Archive for the ‘Bands’ Category

Gangsta Rap

10Sep16

The really cool music of any time period looks like it’s being performed by gang members. The Rock ‘n’ Rollers of the 50s, with their greased back hair, looked like they belonged to a gang. In the late 60s and early 70s, long haired rock stars looked like Hell’s Angels and the rappers of today […]


The thing I like the most about Liverpool is the people. Scousers tend to come across as either hard knocks or comedians but deep down they are the warmest, most generous and caring people you’ll ever meet. As I’ve been spending a lot of time in the city lately, I have come up with a […]


I thought I had no real connection to John Lennon until now… For most of the 80s and 90s I lived in Australia and New Zealand and used to impress the locals with the fact that I was born in the same hospital as John Lennon. I was the frontman in a 60s cover band […]


You never know where you’ll end up unless you just take a punt and start something. In 2011, I was working as Breakfast Show Host on BBC Wiltshire. One day on the show, I interviewed Gavin Jones, the Chief Executive of Swindon Borough Council. During my research, I discovered that he played lead guitar, so […]


What do you do when you get booked to play a gig but find yourself without a band? In July 2007 “The Graham Mack Blues Band” were booked to play Mr Kyps in Poole, Dorset. I was based on Teesside at the time and I had a problem. The rest of my (Teesside based) band […]


Girl Power.

21Jul15

“No girls at band practice”, that’s one of the unwritten rules of rock ‘n’ roll. I found another VHS tape of my old band in New Zealand. The tape is from one of our rehearsals in 1986 at our drummer’s parents house. It features a couple of surprises. The first one is that we could […]