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Last week was the 29th anniversary of the ‘gig of our generation’, The Stone Roses at Spike Island. I’d won nearly £500 on the horses so I bought two tickets, one for me and one for my mate Chris, and spent £50 on a pair of Joe Bloggs flares. I decided the easiest way to get the coach so went to the bus station and booked two tickets. We decided to go up the night before, we had no idea where we’d stay though. I vaguely remember Chris saying don’t worry, we’ll find somewhere. Saturday 26th came and off we...

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Thirty years ago this week one of the most important records of my generation was released. Not only did this album sound fresh and like nothing else in the charts at the time it also had a retro vibe about it, a sound similar to the records my mum owned and played on a Saturday morning whilst cleaning the house. The album I’m referring to is the debut album by The Stone Roses titled simply enough ‘The Stone Roses’. I had heard of the band, I think it was on Radio One where I first heard ‘Sally Cinnamon’ and was...

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Acid House, Balearic House, Football Casual, Hooliganism, House Music, Ibiza, Subculture, Underground Dance Music, Youth Culture -

Acid house, soccer casuals and underground dance music. Just what the Proctor ordered!  We recently had the great pleasure to speak to and interview mega talented Scottish writer and novelist Johnny Proctor. In this article we delve deep to find out about some of his influences, what inspires him and how he got into writing books. And not to mention a sneaky peek at his latest offering in the Zico book trilogy, Ninety Six.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ What was it that inspired you to make a start on a novel?    Initially I hadn’t planned to write a novel. It wasn’t something that had ever...

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Casuals, Heavy Soul, Punk, Scooters, Ska, Soul, Street Gangs, Subbaculture, Subculture -

We recently caught up with our good friend Mark Hynds. Mark is the zine pioneer, creator and founder of what is perhaps the coolest subculture zine on the globe. He let us (and you) in on some of his coming of age influences and the path that led him to create the constantly improving Subbaculture brand.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ In the early eighties they shut down the Midlands car factory my dad worked at. With no options locally he travelled to Newcastle for work. Needs must. Away from our family for the first time he returned the following weekend with a present. A cassette of the...

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The Crucified Skinhead graphic is perhaps one of the most recognized pieces of subcultural artwork out there. It's political, powerful and provocative. No doubt all the more so when it first appeared. There's nothing like a touch of blasphemy to put people's backs up, especially back in the day. In modern times, it is still just as symbolic and popular amongst skinheads than it ever was but as with anything in this digital, connected world, it's as good as impossible to maintain that same level of sacredness and to avoid the masses.   So it was on that note, back in 2011...

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