PROUD GALLERIES in Camden are hosting a major exhibition of photographs by punk photographer ANDY ROSEN.

THE END OF GENERATION X – Rosen’s first exhibition in more than 20 years – features a wealth of recently rediscovered shots that have been hidden away in storage since the early 80s. Casting a new light on London’s original punk era, the exhibition includes outtakes from The Jam’s album cover sessions, intimate portraits of Johnny Rotten, unseen live shots of The Clash and a pre-Culture Club Boy George, working the cloakroom at the Blitz club.

The End Of Generation X runs from 11 June to 19 July. Further details can be found on the Proud website.

Image © Andy Rosen

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Welsh glam punk rock’n’rollers THE SICK LIVERS launch pre-orders for their second album on Monday 1 June.

Mid Liver Crisis was recorded at Le Pub in Newport and features a guest appearance from Andy Cairns on Therapy?

They recently unveiled a new track ‘Dark, Dangerous & Delicious’ which none other than the UK Subs’ Charlie Harper reckoned was “the best song Hanoi Rocks never wrote”! Listen to it here.

A range of pre-order packages, featuring vinyl, CDs, cassettes, t-shirts, etc will be available from the band’s website.

Mid Liver Crisis is due for release through Glunk Records in the UK in August.

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Filmmaker Wes Orshoski’s documentary THE DAMNED: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead gets its long-awaited European premiere next week.

The film, charting the career of Croydon’s finest, will screen at the Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square at 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday 3 June. Rat Scabies and Brian James will join Orshoski at both screenings for Q&As.

The film will then tour the UK, with Scabies partaking in a Q&A at the Arthouse in Crouch End, London on 4 June. Former Damned bassists Paul Gray and Bryn Merrick will appear in the post-film chat at Chapter Arts, Cardiff on 8 June. Brian James and current Damned keyboardist Monty Oxymoron will answer questions at Duke’s at Komedia, Brighton on 10 June.

The follow-up to Orshoski’s acclaimed documentary LEMMY, THE DAMNED: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead received its world premiere at SXSW in Austin in March. Shot over three years, it covers the band’s complex and volatile history, from the early days to their 35th anniversary Tour.

The film features appearances by the Motorhead legend himself, plus Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones, Duff McKagan, Ian MacKaye, Jello Biafra and members of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Melvins, T.S.O.L., Buzzcocks, Adverts and Offspring, and not forgetting Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, unlikely producer of The Damned’s Music For Pleasure album.

Watch the trailer here!

Full screening dates are below. You can book tickets here.

June 3, London, Prince Charles Cinema, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.

June 4, London, Arthouse at Crouch End, 8:30 p.m.

June 5, Leeds, Hyde Park Picture House, 8:00 p.m.

June 6, Manchester, HOME, 8:10 p.m.

June 7, Leicester, Phoenix Square, 1 p.m.

June 7, Sheffield, Odeon 8/Sheffield Doc Fest, 8:30 p.m.

June 8, Cardiff, Chapter Arts, 8:15 p.m.

June 9, Liverpool, Picturehouse at FACT, 8:15 p.m.

June 10, Brighton, Duke’s at Komedia, 5:45 p.m., 8:40 p.m.

June 11, Newcastle, Tyneside Cinema, 5:45 p.m.

June 12, Edinburgh, Filmhouse, 8:30 p.m.

June 13, Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre, 8 p.m.

June 14, Birmingham, The Electric Cinema, 8:30 p.m.

June 15-18, Dundee, DCA, TBD

June 19, Lancaster, Duke’s Lancaster, 8:15 p.m.

June 20, Lancaster, Duke’s Lancaster, 5:45 p.m.

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Former HANOI ROCKS frontman MICHAEL MONROE has announced the release of a brand new album, Blackout States via Spinefarm on 16 October.

Following on from 2013’s Horns & Halos and 2011’s award-winning Sensory Overdrive, the album was produced by Chips Kiesbye and features his regular band, including Hanoi sparring partner Sam Yaffa, Steve Conte of the New York Dolls, Rich Jones and Karl Rockfist.

“I’m extremely excited about our new album, Blackout States,” he says. “It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock‘n’roll record – strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band. I highly recommend Blackout States to anyone who’s even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high energy rock‘n’roll at its best sounds like today.”

