Blackpool Rox II
The original Blackpool Rox was a mix of the bizarre, wild and infectious. Each page was lieterally crammed with in formation and art, you would need to viedw the page in all directions just to take it all in. Like a good painting you could find something new every time you read it. Of course though it was all about pushing new music of the day, of the era. Death to Trad Rock was its rallying cry.
It died off after a few years and Blackpool Rox II sprang from its grave. Andy Higgins of Just Say No To Government Music fame took over the mantle and he has pushed the Seaside Town and all it has to offer ever since. It’s not just about Blackpool and the bands that avoid eating the rock that the area is so famous for. Andy interviews some of the best UK bands at the moment. Epic Problem, Stay Clean Jolene are in here. There’s bits on local people doing things on a national scale- Journalist Steve Rowland, Video editor John Bentham and publisher Pete Walsh. Of course Blackpool is home to Rebellion Festival so Johnny Wah Wah who curates the new band stage and Jenni Russell Smith who along with her husband Darren are the brains behind the festival. Original Rox editor, John Robb, has a piece and then there’s the bit abou Andy running for election in the UK on an Oyston Out ticket (Owen Oyston being Blackpool Football Club’s Chair – who has overseen the clubs recent rise and fall on a shoestring budget but still a very profitable experience, for him).
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