After I published Guy Van Steene’s photos of The Smiths from 1983 & 4, I got a message from him saying he had found some more – including some fabulous shots taken back stage where Johnny Marr looks so young! These are wonderful.
I went to primary school in Camberley, Surrey. I was in the same class as Guy Van Steene. We went our separate ways aged 13 but kept in touch over the years. Guy came to a few of The Buzz Clubs I organised and we saw a fair bit of each other when I was […]
The summer of 2019 will see the 50th anniversary of the company my mother, father and Gerard Campbell set up in 1969; Hebridean Cottage Holidays. My father, Dr. Calum Bartlett, took photos of our family holidays on Barra from 1969 – 1978, I have been posting them here regulary. Today I will complete the series […]
We had a lot if fun with the boat that year. Aquaplaning and attempting to waterski. No mean feat in the icy-cold Hebridean sea. Here we are on one of the gorgeous Vatersay beaches. Just outside the bay at Earsary, near Harbour Cottage. Me and my friend, Sheila. I think that’s my brother Calum Iain […]
A Certain Ratio 14th June 1986 By the summer of 1986, I was working in Our Price Records by day and either rehearsing or playing with my band Bluetrain or drinking the The Hero in Bagshot on Friday and Saturday nights. It was brilliant at The Hero – there was a d.j. some nights, playing […]
The C-86 era was definitely upon us. The June Brides had first played The Buzz Club the previous December and now this fledgling indie scene was gathering some momentum, with The June Brides somewhere at the centre. We happily booked them again. We very rarely had a headline band play twice – Primal Scream are another band that did. […]
And so my little series continues. We are winding towards the end though. These are from 1975, the jeans are getting wider and the hair is getting longer. Not for my Mum though. Here she is on one of the many wonderful beaches – this is as close to the water as she ever got! […]