Larry Jaffee
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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 Active Lifestyles magazine and The Audiophile Voice, and blogs about music for Rock’s Backpages.

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.

Entries by Larry Jaffee

Supertramp's Roger Hodgson Still Eating Breakfast in America

(8) Comments | Posted 12 November 2014 | (19:07)

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With the continuing feuds between Waters & Gilmour and Plant & Page recently in the news and likely derailing forever any full-scale Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin reunions, it's easy to overlook another successful '70s British rock band's dispute.

Supertramp are not...

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Amazon's F-You to Indie Authors

(13) Comments | Posted 1 November 2014 | (02:28)

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Amid all the continuing rhetoric between Amazon and Hachette over the future of book publishing, the latest victim of Amazon's practices: individual publishers and authors.

New printed copies of my book Walford State of Mind, first published in 2011, now sell...

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Sting's Broadway Debut: Working-Class Heroes

(1) Comments | Posted 27 October 2014 | (03:28)

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The Last Ship's ensemble cast. Photos: Joan Murphy

Writers are supposed to write about what we know, and that so often embodies itself in from where we came. When I was in grad school at Penn State, I wrote about my dad...

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Warpaint: Where the Girls Are

(1) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (18:44)

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Warpaint's Jenny Lee Lindberg on bass and Stella Mozgawa on drums
All Photos: Emily Korn, iturnmycanonon.com

Watching Warpaint do their thing last Tuesday night at New York's Webster Hall, I couldn't help thinking about Jack White's recent...

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Bryan Ferry Tried But He Could Not Stay Away From NYC, Philly

(1) Comments | Posted 5 October 2014 | (16:51)

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Ferry & Co. Do The Strand, Beacon Theater on 1 Oct. They didn't play that song, but they did "Editions of You," also from Roxy Music's 'For Your Pleasure' (1973).

Three years ago, I had the privilege to observe a soundcheck prior to...

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Touring the Globe As 'King Lear', Joseph Marcell Talks 'Fresh Prince', Shakespeare and 'EastEnders'

(0) Comments | Posted 28 September 2014 | (19:08)

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Shakespeare wasn't kidding when he wrote "all the world's a stage."

The Shakespeare's Globe Theatre current production of King Lear hits New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts for 14 performances starting September 30 through October 12.

...

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The Walford Gazette Pays Tribute to John Bardon

(0) Comments | Posted 12 September 2014 | (19:32)

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Minutes after the new issue of the Walford Gazette was delivered to the printer early this morning, I learned that my good friend John Bardon (Jim Branning) had passed away at the age of 75.

John had a stroke in...

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Labor Day Poll: Best Job in Walford?

(0) Comments | Posted 1 September 2014 | (00:17)

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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 | (02:36)

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 | (02:37)

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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 30 June 2014 | (00:33)

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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 | (01:52)

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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 | (01:03)

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"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 | (18:50)

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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 | (19:20)

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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 | (23:56)

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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 | (20:12)

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 | (21:28)

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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 | (22:42)

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 17 November 2013 | (00:44)

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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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