Welcome to the Rocking Magpie – a box-room on the Internet for one man and a couple of his friend’s thoughts and musings on a wide variety of music, be it CD’s, Gigs, books or the occasional DVD – usually; but not exclusively based around all things Americana and Roots; because I love R&B, Ska, Reggae, Soul and all things Mod too.
After many years writing reviews for numerous magazines and websites I decided to break up the band and go solo in 2014; putting everything under one roof on ……THE ROCKING MAGPIE.
Me? I live in the North East of England; but receive music from all around the world….most noticeably the UK, USA and Canada and our readership reflects this, with followers in over 100 countries across all 4 continents ; plus my data tell me that ‘occasional visitors’ from 173 countries have actually visited the site so far; which is mind-blowing when you think about it.
My priority, will of course be bringing you reviews of music that has actually been listened to and appreciated in one way or another…not just the regurgitation of a Press Release (like too many other websites).
I still love CD’s, work with and from downloads …….. as most listening is done in the car or office, I don’t ‘get’ the new fashion for vinyl; but that’s just me ……. and think artists putting brand new music on Spotify, Apple Streaming and the like is ‘turkeys voting for Christmas.’ #BuyDontSpotify
Dig deep into the site; as the bonus is a myriad of my old reviews (400+), some dating back to 2010 which really are a snapshot in time – some I got bang on, others I raved about yet the album and artist still drifted into musical obscurity.
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FAO Bands, singers and PR’s…….like all other writers and bloggers I put an inordinate amount of time into these reviews; so please, please, please promote them on your websites, social media and the telephone ……they do actually lead to SALES….I have written proof!!!!
Alan aka The Rocking Magpie
If there’s one song that sums up our attitude to what we do and why we do it, it’s this song……. Rex Bob Lowenstein by Mark Germino