Saturday, 22 April 2017

Record Store Day, and the fetishisation of vinyl

A bit of my record collection.
Husband's guitar, my Gene Vincent LP
It’s Record Store Day today. “What’s Record Store Day” asked Husband when I mentioned it.

My first answer was “Where have you been for the last ten years?” My second answer was: “It used to be about people who liked music but now it’s about people who like money.”

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Reunion: Women of Punk


Sue MacGregor with four of the interviewees.
I don’t listen to Radio 4 that often because I’m not that posh, but I was quite excited to find out about a programme called Women of Punk last week. It was part of a series called The Reunion which “reunites a group of people intimately involved in a moment of modern history”.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Never mind the Bagpuss, here’s the Pingwings



Drawings from "Noggin the Nog".

Some time in the 1990s when I bought my first Windows computer, it came with a Pingu screensaver and game, which I thought was pretty cool. Everyone knows about Pingu but I sometimes wonder if I am the only person who remembers the Pingwings. Sometimes I think I imagined them, but no, they did exist, and at least one other person remembers them too.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Book review: The Lost Women of Rock Music


I sometimes find myself having to explain punk rock to women my own age who weren’t part of it. On one occasion, someone said to me: why did you like punk, wasn’t it very male and aggressive?

On the contrary, I said, punk was great for women because lots of women were making music where they had not had the chance before. I’ve always believed in this line and until recently it never crossed my mind that after punk this didn’t really carry on.