Larry Jaffee
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 the brand-new magazine ‘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.

Larry also currently writes about the entertainment business for several magazines, including Digital2Disc and The Audiophile Voice, and blogs about music for Rock’s Back Pages.

For the past 20 years Larry has published (with permission from the BBC) and edited the Walford Gazette, the world's only 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.

Entries by Larry Jaffee

Labor Day Poll: Best Job in Walford?

(0) Comments | Posted 31 August 2014 | (23:17)


In honour of America's "Labor Day" on 1 September, I thought it was time for the Walford Gazette to take a look at some of the jobs of the citizens of Albert Square.

Here are some of my favorite EastEnders jobs...

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Three Strikes Against Her: White British Female - Remembering Jazz Pianist Marian McPartland

(0) Comments | Posted 12 August 2014 | (01:36)

The grass apparently is always greener on the other side.

Jazz, the distinctly American art form that caught on in Great Britain between the two wars, no doubt was helped along by the influence of U.S. military men who crossed the Atlantic.

Transatlantic romances during wartime were common, and the...

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Tibetan Tribute: Dirt Was Never This Symbolic

(0) Comments | Posted 4 August 2014 | (01:37)


Part of the 'Bringing Tibet Home' film team following NY screening (l-r): Joel Diamond, co-composer; Tenzing Rigdol, artist; Diana Tanaka, associate producer; Don Thompson, associate producer; and Tenzin Tsetan Choklay, director. Photo: Larry Jaffee

A brilliant film depicting the plight of...

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At 71, Garland Jeffreys's Just Getting Started

(0) Comments | Posted 29 June 2014 | (23:33)


Garland Jeffreys, one of America's most underrated singer-songwriters, celebrated his 71st birthday on 29 June. A critics' favourite with a solid catalogue of recording work that's perhaps more appreciated in Europe, Jeffreys is on a roll, having recorded two albums in three years,...

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It Started in the Garage, or Basement

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2014 | (00:52)


Lenny Kaye (2nd from left); Marshall Crenshaw (with hat)

Forty-two years ago renowned guitarist/musicologist Lenny Kaye curated for Elektra Records honcho Jac Holzman Nuggets, a double LP compilation of American one-hit wonders that came in the wake of Beatlemania.

Kaye last week...

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It's a New Orleans Thing Rejoices Allen Toussaint

(0) Comments | Posted 3 June 2014 | (00:03)


"That shirt's talking!" bellows music legend Allen Toussaint to me, regarding the psychedelic poppy design that looked like it was swiped from Alfie Moon's wardrobe.

I tell the 75-year-old New Orleans pianist that his dinner jacket was pretty snazzy and I'd...

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Oh No! Not Another Bob Dylan Book

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2014 | (17:50)

Earls Court, London, 1992; Photo: Larry Jaffee

"Sometimes it seemed that every fan in Britain had launched a fanzine..."
--David Kinney, The Dylanologists

With apologies to Patrick Humphries and John Bauldie for the above headline, but I couldn't resist usurping the...

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Thinking About Lou, 6 Months Later

(0) Comments | Posted 11 May 2014 | (18:20)

Photo: Bill Kelly

"Maybe there's something over there
Some other world that we don't know about..."

--Lou Reed, "Sword Of Damocles," Magic & Loss (1992)

Six months after Lou Reed's passing, the inevitable musical tributes still pour in. In New York,...

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State of EastEnders 2014 From A Yank's Point of View

(1) Comments | Posted 22 March 2014 | (22:56)


Next February EastEnders will celebrate its 30th anniversary of the BBC broadcasting four times a week a half-hour of fictional working-class strife, family rivalries and battles of the sexes.

For those of us addicted to Albert Square ongoings on the US side of...

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"The Beatles Are A Communist Plot!"

(0) Comments | Posted 9 February 2014 | (19:12)

I was 5 years old. Fifty years ago, my family watched Beatlemania unfold on our black & white television, further reinforcing my dad's belief that the Cold War was still raging, and this music phenomenon was a subversive Kremlin tactic.

I was curious why my dad's knickers were in such...

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California Dreamin': Brits in LA

(0) Comments | Posted 19 January 2014 | (20:28)

Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd, as photographed by Dawn Bowery in the forthcoming book, California Dreaming: Real life stories of Brits in LA.

Scores of Brits have crossed the ocean since Winston Churchill declared a special relationship between the UK and its...

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Exclusive: 'Nasty Nick' Actor, Others Doubt Moz's EastEnders Claim

(0) Comments | Posted 14 December 2013 | (21:42)

Morrissey's assertion in Autobiography about being offered a role on EastEnders as Dot Cotton's long-lost son has been called into question by several people associated with the series.

"I would arrive unexpectedly in Albert Square and cause births, deaths and factory fires every time I opened my mouth,"...

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It's My Life: The Animals Blew the Beatles Away Circa '64-65

(1) Comments | Posted 16 November 2013 | (23:44)


Digging into the review copy of the new 5-CD boxed set The Animals: The Mickie Most Years & More (Abkco), to be released on 26 November, I was immediately reminded of my first visit to London in 1983.

I found...

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Afterhours: A Lou Reed Tribute

(0) Comments | Posted 27 October 2013 | (20:37)


Lou Reed's death is personally sad because he was singularly responsible for me seriously thinking about non-conventional music, and that after two decades of false starts I finally interviewed in person one of my true idols.

Our first conversation took place at a...

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Queen Vic Publican Serves Alfie: Expat Publican in Greenwich Village's 'Queen Vic' Meets Richie

(1) Comments | Posted 6 October 2013 | (20:28)


NEW YORK - At a recent meet and greet held at midtown Britpub Churchill's here for Shane Richie, the actor schmoozed a few dozen stateside fans, some who traveled several hundred miles to speak with EastEnders' Alfie Moon, arguably the Queen Vic's favourite manager...

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The Making of a Band: Strangefruit

(0) Comments | Posted 26 July 2013 | (00:30)


They say that musical talent is usually embedded in the genes. Think Lennon, Dylan, Marley, et. al.

Perhaps not in that upper echelon, The Only Ones will forever have a place in the annals of rock 'n' roll if for no other reason than...

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British Theatrical Invasion in NY's Sweltering Heat

(1) Comments | Posted 20 July 2013 | (03:18)

As long as there are boards to tread on both sides of the Atlantic, you can be sure a British-American theatrical exchange will be going on in New York.

Despite this summer's sweltering heat and the annual Shakespeare festival in Central Park, two notable fringe productions are both running...

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Nina Wadia: EastEnders Fans Haven't Accepted She's Not Coming Back

(1) Comments | Posted 24 June 2013 | (14:47)

Nina Wadia left EastEnders in February after more than five years of playing the resident Asian matriarch of the Masoods, Zainab Khan, who, she tells the Walford Gazette in an exclusive interview, was modelled on the "frumpiness of Pauline Fowler, but funnier."

It was actually Wadia's...

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In Praise of Robyn Hitchcock, Vinyl and the Stones Reissues

(0) Comments | Posted 3 June 2013 | (20:42)

At Robyn Hitchcock's gig with his band The Venus 3 at New York's Webster Hall on April 26, he went into a stream-of-conscious diatribe about vinyl's superiority over the "little" CD, essentially the old commerce vs. art debate.

Luckily, Hitchcock has managed to maintain a healthy recording (certainly...

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Shine On, Storm Thorgerson

(0) Comments | Posted 21 April 2013 | (23:10)


I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of the influential album cover designer Storm Thorgenson, with whom I spoke in 2005 during a short transatlantic phone call.

Ultimately unsuccessful in my quest to land him as a keynote speaker of a media...

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