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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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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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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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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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Tim Burgess Playlist

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Tim Burgess Playlist

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Tim Burgess was kind enough to contribute the following intro and playlist to Fred Perry Subculture - It's safe to say that music features pretty heavily most days for me. At the moment, The Charlatans are working on our first studio album for a while which means we're based at our studio writing and recording. My label O Genesis has just put out a compilation of our first three years of releases. Record Store Day is just around the corner and I've…

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Morrissey 25:Live DVD

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Morrissey 25:Live DVD

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With the online and printed press alight with chatter about Morrissey's 'Autobiography', and its publication by Penguin Classics, what better time to release a DVD marking 25 years as a solo performer? The live DVD, '25:Live', was filmed at an intimate Morrissey gig at a Los Angeles High School in March 2013, the first authorised filmed performance in almost a decade. Watch the trailer below: Tickets to the concert in the 1,800-seater school auditorium…

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Notting Hill Carnival 2013

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Notting Hill Carnival 2013

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For one weekend a year, London’s Notting Hill area attracts roughly one Million visitors for the Notting Hill Carnival, or, simply known as 'Carnival' to the veterans of this internationally renowned event. The festival sees the unification of Caribbean culture with the UK’s Underground Bass Music scene, and is known as one of the largest street parties in the world, occurring on the 25th and 26th of August this year, for free and open to all the…

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The Orb 'More Tales From The Orbservatory'

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The Orb 'More Tales From The Orbservatory'

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With Lee 'Scratch' Perry's appearance at Sub-Sonic Live approaching fast, we take a look at a notable piece of his recent output - namely his contribution to The Orb's 'More Tales From The Orbservatory'. Put together from the the same sessions that gave birth to 'The Observer in the Star House' (released last year) the album and 'Observering in the Star House In Dub' (the latter being instrumental remixes of the former). A meeting of the abstract…

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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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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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All Mod Cons – 35th Anniversary Tour

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All Mod Cons – 35th Anniversary Tour

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Founding member of The Jam, Bruce Foxton and From The Jam, are to mark the 35th anniversary of 'All Mod Cons' with a huge UK tour, taking in venues, great and small, around the UK. From The Jam will be performing 'All Mod Cons' in its entirety followed by a selection of hits and album tracks from The Jam's back catalogue. Released in 1978, The Jam's third album, 'All Mod Cons' requires little introduction, more commercially successful than its predecessor,…

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Secret Affair

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Secret Affair

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Over 30 years ago Secret Affair, were at the forefront of the Mod revival, along with other bands such as The Chords, Purple Hearts and The Jam. Secret Affair's music was different in that it took all the style and soul from Motown and fused it with rock guitar and Stax style horns along with classic Cairns/Page intelligent lyrics. Ian Page's youthful angst along with time-honoured front man arrogance, all played out as a sort of suited eulogy to…

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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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Interview - Ranking Roger of The Beat

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Interview - Ranking Roger of The Beat

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To mark Demon Record's heavyweight re-issue of seminal Ska album, "Wha'ppen?" we take the opportunity to talk to The Beat's Ranking Roger about his memories of the album and the 2 Tone period, his new project with his son Ranking Junior (pictured above with Ranking Roger) - and - getting REM a record deal! Back in 1981 when you released your second album "Wha'ppen?" The Beat had a fairly unique line up - including yourself, Saxa and Dave Wakeling.…

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Eddie Piller's Northern Soul Playlist

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Eddie Piller's Northern Soul Playlist

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Eddie Piller is a legendary DJ and co-founder of record label Acid Jazz. Eddie was pivotal in the UK's Northern Soul scene and continues to play big sets at Glastonbury, Bestival and Isle of Wight Scooter Rally. He is known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of Northern Soul and his ability to spin the rarest of grooves. Northern Soul was, and still is, a music and dance subculture that emerged in the North of England in the late 1960s, initially an…

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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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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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Stone Roses Film World Premiere

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Stone Roses Film World Premiere

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On Thursday 30th May, the legendary Stone Roses will premier their film directed by This is England director Shane Meadows in Manchester at Victoria Warehouse. The band will be in attendance and, with Shane Meadows, will host a Q & A. This event is now sold out, but the event will be satellite-linked to over a hundred cinemas screening the film and running concurrently with the premiere launch. Tickets to these satellite-linked cinemas are…

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