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Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets 

22 May 18

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets by Pete Clemons There wasn’t much chat from the stage.


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Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells 

17 May 18

Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells by Pete Clemons One album that music lovers never seem to forget the release of was that of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells.


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White Noise – St Johns Church (Delia Derbyshire) 

10 May 18

White Noise – St Johns Church ( Delia Derbyshire) By Pete Clemons The people who designed and built those wonderful medieval churches centuries ago, along with the relatively more modern structures, could never have imagined that, years later, what…


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The Rolling Stones in Coventry 

2 May 18

The Rolling Stones in Coventry by Pete Clemons Rock and roll is for the young people.


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Being Mark Rylance 2 

25 Apr 18

Being Mark Rylance 2 by Pete Clemons Artist Nicky Cure and musician annA rydeR, spelt as such to presumably distinguish herself from the interior designer and TV personality, are collectively known as Radar Birds.


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50 years of the Quo 

18 Apr 18

50 years of the Quo by Pete Clemons I must admit to having a soft spot for the Status Quo.


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1968 – As I remember it – by Pete Clemons 

11 Apr 18

1968 – As I remember it by Pete Clemons.


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Kast off Kinks – Belgrade Theatre 

5 Apr 18

Kast off Kinks – Belgrade Theatre by Pete Clemons Although they should have been, I never felt The Kinks were really given the same credit that bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who had.


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A chat with John Coles – A Coventry Music Photographer and More 

29 Mar 18

A chat with John Coles – A Coventry Music Photographer and More.


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Steven Wilson – Warwick Arts Centre 

24 Mar 18

Steven Wilson – Warwick Arts Centre by Pete Clemons The last time Steven Wilson appeared live in Coventry was with his band Porcupine Tree.


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The Beverley Martyn Story 

14 Mar 18

The Beverley Martyn Story Pete Clemons But first a little Intro…


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The Old Grey Whistle Test 

10 Mar 18

The Old Grey Whistle Test By Pete Clemons Nowadays, music channels seem to be all over the place but going back to the early 1970s there were very few music programmes on TV to watch.


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Shannon Cooper-Garland 

28 Feb 18

Shannon Cooper-Garland By Pete Clemons Facebook can be the most strange of places and, at the same time, the most incredible of places.


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Roger Lomas – From The Sorrows to Award Winning Producer 

19 Feb 18

Another piece from the prolific pen of Pete Clemons – published inThe Coventry Telegraph in 2013.


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The 7” single………. 

16 Feb 18

The 7” single……….


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‘The Man and the Journey’ Pink Floyd 

8 Feb 18

‘The Man and the Journey’ Pink Floyd by Pete Clemons ‘The Man and the Journey’ was a suite of music performed by Pink Floyd during their 1969 tour.


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Judy Dyble – Union Chapel 

3 Feb 18

Judy Dyble – Union Chapel Pete Clemons Judy Dyble doesn’t need any introduction.


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LIFE AND DEATH OF A PIRATE by S.K. Moore 

28 Jan 18

LIFE AND DEATH OF A PIRATE by S.


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Maybe Baby – Buddy Holly 

19 Jan 18

Maybe Baby by Pete Clemons One of the more enduring memories of my childhood, as far as listening to music is concerned, is that of an old 1950s style radiogram which had a good few 45s stored away in it.


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The Dirt Road Blues Band at the Musician, Leicester 

12 Jan 18

The Dirt Road Blues Band at the Musician, Leicester by Pete Clemons When you have a band made up of Warwickshire based musicians and you go and cross a border to play a gig in a different county, it is possibly a surprise when you get a healthy …


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Looking back on 2017 

3 Jan 18

Looking back on 2017 By Pete Clemons If anything, the local music scene in Coventry, and surrounding area, appears to be getting stronger.


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1977 The Year of the Single – Sounds Magazine 

24 Dec 17

1977 The Year of the Single – Sounds Magazine.


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The Magical Mystery Tour 1967 

18 Dec 17

THE MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR 1967 By Pete Clemons 1967 had been a busy and creative year for The Beatles.


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The Songs of Slade 

18 Dec 17

The Songs of Slade.


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Dirty Stops Outs – Coventry Music,venues and Entertainments in the 1970’s 

21 Nov 17

Dirty Stops Outs – Coventry Music, venues and Entertainments in the 1970’s- New Book Out by Ruth Cherrington.


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Robin Trower Band 

21 Nov 17

Robin Trower Band by Pete Clemons The fact that so much has been mentioned recently of the music from that period, I have found myself listening to a lot of releases from 1967.


