Author Archives: Paul Carr

About Paul Carr

Academic working at the University of Glamorgan

There Are Great Guitarists – Then There Was Allan Holdsworth

I sit here on bank holiday Monday reflecting on the death of Allan Holdworth yesterday at the age of 70. I first heard of Allan in 1977 when I had just started playing music. He had a very minor feature … Continue reading

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Memories of Merthyr Popular Music: Dai Shell

I am currently working toward putting on an exhibition in Merthyr Town Hall on the history of popular music in the town between 1955-1975. As a taster, here are a few short digital stories from ex Sassafras member Dai Shell. … Continue reading

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The State of Grassroot Music Venues: One Hand Giveth, while the other Taketh it Away

When the 2012 Live Music Act became law, I was encouraged that grassroots music could now be showcased in a venue with a capacity of no more than 200 (recently amended to 500), without the proprietor applying for a license. … Continue reading

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Man: Welsh Progressive Rock in Merthyr

When I was growing up in Newcastle during the 1970s, one of may favorite bands was Man. In fact, like many people, when CDs emerged in the late 1980s I disposed of much of my vinyl records (stupidly), but my … Continue reading

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Pink Floyd in Merthyr Tydfil: The Evidence!

Well, after hearing about the infamous Pink Floyd gig that took place in Merthyr Tydfil towards the end of 1968, I have eventually found some evidence. In some of my previous posts on this, some people were unsure if Syd … Continue reading

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The Nostalgia Popular Music Market: Why do we prefer live over recorded?

As we move toward the third decade since the millennium celebrations, the interrelationship of music and nostalgia continues to be profound. Perhaps the best example of this includes the clear visibility of ‘vintage’ artists in worldwide ticket sales, with Bruce … Continue reading

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Sting’s 57th & 9th: Still Singing About the North

Despite being originally disappointed, I have really enjoyed listening to Sting’s new album over the last few days. Although understandably lauded as his first venture into out and out rock music in over a decade, it was gratifying to see … Continue reading

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