As previously announced, Monroe plays Proud Camden as part of the Camden Rocks festival this Saturday 30 May.


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Essex legends EDDIE & THE HOT RODS celebrate their 40th Anniversary next month with two very special shows. The band will be reuniting their classic ’77 line-up of Barrie Masters, Graeme Douglas, Paul Gray and Steve Nicol for the gigs. Current Hot Rods guitarist Richard Holgarth will be filling the role of original member Dave Higgs, who sadly died in 2013.

They play The Square in Harlow, Essex on Thursday 18 June – tickets, and the 229 Club in London on Friday 19 June – tickets.

Eddie & The Hot Rods followed fellow Canvey Islanders Dr Feelgood onto the Pub Rock circuit before their ferocious live shows brought them to the attention of punk, performing a legendary show at London’s Marquee supported by the Sex Pistols.

Releasing their half-live debut album Teenage Depression in ’76, they hit the Top 10 with the classic single ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ the following year, teaming up with the MC5’s Rob Tyner for a one-off single soon after. Gray and Nicol briefly backed Johnny Thunders before Gray joined The Damned for The Black Album.


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Swedish rock’n’roll institution BACKYARD BABIES return this Summer after a five-year lay-off with a new single and a whole load of festival dates, followed by a new album in August.

The single ‘Th1rt3en Or Nothing’ is out now and you can listen to it here.

A brand new album Four By Four – their eighth – follows on 28 August through Gain.

Between times, they’ll hit the European festival circuit, kicking off with Sweden Rock on 5 June plus an appearance in the UK at Download on 14 June. Full dates are below.

Formed in 1989 in the small town of Nässjö, the band still features its original line-up of Peder Carlsson, Johan Blomquist, Dregen and Nicke Borg. Involved in various projects over the years, Dregen formed Hellacopters in 1994 and more recently played alongside Michael Monroe.

Tour dates…

05 Jun            Sweden Rock Festival – Sweden

11 Jun            Greenfield Festival  – Switzerland

12 Jun            Nova Rock Festival – Austria

13 Jun            Fishbait Rock Festival – Åland Islands

14 Jun            Download Festival – UK

18 Jun            Tons of Rock Festival – Norway

19 Jun            Hurricane Festival – Germany

20 Jun            Hellfest – France

21 Jun            Southside Festival – Germany

27 Jun            Bråvalla Festival – Sweden

03 Jul             Ruisrock Festival – Finland

12 Jul             Sjock Festival – Belgium

17 Jul             Resurrection Fest – Spain

06 Aug            Leyendas Del Rock – Spain

07 Aug            Getaway Rock – Sweden

08 Aug            Kubana Festival – Russia

10 Oct             Loud Park 15 – Japan




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Original DIY punks THE DOOR AND THE WINDOW have their 1980 second album Detailed Twang reissued by Overground next week on limited edition 12-inch vinyl.

Formed in early ’79, the band had the luxury of sharing NME Single Of The Week status with Ian Dury’s ‘(Hit Me With Your) Rhythm Stick’, while their line-up included both Grant Showbiz and Mark Perry, at that time disillusioned by the constraints and expectations of Alternative TV.

Having published a fanzine Common Knowledge promoting DIY record production, the band became widely respected and shared bills with The Pop Group, Scritti Politti, The Raincoats, Delta Five and Swell Maps.

The release – limited to 500 copies – replicates the original LP, with the addition of a full biography with rare pics.

Listen to their cover of compadres Television Personalities’ ‘Part-Time Punks’ from the album.


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Possibly the originators of the ‘gypsy-punk’ genre, 80s band ONE THE JUGGLER are reuniting for two London gigs next month to celebrate the CD reissue of their debut album Nearly A Sin.

You can catch them at The Pelton Arms, Greenwich on Friday 12 June and The Dublin Castle, Camden on Friday 19 June.

Formed out of the ashes of Southeast London punks The Reptiles, One The Juggler quickly signed to RCA, being voted best new band at the Reading Festival in 1983 and releasing their debut album later that year.

In their short lifespan, their line-up included, at one time or another, members of Eddie & The Hot Rods, Splodgenessabounds, Burlesque, Ligotage, Slaughter & The Dogs AND Mick Ronson!

Following the 1985 release of the Ronson-produced second album Some Strange Fashion, the band fell out of favour with RCA and splintered.

