Friday, 27 April 2012

Rock'n'Roll London

Great feature in the NME a couple of weeks ago (cover pictured) in which our much loved and last remaining music weekly has matched some young turks of the current music scene with their heroes from the earlier generations.

John Lydon (always good copy) is matched up with Rhys Webb from East London’s finest The Horrors.

Cover stars Paul Weller and Miles Kane strike up such a great rapport that they’re even planning to work together on Kane’s new album.

It was all in great contrast to a story from the now defunct Melody Maker (also printed in the also now defunct Number 1 magazine) about 30 years ago when the young Weller was teamed up with his hero Pete Townshend for a chat and a photo shoot. The meeting was a much edgier affair than that of Weller and Kane. The pair posed for a now famous picture outside the Marquee Club in Wardour Street, which is on the route of our Rock’n’Roll London walk.

Weller & Townshend outside The Marquee

The now famous photo of Townshend and Weller is the work of Janette Beckman and is a modern classic of rock & pop photography. You can see more of her work at her website –

Jannette is also teaching a course this summer on Youth Culture – Documentary and Portrait Photography at the International Center of Photography in New York. Full details HERE

For more Weller and Kane at the NME website click HERE

Join the Rock’n'Roll London Walk on Friday at 2pm, meeting at Tottenham Court Road Station (Exit 3) – to book a Private Walk call 020 7642 3978 or email


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