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Hugh Nolan

Hugh Nolan

Hugh Nolan was born in Australia in 1944 and came to the UK when he was nine. He studied at King's College, Wimbledon, but in true rock'n'roll style was expelled for smoking in the toilets.
 
On finishing his education, he was a junior journalist in local newspapers. He then became the editor of the "Scene" page of the pop music paper Disc. In 1969, he worked for a time with the music management and promotion company Blackhill Enterprises. He was a record album reviewer with International Times (IT) and maintained close connections with the Friends underground newspaper, which had been formed by former staff members after Rolling Stone magazine closed its UK edition.


Hugh became involved in radio in 1969 through Bill Hayes of Opus newsletter. In early August 1969, Bill Hayes produced the first (and never broadcast) Radio Andorra tape in his front room in Muswell Hill in London. Jumbo Blimp Works was formed in October 1969 by Hugh, Geoffrey Bass and Terry Yason with financial backing from Tony Secunda and Jimmy Miller of Ringmaker Music, with the aim of producing alternative radio programmes and to charter air-time on Radio Andorra. Hugh died in Australia on 3 November 2009 after a long illness at the age of 65.

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David Ackles: Meet David Ackles, The Man Who Wrote Jools' Next Hit

Interview by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 5 October 1968

WHEN THE man came to see David Ackles with a view towards making him lots of money and propelling him into a world of beautiful ...

The Action, Pete Brown and His Battered Ornaments: Underground: The Writing is on the Wall for Pete Brown and Action!

Profile and Interview by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 2 November 1968

WAY BACK in 1960 Pete Brown gave everything up to try to make a living writing poetry. Not surprisingly, it wasn't too easy — five ...

Booker T & The MGs, Arthur Conley, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas: Otis Redding, Sam and Dave et al: "Hit the Road Stax", Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 25 March 1967

Stax sensation ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Cream: Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Blaises, London; Cream: Marquee, London

Live Review by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 19 November 1966

CAN YOU TELL CREAM FROM BUTTERFIELD? ...

The Byrds: Speakeasy, London

Live Review by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 25 March 1967

THE BYRDS are an exciting, progressive group whose records get better and better and, on the strength of their new album Younger Than Yesterday can ...

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Middle Earth, London

Live Review by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 27 January 1968

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART BLOWS WILD! ...

Captain Beefheart, Country Joe & The Fish, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Love: Captain Beefheart — electric magic!

Report by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 6 January 1968

CAUTION: ELECTRICITY can be hazardous to health — but Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band are as Safe As Milk. And London is due for ...

The Deviants: Revolution — With Guitars, Not Bullets

Interview by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 2 November 1968

FOR MICK FARREN, magnificently hairy leader of the (formerly Social) Deviants, the underground is a very definite force against the establishment, blind authority and the ...

The Deviants, Pink Floyd, Soft Machine: U.F.O. — in front of what's happening!

Report by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 24 June 1967

AS FAR as London is concerned, the hippies' paradise known as U.F.O. — stands for unidentified flying object, the non-own-up official term for flying saucers ...

The Doors: L.A. Woman (Elektra)

Review by Hugh Nolan, International Times, 26 August 1971

TITLE TRACK sounds like a typical Ballard fantasy — 'Woman viewed as linear plan of the City' or something — a beautifully imperceptible change from ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Zappa, Vegetables And Uncle Meat...

Report and Interview by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 5 October 1968

THE FOLLOWING scene is not recommended for the squeamish, children below the age of three months, soldiers, policemen, politicians or vegetable-lovers (but may be seen ...

Grateful Dead, Van Morrison: Grateful Dead: American Beauty (Warner-Reprise); Van Morrison: His Band and the Street Choir (Warner-Reprise)

Review by Hugh Nolan, International Times, 25 February 1971

THESE TWO albums have more in common than being on the same label (and it's no detriment to either that it should be the label ...

Jimi Hendrix: For Jimi Hendrix, colour means his shade of music...

Interview by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 22 April 1967

SCOPE — a series in which stars discuss their pet subjects ...

Jimi Hendrix, Denny Laine, Procol Harum: Jimi Hendrix Experience, Procol Harum, Denny Laine: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 30 June 1967

HENDRIX: impact of a 50-megaton H-BOMB! ...

Janis Joplin: Pearl (CBS)

Review by Hugh Nolan, International Times, 11 March 1971

A FITTING epitaph for the maverick First Lady of Rock. ...

The Mothers Of Invention: The Mothers of Invention: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 2 November 1968

Mothers Superior ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Simon and Garfunkel: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 25 March 1967

AFTER WATCHING Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel and one guitar hold a packed London Albert Hall audience — probably six to seven thousand people — in ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground: Loaded (Cotillion import)

Review by Hugh Nolan, International Times, 11 March 1971

HAVING BEEN overtaken back in the early days by the Airplane, the Dead et al as the Most Identifiable sound of the underground, the Velvets ...

The Who: Cattiest Group In The Business...

Interview by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 30 November 1968

IN A LARGE, mellowed house just a few yards from the River Thames in Twickenham, a rather staid suburb of London, Pete Townshend, noted composer ...

List of genre pieces

Hair: Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Live Review by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 2 November 1968

The Lesson of Hair ...

Underground: Not So Much Pop Music More A Way Of Life

Overview by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 2 November 1968

Let's kill all barriers in music... ...

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