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20th Century Boy: The Marc Bolan Story

This BBC radio programme is far more informative and insightful than all the videoed stuff put together. Bolan unfortunately labored under the teen idol ascription which made many in the day keep quite about their admiration for him. Glad this has all changed. 36 years after Marc Bolan’s death, Paul Sexton presents an updated repeat of…

Lou Reed’s Transformer

Part of the Classic album series. Fascinating hearing about the artistic process and generosity between Reed, Bowie and the amazing Mick Ronson — and Warhol’s support. Andy WarholDavid Bowieglam rocklou reedmick ronsonmusictransformervelvet underground

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band

This very quirky band were renowned for their blistering live performances. Though they bore a superficial resemblance to the prevailing aesthetic of glam rock, they were worlds away. I read somewhere that their style can best be characterized as “heavy metal Vaudeville” which I think is kind of apt. What other band could get away…

Diamond Dogs @ 40

One of the more thoughtful assessments of an album that met with almost universal derision in 1974 both in terms of the presentation (pipping the Stones’ Guy Peellaert cover for “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll” to the post) and the “raw” sound. Though I concede it’s not one of Bowie’s best, Diamond Dogs retains a…