DENIZ TEK, guitar linchpin of Aussie rock’n’roll legends RADIO BIRDMAN, has a new solo album out next month.

The follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed Detroit, the 12-track Mean Old Twister is released on 30 September through ever-reliable Australian indie, Citadel Records.

Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Tek formed Radio Birdman after relocating to Australia to train as a doctor.  Heavily inspired by the Detroit rock scene, he’s gone on to work with various members of the STOOGES, the MC5, THE RATIONALS and SONIC’S RENDEZVOUS BAND on subsequent projects. Amazingly he found time to record Mean Old Twister between tours with Birdman and working as an emergency freelance trauma surgeon.

The album features the same band from the Detroit album – bassist Bob Brown and sometime ATOMIC ROOSTER and SPINAL TAP drummer, Ric Parnell. Mixing of the album was supervised by noted producer and Birdman frontman Rob Younger, while the album’s sleeve features Tek’s faithful Epiphone Crestwood, obtained from the MC5’s Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith.

To celebrate, Tek plays a couple of Australian launch shows in Sydney and Newcastle in early October. Full details are on his website. Book your flight now!


Read Gus Ironside’s review of Radio Birdman’s first ever Scottish show here!

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Legendary Australian proto-punks Radio Birdman finally arrived in Scotland, almost forty years after their last thwarted attempt.

Support act The Fuckin’ Godoys kicked things off with an explosive set that demonstrated their love of 70s Brit-punk. Art and Steve have backed Birdman guitarist Deniz Tek on various tours and releases, but even as a stripped-down duo of drums and guitar, the twins generated enough energy to power the national grid.

The headliners opened with the atmospheric ‘Crying Sun’ before barrelling into ‘Smith & Wesson Blues’, guitarist Dave Kettley locking in seamlessly with bass legend Jim Dickson and the propulsive drumming of Nik Rieth.

Frontman Rob Younger was in fine voice and good humour, joking with the audience before the band tipped into a molten ‘Descent into the Maelstrom’.  The dapper Pip Hoyle showcased his keyboard skills on a rapturously received ‘Man with Golden Helmet’, while Deniz Tek gave us a masterclass in his influential guitar style.  The guitarist’s wife, photographer Anne Tek, kindly supplied the live shot for this review.

We got a slew of classics- ‘What Gives’, ‘i-94’, ‘Do the Pop’, ‘Aloha, Steve and Danno’, ‘More Fun’ and ‘New Race’, plus a surprise cover of Magazine’s ‘Shot by Both Sides’. ‘Anglo Girl Desire’ and ‘Alone in the Endzone’ were particular highlights, while an incandescent ‘Hand of Law’ included a snippet of The Chantays’ ‘Pipeline’.

This was an inspired performance by Australia’s finest- fingers crossed we won’t have to wait another forty years for a return visit.

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Former NEW MODEL ARMY bassist Nelson and Martin Newell, sometime frontman of 70s ‘junkshop glam’ legends THE MIGHTY PLOD, have the sole album by their joint folk-punk project BROTHERHOOD OF LIZARDS reissued this month.

Having previously worked together in Colchester’s RCA-signed DIY pop-stars CLEANERS FROM VENUS, the pair recorded the album Lizardland for independent label Deltic in 1989. The tour was promoted by a 600-mile bicycle tour of Southern England, captured for posterity in a short but memorable BBC documentary.

Lizardland: The Complete Works features the original Deltic album plus the pair’s self-titled 9-track cassette mini-album. Released through US label Captured Tracks as a download, CD and double vinyl with initial pressings in forest green, it’s available to order here and also through Bandcamp.

The Brotherhood was dissolved when Nelson was invited to join New Model Army the following year, Where he would stay for 22 years. Newell has continued to record prolifically, both solo and under the Cleaners name, as well as writing lyrics for Captain Sensible and establishing himself as a poet of considerable note.

