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Thanks to all of the musicians who agreed
to interviews. You can
find them all in the
magazine issues section.
Enjoy.

Daniel Niles
Daniel Niles

Keith Mansfield and KPM inspired beats coming soon…

Hello
Meranda

Welcome to the Beat Excavation – a project about Slough (UK) and its unique musical heritage…

Issue 1 - John Rolls

An interview with local jazz musician John Rolls. Responsible for setting up the very first jazz club in Slough called the 'Bop Inn'. This piece gives a great insight into American jazz music (in particular Bebop) and the impact it had on young people in the UK in the '50s.

Read Issue 1 - John Rolls here...

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Issue 1 - Bebop Jazz

A brief history of Bebop Jazz - the music style which captivated John Rolls and many other young people in Slough early 1950's.

Read Issue 1 - Bebop Jazz here...

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Issue 2 - Keith Mansfield - The Early Years

Keith Mansfield - world renowned composer. Mansfield attributes his huge musical success to his early years in Slough; being part of the military band held at The Slough Boys’ Club and performing at local dances. As a Slough native, he speaks fondly of the Boys’ Club in particular, and sees his time spent there as formative years...

Read Issue 2 - Keith Mansfield - The Early Years here...

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Issue 2 - Keith Mansfield - KPM Library Music

During the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s Keith Mansfield established himself as one of Britain’s most gifted and prolific composers of library music. Today, thanks to the attentions of the current crop of film and music makers, his work for the KPM label is more in demand than ever...

Read Issue 2 - Keith Mansfield - KPM Library Music here...

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Issue 2 - Keith Mansfield - Hyde Park in Brazil?

An incredible story highlighting how music travels...in this case to Brazil! "It turns out I have a piece of music that is bigger than Grandstand, and nobody knows that I wrote it, AND I’ve not received a penny from it!" (Keith Mansfield 2010)

Read Issue 2 - Keith Mansfield - Hyde Park in Brazil? here...

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Issue 3 - Open Sore and the Punk scene

In their short and explosive career Open Sore would prove to be one of the Roxy’s most popular bands, with Charlie Harper, singer with punk legends The UK Subs, citing them as his favourite Roxy band, but their only track left behind for vinyl posterity featured on the Farewell to the Roxy compilation LP.

Read Issue 3 - Open Sore and the Punk scene here...

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Slough Soul Boys

Around 1975-76 Alan Sullivan DJed at various venues in and around Slough, including The Spiders Web, the Merrymakers at Langley, Blues, The Dolphin Hotel, Slough Town Football Club, The Slough Centre, and Skindles. Wherever he was playing he would be accompanied by a loyal band of followers enjoying the music.

Read Slough Soul Boys here...

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