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Marc Bolan, The Associates & Velvet Underground Documentaries

3 fascinating rock documentaries on alternative icons the Associates, Velvet Underground and Marc Bolan..... Continue reading

Simon Napier Bell: the Dodgy Business of Popular Music: Elvis Presley

"When Colonel Parker booked him into Vegas, a middle-class middle-aged audience gave him an ice-cold reception – “like a jug of corn liquor at a champagne party”, said Newsweek....." Continue reading

Simon Napier Bell: the Dodgy Business of Popular Music: The Birth of Black (Pop) Music

In New York, Harlem had become the capital of black America. It attracted black intellectuals and artists from across the country. “The world’s most glamorous atmosphere,” said young Duke Ellington when he first visited...... Continue reading

Simon Napier Bell: the Dodgy Business of Popular Music: The Beginning of Records . . .

Thomas Edison was born in Ohio in 1847. At age fifteen he began to study telegraphy, four years later he got a job with Western Union where he invented a device to electrocute the cockroaches in the office...... Continue reading

Simon Napier Bell: the Dodgy Business of Popular Music: the Beginning . . .

Nobody wanted to hear songs they didn’t know so new songs had to be force-fed to the public. The best way was to persuade top ballad singers to feature them in their concerts. To persuade them they were bribed – from the very beginning, that was the nature of the music business. No song was played till someone was paid....." Continue reading

Simon Napier-Bell’s Secrets of Superstar (DJ) Success

“Let's face it - the whole thing is a façade. Being strictly underground is playing safe - you have your niche market and it will keep you in gigs and money to live........" Continue reading

Simon Napier-Bell: Meeting Marc Bolan (T Rex)

I first met Mark when he knocked on my front door in 1965 around seven in the evening, with a guitar slung round his neck and a beguiling smile. “Are you Simon Napier-Bell, the manager of the Yardbirds?” I owned up to it. “Well I’m a singer songwriter and you ought to manage me too......" Continue reading

Simon Napier-Bell On Tour With Mark Bolan (T-Rex)

    Simon Napier-Bell: “In the 70s I happened to be in Tokyo when Marc Bolan was there on tour. I was no longer managing him but he suggested I come along with the band to Osaka to see his show there. We went on the midnight bullet train and the band members boarded the [...] Continue reading

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