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The Hollies new biography from Red Planet
The Road is Long, the story of The Hollies, by Brian Southall, will be published in June by Red Planet Publishing. The publication date of 'The Road is Long' marks the 50th anniversary of the band’s first No.1 hit back in 1965 when ‘I’m Alive’ knocked Elvis’ ‘Crying in the Chapel’ off the top spot. ...more...
Dead Straight Guide to Led Zeppelin
Any good at musical anagrams? We're offering a prize of our new Dead Straight Guide to Led Zeppelin book for the first correct entry out of the hat. All you need to do is re-arrange the following words or phrases to form the names of 20 well known groups. ...more...
Cream's first gig at the Twisted Wheel Club
Rock Atlas author David Roberts writes... When I interviewed Jack Bruce a couple of years back he gave me a rare insight into Cream's debut in Manchester back in 1966. ...more...
Alabama license plate
Here’s Rock Atlas USA author David Roberts’ first report from his recent road trip through what he describes as “the greenest and friendliest American state imaginable.”...more...
Rock Atlas USA author David Roberts outside Muscle Shoals
As we headed north, first impressions of Alabama were of just how astonishingly tree covered and green the state was. The route northwest to our first destinations at Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Florence was littered in one area with a series of strange objects that, sadly, turned out to be the victims of car collisions. ...more...
David Roberts and Spooner Oldham at Fame Studios
We began the day with an early morning trip to Rick Hall’s Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals. Rick put this part of Alabama on the map recording a stream of hits by everyone from Wilson Pickett to The Osmonds and with the persistence of a youthful Duane Allman Fame pretty much was the birthplace for Southern Rock...more...
Temptations statues
A two hour morning drive south and we made Birmingham where we had booked a guided tour of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in the city centre. The museum is small but perfectly formed, housed in the striking street corner Art Deco Carver Theatre. Barely a block away, we took in the statue in memory of singer Eddie Kendricks who was born and died in Birmingham...more...
Hank Williams statue
Next day, another two hours further south, we arrived in the State Capital, (and first capital of the confederate States of America) Montgomery. We were in Montgomery on the trail of the city’s most celebrated citizen, Country music legend Hank Williams. Refreshment ahead of our tour of Hank sites came courtesy of Chris’s Hot Dogs, slap bang in the middle of historic downtown....more...