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John Lennon

(1940—1980) musician, composer, and political activist

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Afghan Whigs

Afghan Whigs  

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From Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, and original stalwarts of the Sub Pop Records empire, Afghan Whigs gained prominence as favoured proponents of grunge, although the traditional nature of much of their ...
Alan Haven

Alan Haven  

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B. 1 April 1935, Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire, England. Largely self-taught, Haven’s first instrument was the piano and he began playing jazz while still a teenager. He played clubs and ...
Albert Goldman

Albert Goldman  

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Specifically within the field of rock biography, but also in the wider context of rock and pop itself, there are few more controversial characters than Albert Goldman (b. 1927, d. ...
Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg  

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(1926–1997)US poet and leading figure of the Beat group of writers, who first came to prominence in the 1950s.The son of poor Jewish immigrants from Russia, Ginsberg was born in Newark, New Jersey, ...
Allen Klein

Allen Klein  

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B. 1932, Newark, New Jersey, USA. A name synonymous with ‘notorious’, Allen Klein has a reputation as one of the most litigious, and thus feared, entrepreneurs in the music business. ...
Andy White

Andy White  

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B. 28 May 1962, Belfast, Northern Ireland. White was born into a household that brewed creative endeavour, with his father a journalist, his mother a voracious reader and his grandmother ...
Apple Records

Apple Records  

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Inaugurated in 1967, Apple was established by the Beatles as an outlet for a variety of projects. These included a boutique, a production company, a music publishing wing and record ...
Applejacks

Applejacks  

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Formed in Solihull, West Midlands, this early 60s UK pop group comprised Martin Baggott (b. 20 October 1947, Birmingham, England; guitar), Philip Cash (b. 9 October 1947; guitar), Megan Davies ...
Asylum Records

Asylum Records  

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Asylum Records was the brainchild of David Geffen (b. David Lawrence Geffen, 21 February 1943, Brooklyn, New York, USA) whose start in the entertainment business came with the William Morris ...
B-52's

B-52's  

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The quirky appearance, stage antics and lyrical content of the B-52’s belie a formidable musical ability, as the band’s rhythmically perfect pop songs show many influences, including 50s rock ‘n’ ...
Backbeat

Backbeat  

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A high-profile tribute to one-time Beatles bass player Stuart Sutcliffe, who died aged 21 in April 1962, this 1994 film featured an all-star musical as well as acting cast. The ...
Barre Phillips

Barre Phillips  

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B. 27 October 1934, San Francisco, California, USA. At the age of three Phillips was already giving solo song recitals. He studied romance languages at Berkeley and then moved to ...
Beatles

Beatles  

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A pop and rock group from Liverpool consisting of George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr.
Bent

Bent  

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This studio-based experimental electronica UK duo comprises Simon Mills and Nail Tolliday (real name). Setting up their own label, Sport Recordings, the duo released three EPs (one as Johnny Flash ...
Bernard Butler

Bernard Butler  

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B. 1 May 1970, Stamford Hill, London, England. Guitarist Bernard Butler studied violin and piano before rising to fame with Suede as the perceived inheritor of Johnny Marr’s mantle as ...
Bernard J. Taylor

Bernard J. Taylor  

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B. 16 December 1944, Cape Town, South Africa. A versatile and prolific composer of powerful, romantic musicals since the late 80s, Taylor’s early musical tastes ranged from rock ‘n’ roll ...
Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg  

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B. Stephen William Bragg, 20 December 1957, Barking, Essex, England. Popularly known as ‘The Bard Of Barking’ (or variations of), Bragg is generally regarded as one of the most committed left-wing ...
Birth Of The Beatles

Birth Of The Beatles  

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This entertaining but factually flawed document of the Beatles ’ early years was originally made for US television in 1979 by Dick Clark’s production company. With Stephen McKenna as John ...
Bobby Parker

Bobby Parker  

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B. 31 August 1937, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. With a reputation based upon one record from 1961, guitarist Parker spent 30 years in obscurity before recording his first album. His family ...
Bruce Channel

Bruce Channel  

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B. Bruce Mcmeans, 28 November 1940, Jacksonville, Texas, USA. Born into a musical family, Channel was actively performing while still in high school. He secured a six-month residency on the ...

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