Frontman Rokko (aka Ray ‘Sham’ Morris) relocated to Woodstock, USA where he formed the band Spiv UK. Bassist Lushi (aka Jerry T Jones) and guitarist Lin (aka Colin Minchin) now play in Kent band Glamweazel, who’ll also be supporting on the reunion dates.

Check out the video for One The Juggler’s debut single ‘Passion Killer’.

They have a new Facebook page here.

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Young punks SLAVES issue their debut album next week through Virgin EMI. Are You Satisfied? features thirteen tracks including the singles ‘Hey’, ‘The Hunter’ and ‘Feed The Mantaray’.

The Tunbridge Wells duo of Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman can be seen at various festivals throughout the summer – including T In The Park, Reading / Leeds and Bestival – before playing a full headline tour in November  (dates below).

You can check out the video for ‘Feed The Mantaray’ here.

14 NOV  
Anson RoomsBristol, GB
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15  NOV  
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16  NOV  
Portsmouth PyramidsPortsmouth, GB
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18  NOV  
WaterfrontNorwich, GB
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19  NOV  
O2 ABCGlasgow, GB
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20 NOV  
Newcastle UniversityNewcastle Upon Tyne, GB
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 21 NOV  
The RitzManchester, GB
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Fresh from rockin’ the STRUMMERCAMP festival, our old mates URBAN VOODOO MACHINE release a new single and accompanying video today. ‘Goodnight My Dear’ was written by bandleader Paul-Ronney Angel and is taken from their current album Love, Drink & Death.

It’s available now as a download from Amazon and iTunes, but there is a limited edition CD available from their web store. All formats include their own inimitable version of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Factory Girl’.

The band play a very special launch party for the single on Saturday 30 May at Brooklyn Bowl, London. They’ll be joined by special guests The Dustaphonics, Mac Abbe et Le Zombi Orchestra plus The Death Us Do Apart Danger Show and DJ’s, and promise drinkin’ and dancin’ ’til 2am!

Tickets are £11 in advance (£15 on the door) and can be purchased here.


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As the bill for WONKFEST 2015 is announced VIVE LE ROCK is proud to present the premiere of  WONKFEST 2: THE MOVIE!!

Hosted by the band WONK UNIT, Wonkfest 2014 was the last ever punk gig to be held at legendary pub venue The Grosvenor in Stockwell, South London. Featuring sets from Hardskin, Maid Of Ace, The Restarts, MurderBurgers, The Reverends and loads more, it was captured on film by renowned BMX filmmaker Mark Richards, and we present it for you here today!

Wonkfest 2015 is now scheduled for The Dome in Tufnell Park on 25 July, with an incredible line-up including Culture Shock, the Roughneck Riot, Ming City Rockers, Waco, The Dead Class, Maid Of Ace, Murderburgers and many, many more…. And not forgetting Wonk Unit themselves.

Tickets are available now at an unbeatable £15 from here.

They’ll also be collecting for the local food bank so please don’t forget to take a tin of something tasty!

Check out the Wonk Unit Facebook page.

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Get ready for some serious primal rock’n’roll action as seminal Detroit trio THE GORIES pay a super-rare visit to the UK at the end of July.

They play…

28 July                   Birthdays, Dalston, London

29 July                   The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

30 July                   ABC, Glasgow

Get your tickets here!

Originally around in the late 80s and early 90s, the 2 guitars/drums line-up of Mick Collins, Dan Kroha and Peggy O’Neill released the classic albums Houserockin’, I Know You Fine, But How You Doin’ (produced by the legendary Alex Chilton) and Outta Here before splitting in ’92. A massive influence on Jack White and the rest of the Detroit garage scene, Collins and Kroha went on to form The Dirtbombs and Demolition Doll Rods respectively. The three of them have reconvened for reunion shows since 2009.

Check out their Facebook page.


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Have we got a treat for you?! 2 Tone Records hitmakers THE SELECTER are launching their brand new album in London on Tuesday and you could be there!


Subculture was mixed legendary producer PRINCE FATTY and is out of 15 June. But you can win a pair of VIP Guestlist passes to a strictly invitation-only gig being held by the Coventry ska rebels at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden next Tuesday 26 May.

