Sun

26

May

2019

Final Issue of Rock Society

This week we strike a bitter-sweet note, as the last-ever issue of Rock Society, the two-monthly journal of the Classic Rock Society, rolls off the presses and drops on to our doormats. It's a personal record for me though, as I have no less than FOUR feature articles - a two-page interview with Dead Man's Whiskey front man Nico Rogers, another two-pager with ace guitar shredder Yngwie Malmsteen, a mammoth four-pager with Greg Hart, guitarist and founding father of retro-rockers Cats In Space, and a four-page front cover feature with Whitesnake main man David Coverdale, formerly of Deep Purple. There's plenty of other great stuff in there too, in a bumper all-out final extravaganza. Get yerself a copy while you can!

 

RIP Classic Rock Society, 1991-2019.   www.classicrocksociety.co.uk

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Tue

02

Apr

2019

David Coverdale!

Well it's a sad fact that I won't be getting any free CDs or going to free gigs any more. Not unless I take up with some other itinerant rock mag anyway. But still, I have been granted to go out on a high, with no less than FOUR feature articles in the final issue! Not only the aforementioned Dead Man's Whiskey, Yngwie Malmsteen and Cats in Space, but also - cue drum roll here - David Coverdale, renowned leader of Whitesnake and former front man of the legendary Deep Purple! Yep, that one will be a 4-pager. Oh, and there are still a few gigs to snaffle up while time allows. Expect to see them all in the final issue of ROCK SOCIETY!  www.ClassicRockSociety.co.uk

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Tue

02

Apr

2019

Sad Demise of the Classic Rock Society

Well lookee here. Just as everything seemed to be going so well, the venerable institution known as the Classic Rock Society has found it necessary to announce its retirement. This is the announcement that they broadcast on 6th March:

It is with great regret and heavy hearts that we have to announce that the Classic Rock Society will be closing its doors for the final time in the very near future.

 

There have been issues regarding personnel changes and the ever-worsening financial climate for a while, but although every effort has been taken to keep it running, after a lengthy discussion following the Awards Night on Saturday, we have come to the sad conclusion that recent issues, from postage costs through to magazine production and gig expenditure, have left the position impossible to continue. We could not mention anything about this on Saturday as it could have cast a shadow over a superb performance by ARENA, and the CRS has always, from Day One, been about the music first and foremost.

 

It is a very hard climate in the world of this sort of music, which we all love, as evidenced by the difficulties experienced by venues such as the Citadel as an example close to ‘home’. There is much increased competition for gigs compared to a decade or so ago – and while this is healthy and, somewhat ironically, could be seen as a part of what we have striven to achieve, nevertheless it has impacted us. This is only compounded by the limitations placed upon a group of volunteers who have had to do everything as an all-consuming ‘spare time’ project for a long time, with changes in life and family pressures.

 

Suffice it to say that this decision has not been taken lightly and it is only as a last resort that we have deemed it necessary to make this announcement. We would like to publicly thank everyone who has supported the CRS, be it as a volunteer, subscriber or simply gig-goer, and also of course a massive thanks to all of the great bands who have played for us and supported us in numerous ways and which we proudly call friends. Not to mention our Patrons throughout the years, to whom we are massively indebted for their support. Without all of you, we would not have been here as long as we have, that is for sure.

 

We sincerely hope that we have made at least a small difference over our time, and that this music we all love is stronger for our efforts. There will be a final issue of Rock Society magazine to tie up loose ends and mark a fitting sign-off, while all planned gigs will be honoured and undertaken where at all possible. Anyone with tickets for the upcoming Jump, Tiger Moth Tales, IO Earth, Hayley Griffiths and Mostly Autumn shows need not worry. We will be there to see you as usual!

 

We will contact all subscribers as soon as possible after the final issue has been delivered regarding a refund of your remaining subscription fee. If you pay by annual standing order, please cancel it immediately. If you currently pay by monthly standing order, please cancel this with your bank after the April payment.

 

Our sincerest thanks to you all for your support over the years.

 

Very best wishes,

 

THE CLASSIC ROCK SOCIETY TEAM

 

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Sun

24

Feb

2019

Wow - what a nice review!

Got a really complimentary comment on the Status Quo book! Here: https://chalkhillblue.jimdo.com/2018/02/07/status-quo-song-by-song/

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Sun

24

Feb

2019

Malmsteen! Whiskey! Cats In Space!!

Issue 229 of Rock Society is out now, with my big 4-page article on Thunder, featuring an interview with front man Danny Bowes. Really enjoyed that! Also a 2-pager on Cornish surfer rock dudes Wille and the Bandits. (Yes, that is 'Wille', not 'Willie'). Next issue will be great - I've got interviews with the awesome '70s-retro rockers Cats In Space, new London metal band Dead Man's Whiskey and no lesser a guitarist than Swedish shredder Yngwie Malmsteen! See you then people!   www.ClassicRockSociety.co.uk

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Sun

24

Feb

2019

CAROLINE BATTENBURG ART!

This new art site fits in with my whole 'Ambient Progressive' ethos - a mixture of abstract and semi-representative artworks in high-density colour - mostly painted in nail varnish! It's great!! Check it out here … https://caroline-battenburg-art.jimdosite.com/

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Wed

19

Dec

2018

Thunder - again!

Well issue 228 is out now, containing my interview with New York blues/rock singer Sari Schorr, along with a review of her stonking new album. In the next issue, I have a long feature on Thunder front man and Planet Rock DJ Danny Bowes - plus Cornwall Band Wille and the Bandits. (That's 'Wille', not 'Willie' by the way.) Got some good gigs coming up too, both prog and hard rock!

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Thu

11

Oct

2018

Sari Schorr!

Yay! Issue 227 of Rock Society is put now, containing my interviews with Heart legend Ann Wilson and Norfolk rockers Bad Touch! Got a great one for the next issue: New York hard-rocking blues singer Sari Schorr - interview, album review and gig review. Also look out for a review of a stonking new live video from Beth Hart ...

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Tue

04

Sep

2018

Heart?

Rock Society issue 226 is now available - I have 3 feature articles in this one: Part 2 of the big 50-year Wishbone Ash retrospective, Steve Hill the amazing one-man rock band, and Sharks, featuring Chris Spedding and Mr. Snips. http://www.classicrocksociety.co.uk/shop/product-category/magazines/  Really excited about the next issue though - as well as Norfolk rockers Bad Touch, I will be speaking to Heart's legendary front-woman Ann Wilson about her new solo project! Can't wait ...

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Tue

26

Jun

2018

Wishbone Ash and Chris Spedding!

Issue 225 of Rock Society is now burning a hole in the shelves - Wishbone Ash part 1 is on the front cover! Next time, be amazed by the wholly unexpected appearance of Wishbone Ash part 2, as well as an interview with the recently-reformed Sharks. Originally the brainchild of Free bassist Andy Fraser, now sadly deceased, two members of the original band have reformed to give it another go - guitarist Chris Spedding and front man Steve Parsons, aka Mr. Snips. Exciting times!

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