Coming fall 2018 from Coral Press: my novel A Thousand Dances: A Novel of the British Blues Boom! Music, Mods, miniskirts, and mystery: Click here for more about the novel and its setting in the era when the Beatles hit the big time! Read the first chapter of A Thousand Dances! Sign up for email updates. Learn … Continue reading Coming Fall 2018: A THOUSAND DANCES!
The New Musical Express Top 30 in the UK July 17, 1963. A snapshot in hits, including a whopping three versions of 'Twist and Shout,' more than one song issued in the US two or three years earlier, a film theme, and, at the bottom, Cliff Richard struggling to retain his relevance while his former backing band … Continue reading The Summer of Twisting and Shouting
A nine-minute documentary of priceless coffee bar footage. British youth culture in its elegant pre-swinging incarnation–plus Cliff Richard posters and Cockney rhyming slang! Coffee Bar Culture, Late 50s England
On this date in 1964, Time magazine discovered the Mods. Sort of. "Like a flock of noisy starlings, more than 1,000 youths buzzed into [Clacton] for Britain's four-day Easter holiday....Most of the invaders 'slept rough' on the beach, warmed only by their 'birds' (girl friends) and quantities of 'purple hearts' (goofballs)." Um...goofballs? You thought we … Continue reading TIME for Mods, 1964