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Here and Now Columns

Here and Now rock music columns from the Eastern Evening News

When tidying out the loft I came across a number of rock music columns from the early 1980s and thought I would copy out a number of articles and album reviews from these. I wrote the Here and Now column for the Norwich based Eastern Evening News with a number of people including Steve Hardy, John Miles and Mark Houlday and I believe I was the longest contributor, taking over from Colin Bevan and continuing until the columns demise. In those days the Evening News was a broadsheet newspaper and Here and Now initially appeared every Monday with a full page. This was then extended to Mondays and Thursdays until it was felt the column had run its course. I still think it is a shame that today's Norwich Evening News doesn't have a similar column for rock music.

Here and Now mainly covered the local music scene but also LP reviews and gigs by national bands. So as a piece of self indulgence but also, hopefully, as something of an historic record of the music scene in Norwich I have decided to run pieces by date order and also give a description of articles on the pages. I hope you find something of interest. Please go to the Here and Now index page by clicking here.


Click on the links to see what was in the Here and Now columns


June 2nd, 1980 - I reviewed a Mike Harding concert and interviewed American folk singer Chris Smither. The column also included a review by Chris Wise on rock legend Chuck Berry's appearance on the North Norfolk coast.

September 28th, 1980 - includes an interview with Norwich traditional folk artist Peter Bellamy about a recent tour of Australia and reviews of new albums by Paul Simon and the Dead Kennedys.

October 13th 1980 - One of my most memorable columns - not for the content but for the threats I received following a negative review of a concert by the Dooleys. Read this and album reviews from Nilsson and Martha and the Muffins.

July 6th, 1981 - Mainly focusing on the local rock scene, this edition also included a report on a "disappointing" concert by Chris Smither (see June 2nd, 1980). I reviewed albums by Kraftwerk and Classix Noveaux