One from the archives! A chance finding and topical because a particular person celebrates his 80th birthday this month.
That person is not, alas, Charlie Gillett - the broadcaster and authority on rock music who died in 2010. The photos above date from his Radio London days in the 1970s. I knew him much later when he had a weekly programme on the BBC World Service. A good guy!
No, it's Bob Dylan's 80th. And going through Colin Ward's monthly Anarchy - as you do - in the issue for May 1968 (what a month!), I came across this article Charlie wrote about Bob:
Oh, and Charlie's 80th would have been next February.
Charlie Gillett died this morning - the author of The Sound of the City, signatory of the 1967 New Left May Day Manifesto, discoverer of Dire Straits, manager of Ian Dury, principal definer and champion of world music, and one of the most distinctive voices on the BBC World Service. A really nice guy too. There's a good obituary on the Guardian site. He was always keen to surprise in his musical tastes and choices, and I've quite a few CDs which are down to Charlie.
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