The Selecter will be showcasing tracks from Subculture, alongside classics such as ‘On My Radio’ and ‘Too Much Pressure’. The prize also includes an informal meet and greet with Pauline Black and Gaps Hendrickson after the show.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply send an email to us at info@vivelerock.net with SELECTER COMPETITION in the subject box, and we’ll pick a winner at random. The competition closes at midnight tonight.

In the meantime check out their video for the brand new single ‘Box Fresh‘.




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Pittsburgh punks ANTI-FLAG return with their tenth album next week. American Spring is their first for new label Spinefarm.

The band have also launched a brand new video for the track ‘Brandenburg Gate’. Both video and song feature an appearance from Tim Armstrong of RANCID.

“A culture indoctrinated with violence will see and fear violence even when there is none. Activism is not a competition. Art doesn’t have to be safe. Revolution doesn’t have to be bloody. Change comes from people, not politicians,” they say. You can check out the video here.

Anti-Flag will be in the UK for a bunch of shows in August, including a set at Rebellion and a double header with LESS THAN JAKE at Brooklyn Bowl in London.

2 August     London @ The Old Blue Last (am and pm shows)

6 August     Blackpool @ Rebellion Festival

8 August     London @ Brooklyn Bowl – PUNKS AND PINS

9 August     Bristol @ The Marble Factory

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Rising from the wreckage of the Jim Jones Revue, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND have announced their first London show.

They play Hoxton Bar & Grill on Tuesday 30 June as a celebration of their debut single ‘Boil Yer Blood’, due for release in August.  Jim Sclavunos, producer and Bad Seeds / Grinderman drummer, will perform DJ duties on the night. Tickets are £10 and are available here.

The Righteous Mind include JJR bassist Gavin Jay, alongside ex-Tokyo Dragons drummer Phil Martini, Joe Glossop on keys and David Page on pedal-steel. Jim corralled them into the studio for the single sessions a mere five days after the JJR’s landmark farewell show at London’s Forum last October.

The band have made a stunning video for the song ’1000 Miles From The Sure’ which you can check out here.

The band will now see out the rest of May playing shows in France. Full dates below….

23rd May Avaterium Festival, St Etienne

24th May Café Charbonne, Nevers

25th May Le Bombshell, Clermont Ferrand

26th May Open Air, Bordeaux

27th May Drinkshop, Perpignan

28th May Secret Place, Montpellier

29th May Club Poste a Galene, Marseille

30th June London, Hoxton Bar & Grill

2nd July La Defense Festival, Paris

3rd July Club Gallion, Laurent

5th July EHZ Festival, Biarritz




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GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR have lined up a short UK tour for October.  The dates follow the release this week of Mystery Glue, the follow-up to 2012’s Three Chords Good, the pub rock veterans’ first new album in thirty years.

Mystery Glue was recorded at London’s legendary RAK studios and is released through Universal on Cadet Concept, formerly a 70s imprint of Chess Records.

Graham Parker & The Rumour play…

OCT 11 / Bristol / O2 Academy

OCT 12 / Southampton / The Brook

OCT 14 / Holmfirth / Picturedome

OCT 15 / Leamington Spa / Assembly

OCT 17 / London / The Forum

Tickets go on general sale this Friday 22 May at 9am.

Touted as the ‘English Springsteen’, Graham Parker came together with The Rumour when Stiff Records founder Dave Robinson backed the former Surrey petrol-pump attendant with ex-members of pub rockers Brinsley Schwarz, Ducks Deluxe and Les Bontemps Roulez.

Gaining critical acclaim and minor hits, Parker struck out for a solo career in 1980. Domiciled in the US for years, Parker reformed The Rumour in 2011, coinciding with the release of the documentary film Don’t Ask Me Questions.


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Punkabilly legends REVEREND HORTON HEAT stop off for a night in London during a whistle-stop European jaunt in July.

The Dallas, Texas trio play the O2 Academy, Islington on Tuesday 7 July. Tickets are available here.

The band’s most recent album is last year’s Rev through Victory Records. Full European tour dates are below.

3 July – Pineda de Mar, Spain @ Psychobilly Meeting

4 July – Cognac, France @ Blues Festival

5 July – Paris, France @ Trabendo

7 July – London, England @ Islington Academy

8 July – Dortmund, Germany @ FZW

9 July – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg

10 July – Gierle, Belgium @ Sjock Festival


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