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 marc almond  nikki sudden  teena marie

At The Music Gallery is a blog I did a number of years ago and features a stack of mp3's of some of my favourite tracks, available to listen to and to download if you fancy - if you like them enough to do so, hopefully this will lead you to searching the artists and bands out and to buying more of their music. Having done the blog I forgot about it and can no longer access it ~ but for those interested in hearing other music, feel free to enjoy (or not) and if there's anything you hear that you'd like to chat about, use the email address below and not the one on the blog

At The Music Gallery

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Tracks selected for an NME article about the film ‘High Fidelity’ in 2000. At that time Heather was my heavy female musical infatuation, an amazing singer/songwriter and quite stunning too (and still is all those things). After Bolan & T.Rex comes Mike Scott & The Waterboys, and this track was my everyday fix (and 11 years later continues to be). TPL had recently released 'bump'n'grind' so this was a great opportunity to promote the CD, actually ‘Dishing Fish Wop’ or ‘The Soul Of My Suit’ were my favourite tracks, can’t remember why I chose ‘Jitterbug Love’ at that very moment. Venus In Furs was a band I'd Managed and this is an Awesome track (check out video), and 'Say Hello...' is just an amazing piece of work, although now I like the version with Jools Holland more.... but maybe that's an age thing.  

stuff that just makes me smile and feel good inside...

Gay Mens Chorus of Los Angeles
'Children of the Revolution' / 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'


CHARLIE, were one of my fave bands of the mid / late 70's, this is not a classic track but it's great to be able to see them. They played Brighton's Top Rank and I was such a fan I remember doing a promotional flyer for the gig and giving it out around town the days before the gig - got the band to sign one of them... Terry Thomas was a true guitar hero (check out the video on the right for the audio evidence..)


left video by BB4sounds  /  right video by itsawhiteriot

Great new music from Emmett Tinley

 and there's more than just music 

Every now and again something Bolan related will turn up on tv, or on the radio, in a film, magazine, book than just makes you do a double-take and then grin and shout "yeah!"  Some of these occasions are, I think, particularly special and sometimes important.

For me the most recent "yeah!" experience is the Tracey Emin exhibition at The Hayward Gallery, London which I saw this August 2011.



Tracey Emin is one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary artists. This major survey exhibition covers every period of her career, revealing facets of the artist and her work that are often overlooked. The exhibition features painting, drawing, photography, textiles, video and sculpture, in works that are by turns tough, romantic, desperate, angry, funny and full of longing. Seldom-seen early works and recent large-scale installations are shown together with a new series of outdoor sculptures created especially for the Hayward Gallery.

Since the early 1990s, Emin (b.1963) has used her own life as the starting point for her art, exposing the most harrowing and intimate details of her personal history. Sometimes confrontational or sexually provocative, her work resonates with the ‘personal political’ legacy of feminist art while at the same time speaking to relationships in general. Disarmingly frank and yet often profoundly private, much of Emin’s art – as this show makes clear – is also animated by her playful and ironic wit.

Tracey Emin, Love is What You Want, 2011, ©Tracey Emin
Photo Kerry Ryan

 Emin 'Love Is What You Want'

Interview excerpt from the exhibition catalogue:

Ralph Rugoff: The title of this exhibition is Love is What You Want. Where did you first hear that phrase?

Tracey Emin: I probably first heard it in general conversation, but where it first really mattered to me was with Marc Bolan’s song ‘Planet Queen’, which went ‘Love is what you want / flying saucer take me away / give me your daughter.’

Rugoff: Did those words strike a personal chord with you?

Emin:I thought it was really honest and brilliant, and it made me think how love is what I really wanted. Then the ‘flying saucer take me away’ line made me think, yes, I want to be whisked away, I want to be taken to oblivion and caught up in some passionate whirl. But I’m not.

'Electric Warrior' 'Planet Queen' - 'Electric Warrior' album, 1971

and then there's more stuff that just makes me smile and feel good inside...

and this...

Ident Music © 2011 Richard Perkins

'20th Century Boy' performed at St. Stephen's Summer Fayre by the Bath Guitar School.
Band members: Mimi Templar-Gay, Basil Vallis, Matthew Pearce, Olly Liu, Dom Senior, Marcus Kendall, Oscar Lamb, Corben Lamb, Iwan Bond, Finlay Marks, Rory Read and Fraser Osborne, Louie Milton.

Oxbox TV, June 2011

On a sunny June afternoon in Witney and what would have been a normal quiet day for the sleepy market town, a 1966 London Routemaster Double Decker bus pulled up outside the now legendary music club Fat Lils and along with it so did 30 or 40 young rockers from The Witchwood School of Rock with their guitars in hand. They were there to take part in a special day to celebrate the life and music of Marc Bolan & T.Rex.

The purpose of the whole day was to celebrate the collaboration between Born to Boogie Productions and The Witchwood School of Rock. The two aims of this partnership are firstly to launch a rock school syllabus which incorporates the life and music of Marc Bolan within it. The secondary aim is also in time to launch a Bolan Rock Bus which will travel around the country to festivals and concerts spreading the music and legacy of Bolan.

The whole event was a great success and enjoyed greatly by all in attendance. The children were joined on stage by members of the only officially recognised T.Rex tribute band T.Rextasy to jam along to Bolan covers chosen by the pupils and rehearsed all week at a special Marc Bolan holiday workshop. Famous numbers such as 20th Century Boy, I Love To Boogie, Buick Mackane, Children Of The Revolution, Get It On and Cosmic Dancer were blasted out at Fat Lil’s for the large crowd who were not disappointed!

9 year old Jasper Nixey who along with his brother Samuel (13) performed their own version of Children of the Revolution had this to say about the day “My brother and I only joined rock school about three weeks ago and we are so excited that we were given the opportunity to play a cool song like this. Samuel and I had so much fun on stage. We have also learnt a bit about Marc Bolan and didn’t realise what a legend he is. It was such a fun day watching all the other bands play with the guys from T.Rextasy and the Rock Bus was very cool”.

The day also included a Q&A session where the kids grilled Danielz from T.Rextasy as well as Brian Dunham and Martin Barden from Born to Boogie Productions.

A great day was had by all and it marked the beginning of the affiliation between The Witchwood School of Rock and Born to Boogie Productions with a bang! The new rock school syllabus with the Marc Bolan as the case study will be available soon. The planned next stop for the Bolan Rock Bus will be at the new Marc Bolan musical 20 Century Boy which premieres in Ipswich in September. As well as being able to watch an amazing show you will be able to catch rock school bands performing after being delivered safely by the Bolan Rock Bus!

Rockschool Club, May 2010

A Saturday rehearsal session at the Rock School Club in Harwich.
The band: Amber guitar/vocal, Natasha Bass/vocal, Sam drums, Sam guitar.

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