I read Smash Hits for years. Loved Mark Ellen as a pop journalist and he and David Hepworth were the backbone of the best years of the magazine. Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys started his career writing for it and I recall him being the first writer to interview Madonna in the UK. Also recall the lovely send off he got when he left as the PSB were taking off.
Smash Hits was unusual. It never had a snobby attitude music, it would talk about all aspects. Mark Ellen did a piece on the Incredible String Band, who were a sitar folk prog act in the late 1960's in a pop mag who was interviewing Duran Duran and Wham.
Great writing, great photographs and the background to my teen years.
Wow i never knew about that Book, "Nothing Is Real" , love that tag, The Beatles were underrated, i must seek out this book. I just finished the Anthology book and picked up Roger Daltrey's biography (half price in WHSmiths)
Fiendish Thingy: Thanks Bobber. I'm good thanks. Quiet on here for the last few months. I see Al has gone all 'Facebook' and is attracting new members. No bad thing. Are you going to the annual Beatleweek in Liverpool this year? Not long now 10 weeks or so. See you there?
Jun 21, 2019 10:44:22 GMT
Mr Kite: I`ll see you there F.T.
Jun 22, 2019 21:53:51 GMT
Bobber: Not sure. It's an expensive trip for me plus I'm starting a new job around that time.
Jun 25, 2019 11:06:14 GMT
Amadeus: Hey all. Not been frequenting here very much lately. Between burying people, helping sick people and feeling crap myself, Me and Mrs. A. have been weighed under. Hoping to get a bit more out of that rut so I can focus back on the fun things I used to focus
Jun 26, 2019 19:56:52 GMT