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For over 50 years Fred Perry has been part of British street style, and the music chosen by young people to define and express themselves.

From the original Mods of the 1950s, Northern Soul, to Punk and Ska, Fred Perry always played a key part in the look, as it does today.

Interview with “Quadrophenia: A Way Of Life” author Simon Wells

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Interview with “Quadrophenia: A Way Of Life” author Simon Wells

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We speak to British cult film writer Simon Wells (pictured left) about his new book “Quadrophenia: A Way of Life (Inside the Making of Britain’s Greatest Youth Film)” What impact did it make on you the first time that you saw Quadrophenia? I was mesmerised, confused, enchanted, bewitched. Like many who saw it first time around – overall, it was the energy that totally captivated me. But beyond that, there was a raft of elements that were going on…

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Secret Affair update

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Secret Affair update

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Secret Affair kick off their first live show of 2014 at Wakefield's 'Warehouse' 23 on Friday 14th March. The following night will see them play the Skamouth Festival in Great Yarmouth and then 'The Fleece' in Bristol on Saturday 22nd March. April shows include The Mod Weekender at the Marine Court Hotel in Bangor, Northern Ireland on Saturday 5th April and then they will make an appearance at the 4 day Modstock: Celebrating 50 years of Mod Culture…

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Stone Foundation - To Find The Spirit

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Stone Foundation - To Find The Spirit

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Midlands Rock n' Soul band, Stone Foundation release their latest album 'To Find The Spirit' on 10th March. It features guest contributions from a host of musical heritage heroes, including performances from Carleen Anderson (Young Disciples), Andy Fairweather Low (Amen Corner), Pete Williams (Dexys), Nolan Porter and Paolo Hewitt (Writer and ex NME journalist). There is also a special remix by dub legend Dennis Bovell, and as if that wasn't enough,…

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The English Beat

The English Beat

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The English Beat

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Stream an exclusive live version of the 2nd wave ska classics 'Full Stop' and 'Mirror in The bathroom'!   Fronted by Dave Wakeling - former songwriter and lead singer with Two-Tone era ska band, The Beat - The English Beat will play an extensive run of UK dates in March 2014, including Islington, London and a show in Dave’s hometown and the birthplace…

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David Rodigan's 3 CD Compilation

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David Rodigan's 3 CD Compilation

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David Rodigan, master of reggae, has been on the scene for over 30 years and counting. With an MBE and a host of prestigious accolades under his belt, he is the perfect talent to front the next album in the prized ‘Masterpiece’ series from Ministry of Sound out for release 27thth January, and available to purchase from Amazon and iTunes, or for your change to WIN a a selection of tracks handpicked and signed by David Rodigan as 7 inch vinyl boxset,…

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The English Beat - UK tour

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The English Beat - UK tour

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Fronted by Dave Wakeling, former songwriter and lead singer with The Beat, The English Beat will tour the UK for the first time, this Spring. “I am extremely excited to be back in the UK on home soil” says Dave Wakeling. The Beat's recording of 'Tears Of A Clown' would become the first single to come out on the legendary Two-Tone label and hits such as 'Mirror in the Bathroom' and 'Too Nice To Talk To', as well as albums including 'I Just Can't Stop…

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The Specials - 2014 UK Tour

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The Specials - 2014 UK Tour

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News that will delight fans young and old! Icons of British music, The Specials, have announced UK tour dates for 2014, beginning with gigs in Dublin, Belfast and Glasgow, before stopping off at venues across England, including two nights at London's prestigious Roundhouse, where surprisingly the band have never played before, despite having filmed the promo video for 'A Message To You Rudy' there back in 1979. Needing little introduction in these…

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The Clash announce "Sound System"!

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The Clash announce "Sound System"!

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With news that will undoubtedly excite fans and have them smashing up their their piggy banks faster than Paul Simonon can smash up a Fender bass, The Clash have announced the September release of "Sound System", an extensive boxset of their recorded output - and more! You can watch the band announce the release below via their "Cut Out Show": Watch the teaser trailer here too: Featuring all of their albums and a multitude of extra material,…

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John Robb's Punk Playlist

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John Robb's Punk Playlist

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As a founding member of The Membranes and Goldblade (pictured above), the writer of some of the best books on music and UK counterculture of the last twenty years ("The Charlatans: We Are Rock", "The Stone Roses and the Resurrection of British Pop" and "Punk Rock: An Oral History" - to name just three) and the founder of Louder then War, John Robb needs very little introduction. So, to mark the release of the new Goldblade album ("The Terror Of Modern…

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The Undertones' John O’Neill's Spotify Playlist

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The Undertones' John O’Neill's Spotify Playlist

