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Revolver Maps – Click on the map to see who visits Shapers of the 80s

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❖ Welcome to all our visitors from 212 countries and dependencies, recorded at Revolver Maps — not forgetting our visitor in the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina (54°48′S, 68°18′W), only a smidgeon further south than our readers in Río Grande and Punta Arenas… Our northernmost visitor lives at Kjøllefjord in Norway (70°56′N, 27°20′E), a nudge nearer the Pole than others in Finnmark, and at Murmansk in Russia (68°58′N, 33°05′E). 2015 update: A special Hello to our new visitors in Iceland!


➤ Va-va-vooom! goes the world’s smallest portable record player

❚ MODELLED AFTER VOLKSWAGEN’S MINIBUS, the Soundwagon record player is now available worldwide, and Cool Hunting tried it out at the recent CES (Consumer Electronics Association). Simply drop the wagon with built-in stylus on a vinyl record and a nine-volt battery lets it ride. From Stoyko’s online store for ¥7,980 (about £61 / $96).


2010 ➤ A giant dies: Charlie Gillett, the man who defined rock’n’roll and world music

Charlie Gillett, BBC, Radio London

Charlie Gillett at BBC Radio London: he presented the influential Honky Tonk from 1972 until 1978

❚ ONE OF THE MOST ENDURING INFLUENCES on the British and other music scenes died yesterday. Charlie Gillett was a passionate music publisher, journalist, author in 1970 of the first serious book to appraise the birth of rock’n’roll, and a much-loved deejay who presented “possibly the most engaging show on British radio”.

In 1997 he celebrated some of his discoveries in a massive Sunday Times reference work, 1,000 Makers of Music. He was part of a panel who first coined the term “world music” and from 1999 became internationally renowned through the BBC World Service. From January this year, for health reasons, Charlie decided to take a rest from his work. This morning, his own Sound of the World website was inundated with tributes, while Charlie’s choice of music was still streaming at his djjackdaw page at MySpace, along with a beautiful and resonant video of the French chanteuse Soha singing C’est bien mieux comme ça…

➢➢ Full tributes and links to Charlie
Gillett’s world of music


1980 ➤ Mankind’s first taste of musical freedom

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Sony Stowaway: the pioneering stereo cassette-player was launched in London at Regine’s nightclub. Headphones replaced speaker to make model TCS-300 light enough not only for jogging but also the burgeoning fad of roller-skating

‘Whaddaya mean, you’ve never been hang-gliding in headphones?’ To the Californian who recently delivered that crushing putdown while visiting London, the true Brit can now reply in the affirmative. This week, the Stowaway arrived in Britain, having already started crazes in Japan and America. Made by Sony and selling for around £99, it comprises lightweight headphones and a cassette machine the size of a small tranny which, as roller-skaters and parachutists have found, leaves the hands completely free. Consider the possibilities. [Source: On The Line, Evening Standard, April 24, 1980]

Update The no-frills Stowaway lacked a Dolby noise reduction system so in one bound it turned portable music into the pre-web equivalent of a rubbish P2P download direct to your ears. It has blessed public transport ever since. That summer, 1980, one of London’s rare Stowaways announced itself in the next seat to mine on a flight to St Tropez where for two weeks a then unknown British band called Spandau Ballet had brought the look and sound of Swinging London to the Papagayo nightclub. “Tss-tss-tss-tss” went the soundtrack to my trip from the next seat (with odd moments mercifully punctuated by the divine Chaka Khan’s “I wanna be naughty with you-oo-ooooo”).

In opposition to the Japanese-made name “Walkman”, invented for Sony’s home market, it was launched as the Soundabout in the US and as the Freestyle in Australia. Yet within three months, in the UK the Stowaway (cool, sexy name) had been rebranded the Walkman (dumb, dorky name). Somehow, the marketer’s S-curve inexplicably took sales to a million. By 1984 the price had plummeted to £30 and by 1986 the word Walkman was accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary