Larry Jaffee is a journalist, a world-class Anglophile, and his brain serves as a repository for useless rock trivia.
Larry also is the editor & publisher of UK:Cue – British Film, Theatre and Television on both sides of the Atlantic. His Anglo-American entrepreneurial endeavours have been cited by British Airways in its Face of Opportunity promotion and by her Majesty the Queen herself.
For the past 20 years Larry has published (with permission from the BBC) and edited the Walford Gazette, the world's only quarterly newspaper dedicated to EastEnders, the popular British TV series. The Walford Gazette has resulted in two books, Albert Square & Me: The Actors of EastEnders and Walford State of Mind.
Larry has been a professional journalist for more than three decades. He has edited business magazines and websites, and his writing has been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Parade, and Vibe, among numerous other publications. His articles have recently appeared in Multichannel News, VideoEdge, Package Design, and Lineup magazine.
He also teaches communication arts at the New York Institute of Technology.
London artist Doug Pledger has found an unusual muse in Phil Mitchell, and his memes dedicated to the <em>EastEnders</em> hard man often go viral in social media, collected at <a href="http://www.utterphilth.com" target="_hplink">www.utterphilth.com</a> which went live earlier this year.
Thirty-seven years later, the trio of original lead vocalists - Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson - supplemented by four new musicians still entertain a rainbow audience of babyboomers with their solid catalog of hits, most of which were played last Friday night at The Space, in Westbury.
After all the rock musicians who have passed away the past five or six weeks, making you almost loathe to check Facebook in the morning, it's time to celebrate those who are still kicking and entertaining audiences.
A week removed from the shocking news that David Bowie had died, Holy Holy's performance on 17 January in Huntington, Long Island, surely wasn't the solemn affair that the Tony Visconti-led band's gig in Toronto two nights after his death surely was. We had a week for it to sink in.
For every Florence & The Machine and Tame Impala (both whom impress me these days), on my desert island I'll also take along 1970s favourites from my impressionable teen years: Mott the Hoople and the J. Geils Band, thank you very much.
It wasn't easy being Mick Jagger's girlfriend, if you ask Tammy Faye Starlite, who paid homage to her Sunday night at Joe's Pub in New York in a show called 'Marianne Faithfull Exposed' as a politically incorrect, but proud rock 'n' roll survivor, warts and all. She makes no apologies for her "Vagabond Ways," incidentally the autobiographic opening song of the set.
Spandau bassist Martin Kemp, fondly remembered by <em>EastEnders</em> fans as the dashing gangster Steve Owen last seen blown to bits in a car explosion before handing off an infant to nemesis Phil Mitchell, shared some tidbits in his hotel lobby a few hours before taking the Beacon Theatre stage.
As much as I adore my Spotify subscription for music discovery, music creators can not live off the pittance from the streaming model, which is why I buy physical when I come across a piece of music that I really want to hear it again.
Treadwell-Collins described the live week as being "a fantastic opportunity for <em>EastEnders </em>to create a massive national event, and one that will enable us to celebrate 30 years of [the show] in spectacular style." He didn't disappoint.
Since it was Valentine's Day, attendees were encouraged to dress up as Albert Square's all-time favourite couple, Kat & Alfie, and many did. But they're were also other characters on hand, such as Dot Cotton, Bianca Jackson and Den Watts, as you can see from the photos.
Just because I prefer the music of yesteryear doesn't mean I automatically dismiss the latest tunes. I'm all in favour of flash-in-the pan, one-hit wonders. But I'm still going to swing left-of-the-radio dial, as programmed by BBC Radio 6 and NPR Music in the States.
I know it's the thought that counts, but a gift card just doesn't show that you know what the recipient's tastes might be. So for the discerning artsy person in your life, may I make the following suggestions.
12/12/2014 02:34 GMT
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