October 2017 - Live Themes (No2 - Punk Rocks Fore-Runners)

Live Themes - Gigs, Sessions Documentries and More.

(October 2017) We are now going to take different musical themes as our focus for this page, rather than just randomly adding videos.

Following on from our first Krautrock feature, we have a selection of some of the most notable fore-runners to Punk Rock, with some rare concert footage, and music videos and more.

This will be added to for a few weeks, before we switch themes, and go somewhere completely different. In due course we hope to make this more interactive, however more about that another time. If you have anything to add then your welcome to leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

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Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Live in Syracuse NY 1974.


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Pink Fairies - Live in London, November 1973 (plus interview) From Pop 2, French TV.


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MC5 - Live at Tartar Field, Wayne State University, Detroit - July 19th, 1970.


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Kilburn and The High Roads - Vidiot.

In the days before Ian Dury formed The Blockheads whose members came from a band called Loving Awareness who were managed by one Ronan O'Rahilly the founder of Radio Caroline - more here.


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The Flamin' Groovies - Live at Arena Wien (Austria) 22 June 2015. (Full Show).



A Few Years Decades Earlier - Live French TV 1972.


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New York Dolls - Live At The Matrix San Francisco 1973.


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Ducks Deluxe - Ducks Deluxe - The first album by English pub rock band Ducks Deluxe released in 1974.


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The Electric Prunes - Live In Stockholm 1967 (Soundtrack).


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Dr Feelgood - Roxette - Live TV Performance On "The Old Grey Whistle Test" 1975.


Plus live on UK regional TV also in 1975.

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Eddie And The Hot Rods ‎- Live At The Marquee 1976 (EP).


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The Velvet Underground - Live at Matrix 1969 - Set 1 and 2 (Full Album).

Accompanying Notes from "Rock Junior" - This brings the excellent stuff found in the original tapes from the Velvets series of shows at the Matrix club in San Francisco, in November 1969. Here is the mother lode – all the available music, in excellent recordings. It’s fascinating stuff, even for those for whom a 37-minute version of Sister Ray is pushing it a bit. It’s actually where the band stretch out that it becomes most fascinating – this isn’t a fierce, confrontational noise band, but a group finding a groove and locking into it – it becomes almost proto-motorik at times. 

One version of I’m Waiting for the Man expands to 14 minutes, Lou Reed throwing in extra verses, followed by a nine-minute What Goes On; another show, meanwhile, opens with the same two songs, but dispenses with them both in 10 minutes. It all goes to show a band who were treating each set differently, as a chance to try different things within the same framework – a group who could improvise or just play rock’n’roll, as the mood took them. And those who sniff at the post-John Cale lineup should listen to the tense, creepy versions of Venus in Furs here – proof that the Velvets were always more than the sum of their parts.



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