The first time I saw Steel Pulse perform was in the 1970s in a Birmingham City Centre nightclub called Rebecca’s, I was about 10 feet away from them, there wasn’t even a stage, but the music was incredible, and I became a fan from that night. Handsworth Revolution was the first album I ever bought back in 1978; and I still have that album today.
I never really heard music by Steele Pulse being played on the sound systems in the dancehalls, and although back then, the reggae music scene was predominately about black culture, Rasta, Marcus Garvey and going back to Africa, with deep lyrics, the more popular tunes were by Dennis Brown, Culture and Burning Spear amongst many others out of Jamaica. Then when it came to UK reggae you predominately heard London Lovers Rock on the sound systems.
This is the original Acetate for what is with out doubt the first British rock and roll record.
Cliff Richard and the Drifters Move It, it plays at 78 RPM.
This is part of a huge collection of early Cliff and the shads items I have.
I also play drums in a local Shadows band.
This is my beloved “School’s Out” album, complete with its original paper knickers. I bought it from a tiny branch of Virgin Records which was in Queen Victoria Street in Leeds. 1972 was the year I left school so this album and the single which came from it were especially significant. I can never hear School’s Out without thinking of that feeling of adventure I had that July when I went from being a schoolgirl to being a grown-up (of sorts) who worked in a bank.