The Bewlay Brother

On the 22nd of January 1972 my whole world turned upside down. Melody Maker ran a front-page article by Mick Watts on a little-known singer called David Bowie, which I read over and over again. "He's gay, he says. Mmmmmmmm. The paradox is that he still has what he describes as 'a good relationship' with his wife. And his baby son, Zowie. He supposes he's…

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New TR Video with Billy Bragg

Featuring Billy Bragg and Lisa Knapp, The Mighty Sword Of Justice comes from new Tom Robinson album Only The Now which is released tomorrow (Friday 16 October) followed by a major UK tour. Written in support of The Justice Alliance defending UK Legal Aid, this track includes additional vocals by Martin Carthy, and Colin Firth as the newsreader. Also featured: producer Gerry Diver on fiddle,…

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Tom Robinson: New Album & Tour

Dear friends Of Freshnet - I hope you'll forgive a quick burst of shameless selfpromotion, but after dispensing advice to other people on how to promote their music all these years, it's time for me to try following some of it myself. My own album Only The Now is coming out on October 15th, so if you've found any of my work here at Fresh…

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Own A Piece Of Rock History

The Print Bank Charitable Trust, sponsored by rockarchive.com presents a unique charity fundraising event - and opportunity for collectors - this Saturday 16 May 2015 at the RAH Elgar Room in London. It consists of an exclusive auction, party and exhibition of photographs shot by some of the world's leading music photographers. A drinks reception with canapés - hosted by myself, Tom Robinson - will…

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Nice To Be Nice

It is nice, to be nice. The promotion of anything musical online is always hard, trying to get people interested in your product. Building up a fanbase takes a lot of input and - if I am honest - a lot of live gigging. You will likely tour with a lot of people with a similar sound, as promoters will target a type of audience.…

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A Creative Adventure

Coming up on Saturday April 4th in Camden Town: an inspirational workshop for songwriters of all abilities. Taking place in North London's beautiful and historic Cecil Sharp House, this is an all-day version of Tom's legendary creative weekends at Bore Place House in Kent - offered as part of the PledgeMusic campaign for his first new album in almost 20 years.  Above: artists at Bore…

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Phat Bollard’s Viral Video

Last Thursday March 5th a Facebook user called Tony Montague posted blurry mobile phone footage of a band performing in the streets of Eastleigh, which he captioned "Buskers in Southampton today brilliant." Even though Tony had no idea who they were, in the last five days his video has been shared 47,000 times and had nearly 700,000 views. It's been copied and recopied to YouTube,…

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No More Page 3, and Me

Our friend Joanne Oliver is a PR for music and the arts - and also partner in a music management - and synchronisation (getting music onto films etc) - company. Why would she be interested in the "No More Page 3" campaign?" We asked her to tell us How Page 3 Affected little Joanne As a 43 year old woman brought up on a council…

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STEVE ALBINI: MUST-SEE VIDEO!

Here's Steve Albini - legendary producer, Shellac frontman and author of the famous 1993 essay The Problem with Music - giving the keynote address at Melbourne's Face The Music 2014 conference. His words define and confirm every conclusion about modern music that I've slowly been groping towards over the last few years. It's a long, dense talk that rewards careful study but basically his conclusion…

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The DiY Gang Ethos

Hello, I’m ShaoDow.  Tom, the good man that he is, asked me to write a guest blog to offer some advice and inspiring words on how to succeed as an independent artist in this country. Because that’s what I am; a full time rapper living entirely off my music and merchandise; no label, no manager, no outside funding just some cool supporters who enjoy what…

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