Good afternoon and welcome back to the blog, hope your Monday went well. As for me my left eye socket hurts, no idea why, feels like I got punched in the head overnight although to best of my memory that wasn’t the case. It only hurts when I close my eye or look at something, so apart from that no worries at all. I was trying to add the promised forum to the blog last night but the built in type (that is hosted on the site) seems to put a huge drain on memory and the database so I don’t think that will be the solution – as soon as I find something that works I’ll let you know as I like the idea a great deal.
Right then, what’s on tap for today then – it seems an assortment of things so I’ll just take them one by one and make sure to include a link for your viewing pleasure; essentially it’s another edition of WestWay traffic because its such a mixed bag.
Strummercamp coming soon – We’re just over a month away from Strummercamp 7 up in Manchester with the weekend all set for June 1-3. It’s the 7th annual edition of what has become a can’t miss event on the calendar for a Clash fan. I hope many of you will be able to make it, they’ve also added something special for those who might not be up the camping aspect with special evening tickets for just £25(+p&p) which allows you festival access from 6pm-11pm. Great value and you can choose your night(s) to attend – for full details of that and this year’s lineup available via the link above. As ever if you feel like writing for the blog and providing coverage of the festival just let me know. Thanks!
Win Strummer of Love tickets – Clashmusic have been kind enough to open a competition for readers to win tickets to the summer festival of their choice and Strummer of Love is amongst the choices on offer. Registration is required and if you happen to win you owe me a pint.
Punk Photography Exhibition in Bedford – This is a first – a reason to visit Bedford, but I seriously think you should for what looks like an exceptional exhibition of the work of Steve Emberton. Here is the official blurb, it started last Friday and runs through until the end of May. Entrance is free, the image featured above is from the exhibition and definitely worth a click to enlarge.
Rock City Art Gallery in Bedford is proud to announce the launch of Steve Emberton’s Punk Era Exhibition on the 20th April.
Steve was the staff photographer at Record Mirror in the 1970’s and also shot for NME & Sounds magazines too.His photographic journey only spanned the short period from 1974 until 1979 and was fortunate enough to shoot the tale end of the Bolan/Queen/Rod Stewart Glam Era and right through the whole of the Punk explosion in England. Rolling Stone magazine selected his famous portrait of Sid and Nancy for their 50th Anniversary of Rock,50 Greatest Portraits Issue (Sept 2004) alongside the work of Richard Avedon,AntonCorbijn,Herb Ritts,David Bailey & Annie Leibovitz.
The show will be featuring some never before seen images of The Sex Pistols,Billy Idol,Iggy Pop,Lou Reed,Debbie Harry and Siouxsie Sioux to name but a few.
“I am really pleased to have this opportunity to share my collection of Punk images with lovers of the 70‘s Punk music scene. Hopefully it will re-kindle people’s memories to those of you who experienced it first hand and act as an introduction to a new generation of music fans.” Steve Emberton Jan 2012.
The show is free to enter and Steve Emberton will also be hosting a seminar on the Saturday (ed’s note-this has passed) at 4pm that will last 2 hours max.He will be sharing stories behind the photographs on display and discussing his photography with a Q&A session afterwards.
Finally today I wanted to direct you to a great article you may have missed on the Guardian’s site about ‘Record Shops that have changed our lives’ I’m sure many of you have a memory of your first musical haunt. If so – share it as I’d love to read them. More soon, Tim