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 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

The B-52s Won't Be Trump's (Or Any GOP's) Inaugural Band

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2016 | (14:49)


(B-52s v. 2016, L-R: Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson. Photo by Larry Jaffee)

In Martin Scorsese's new HBO series Vinyl about the music industry in the early 1970s in New York, there's a scene in which the record label mogul gives his...

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Rock Survivor Eric Burdon Still Digs That Girl

(2) Comments | Posted 8 February 2016 | (02:37)


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.

Take, for example, Eric Burdon,...

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Bowie's Week-Long NY Wake Gets Holy Holy

(0) Comments | Posted 18 January 2016 | (15:51)


Tony Visconti (second from right) leads Holy Holy at The Paramount, Huntington, NY, Jan. 17. Photos: Larry Jaffee

A week removed from the shocking news that David Bowie had died, Holy Holy's performance on 17 January in Huntington, Long Island,...

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I May Be Old But I Got to See All the Cool Bands

(1) Comments | Posted 4 September 2015 | (13:56)

Ian Hunter, The Paramount; photo: Gaetana Klem

There's a paid advert making the rounds on Facebook for a t-shirt, "I may be old but I got to see all the cool bands." At 57, I can relate.

For every...

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Why Was EastEnders on DISH Killed?

(2) Comments | Posted 9 July 2015 | (19:45)


The BBC's inability to promote EastEnders in the US rears its ugly head once again, coming on the heels of the BCC killing the global iPlayer at the end of June.

Last Sunday night, DISH Network viewers who pay monthly...

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'Marianne Faithfull Exposed'

(3) Comments | Posted 16 June 2015 | (04:33)


Tammy Faye Starlite as Marianne Faithfull Photo: Bob Gruen

Marianne Faithfull will forever go down in the annals of rock 'n' roll history as the nude girl wrapped in a fur rug when the Rolling Stones got busted for drugs in...

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Martin Kemp: From Punk to Spandau Redux

(0) Comments | Posted 7 May 2015 | (02:21)

Martin Kemp, far right, courtesy of Sundance

Thirty-two years since Spandau Ballet called it a day - and six years since its return - the Not So New Romantics just wrapped up a brief North American tour finding numerous baby...

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Sometimes I Sit and Think About Records

(0) Comments | Posted 12 April 2015 | (18:58)


A few weeks ago I traversed across New York's Greenwich Village, hitting all the hip record stores in search of a vinyl copy of the just-released Courtney Barnett's Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit, the best new...

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Thinking About EE's Anniversary a Month Later

(0) Comments | Posted 22 March 2015 | (19:47)


If EastEnders' 30th anniversary proved anything this past 19 February, it was that the series could still grip the nation (that would be the UK) with a whodunit.

Kudos to current executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins and the publicity office for feeding the Internet...

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EastEnders Knees-Up in America's South

(3) Comments | Posted 16 February 2015 | (16:25)


CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - Getting a jump on EastEnders' 30th anniversary this Thursday night, several dozen Yanks here reveled on all things Walford the afternoon of 14 February in this American city situated in the vicinity of the great 1960s US sitcom, the...

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Iggy to Iggy Cheek to Cheek

(0) Comments | Posted 17 January 2015 | (18:33)

I was recently engaged in one of my typical cross-generational/cultural conversations with my 16-year-old daughter Annie. The topic was why Buzzfeed, her favourite news source on social media, was not hiring me. Apparently Huffington Post is not hip enough for her.

Too polite to say I was too old at...

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Holiday Gift Recommendations for the Eclectic Arts Lover

(1) Comments | Posted 12 December 2014 | (01:29)

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.


Played In Britain: Modern Theatre...

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Ray and Dave, Please Patch Things Up; We Kinks Fans Need You in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted 28 November 2014 | (21:58)

Dave Davies, Nov. 25, 2014 PHOTO: STEVE BEDNEY

He thinks back to all the mistakes that he made
To a time when he was so young and green
Innocent days when they both looked forward to that

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Supertramp's Roger Hodgson Still Eating Breakfast in America

(9) Comments | Posted 12 November 2014 | (18:07)


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 | (01:28)


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 | (02:28)

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 | (17:44)

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

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 | (15:51)


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 | (18:08)


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 | (18:32)


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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