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Midland Beat

Influential magazine chronicling the Brum Beat era in the 1960’s

Full copy of Midland Beat No 1, October 1963 featuring John Lennon, two Brum Cavern Clubs, The Midlands Jazz Scene, Brum Beat

Full copy of Midland Beat No 3, December 1963 featuring George Harrison, Jazz at the Town Hall, Tut Tut, Astronauts in Germany and The Ian Campbell Folk Group

Full copy of Midland Beat No 4, January 1964 featuring The Shadows, Ringo Starr, all girl group The Orchids, adverts for the TWO Brum Cavern/Kavern clubs and a racist cartoon!

Full copy of Midland Beat No 20, May 1965

Andy B

Andy was a photographer for the University of Birmingham’s newspaper Redbrick and for the local fanzine Musique in the second half of 81 and the first half of 82.

He photographed an incredible range of bands (usually before they became big) – New Order, Depeche Mode, Bauhaus, Eurythmics, Psychedelic Furs, Altered Images, UB40, Aztec camera, Orange Juice, The Beat, The Jam, Duran Duran etc – at venues like the Holy City Zoo, Imperial Cinema, Brum Uni, Aston Uni, Bingley Hall etc.

Andy also shot local bands – The Au Pairs, Pinkees, Fashion, Fast Relief, Colbert Hamilton, Mighty Mighty.

Andy’s photos will be on the BMA soon and can be seen on Andy’s Twitter account @Birmingham_81


It’s a Nugget if you Dig It! A music magazine from Birmingham, which started in April 1976. Co-founded by Mike Davies, Dave Seal, Dave Johnson and Duncan McWilliam. In total 12 issues published until 1978.

Dennis Detheridge

As a working musician in the 1950’s around the Birmingham area, Dennis Detheridge was a well know local music reporter, covering the local jazz scene, and visiting big band concerts, and working for the old Evening Despatch. I left the city in 1958 to pursue my own musical career, and lost track of Dennis.
I understand that, later, he was involved in both the Midland Beat & Brum Beat magazines.

My question is: Is Dennis still around, indeed even alive?!! Any information would be gratefully received.

Eddie Haynes

Between Thy Hips – Fanzine



Kabuki produced it’s own fanzine, ‘Between Thy Hips’ – which lasted only one issue before the band became Ausgang. But the new outfit put out IT’S own ‘zine, ‘Stab The Sun’, which lasted 8 issues before it – and the band (then Ausgang A-Go-Go) – folded.

Brum Notes

Monthly magazine chronicling music across the West Midlands

Steve Williams

Jazz Radio presenter with Metro FM, Power FM, PCRL and Premier FM, DJ and founder of Vibe fanzine, which metamorphosed into UK Vibe

In interview:

Mini bio:

Issue 1: January 1993

Issue 1: January 1993

Issue 2: February 1993

Issue 2: February 1993

Issue 3: March 1993

Issue 3: March 1993

Issue 4: April 1993

Issue 4: April 1993

Echoes (Black Music) magazine dated May 22 1993

Echoes (Black Music) magazine dated May 22 1993

Pete Paphides

Peter Paphides (born Panayiotis Paphides) is a British journalist and broadcaster.

Between 2005 and 2010 he was employed as the chief rock critic of The Times and presented The Times’ weekly music podcast for Sounds Music supplement. Since then, he has freelanced for The Guardian, Mojo and Q magazine made a string of documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and made a pilot for BBC 6 Music show Vinyl Revival – believed to be the only networked vinyl-only radio show in the world. Vinyl Revival has since been commissioned for a seven-part series, which will air from December 4th, 2011.
Paphides was born in Birmingham to a Greek Cypriot father, Chris, and a Greek mother, Victoria. He has an elder brother, Aki. His father ran the ‘Great Western’ fish bar in Acocks Green, and the family lived upstairs. In 1979, the family moved to the suburb of Olton, where his father ran the ‘King Fisher’ (now ‘George’s Fish Bar’).

Pete was also the creator of one of the great Brum fanzines Perturbed.

Paphides later wrote for Melody Maker and Time Out. Today, he is based in London. He married Times columnist Caitlin Moran in December 1999. They have two daughters.

Stop, Look, Listen

A one off edition fanzine started and run by The Accused

Pogus Caesar


Unseen rare archive photographs of influential black music artists including Stevie Wonder, Grace Jones, Burning Spear and Jay-Z taken by film maker, artist and photographer Pogus Caesar went on display at Fazeley Studios, the new home for Birmingham city’s creative and digital industries.

The exhibition, Muzik Kinda Sweet: Photographs by Pogus Caesar 1985 – 2009, featured 37 iconic images of A-list stars and influential musical figures captured onstage and off in and around Birmingham and London.

Uniquely shot in black and white on a Canon Sure Shot autofocus camera over the past 25 years, the photographs offer a stark alternative to the digital performance photography of today.
The silver gelatin print collection, drawn from Caesar’s OOM Gallery Archives, offers an evocative and nostalgic snapshot of the mid eighties through to present day – candid pictures on city streets contrasting with stageside moments illustrate not only the energy of live performance and of every day life but also the rich musical heritage of Birmingham.

Muzik Kinda Sweet will feature intimate shots from Stevie Wonder’s 1989 sessions at Central Music Studios, legendary reggae producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry in full regalia, a playful Rita Marley wife of the late Bob Marley and the opening night of Grace Jones’s triumphant 2009 UK tour at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Other rare images feature Jay-Z, Cameo, Jimmy Cliff, Roland Gift, Will Smith and reggae legends Burning Spear, Augustus Pablo and Sly Dunbar.

The exhibition will be unveiled at the official launch of Fazeley Studios, where Caesar’s vision of Birmingham’s past success as a cultural centre will blend with a celebration of the cutting edge independent artists, photographers and designers who are driving Birmingham’s surging creative quarter.

Caesar is best known for his 35mm black and white photography and compelling montages, which he shoots on Nikon and Canon Sure Shot cameras, purchased in the 1980’s. The young Caesar developed a passion for music from listening to Roy Orbison, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole on his parent’s stereogram, and from later seeing touring reggae, soul, hip hop, funk, pop and jazz artists performing in the West Midlands before going on to become household names.

Most of Caesar’s UK photography is based around his home city of Birmingham and includes documenting well-known personalities such as Jesse Jackson, Desmond Tutu and Julie Christie.

Caesar has documented important events such as the Handsworth riots, the Birmingham tornado and the regeneration of the Bullring. Caesar has visited places as diverse as South Africa, Jamaica, America, Albania and India to photograph people and events.

Speaking about his motivation for Muzik Kinda Sweet, Caesar said:

“From looking at record sleeves as a child growing up in Sparkbrook and Aston, to having the honour years later of being in the company of such great artists in Birmingham and beyond, I wanted to contribute to the musical legacy of Birmingham through my imagery.”
“Muzik Kinda Sweet is dedicated not only to those who remember seeing Curtis Mayfield walking through the Bull Ring or watching Ike and Tina Turner performing at the Top Rank Club on Dale End but also to the younger generation who hear the influence of older musical artists in the sounds of today.”

Muzik Kinda Sweet was open to the public with free admission from 27 February to 4 May.

27 FEBRUARY — 4 MAY 2009

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