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  1. I totally understand, it's a hugely insane size of a project (as I've said), one that you need help with in lots of ways and also one that you're simply going to feel overwhelmed by. And as you say, you've got a very busy schedule + a life + family etc. You could probably do with a North Pole vacation for a year, away from everyone & everything lol. Because of everything, please don't try and put a date on having it finished, that would only lead I feel to things being missed out etc trying to keep to a deadline. You mention interveiws to be transcribed - that's something I can maybe help you out with for example. Please PM me to discuss further if you like.
  2. Hi, I'd like to ask please about any progress with the book? I shudder at the thought of such a huge task, one I think if done could grow into various volumes so as to include more than just "regular / popular" nighters as you've mentioned it will (if done), since for example certain 8 'til lates helped enourmously to keep things moving forwards and were an integral part of this era, at least for me (besides also going to the nighter likes of TOTW, Hinkley, Parr Hall, Queens Hall etc). It's a huge task as I've said, and one that deserves all the help from those of us that continued on from the Casino through the 8T's & 9T's etc, with contributions of experiences, perspectives, unsung heroes etc. The sheer amount of categories that this could grow to include is mind-boggling, but for an accurate representation of the history of the oldest and continuing underground music scene in the world (which is still one of the most amazing best kept secrets lol), purely for historical purposes within the history of world music, should be undertaken. IF you are, then I for one would feel incredibly & enourmously privileged to help in such an endeavour. Please feel free to PM me with any info or updates. And thank you for what you've been able to do up to now
  3. We Still Kill The Old Way Opening title credits song - Bettye Lavette I Feel Good All Over !!!
  4. Come on people! Someone must recall seeing Eddie Parker at Hinkley ........................ please
  5. Now I know I am getting confused lol. Eddie was certainly there at Hinkley at a Revue, 'cause I'm there watching him sing Love You baby. Yep, Al Kent was at one too now you mention it. Wish I could put my hands on the photo's .... grrr
  6. Has no one got any flyers? My recollection of the first Ric-Tic Revue @ Hinkley had Edwin Starr, Eddie Parker, JJ Barnes and I think a female artist (God it's so long ago - so I could be getting mixed up with later revues). Martha Reeves did a concert @ Newcastle (Staffs) Tiffs, I think around the same time.
  7. From humble beginnings, looking up to the likes of John Le Saint and the Lytham Football Club crew. I used to ride my bike on these nights 5 miles, just to press my face against the windows from outside (too young lol) to watch them Dance, Dance, Dance (Steve Wilson especially). The brother-in-law of Dill [Richard Lang] (Dill - RIP), who ran Kirkham Ambulance Hall every Saturday and my peers such as Pip - RIP, Blakey - RIP, Billy Valentine - RIP etc. This was our Wigan and thanks to the likes of Dill who bought and passed on to his B-I-L everything that was being played @ Wigan. And to the many going to Wigan that night, who would come in for a warm up prior to catching the train, helping us perfect our moves. To Sharron Farrah, the best spinner by far EVER!!!!! To Bob Blackwood, his Blue Ford Tranny Van and raw, pure undrugged energy, The Welcome Inn and all I met there (eg Rick Ogden) To Mr M's Balcony and the kindest of folks up there who gave me space as a young pup to realise & dance my dream - to dance in Mr M's. To the organisers of such venues as The Carousel (I can't count the hours spent in the cafeteria section sat at a table in silence & awe, listening and watching Pete Lawson speak), Bank Hall Miners Club (Little Skinny Gary - amazing dancer), Tony's @ Blackburn (Little Scotty, Sam Moore & Jeanette via Derby) & Parr Hall (to only mention a few) who kept going through those lean years. Organiser #1 for me, though it was many years before I met him - Ady Croadell - and not just for the 100 Club, but for the Cleethorpes Weekenders (a huge task to bring together), and of course for Kent .... but also because he's such a great person & a gent. Brian Rae, Dave Rimmer, Keith "Grumpy" Minshell, Tim Ashibendie amongst others for teaching me about vinyl. The Crewe Crew - especially Bob Connor, Dave Elson, Big Babs, Carl & Shiela - & the N.Wales Crew (John & Babs, Bob Schaeffer) that helped me expand my tastes enormously. Snapper Dave (wish I knew how he is), Ian "Polly" Palmer, 'Old Ian' who's style of dancing around a dancefloor captivated me and put what NS is all about - "heart" & not style, John Mitchell (Mcr) (anyone got an email addy for him pls?), Johnny Pearson and Kegsy, Joe Dunlop, Keith Williams, Pete & Viv who opened up their cramped caravan @ Cleethorpes for me one year, Roger & Bernie, Tony Banks ................ so many good, decent, kind, generous and honourable people (sorry if I forgot to include you). The DJ's that stuck their neck out, and who remained friendly and approachable! Everyone that gave me the space to dance - thank you all But the biggest character for me was Hemel - because he got me into NS.
  8. I recall after the last Casino, Wigan Tiffs tried to take off to replace it. Felt so weird being in a club as opposed to a ballroom venue
  9. Hilarious - well done. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7YFOjmOeeQ The film was great, very nostalgic for me and in what was shown, think on this was only "a part" of all that went on.

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