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Trampled Under Foot: The Power and Excess of Led Zeppelin by Barney Hoskyns

December 4, 2013

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I’m sure most readers are familiar with the great Led Zeppelin, although you may not be aware that both the vocal and percussive powerhouses of the band (Robert Plant and John Bonham) were West Midlands boys, and cut their teeth on the vibrant music scene of the region in the 1960s.  Barney Hoskyns’ new oral […]

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Stuart Maconie: The People’s Songs

November 5, 2013

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By Blake Stuart Maconie, for those not familiar with his work on radio and print, is warm, witty and erudite, and an unapologetic champion of pop music.  Through his radio 2 series “The People’s Songs” (and accompanying book) he has explored the role of music in shaping and reflecting the realities of modern Britain. Birmingham […]

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Jazz Brings Pleasure To The New Inn

July 19, 2013

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By “Numbers” Mike Ward Having visited the New Inn at Harborne on a number of occasions I realised that I had yet to take advantage of its garden which has recently been included in a list of the best beer gardens in Birmingham. This was partially due to a  problem with hay fever which has […]

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