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DJ Emperor Rosko

Disc and Music Echo / 23 November 1968

Groovy, baby. Emperor Rosko, of course, was one of the big names from the days of off-shore pirate radio in the UK, and joined Radio 1 on its launch in 1967. I think it’s fair to say that he was an influence on the Austin Powers character, judging from this interview. He’s also continued to work both in Europe and America, and has a website which suggests that his free spirit hasn’t diminished!

There’s also a short piece about Aphrodite’s Child, who, although short-lived, went on to be regarded as a cult psychedelic and progressive rock band.

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Kenny Everett’s New Saturday Show

Disc and Music Echo / 23 November 1968

Well, I may have been away for a while, but never say that I can’t come back with a bang. This music gossip magazine is a real find, combining as it does proper music reporting and elements of gossip and teen mag writing. I don’t recall anything quite like it in my youth; Smash Hits was excellent, but there’s no way they would have covered the ‘British Blues Boom’ as this issue does. It’s delightful to see Kenny Everett as the cover star and that his then new Radio 1 Saturday show for 1969 was big news. Having been a Kenny fan for years, it brings it home to me that so much of his career has been presented to me second-hand, and it’s fascinating to see a contemporary reaction. It’s also great for those interested in how Radio 1 established itself as a station for younger people (or, as they have it, the ‘in-crowd’), as it appears 1969 was a significant shift away from ex-Light Programme shows like Saturday Club.

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