A love letter to The Byrds A love letter to The Byrds – and the part they played in a musical journey… by Darren Johnson


I love folk and have attended numerous folk festivals and countless gigs, taken part in seminars on the history of English folk song and enjoy writing about it, both on here and in other publications. However, unlike rock which I loved from my early teens, my appreciation of folk came later in life. But after getting into heavy metal as teenager in the early 80s, I started exploring back – to 70s glam rock and 60s beat groups.

Continue reading here…. https://darrensmusicblog.com/2017/04/02/a-love-letter-to-the-byrds-and-the-part-they-played-in-a-musical-journey/

Alan Esdaile… still love Eight Miles High

Darren Johnson… Yes that late period of the band had some good moments. The Untitled album especially

Will Cornell… That McGuinn was able to still have a band around him when everyone was coming and going is one of rock n roll’s greatest historic achievements. From “Notorious” to “Sweetheart Of the Rodeo” and beyond to “Untitled” is pretty remarkable…and look what bands came about in their wake. Gram Parsons alone casts a huge shadow.

Darren Johnson… Plus other Byrds spin-offs like the magnificent Gene Clark solo albums


Now thats what I call music documentary – New York Dolls film hosted by Archie Lauchlan.


The Palace, Seafront, Hastings –  Wednesday 15th March 2017 8.00pm

Hosted by Archie Lauchlan (Re: A Pier director/University of Brighton lecturer) NTWICAMD is a season of the best music docs [ever!] screening free at The Palace in Hastings every Wednesday evening.
First up, NEW YORK DOLL: the Dolls’ bassist Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane went from the depraved madness of a band who, more than any other, inspired Punk Rock in the 70s, to become a door-to-door Mormon bible salesman. Excellent and very moving film.

Tony Qunta’s updated pedal board.


supplied by Tony Qunta

Tony Qunta… Updated pedalboard – now I just need to work out what to do with it!!

Mike Mitchell… Just don’t try getting on a US bound plane with that in your hand luggage…

Peter Fairless… It’s just a clock, Mike!

Mike Curtis… Plug It In.

Ernest Ballard… Does it make the drummers tea ? If not I’m not interested ha ha

Eric Harmer… Wow. I glad I just play acoustic

Andy Qunta… Fabulous! I don’t think you need to do anything with it. Just let people see it sitting there, & they will already think you sound good!

Pete Fisher…  I used a pedalboard when I was on tour, to have the sounds the artist required at the ready, but sometimes when we flew (e.g. California) I couldn’t take it with me, and to be honest just guitar, lead and amp sounded much better!

Beware of Mr Baker – Ginger Baker documentary.


repeated on BBC1 Tuesday 7th July 2015 – 10.40pm. Worth watching.

Chris Giles… I’ll be recording that to watch later

Robert Searle… I thought he lived in Kent now

Colin Fox… I watched it last night. Speaks his mind doesn’t he?

Steve Kinch… Have vague memories of playing cricket with him in the early 80s… or maybe I dreamt it!

Martin Richter… just catching up on the I-player 🙂

Jane Hartley… Just watched it in i player. He’s very opinionated, but it was his life, felt Jay could have done his research a bit better.

Richard J Porter… He used to commute most, if not every day, from this area, he travelled with a mutual friend and two more opposites you couldn’t find. However, they still have great affection for each other. We saw him in Rye a couple of years ago. Maybe he was playing to the camera?

Alex Chapman… I thought that it was excellent and well worth watching! Honest and accurate


What’s your first sheet music book?

post suggested by Paul Austin


supplied by Paul Austin

Geoff Peckham…  had the Beatles song book too but the price on it was something like 19/6. Strawberry Fields wasn’t my first sheet music piece, but significant today as I’m going to play it at last tonight with Factrio!


supplied by Geoff Peckham

David Miller… I used to have a lot of those “Learn to play Beatle songs on guitar” books from back in the 60’s when I was doing just that. Although they’ve gone the way of all things I do have, just for you Fab Fans to scream over, a 1963 fan club souvenir book/magazine filled with pics and intereviews with the lads – it is so of that time, early 60’s – it’s such a blast. On a related note, in the 90’s I went to a BeatleFest in Chicago where Astrid Kirchherr (Klaus Voorman and the Stuart Sutcliffe’s girlfriend and excellent photographer who hung out with took all those great Hamburg photo’s of the pre-fab Fabs) was talking and promoting her new photo collection book. I went to the ‘meet and signing’ event later and brought her this book to sign. The promoters didn’t want to let me bring it to her for that but I wasn’t having any of that and did anyway. She took time out for a while and went through it looking at all the pictures in detail and just revisited that time, saying how young and (relatively) innocent they all were back then. It was a lovely little visit, she did sign this book and – I got hang with someone who loved a Beatle, was loved by The Beatles, such a big part of their history and, whats more, is a very fine artist in her own right. For someone as steeped in Beatle history as what I am, this was very poignant and special indeed. I’m going to go scream now…..


supplied by David Miller