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To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of The Undertones' debut single "Teenage Kicks" - undoubtedly the ultimate anthem of adolescent nocturnal rebellion, and the upcoming release of "An Introduction to The Undertones" - we are honoured to have a playlist picked by Undertones founding member John O'Neill, who wrote the iconic song. From New wave to New York No Wave, listen to John's list and read on to find out a little more about his choices: 1.…

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The Pastels "Slow Summits" - 15 years in the making

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The Pastels "Slow Summits" - 15 years in the making

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One of the bands featured on NME's landmark C86 cassette in 1986, The Pastels will to many epitomise the true idea of the indie band. Forming in Glasgow in the early 1980s, they released two albums towards the end of the decade, returning in the mid 90s to make two more - the latter two releases riding the more wistful side of the indie revival that became prevalent at that time - around the time that people stopped referring to the UK's indie orientated…

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Goldblade - "The Terror Of Modern Life"

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Goldblade - "The Terror Of Modern Life"

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Fronted by the multi-disciplinary, Mohawked, Manchester icon that is John Robb, Goldblade remain one of the biggest bands on the countercultural scene, whilst maintaining their credibility in all that they do. "The Terror Of Modern Life", the sixth album from Goldblade, will be released on Overground Records May 20th, and promises to deliver a relentless statement of intent. In a recent interview Pauline Black described The Selecter's new material…

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Edwyn Collins shares his "Dilemna"

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Edwyn Collins shares his "Dilemna"

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A true legend, both as a solo performer and as the front-man of Orange Juice, Edwyn Collins has unveiled the video for "Dilemna", the excellent first single to be taken from his upcoming solo album, "Understated". The album will be released through his own AED label on 25th March 2013. The eleven track album was self-produced with his long time studio partner Seb Lewsley, with ten new songs written by Edwyn and "Love’s Been Good To Me", a Rod…

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Ruts DC - "Rhythm Collision Volume 2"

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Ruts DC - "Rhythm Collision Volume 2"

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Formed in London, in 1977, The Ruts were one of the key bands to operate in the reggae influenced Punk genre, with tracks such as "In A Rut", "Staring At The Rude Boys" and, of course "Babylon's Burning" remaining some of the most iconic tracks of the era. Making just one album, "The Crack" (1979), Their time as The Ruts was sadly cut short by the death of singer, Malcolm Owen in 1980, but 1981 saw remaining members Dave Ruffy, John 'Segs' Jennings…

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Punk: An Aesthetic

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Punk: An Aesthetic

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If you've recently enjoyed our Subculture films, directed by Don Letts, and fancy some further reading on the evolution of punk and counterculture, then "Punk: An Aesthetic" should undoubtedly be added to your reading list. Spanning 352 pages with 500 photographs the book provides an amazing record of punk related imagery and previously unpublished photographs of the Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Ramones. Artworks featured include those by: Jamie…

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Siouxsie & The Banshees Reissue

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Siouxsie & The Banshees Reissue

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Siouxsie and the Banshees formed in London back in 1976, initially associated with the UK punk-rock scene, though soon evolving to become one of the most prolific bands of the then emerging post-punk scene. Fronted by the inimitable Siouxsie Sioux, the band are distingushed by their uncompromising, daring rhymic, discordant sound mixed with components of pop, goth and avant-garde.  Exciting news for fans both old and new, as Siouxie and the Banshees…

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Northern Soul Soundtrack

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Northern Soul Soundtrack

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“This is a story of a youth culture that changed a generation and influenced songwriters, producers, DJs and designers for decades to come. This is the story of Northern Soul.” Northern Soul the film, is an uplifting story of two friends whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music. Directed by Elaine Constantine, the film is considered the most accurate portrayal yet of the Northern Soul subculture and legendary musical…

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Marianne Faithfull - New Album & World Tour

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Marianne Faithfull - New Album & World Tour

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Marianne Faithfull was a huge figure in what is these days remembered as hip swinging 60s London. Her well documented relationship with Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones, and all of the experimentation, excess and press attention therein, are part of Britain’s modern cultural history. Faithfull became embroidered into the fabric of the exploding London scene, allegedly becoming the subject alluded to in several of The Stone’s biggest songs including…

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Front Line - Roots Reggae…

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On 10th March 1978 Virgin Records launched a label that, throughout the remainder of the decade, would set the benchmark for Roots Reggae: Front Line. In…

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Britpop legends Dodgy - UK Tour

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Britpop legends Dodgy - UK Tour

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English trio Dodgy formed back in 1992, releasing three singles on their own Bostin Records label, and later signing to A&M on which they released The Dodgy Album (1993), Homegrown (1994) and Free Peace Sweet (1996). Whilst never the most hotly pursued new act on the scene at the time, Dodgy were always the socially conscious, down to earth likeable guys, who made feel-good pop anthems that captured the mood of Summer of 95, and are perhaps best…

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