Speaking exclusively to Vive Le Rock, Nelson recalls the time: “I’m really pleased this has been released again – and it’s extra special because it includes the cassette we recorded first. ‘Carmosine’ was one of the first tunes we got together – Martin had a little Theatre poster blu-tac’d to the wall of the sail loft we recorded in – and we based the words on the poster image, fiddled around on acoustic guitar and mandolin and then Martin plonked a little Glockenspiel on my lap and said ‘Come up with something for an instrumental section,’ so I did – we had the song sorted in no time and I knew from then on we were onto something special with this collaboration. Other faves are ‘The Day After Yesterday’ – it’s cool how it glides along with the groovy bassline and ‘She Dreamed She Could Fly’, even though it always reminds me of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang song, and I remember whacking a snare drum in Martin’s bathroom for that one. In hindsight it would have been nice to have had more real drums on the tracks but the machine adds to the charm, I suppose. I don’t think Martin wants to tour this album again but I’m going to oil the chain and pump up the tyres on my bicycle just in case!”


Read a new interview with New Model Army in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!


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Original Croydon punks JOHNNY MOPED have announced a handful of dates for the Autumn as well as two Christmas shows.

The band, who originally formed in 1974 and at one time or another featured Captain Sensible and Chrissie Hynde in their line-up, were the subject of a documentary, Basically Johnny Moped, by Sensible’s son Fred Burns in 2013 and released a brand new album It’s A Real Cool Baby through Damaged Goods in March this year.

The band have five dates lined up, including a show at London’s 100 Club – with THEE JEZEBELS and a special mystery guest! – plus an all-dayer at Leeds Brudenell Social Club with XSLF, CYANIDE PILLS, GEOFFREY OI!COTT and more.

Full dates are….

30 Sept – Prince Albert, Brighton
15 Oct – Sports & Social Club, Hersham (w/ THE LURKERS)
5 Nov – Uddevallakassettfestivalen, Uddevalla, Sweden
15 Dec – The 100 Club, London (w/ Thee Jezebels) tickets
17 Dec – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds tickets

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Director Alex Cox’s classic tale of doomed punk love Sid & Nancy is getting a very special 30th Anniversary re-release, and we a pair of tickets to give away to the exclusive cinema launch at London’s legendary Screen On The Green  on Monday 29 August.

Starring Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious and Chloe Webb as Nancy Spungen, the film has been newly restored, supervised by award-winning cinematogropher Roger Deakins.

The film is being released in a new DVD/Blu-ray special edition on the same day on Studiocanal’s Vintage Classics label. Extras include new interviews with Cox, Deakins and legendary filmmaker, musician and DJ, Don Letts.

The Screen On The Green launch takes place on the 40th Anniversary of the infamous Midnight Special showcase at the same venue in 1976, that featured sets from the SEX PISTOLS, THE CLASH and THE BUZZCOCKS. The launch will also feature a screening of Kennth Anger’s Scorpio Rising, which was also shown that night, plus a DJ set from Letts. Tickets for the launch are available here.

To win a pair of tickets to the launch, just email with ‘SID & NANCY COMPETITION’  in the subject box, and we’ll pick a winner at random. Good luck!!

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Fast-rising Euro-punks HOOLIGAN CROONERS release their new maxi-EP this month.

From Paradise To Halfway (And Back Again) features six tracks of “unashamedly old school 76/77 punk”, drawing influence from the likes of GENERATION X, THE VIBRATORS and THE BOYS, as the cheap’n’cheerful video for the title cut amply shows.

Formed in the Jura region of Eastern France in 2015, Hooligan Crooners comprise longtime punk crooner Nan Hools, plus Kouett Bugman and Clement Passant, plus UK punk veteran Barry (Bools) Phillips (ex DEMOB, THE BLITZ BOYS).

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The Band’s debut EP Hell Yeah!! It’s Hooligan Crooners was issued at the tail end of last year, and features remixes from such diverse punk luminaries as Matt Dangerfield of The Boys and James Atkin of EMF.

From Paradise To Halfway is out on 22 August through PWVA Records. It’s available to order now via their Bandcamp page.


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The new issue of Vive Le Rock is out this weekend, featuring the likes of THE SPECIALS, THE SELECTER, THE BEAT and young Hertfordshire mod upstarts THE SPITFIRES.

