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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.

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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Ziggy Marley Playlist

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Ziggy Marley Playlist

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Ziggy Marley is soon to release the highly anticipated latest vehicle of expression; the album 'Fly Rasta', represented a galactic sonic journey .  The six-time Grammy Award winner began working on 'Fly Rasta' in Spring 2013, enlisted producer Dave Cooley to join him on the adventure.  Recording began shortly thereafter with the help of friends old and new, including The Melody Makers (sisters Cedella Marley and Sharon Marley, and singer Rica Newell);…

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Modstock 2014

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Modstock 2014

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50 years ago, the Mod movement was born. A British Youth Subculture concerned with specific music, fashions, art and designs, the movement focused on looking forward with a clean living, modern mentality. 1964 saw the formation of The Who and The Kinks, soon followed by Small Faces and Love Affair. At the same time, Mods flocked to the seaside towns such as Margate and Brighton, to engage in scooter runs, visit clubs, and join in scrapes such as…

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Pixies Unveil Four New Songs

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Pixies Unveil Four New Songs

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My, the Pixies have been busy! As 2014 rolls in, the long-standing American alt. rock band have unveiled another four brand new songs and a new music video for “EP-2”, as well as announcing a string of tour dates all round the world. The video is for “Blue-Eyed Hexe,” and is available to purchase here. It was directed by Mount Emult and features a collage of various interesting cut-outs and scriblings. After the success of their track “Bagboy” and…

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Greg Wilson's Northern Renaissance

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Greg Wilson's Northern Renaissance

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Greg Wilson is a DJ from Merseyside. Starting out in 1975, he stopped for almost 20 years between 1984 and the end of 2003, at which point he started again. With strong roots in the early 80s electro scene in Manchester, he begun his career as a club DJ at the age of 15, playing funk, soul and disco records, eventually becoming a resident at Wigan Pier and iconic Manchester venues including Legend and The Hacienda, making his mark as an electro jazz-funk…

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Secret Affair final tour dates & vinyl release

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Secret Affair final tour dates & vinyl release

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Following the success of their recent sell out tour dates, Secret Affair play the last five shows of their ‘Soho Dreams’ tour, including a special London date with Simon Townsend and a date in Madrid. Nov 15 – The Brudenell Social Club, LeedsNov 16 – Band On The Wall, ManchesterNov 23 – Sala Silikona, MadridDec 6 – Hare & Hounds, BirminghamDec 7 – The Islington Assembly Hall, London (with special guests, Simon Townshend (The Who) & New Street…

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Bob Dylan Releases Complete Album Collection Vol. One

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Bob Dylan Releases Complete Album Collection Vol. One

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Five decades ago, in the midst of political protests and civil rights movements, a 21-year old Bob Dylan travelled to the UK for the first time, and took to the stage on BBC’s television drama The Madhouse on Caste Street. Unaware at the time, his performance of  ‘Blowing in the Wind’ became known as the icon’s most significant public rendition of the single and painted him as a figurehead of social unrest. Fast forward 50 years and it’s apparent…

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