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MUSIC MAGAZINES AND ANNUALS

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Strawbs had good publicity connections and features on the band found their way into many of the musician-oriented magazines, particularly Beat Instrumental and the prog/rock mags, as well as, during their "Part Of The Union"-fuelled teen/glam/pop heyday, into magazines where they shared headlines with the likes of the Osmonds and David Cassidy.

As well as the "proper" annuals (Beano and Dandy etc.) the music press got into the act of producing childrens' annuals - collections of articles, competitions, cartoon strips, meaningless trivia etc. A few of these, particularly thoes aimed at the female teen market in the early 70s featured the Strawbs .... NB. date is the year on the annual, these were generally published in late autumn of the preceding year - hence a glut of them in dated 1974 (which really reflect Strawbs popularity in UK in 1973 - in 1974 they were old news in the teeny boppper market).


MUSIC MAGS

MUSIC MAGS, BEAT INSTRUMENTAL

The Strawbs were hardly ever out of Beat Instrumental, a muso's techie mag

MUSIC MAGS, 1970-1973

The Strawbs' press heyday, from the discovery of Wakeman to the glitter/pop star days ...

MUSIC MAGS, 1974-1978

The well-informed press still had Strawbs in their hearts, and minds, though the popular press had left them behind when there was no repeat Part Of The Union ....

MUSIC MAGS - LATTER DAYS

Eighties, nineties and noughties "where are they now" articles ..

ANNUALS

TOP POP SCENE, 1971

Early Wakeman era photoshoot (the photos were also used for 2006's Recollection).

TOP OF THE POPS, 1974

Probably one of the least accurate articles I've seen on the Strawbs, otherwise very heavy on teeny-bopper material.

FAB 208, 1974

Groups of the Year feature, otherwise standard girl mag stuff:

MUSIC SCENE, 1974

The best of the lot - some rarely seen Mick Rock photos and a good article by Richard Green (no relation !) plus profiles of producers Gus Dudgeon and Tony Visconti

FAB 208, 1975

Hudson Ford get bigged up in this 1975 FAB 208 annual including an article about hairstyles where Hud confesses to a "slightly receding hairline" ...




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