In-keeping with the mod and ska theme, Vive Le Rock has got together with ace footwear provider to offer a handsome pair of Prince Tassel Loafers (pictured) to one lucky winner!

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is answer the following question….

Q: In the interview with The Spitfires in the new issue (no.38) of Vive Le Rock, what does Billy Sullivan say separates his band from the rest of the industry?

Answers and shoe size to with the email subject ‘MOD SHOES COMP’. Good luck!

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Order the latest edition of Vive Le Rock here.

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Iconic musical catalyst and MEKONS, THREE JOHNS and  WACO BROTHERS founder JON LANGFORD is celebrated in a new two-day festival in Manchester this Autumn.

The first ever Langfest will take place over the weekend of 22-23 October at Fred’s Ale House, Levenshulme and will  feature live performances from both the the Mekons and the the Three Johns, as well as Langford’s latest project MEN OF GWENT. Special guest agit-folk troubadour QUIET LONER will also be appearing.

The venue’s gallery will also be displaying some of Langford’s art over the weekend.

Tickets priced £12 for the weekend of £8 per day go on sale here from 9am on Friday 26 August.


The Mekons release a new album, existentialism, recorded collaboratively with an audience in July last year at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn.  The release features a 96-page book including writing and art from the Mekons and friends. Set for release on 1 September through Bloodshot Records, it’s available to pre-order here.

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LOUISE DISTRAS returns with a new single next month, along with a series of UK and European dates.

‘Aileen’ explores the dark story of ‘America’s first female serial killer’ Aileen Wuornos, and sees Distras questioning rape culture and the sanctity of life.

Her first new music since her critically acclaimed 2013 debut album Dreams From The Factory Floor, the single was co-produced by Ross Petersen (Bruce Springsteen, The Vamps, John Mayer) and Dreams… producer Steve Whale.

Says Distras of ‘Aileen’, “One night after a show I watched the Nick Broomfield documentary Selling Of A Serial Killer, which is about ‘America’s first female serial killer’, Aileen Wuornos. As someone who has experienced homelessness and sexual assault, Aileen’s story hit me pretty hard but left me feeling inspired to share it through my music. The film also left me with my own questions about rape culture and the idea of nature vs nurture, so I decided to make my own DIY film that explores the lyrical content of the single. It’s called Real Outlaw – A Commentary on Rape Culture and the Riot Grrrl Movement and it’s available via scanning a QR code that’s printed on the back of the CD and also on tour posters across the UK.”

The single and its accompanying film will be released worldwide on 30th September 2016 digitally via iTunes and Amazon. It’s available to pre-order now exclusively via Louise’s official website.

Distras and her band will be embarking on a series of dates throughout the coming months, kicking off with an appearance at London’s Loud Women Festival – also featuring GRACE PETRIE, THE WIMMINS’ INSTITUTE, THE FRANKLYS, PETROL GIRLS and more – at T Chances in Tottenham on 3 September. Tickets are available here.

Full tour dates are….

3 Sept London, Loud Women Festival
4 Sept Forest of Dean, Common Ground Festival
24 Sept Forest of Dean, Something Else in the Dean Festival
26 Sept Manchester, Gullivers w/ Love Zombies + The Amorettes*
30 Sept Camden, Black Heart w/ Love Zombies + The Amorettes*
1 Oct London, Rich Mix*
5 Oct Birmingham, The Rainbow
6 Oct Liverpool, Sound Food & Drink
7 Oct Derby, The Maypole
8 Oct Kingston, Fighting Cocks w/ Get Dead
10 Oct Norwich, Owl Sanctuary w/ Get Dead
11 Oct Nottingham, Doghouse w/ Get Dead
12 Oct 02 Islington Academy, London w/ Get Dead
13 Oct Dundee, The Vestry
14 Oct Glasgow, Audio
15 Oct Edinburgh, Bannerman’s
16 Oct Nottingham, Foreman’s w/ TV Smith*
21 Oct Leeds, Verve
19 Nov Groningen, Spieghel (Netherlands)
21 Nov Essen, Anyway (Germany)
22 Nov Bonn, Kult 41 (Germany)
23 Nov Koln, Sonic Ballroom (Germany)
27 Nov Berlin, Wild At Heart (Germany)
29 Nov Dresden, Chemiefabrik (Germany)


Tickets are available here.

