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➤ Keeping up with the 20-teens

Steve Norman, solo, Spandau Ballet, saxophone, live, audience, Pizza Express, pop music
✱ Three new dates booking for next year: Steve Norman Live & Personal will be an intimate encounter including an acoustic performance at PizzaExpress Live in London 25–27 May 2018, plus this 25 November in Birmingham. . . Later Steve shares the stage when Bowie pianist Mike Garson and his band perform Aladdin Sane in its entirety plus a set of Bowie favourites on 28 & 29 November in London and Sheffield

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Glenn Martyn-Gregory Ware, UK tour, Heaven 17,
Heaven 17 are back as Glenn Martyn Gregory Ware touring UK 10 Nov-17 Dec from Sheffield to Aberdeen

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Spandau Ballet,pop music, album, Through The Barricades: Remastered / Revisited, live footage
Catch up with Spandau Ballet’s relaunch at Facebook Live – In September Gary, Steve, Martin and John hosted a screening of the new Through The Barricades documentary then gave a 40-minute interview about their plans.
Also – Over at SonyLegacyUK they’re collecting stories from Spandau Ballet fans about how the band’s music has soundtracked your life. Email your stories to legacylovestories@gmail.com and the best will be used in their next Love Stories feature. Trailer below. More info here

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✱ Get up close and personal with Prince’s life and work at the limited 21-day retrospective My Name Is Prince at the O2 Arena in London for 21 days from 27 October. Tickets are £25 and go on sale Friday 25 Aug at 9am

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Animal Nightlife, BBC London, Gary Crowley, Andy Polaris, soul music, London , nightlife, singer
✱ Former Animal Nightlife singer and face about town Andy Polaris relived his London life with Gary Crowley on BBC Radio London in August, then on the iPlayer

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The Face magazine, style bible, fashion, style ,Story of The Face,books, pop music, history, youth culture, Thames & Hudson, Paul Gorman, taste-makers,magazines, Neville Brody,lifestyle
✱ FINALLY! What ought to prove the definitive appreciation of the style bible that shaped the 1980s. . . Cultural guru Paul Gorman tells The Story of The Face from the magazine’s launch with £3,500 of Nick Logan’s savings in 1980 to its sale to Emap in 1999, in between “paving the way for the digital delivery of visual culture in the 21st century”. – From Thames & Hudson £35 this November, 352 pages, 379 illustrations!

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US tour, pop music, Tony Hadley, California, Wembley Arena, dates, split, Spandau Ballet, New Romantics,
✱ Ex-Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley and his band headline the Lost 80s Live tour through 2017. . . Chile 4 Nov… later to top the bill at Wembley’s SSE Arena for the Let’s Rock Christmas Retro Show also starring Kim Wilde, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Nick Heyward, T’Pau and others tbc

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Let It Shine, ,Spandau Ballet, musician, TV star, Q&A, Martin Kemp, Million Dollar Quartet,UK tour,
✱ Oct-Nov Martin Kemp stars in Million Dollar Quartet, the musical history of rock-n-roll in Inverness, Edinburgh, Chichester and Ipswich

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Pop Stars in My Pantry, pop music, clubbing,books,history,Paul Simper, George Michael ,Bananarama, Keren Woodward ,

“Friend of the stars” Paul Simper, right: lavishing hospitality on superstar George Michael and Bananarama’s Keren Woodward in 1983. (Photo Fraser Gray)

✱ Pop Stars in My Pantry is showbiz hack Paul Simper’s memoir of the early days of one of pop’s most successful eras: the 1980s. It’s an account of how a wide-eyed, wet-behind-the-ears lad from Wiltshire landed in London just as the capital’s club scene went into orbit. His claim is to have been “corrupted by Spandau, slated by Boy George, mothered by Sade, evicted by Bananarama, private danced by Whitney, jilted by Madonna and commandeered (for carol singing) by Wham!” Available from Amazon, August 2017… Read an extract here at Shapersofthe80s – Sade’s first foray to New York City

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dj, Rusty Egan, Welcome to the Dancefloor, EDM, Pledge Music, Blitz Kids,

✱ The original Blitz Club deejay’s first solo album capturing the spirit of 80s electronica, Rusty Egan Presents Welcome to the Dancefloor, was published last year – read a full review of its 14 tracks here at Shapers of the 80s. . . Hear WTTDF via the Mixcloud player. . . Come and listen to Egan telling “the truth” about his colourful past on 6 Dec in An Audience With Rusty at London’s new Pizza Express Live venue

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jazz,New Cool Collective, Matt Bianco , Poole, London, Tour,Mark Reilly
Matt Bianco’s Mark Reilly and the 8-piece New Cool Collective celebrate their collaboration album The Things You Love with a European tour through the summer – Facebook has Mark’s dates). Bianco’s 1984 album Whose Side Are You On? introduced jazz to a chart scene still dominated by British new wave, ska and punk. Hit singles followed

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soul music, issue 68, Soul Survivors, compilation, CD, magazine, Fitzroy Facey

✱ The Black History Issue 72 of Soul Survivors magazine features reviews and interviews with Eric Benet, Emilio Castillio (Tower of Power), Shirley Jones (The Jones Girls), Eddie Piller (Acid Jazz), Jeffrey Daniel (Shalamar), Tony Q aka Frenchie and Bruce ‘Mississippi’ Johnson, plus news of soul music events. Under Fitzroy Facey, the mag celebrated its tenth anniversary with a new compilation on Expansion Records (above).

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Fac251, Factory Manchester, logo, nightclubbing, records, live music
✱ Quids In Mons, FCK Thurs, #FRI251, Big Weekender Sats at the legendary Factory Manchester – clubnights, cocktail masterclasses and live bands – chart, dance, EDM, RNB, house, garage, hiphop and indie over three floors designed by Ben Kelly on Princess St, Manchester M1 7EN – @factorymanchester

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Remake Remodel, Manchester, nightlife, clubbing, Alternative, Rock’n’Roll✱ Manchester’s Remake Remodel claims to be “The Nation’s Saving Grace of Alternative, Rock’n’Roll” — Mondays at Soup Kitchen M1 1DF & every 1st Saturday at The Ruby Lounge M4 1QB – @RemakeRemodel1

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HELLO TO VISITORS ACROSS THE GLOBE

❖ Visitors to Shapers of the 80s come from 212 countries and dependencies as 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).

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