By Steve Newton

Talk about moving up in the world! It was a little more than a year ago that New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi played the now-defunct Embassy on Davie. They were in town recording their Slippery When Wet album, and they wanted to see how the new material would go over with a hard rock crowd.

They got up on stage and did two or three songs, including their big hit “You Give Love a Bad Name”. Hardly anyone noticed. Most of the crowd seemed to want the night’s top-4o band back on.

But times have changed. Nowadays Bon Jovi is the biggest draw on the rock circuit. And the album they previewed at the Embassy has gone on to sell nine-million copies (seven million in the U.S. alone). But the group’s amazing success has not fazed lead singer Jon…

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Grenfell Action Group


From: Grenfell action Group
To: ben.dewis@london-fire.gov.uk
Subject: Re: Grenfell Tower- Ongoing concerns!
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014

Dear Ben,

I am very sorry to trouble you again and I hope that you can understand that my reason for doing so is entirely genuine.

A number of residents of Grenfell Tower are very concerned at the fact that the new improvement works to Grenfell Tower have turned our building into a fire trap.

There is only one entry and exit to the tower block itself and, in the event of a fire, the LFB could only gain access to the entrance to the building by climbing four flights of narrow stairs.

On top of this the fire escape exit on the walkway level has now been sealed.

Residents of Grenfell Tower do not have any confidence that our building has been satisfactorily assessed to cope with the new improvement works and we…

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“Sex, drugs and rock and roll, this book has it all. At times hilarious, at times heartbreaking, always passionate, crazy and chaotic, just like rock and roll itself. In this book, The Sherry Fairy will take you places you only dreamed of, as a young, impressionable girl who doesn’t know any better, grows from naive […]

via Sherry Carroll’s “Even Rock and Roll has Fairy Tales” NEW WEBPAGE SITE — Even Rock and Roll has Fairy Tales


By Steve Newton

You had to be there.


Abraxas: Santana (“Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen”, “Oye Coma Va”, “Samba Pa Ti”) 1970

A Day at the Races: Queen (“Tie Your Mother Down”, “Somebody to Love”, “Long Away”) 1976

Aerosmith: Aerosmith (“Make It”, “Dream On”, “Mama Kin”) 1973

After the Gold Rush: Neil Young (“Tell Me Why”, “Southern Man”, “When You Dance I Can Really Love”) 1971

Against the Grain: Rory Gallagher (“Bought and Sold”, “Out on the Western Plain”, “Lost at Sea”) 1975

Agents of Fortune: Blue Oyster Cult (“[Don’t Fear] the Reaper”, “Sinful Love”, “The Revenge of Vera Gemini”) 1976

AjaSteely Dan (“Peg”, “Deacon Blues”, “Josie”) 1977

Aladdin Sane: David Bowie (“Watch That Man”, “Panic in Detroit”, “Cracked Actor”) 1973

All the Young Dudes: Mott the Hoople (“Sweet Jane”, “One of the Boys”, “Mama’s Little Jewel”) 1972

All Things Must…

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The Pragmatic Costumer

To keep my hats jaunty but secure at Edwardian events, I use one of my antique, pre-ban hatpins. Pre-ban? What’s that? Well, as silly as it may sound to us, in the 1910s, cities around the globe passed laws outlawing certain sizes of hatpins! Why would governments and police departments waste valuable time outlawing fashion accessories?
Until about 1970, hats were a major part of a woman’s wardrobe. They have varied in size, material, and decor, but one of the primary problems with hats is that, if caught by a gust of wind, it can easily escape from you! Ladies have employed a variety of methods to avert this: making the hat deep enough that it sit snugly on the head or using ribbons to tie them down, wire loops that grasp your head (many 1950s hats use this method), or clips and combs that grab onto your hair. One…

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I can’t believe its been 9 months since my last post.  There are two reasons for that. The first reason I won’t go into as it is depressing and dark and not at all interesting. I know, depressing and dark is almost always interesting, but in some cases it is also just predictable and boring. Besides, the second reason is a little bit better.

I’ve been busy. Busy is, of course, always a good thing. Busy with life and busy with business.

Well, maybe I should elaborate a little on the first reason, otherwise I may have to come up with another title and angle for this post and frankly I don’t have the mental energy for that.  I’ll leave out the years of psychoanalysis and relentless (somewhat narcissistic) self-analysis and get to the point: I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I think I’ve mentioned that before. Now, if you…

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