Watch a behind the scenes clip of Louise Distras at this year’s Rebellion.

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WIRE frontman COLIN NEWMAN has three of his early solo albums reissued this Autumn.

A-Z, provisionally entitled the singing fish and Not To were Newman’s first three solo albums, released from 1980 to ’82 through Beggars Banquet/4AD during the band’s first hiatus.

Completely remastered, each of the albums is being made available as a single 12″ vinyl release and as a double CD with a second disc of home and studio recordings – many of which arere previously unreleased – featuring contributions from all the original members of Wire, as well as producer Mike Thorne.

The three albums are set for release through Newman’s own Sentient Sonics imprint on 28 October. They’re available to pre-order here.

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Listen to the Riverside Studios demo of ‘Order For Order’ from A-Z.




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Rejuvenated rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS have finally announced the release of their long-awaited new album, and a full tour to go with it.

Their first all new album since 1994’s critically lauded debut, Retrosexual, the 14-song Transmissions From Oblivion was recorded at Foel Studios in North Wales with producer Tony Harris and features recent addition, bassist Steve Fielding, formerly with THE STIFFS and THE BOYS. Funded by Pledgemusic and set for release on 30 September through their own Ray Records, it’s available to pre-order here.

Last Great Dreamers join DOGS D’AMOUR frontman TYLA J PALLAS at the Degeneration Festival on aid of the CJD Support Network charity at The Salutation, Nottingham on Saturday 27 August. Tickets are available here.

They then embark on a full tour, including a special Some Weird Sin night in London on the day of the album’s release. Full dates are….

29 Sept – Bolton, Bar Metro
30 Sept – London, Nambucca (Some Weird Sin w/ HEARTBREAK DOLLS, THEE JEZEBELS)
1 Oct – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms (w/ STOP STOP )
2 Oct – Norwich, B2
6 Oct – Newcastle, Trillions
7 Oct – Edinburgh, Bannermans
8 Oct – Wakefield, Snooty Fox
9 Oct – Sutton In Ashfeld, Diamond
12 Oct – Oxford, Wheatsheaf
13 Oct – Nottingham, Tap N Tumbler
14 Oct – Abertillery, The Dolls House
15 Oct – Wellington, Beambridge

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South London rhythm’n’blues legends NINE BELOW ZERO return with a brand new album next month.

Heavily inspired by DR FEELGOOD, the band formed in 1977, becoming regulars at the Thomas A’Becket pub on the Old Kent Road. Building their profile through hard gigging, they signed to A&M records to release their debut Live At The Marquee in 1980, stealing the show at the Reading Festival and appearing in a memorable episode of BBC’s The Young Ones. They split in ’82 with frontman/guitarist Dennis Greaves forming the more mod-influenced THE TRUTH and harp-player Mark Feltham enjoying a successful career as a session player. They reformed in 1990 and have continued with various line-ups, notably including former RORY GALLAGHER bassist Gerry McAvoy.

The new album 13 Shades Of Blue features the band’s classic line-up – including drummer Mickey ‘Stix’ Burkey and bassist Brian Bethell – as well as a host of guest musicians, including Glenn Tilbrook of SQUEEZE and noted boogie-woogie pianist Ben Waters.

13 Shades Of Blue is released digitally on 30 September and on CD on 7 October. It’s available to pre-order here.

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The band will be embarking on a lengthy tour in support of the album, from the end of September until well into 2017. Full dates are below….