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Show of Hands – Coventry Cathedral 

17 Nov 17

Show of Hands – Coventry Cathedral By Pete Clemons Concerts in cathedrals are usually extraordinary events.


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Crokodile Tears 

12 Nov 17

Crokodile Tears by Pete Clemons I recently spent a delightful hour or two in the company of a couple of Coventry musicians who, it is fair to say, have both been at the bedrock of a large part of the local music scene for almost forty years.


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The Cavern Club and the Belgrade Theatre 

7 Nov 17

The Cavern Club and the Belgrade Theatre by Pete Clemons Hands up.


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YES – at 50 

31 Oct 17

Yes – at 50 By Pete Clemons Rock band ‘Yes’ have recently entered their 50th year in existence.


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Stan Webb and Chicken Shack 

24 Oct 17

Stan Webb and Chicken Shack by Pete Clemons One of the most prized 7 inch singles I own is titled ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ by blues band Chicken Shack released on the Blue Horizon label during 1969.


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No-Man – Returning Jesus 

18 Oct 17

No-Man – Returning Jesus By Pete Clemons No-Man are: Steven Wilson Tim Bowness No-Man – Returning Jesus I guess we could all make that great claim for a great band yet to be discovered.


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Tim Bowness, Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham – 30 September 

10 Oct 17

Tim Bowness, Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham – 30 September by Pete Clemons It is not often I can say that I have attended a gig where not one song performed throughout the entire evening has been from a latest release.


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The Bee Gees – Benn Hall, Rugby 1967 

2 Oct 17

The Bee Gees – Benn Hall, Rugby 1967 by Pete Clemons This coming December sees a show advertised as ‘Jive Talkin’ perform The Bee Gees – ‘The timeless repertoire of the Bee Gees is brought to life in this stunning stage production’.


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Chic and the Coventry Dance Club Scene 

2 Oct 17

Chic By Pete Clemons The 70s UK disco era, an import from America, covered a broad brush of music styles.


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Coventry Music Museum – New EP and Label! 

26 Sep 17

Coventry Music Museum – New EP and Label! By Pete Clemons How many music related exhibitors can boast their own record label? Very few I suspect, if any at all, would be the correct answer.


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Daniel Wylie – More Melodic Sunshine…………. 

15 Sep 17

More Melodic Sunshine………….


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Judy Dyble – Talking About Strangers 

15 Sep 17

Judy Dyble – Talking About Strangers by Pete Clemons Seeing Judy Dyble in concert, fairly regularly over the last few years, has been one of the more memorable and most enjoyable gigs on my calendar.


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The Dirt Road Blues Band 

13 Aug 17

The Dirt Road Blues Band by Pete Clemons I don’t think that it’s an exaggeration to say that Leamington Spa is blessed with its fair share of blues performers.


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A chat with Kristian Hartridge – Moom. Sometime during 1995/96 

10 Aug 17

A chat with Kristian Hartridge – Moom.


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The Pineapple Thief – Where We Stood 

10 Aug 17

The Pineapple Thief – Where We Stood by Pete Clemons The last time I wrote at length about The Pineapple Thief was around the time of the bands tenth studio album ‘Magnolia’ being released.


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Callum Pickard and the Third Look 

2 Aug 17

Callum Pickard and the Third Look by Pete Clemons https://www.


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Badfinger at the Godiva Festival 

23 Jul 17

Badfinger at the Godiva Festival by Pete Clemons And as the sun continued to beat down Coventry’s adopted band, Badfinger, took to the stage shortly before 3pm for their debut gig in the city.


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RiD (Rock in Defiance) 

20 Jul 17

RiD (Rock in Defiance) by Pete Clemons Rid on Facebook https://www.


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The Stranglers at The Godiva Festival 

20 Jul 17

The Stranglers at The Godiva Festival by Pete Clemons A reported 36,000 people attended the Godiva Festival on its opening day.


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Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla at the Godiva Festival 

12 Jul 17

Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla at the Godiva Festival.


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Bard’d Wire – Time Has Come 

6 Jul 17

Bard’d Wire – Time Has Come by Pete Clemons Facebook page https://www.


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A chat with Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree) late 1994 

4 Jul 17

A chat with Steven Wilson late 1994…


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A chat with Gary Ramon – Sundial. Sometime during 1995 

4 Jul 17

A chat with Gary Ramon – Sundial.


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The Stranglers 

15 Jun 17

The Stranglers by Pete Clemons I have to say that I was personally delighted when I heard that The Stranglers were going to headline the Friday evening of the Godiva Festival 2017.