Funky Si On Location | You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide

Funky Si Wolstencroft has been filming a series of vignettes at the sites featured in his memoir You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide. Taking in locations in London, New York, Leeds, Coventry, Wales, and of course Greater Manchester. Click play above to watch them in one continuous stream.

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Bob Dylan’s Picnic at Blackbushe | A Story By Ian Clayton

Ian Clayton reads an extract from his best-selling music memoir Bringing It All Back Home about the time he went to see Bob Dylan at Blackbushe in 1978.

‘One of the best books about popular music ever written.’ – Record Collector

‘A music-powered helter-skelter of living and learning, as perceptive as a Bob Dylan lyric and as earthy as a Bessie Smith blues.’ -Val Wilmer

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Clinton Heylin Talks Fairport Convention

Clinton Heylin introduces Fairport Convention’s What We Did On Our Holidays at a 50th anniversary celebration of the album hosted by The CAT Club, Pontefract. Clinton reads a relevant passage from his book What We Did Instead of Holidays followed by a Q&A, with questions from Ian Clayton, Richard Lewis and Rev Reynolds.

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Leave The Capital Trailer

Video trailer for Paul Hanley’s Leave The Capital: A History of Manchester Music in 13 Recordings

Leave The Capital tells the story of Manchester music through the prism of the two studios’ key recordings. Of course that story inevitably takes in The Smiths, Joy Division, The Fall and The Stone Roses. But it’s equally the story of ‘Bus Stop’ and ‘East West’ and ‘I’m Not in Love’. It’s the story of the Manchester attitude of L.S. Lowry, by way of Brian and Michael, and how that attitude rubbed off on The Clash and Neil Sedaka. Above all, it’s the story of music that couldn’t have been made anywhere else but Manchester.

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Trailer: What We Did Instead of Holidays

Trailer for Clinton Heylin’s book What We Did Instead of Holidays: A History of Fairport Convention and Its Extended Folk-Rock Family.

In June 1968, Fairport Convention made their official album. In the next fifteen years, those founding Fairportees would form a veritable dynasty of English folk-rock. Drawing on interviews with all the musicians and key figures, Clinton Heylin has produced the definitive history of a folk-rock family in its golden era.

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John Wood In Conversation With Clinton Heylin

Record producer John Wood in conversation with Clinton Heylin, recorded at a CAT Club event, at the Tap & Barrel, Pontefract. Clinton talks with John about some of the seminal albums he made and the artists he worked with including Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny and Squeeze.

The Q&A at the end includes questions from Iain Matthews and Ian Clayton.

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