Ashcroft’s life upside down. Within days, he was travelling to France, where he’d perform in sell-out shows with early 1960s pop band The Denvers. It was a dream come true for the music-mad Stockton Grammar School pupil. And now Brian has relived those times by writing a book - Stars Fell on Stockton: The Story of The Denvers. Brian, 71, lives in Glasgow now after a successful career as an economics and politics university lecturer and professor. But he admits his two year adventure with The Denvers was the stuff most teenagers could only dream about. It was 1962 and Brian, who lived in Billingham, was a regular in Burdon’s music shop in Yarm Lane, Stockton. He played bass guitar because he thought it would be easier to get into a band. And after teaming up with another teenage musician, … [Read more...] about New book tells amazing story of Stockton ’60s band The Denvers
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SIR Rod Stewart is a musical legend who has been in the industry since the swinging 60s and will need little introduction to most. Here's the lowdown on the 73-year-old who has fathered eight children, been knighted by the Queen, survived thyroid cancer, and has now made an emotional return to the music scene. Who is Rod Stewart? What's his background? He was born in Highgate, North London in 1945. The youngest of five children by eight years, Rod was born at home during World War II. A strong supporter of Arsenal FC, both then and now, Rod and his family where football obsessed and Rod pursued professional football at the encouragement of his father. In the summer of 1960, Rod attended trials for Brentford FC (a third division club at the time) but never received a call back so started pursuing music instead. In his 2012 autobiography, Rod spoke of his attempt to be a professional footballer: "Well, a musician's life is a lot easier and I can also get drunk and make music, and I … [Read more...] about How old is Rod Stewart, who’s his wife, what are his hit songs and how many children does the singer have?
The Sensational 60s Experience returns to venues around the country later this year. The brand new production for 2018 comes to Buxton Opera House on Monday, November 26.Six legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night never to be forgotten. Boasting a definite feelgood factor, this is a must-see 60s show starring Mike Pender (original voice of The Searchers) Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits, The Swinging Blue Jeans, New Amen Corner and The Fourmost. Step back in time to when pop music was at its very best.Mike Pender (pictured) is the voice of The Searchers. One of the greats to have come out of the Liverpool Beat Boom, his is the rich vocal talent so evident on so many of the hit recordings that have become 60s classics.Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds started out in the late 50s. Chris later moved on to perform all over Europe and still does to this day. His hits include classics like Out Of Time, Handbags and Glad Rags plus many more.Herman’s Hermits … [Read more...] about Hits galore when nostalgic show comes to Buxton Opera House
1. Way out West Way Out West is likely the most unmissable festival in Sweden. Popular among Stockholm hipsters venturing out of the capital, the environmentally friendly music festival takes place in the amazing surroundings of Slottskogen Park in Gothenburg. Keep your August 9th-11th free this year if you don't want to miss this event which will welcome great artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Iggy Pop, Arcade Fire, Lykke Li and rapper Kendrick Lamar. A festival pass costs 1,995 kronor for three days. Don't wait too long to book if you want to find accommodation, because the festival has no camping site. Photo: Thomas Johansson/TT 2. Peace and love First held in 1999 as a reaction to violence and hate, the Peace and Love Festival is now an international platform to advocate for human rights and anti-racism movements. It is held in the town of Borlänge in Dalarna from July 5th-7th. This year it welcomes popular Swedish artists Darin and Linnea Henriksson, both discovered by … [Read more...] about The Swedish music festivals you shouldn’t miss this summer
When it comes to producing heroes Coventry and Warwickshire has got an impressive track record. From the most famous playwright on the planet to movie stars, pioneering politicians and an inspirational teenager who died after bravely battling cancer – we’re proud of them all. 1. William Shakespeare: Born in Stratford in 1564 and widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, his work has appealed to all classes of society and continues to be popular nearly 400 years after his death. 2. George Eliot: Novelist Mary Ann Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot, was born in Nuneaton and was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her novels include Middlemarch and Mill on the Floss and she has a hospital, hospice and school named after her in her home town. 3. Rosie Abbott: The inspirational 15-year-old died on January 27 this year, after bravely battling cancer for several years. In 2015 her incredible fundraising efforts in the face of adversity … [Read more...] about Coventry and Warwickshire Heroes: We list 60 of our best home-grown icons