30th Sept – Banbury Mill, Banbury
1st Oct – Pizza Express, Maidstone
2nd Oct – Pizza Express, Maidstone
7th Oct – West End Centre, Aldershot
8th Oct – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
14th Oct – Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
15th Oct – Bristol Bierkeller, Bristol
21st Oct – Brudnell Social Club, Leeds
22nd Oct – The Arc, Stockton on Tees
29th Oct – Bubble Club, Whistable
4th Nov – Under The Bridge, London
10th Nov – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
11th Nov – The Concorde, Brighton
19th Nov – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
26th Nov – The Elms, Nottinghamshire
2nd Dec – The Electric Palace, Bridport
3rd Dec – The Globe, Cardiff
8th Dec – The Junction, Cambridge
9th Dec – Greystones, Sheffield
10th Dec – The Musician, Leicester
17th Dec – ripley Blues Club, Ripley

27th Jan – The Mirren at The Towngate, Basildon
24th Feb – The Flowerpot, Derby
3rd Mar – The Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne Minster
4th Mar – The Stables, Milton Keynes
10th Mar – The Robin 2, Wolverhampton
11th Mar – Windelsham Theatre, Windelsham
17th Mar – The Bullingdon, Oxford
18th Mar – The Citidal, St Helens
24th Mar – The Cluny, Newcastle
25th Mar – King Tuts, Glasgow

Tickets are available here.

More pub rock action in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!

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Anarchy! The McLaren Westwood Gang, a new film by Phil Strongman, gets its official cinema release next month.

Strongman was well-placed to make the film, having sold t-shirts on the Kings Road during the height of punk, before chronicling the age in his book Pretty Vacant: A History Of UK Punk.

The film includes candid interviews with Malcolm McLaren conducted in Paris and London, previously unseen footage about his childhood, his 1960’s activism, meeting with Vivienne Westwood, their Kings Road shops. It focuses on his key role in the Punk ‘anti-fashion’ and the Sex Pistols and many others, and includes contributions from The Clash, 101ers, Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant, Boy George, Don Letts, Tony Wilson, Tracey Emin, Stuart Christie, Nick Egan and Westwood herself.

Set for release on 16 September as part of the UK’s 40 Years of Punk celebrations, the film will also receive a number of preview and festival screenings, including Don Letts’ Punk At The BFI season and an afternoon screening at the 100 Club, Oxford Street to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the 100 Club Punk Festival.

Screenings so far confirmed are….

Sunday 21 August London BFI Southbank
Saturday 27 August London BFI Southbank (*Q&A/director)
Saturday 27 August Hastings Electric Palace
Sunday 28 August Hastings Electric Palace (*Q&A/Jordan)
Friday 16th September London Arthouse Crouch End
Friday 16th September Colchester First Site
Saturday 17th September London 100 Club
Sunday 18th September London DocHouse @ Curzon Bloomsbury
Saturday 24th September Manchester Home
Wednesday 5th October Northampton Errol Flynn Filmhouse
Wednesday 19th October Wirksworth Northern Light Cinema


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West Country street-punks THE SETBACKS return with a brand new EP this month.

Recorded at Stage 2 Studios in their hometown of Bath with producer/engineer Ben Turner, Miss England features four new tracks – ‘Miss England’, ‘Your Time’, ‘Redrum Jive’ and ‘Wasted’. It’s available now for £3 via their Facebook page.

The five-piece have the following dates lined up….

22 Oct  King Arthur, Glastonbury (w/ 50 Shades of Punk)
1 Nov  White Swan, Trowbridge (w/ Subhumans)
11 Nov  The Three Horseshoes, Bradford on Avon (w/ I Destroy)
12 Nov  (venue tbc) Midsomer Norton (w/Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons)
21 Nov  The Thunderbolt, Bristol (w/ The DeRellas)

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Live pic by Jon Murray

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Seminal punk label SMALL WONDER is being celebrated as part of a season of events celebrating punk in the north-east London Borough of Waltham Forest from September to November.

Operating out of Pete Stennett’s record shop of the same name at 162 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, the label kicked off with the release of ‘Mucky Pup’ by Islington band PUNCTURE in October ’77, going on to issue early classics by CRASS, THE CRAVATS, COCKNEY REJECTS, THE CURE, BAUHAUS, THE WALL, PATRIK FITZGERALD, LEYTON BUZZARDS, POISON GIRLS and many more.


