Shindig! Issue 45
THE PRETTY THINGS
The fact that THE PRETTY THINGS survived 1965 is quite remarkable. That they’re still together and delivering the goods a whole half a century later is little short of miraculous.
To commemorate this almost unparalleled achievement, and ahead of the imminent release of the massive Bouquets From A Cloudy Sky box set, HUGH DELLAR meets Pretties mainstays Phil May and Dick Taylor to unpick the goings-on of that milestone year.
THE MOODY BLUES
Before Timothy Leary and Mellotrons there was that phenomenal international hit and an album that offered a more soulful take on the popular R&B sound.
DARIUS DREWE looks back on what THE MOODY BLUES were up to 50 years ago with the avuncular Ray Thomas
From London mod club favourite to international jazz-rock figurehead, BRIAN AUGER is
without doubt the British Hammond organ supremo. On the eve of a major reissue campaign of Brian’s work – both solo and with the Trinity and Oblivion Express – Shindig!
seeks out the truth about Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll, The Monkees and that hit
While the rest of north California’s beautiful people took sitar lessons and dropped acid,
POWDER spent The Summer Of Love homaging The British Invasion via short, sharp shocks
of Who-flavoured powerpop and covers of obscure British B-sides.
But, despite the patronage of Sonny & Cher, and interest from Neil Young and Mama Cass, the trio was short-lived. Its small but perfectly formed musical legacy, however, has become the stuff of legend and their legions of fans continuing to grow.
As those recordings are re-mastered for a new release, LYRIC SEIDENSTICKER talks to brothers TOM and RICH MARTIN, the beating hearts at the centre of Powder’s explosive sound
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS
The genre breaking band DESTROY ALL MONSTERS featured a cast of Detroit deities including Mike Davis (The MC5) and Ron Asheton (The Stooges). COLIN BRYCE talks with Niagra and a cast of influential friends about art, noise and trees
THE PURPLE GANG
When student jug band THE PURPLE GANG’s first single, ‘Granny Takes A Trip’, was released they had no idea that its innocent choice of title would catapult them into the heart of the London underground scene while simultaneously finding them ostracised by the BBC’s new pop station, Radio 1.
LAURENCE TODD spends a little time with Granny
THE MAD ALCHEMIST
THE MAD ALCHEMIST, once trusted photographer for Roky Erickson and modern-day lightshow aficionado, has become a well-known figure on the contemporary West Coast psychedelic scene and is continuing the tradition of synesthetic art.
The Alchemist tells YVONNE McKEOWN about bringing the lysergic trip to Temples’ live shows and how liquid projections have now become an integral part of the psychedelia’s rich tapestry
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