The Stories

  • The Marmalade drummer was Alan Whitehead

    The Marmalade drummer was Alan Whitehead

    So it was The Marmalade back in the day and not Marmalade – the things you will learn from the esteemed drummer Alan in this interview. As an East End Londoner he joined this bunch of Glaswegians after first playing on the only hit for Crispin St Peter and enjoyed The Marmalade glory years with…

  • Chris Peers – the making of Island Records

    Chris Peers – the making of Island Records

    Oh dear this has turned into one of those weeks as I am sorry to see reports that Chris Peers has just left us. We filmed him a few years ago now in a home in Henley where he spent a lot of time recounting starting Island Records with Chris Blackwell and the nature of…

  • Sue Steward – RIP

    Sue Steward – RIP

    It was not many weeks ago that we did an interview with Sue, and then such a short time later she has left us. Here she is on good form remembering working for Richard Branson and how he (mis) treated her

  • Marian Segal and Jade

    Marian Segal and Jade

    Cherry Red have just released three CD set by Marian Segal and Jade which happens to co-incide with our interviewing her about the Folk Rock/British Psych days of the early Seventies. She played the British folk scene with Dave Waite to start with and things grew from there with their first album as Jade on…

  • 10 Tales – On The Road

    10 Tales – On The Road

    The first in a series of short books is now available for your Kindle. 10 tales of life On The Road from Chris Barber through to David Bowie. All taken from the RockHistory interviews with more to follow on different themes and aspects of their British Music experiences.    

  • Woodstock – a disaster

    Woodstock – a disaster

    Here is another Woodstock anniversary quote from the ‘Inside Looking Out’ book, given to us by Clive Selwood a long time record company man who was by now running Elektra Records in the UK and having great success with records like Judy Collins ‘Amazing Grace’, Love ‘Forever Changes’ and The Doors ‘Light My Fire’. He…

  • Woodstock – some went and some missed it

    Woodstock – some went and some missed it

    To celebrate the Woodstock festival anniversary, here is a wonderful quote from Muff Winwood, ex the Spencer Davis Group bass player and brother of Stevie who was by now working for Island Records. This quote is from the RockHistory book: ‘Inside Looking Out’ book While I was still at Island, I was taking Joe Cocker…

  • On The Road tales

    On The Road tales

    There is a new mini E-book coming soon. This one will have tales of life on the road back in the day and the experiences of the musicians as well as the poor crew who saw the world from back stage or a a van which they slept in too. This one that did not…

  • Willie Morgan describes what it was like to take records to Radio One

    Willie Morgan describes what it was like to take records to Radio One

    In the Seventies the biggest promotion any record could get was being played on Radio One, so the record companies employed callow young youths to go bang on the doors of the BBC producers to try and get them to play their priority records.

  • From Branson to Vicious

    From Branson to Vicious

    Last week we had the pleasure of a trip to the coast and a long chat with Sue Steward recounting her years with various madmen (and women). For many years she worked with Richard Branson in the early years of Virgin Records as it grew from a student newspaper into a indie record label. Then…