Central to the programme is an exhibition featuring artefacts, memorabilia and personal recollections of Small Wonder, curated by journalist Neil Meads, which will run from the 5-24 September at Hoe Street Central, Walthamstow before moving to other locations in the borough.

There will also be a Small Wonder Revisited gig at Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub on 9 September featuring The Cravats and THE PROLES. Get tickets here.

There’s also a Small Wonder Remembered discussion at Vestry House Museum, hosted by John Robb and featuring The Shend (The Cravats), Geoff Deane (Leyton Buzzards) and writer David Quantick.

The programme also features film screenings, walking tours, a pop-up punk art school and panel discussions -featuring the likes of Glen Matlock, Gina Birch (The Raincoats), Buzzcocks manager and New Hormones Records founder Richard Boon and various punk luminaries – and more gigs throughout the coming months.

Presented by Beatroots in conjunction with Waltham Forest, further info can be found on their website and Facebook page.

Says Beatroots director Emma Betts, “Waltham Forest played an integral role in the evolution of the punk movement, not least through Small Wonder Records on Hoe Street. Yet many people are unaware of the punk heritage in the area. We want to bring that heritage to life and celebrate it, but also look at what the punk ethos means in music, design, fashion and culture in Waltham Forest today.”

Check out the Leyton Buzzards’ ’19 & Mad’ on YouTube.

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CHRIS POPE of late-70s mod revivalists THE CHORDS unveils the debut album by a new configuration, THE CHORDS UK, next month.

With original frontman Billy Hassett now living in Tokyo and performing the band’s repertoire with THE J-CHORDS, guitarist and songwriter Pope put together a new UK-based line-up in 2012. Featuring bassist Mic Stoner, drummer Kenny Cooper and guitarist Sandy Michie, the band issued their debut EP Get Famous last Autumn.

The band now presents Take On Life, recorded with top producer and former VIBRATORS bassist Pat Collier. Talking about the album, Pope says, “I got sent a bootleg of The Chords’ last ever gig from The Marquee almost 35 years ago and it struck me how different the songs for the [never made] second album sounded. A total sea change from the blood and thunder of the first 18 months of our recording career with a new singer and a new approach to the band. I had always wondered what that follow-up would have sounded like. So, I took four of the previously unreleased songs from the bootleg and re-worked them to reflect where we are now. Two of these, ‘Burning All Around’ and ‘Home Sweet Home’, made it into Take On Life.”

Take On Life is set for release on 2 September. It’s available to pre-order now from Amazon and iTunes.

The band play a special album launch at the 100 Club, London on the same date. Tickets priced £12.50 are available here.

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The enduring myth that Liverpool’s music history begins and ends with The Beatles is exploded in a new documentary, as this exclusive clip of BIG IN JAPAN’s Jayne Casey indicates.

Get Back documents the real story of Liverpool’s music outpourings, from postwar years to present day. It’s a story of a city where literally thousands of bands and artists, hundreds of clubs, promoters and managers put on the biggest, loudest and longest party in history. This eye-opening documentary film features definitive interviews and live performances from bands, club owners and managers including previously unseen footage of Sir Paul McCartney.

Liverpool’s contribution to world culture is arguably as important as the Renaissance artists of Florence or the Elizabethan playwrights in London. In the golden period of Merseybeat the city was host to over 1000 bands and 500 venues as well as being the home of the UK’s largest C&W scene, a hundred Skiffle groups, jazz bands and folk. Bigger than anything that had gone before, Merseybeat generated the greatest tectonic shift in popular culture in the last 1000 years with a music revolution that rocked the world.


In the 1970’s it started again with a new scene and yet another cellar club at its heart – Eric’s. Here, the new wave owed nothing to Beatles. Bands such as DEAF SCHOOL, ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN, THE TEARDROP EXPLODES, WAH! HEAT (pictured) and Big In Japan led the way.

Released digitally and on DVD on 22 August, Get Back is available to pre-order on Amazon.

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