Thursday, August 07, 2008

London Rock and Roll Festival

The Forum in Kentish Town comes alive this autumn with the first big rock and roll festival in London for many years. Jerry Lee Lewis kicks off with sister Linda Gail and Wanda Jackson on October 28. Jack Scott follows on November 8, with Frankie Ford as support. And Little Richard appears on November 20 with Little Willie Littlefield. Prices are a bit steep but the chances of seeing these legends are diminishing with each pasing year, so I'm tempted. Jerry Lee is also playing the 100 Club in a private show, but at £138 a ticket I think I'll give it a miss.
Meanwhile there's Alton Ellis at the Jazz Cafe on Sunday and Martha and the Vandellas at the same venue on the 14th, so things are looking up.
On the vinyl front I picked up some good original American soul 45s at a car boot sale on Sunday, including records by Tony Clarke, Albert King, Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, 'Bishop' Joe Simon, Syl Johnson and Mitty Collier. But the best find was a white label test pressing 12 inch single of Temporary Secretary by Paul McCartney. That's gone straight on to eBay.


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