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 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.

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

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

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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 | (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)

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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 | (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)

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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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Afterhours: A Lou Reed Tribute

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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Watch Your Back: 'Hit & Miss' on DVD

(0) Comments | Posted 6 March 2013 | (18:47)

Hit & Miss, the miniseries that played on Sky last year in the UK and on DirecTV in the US, hit North American DVD this week, thanks to the Canadian label BFS Entertainment.

The six-part drama's main protagonist is a transgender Irish hitwoman named Mia, played by...

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Sid Vicious Fatally OD-ed in NY Nearly 34 Years Ago

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2013 | (16:48)

A friend recently mentioned that one of his now-grown daughters was named 'Sidney' after Sid Vicious. I immediately chimed in that I once was in an elevator with Sid while I was covering his murder trial on 21 November, 1978 for a long-gone fanzine called Imagine. Out on bail, he...

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Tony Makes It to NY for '56Up' Premiere; 'Rotten Cotton' Mystery Solved

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2013 | (13:18)

I am happy to report that the fundraising campaign to get everyone's favourite London cabdriver, Tony Walker, to New York to attend the premiere of 56Up was a success.

As in the UK, the film has received universally rave reviews from US critics.

Walker appeared...

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Help Tony Attend His 56Up Premiere in New York

(2) Comments | Posted 20 December 2012 | (18:54)

The Up series is a British telly institution that endures 56 years after it debuted on Granada in 1964.

Every seven years, award-winning director Michael Apted goes back to interview on camera the same group of individuals when they were seven years old. Oh my, have they all grown.

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Who's Behind 'Rotten Cotton'?

(3) Comments | Posted 6 December 2012 | (23:05)

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It might very well require the services of Sherlock Holmes.

While visiting London in early November, EastEnders enthusiast and New Yorker Cary Portway stumbled upon a poster on a street lamp dubbed 'Rotten Cotton', adorned with a photo of Albert Square icons, son and...

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Happy Thanksgiving, EastEnders

(0) Comments | Posted 22 November 2012 | (17:14)

Writing this on the morning of Thanksgiving is especially appropriate, coming on the heels of last night watching two excellent episodes of EastEnders on public television in the US, which is about eight years behind the storyline you lot see in the UK. Yes, I'm in a time-warp.

Despite being...

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But Will it Really Be 'The Last Time'?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2012 | (13:05)

So what exactly did Mick Jagger mean when he first sang in 1965 "What a drag it is getting old" in Mother's Little Helper. More like Grand Dad's Walker.

But how many of the geriatric set pushing 70 can still do what they do? With four sold-out shows in Newark...

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Hollywood Strikes Long Island's Gold Coast

(1) Comments | Posted 29 October 2012 | (16:03)

It's not yet a household name like Sundance or Tribeca, but the Gold Coast Film Festival, bringing the best of cinema to the geographic ritzy section of Long Island, NY celebrated in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, is gaining momentum for the cineaste set.

This year the festival's main...

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