Great Central Railway, Loughborough June 2016

This is a video I have made of the time I went on the footplate of a steam locomotive at the Great Central Railway, Loughborough, U.K. An amazing experience. The music is my recording of the Jug Band classic “Mobile Line”. I learnt it from a record by Jim Kweskin and his Jug Band.

My trip on the Great Central. It was a WW2 reenactment day hence the number of British and German troops!

Miss America protest

1960s: Days of Rage

“The Miss America protest was a demonstration held at the Miss America 1969 (September 7, 1968), sometimes known as No More Miss America! The protest was attended by about 400 feminists and separately, by civil rights advocates. The feminist protest, organized by New York Radical Women with Robin Morgan as the key organizer, included tossing a collection of symbolic feminine products, pots, false eyelashes, mops, and other items into a ‘Freedom trash can’ on the Atlantic City boardwalk. When the protesters also successfully unfurled a large banner emblazoned with ‘Women’s Liberation‘ inside the contest hall, they drew worldwide media attention and national attention to the Women’s Liberation Movement. A female reporter (Lindsy Van Gelder) covering the protest drew an analogy between the feminist protesters and Vietnam War protesters who burned their draft cards, and the bra-burningtrope was erroneously and permanently attached to the…

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Interview with Dave Andrews of Radio Leicester about iconic music venue “Il Rondo”

This is an interview by Dave Andrews of Radio Leicester with me, Shaun Knapp, and Sue Barton about the iconic music venue Il Rondo that is now a store room for an Italian restaurant! It was amazing to see it and realise it was still there virtually unchanged but rather derelict.

The Il Rondo hosted some of the greats of popular music including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Howlin’ Wolf, Fleetwood Mac and a host of others!


New Bob Dylan Bootleg Series 10 from the Self Portrait period 1969-71

This is an interesting addition to the Bootleg Series from the much maligned Self Portrait period. I always thought there was more to it than many critics allowed.Time for a reappraisal!