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Roger Eagle

PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:45 pm
by Hugh Weldon
Anyone who spent any time around Liverpool or Manchester in the 70s and formed a taste for decent music probably owes some sort of debt to Roger. I was in Liverpool over Christmas and while doing some last minute shopping at the News from Nowhere bookshop noticed there is now a biography available. Also a programme on Radio 4 on Monday, which may be some sort of tie-in.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01phf7l

Re: Roger Eagle

PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:16 pm
by Alan Balfour
Thanks for the heads-up Hugh.

I still have a few R&B Scene the magazine he published from his home in Chorlton cum Hardy, Manchester from July 1964. He was also the blues booker at Manchester's Twisted Wheel Club, Brasenose St, Tommy Tucker, Memphis Slim, Buddy Guy, T-Bone Walker, Champion Jack...

A man of many parts and interests so should be an interesting program.

Re: Roger Eagle

PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:36 pm
by john poole
I'll look forward to the R4 broadcast - I enjoyed reading the biography, which is on special offer if bought directly from the publishers
http://www.empire-uk.com/SitDown.htm

Re: Roger Eagle

PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:11 pm
by Hugh Weldon
Thanks for the tip John. I didn't buy it the other day as I'd spent enough already, but the cut price makes it irresistible.

Re: Roger Eagle

PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:44 pm
by Hugh Weldon
And the programme was pretty good, the only times I got close to him I thought he was a bit scary and intimidating, which seems to be confirmed by one or two contributors. But the contribution to music was immeasurable. Odd snippets like his enthusiasm for dub reggae prompted memories of what was played on the decks at Eric's. But the list of acts he brought over to the Twisted Wheel in Manchester in the early/mid-sixties is pretty jaw dropping too. Check out the photo gallery on that BBC link - Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy, Howling Wolf - just a few. Sonny Boy had to hand in his gun at the airport. But they let him keep his knife, apparently.

Re: Roger Eagle

PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:59 pm
by Rob Hall
I caught it too. Thanks for the tip Hugh. I didn't know anything about him, but the programme painted a pretty complete picture, I thought.