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Man Alive: 'The Ravers"

PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:45 pm
by Adam Blake
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVPfoxA3gR8&sns=em

This is fascinating stuff for those interested in pop and social history in the UK. A short and remarkably hard nosed documentary on fandom and, by logical extension, groupies, in a provincial British town in 1967, focussing (for no particular reason) on Simon Dupree and The Big Sound.

Also fascinating for period class nuances - Andy, you might find material for lectures here.

Re: Man Alive: 'The Ravers"

PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:59 am
by AndyM
Lovely stuff, I shall watch and digest later.

Re: Man Alive: 'The Ravers"

PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 1:39 pm
by john poole
'Can She Song? - Does It Matter?" another "Man Alive" from 1967; the sad story of Judith Powell who recorded a David Gates song 'Greener Days' (originally by the US group the Gants) as her first single. I wonder what she (and some of the others seen) thought when the programme was transmitted. She never got to make a second record.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy9LFPfC4ZY

Re: Man Alive: 'The Ravers"

PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 4:57 pm
by AndyM
Fascinating show, John. Music biz misogyny in full flow! And note the irony of featuring Alan Freeman in the section on 'predatory men' in the pop business; Alan would hardly have been interested in her, let's face it.

Re: Man Alive: 'The Ravers"

PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:35 pm
by Adam Blake
Thanks, John.

No business like showbusiness.

Re: Man Alive: 'The Ravers"

PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:38 am
by Rob Hall
What a sad little film. Not much changes, does it?

Re: Man Alive: 'The Ravers"

PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 7:58 am
by Adam Blake
Rob Hall wrote:What a sad little film. Not much changes, does it?


Nope. About 11 years ago I had a gig as MD to a three piece girl band called The Faders (terrible name chosen by the record company). It was throwaway pop but their enthusiasm and commitment, and talent, was real enough. The songs were crap to tolerable. We did the best we could with them. Their first two singles both went top 20 but the second one didn't do as well as the first. They were immediately dropped by Polydor. I was shocked. "Whatever happened to artist development?" was the wan cry. I thought two singles in the top 20 was pretty good. Not good enough. Album shelved. Band dropped. Game over. Next.

Re: Man Alive: 'The Ravers"

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 1:14 am
by john poole
An "Archive on 4" programme was devoted to Man Alive on Radio Four last month and remains available for listening on i-Player
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06p4cl2