Category Archives: Music

Divas: Rock Goddesses of the 1970s

Forget your Gagas, your Katy Perrys and your other pop Madonnas: for those of you old enough to have forgotten, or too young to remember, the 1970s saw the rise of some of the best female artists of all time. … Continue reading

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Music Videos of the Month

Two music videos which have come up on the radar at TBU over the last few months share a very similar aesthetic but have totally different musical styles and are both definitely worth exploring. First up is Isles by the Little … Continue reading

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Design Icons: The Gibson Les Paul & Fender Stratocaster

Go into any musical instrument shop and you will be literally spoilt for choice by the plethora of guitars available, and to the uninitiated that choice could be overwhelmingly confusing. Dozens of manufacturers from all points of the globe offering … Continue reading

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Review: Bruce Springsteen at the Stadium of Light – still ‘The Boss’

The North-East rain has been falling steadily and relentlessly all day; pretty typical for early British ‘summer’ with an outdoor event planned. Fortunately it has eased a little in the early evening as the Stadium of Light in Sunderland gradually … Continue reading

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Interview: Kyle Eastwood

For well over twenty years Kyle Eastwood has built up an admirable reputation for his albums and his live music, regularly touring both the USA and Europe and playing to a growing number of jazz music fans.  Born to a … Continue reading

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Alan Clark

Many music fans may know him best as the keyboard player from 1980s rock giants Dire Straits; but of course this is only half the story. We talk to Alan Clark about Dire Straits, The Straits, and a lifelong career … Continue reading

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Design Icons: The Dansette Record Player

As design icons go there can be few as influential on the pop culture of the twentieth century as the portable record player. Like the radio and the television, the record player became the must have appliance from the 1950s … Continue reading

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Retrospective: Ry Cooder – Ry Cooder

        Warner Bros (Reprise),1970 Review by Ian Foster By the time of this eponymous debut solo album of December 1970, 23-year-old Ryland Peter Cooder already had significant musical experience playing with the likes of Captain Beefheart and … Continue reading

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