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WELCOME TO December 2021.

Welcome to AMMP November-December 2021. The year’s biggest and best music auction is coming up from Julien’s now. Try Pete Townshend’s stage shirt or Elvis Presley’s jewellery – or The Monkees’ famous directors’ chair covers. And Happy Birthday to Chris Difford, whose life-changing albums include Tommy by The Who. Another playlist suggestion? Bill Bailey. And don’t forget if it’s Christmas it’s time for The Sex Pistols.


November 2021 birthday celebrations for:
Anthony Kiedis born on 1st November
Bruce Welch born on 2nd November
Adam Ant born on 3rd November
Chris Difford born on 4th November
Art Garfunkel born on 5th November
Peter Noone born on 5th November
Andy Partridge born on 11th November

Frank Infante born on 15th November  (above)
Mani born on 16th November
Graham Parker born on 18th November
Alex James born on 21st November
Clem Burke born on 24th November

December 2021 Birthdays
Peter Buck, December 6th
Rick Buckler, December 6th
Jim Morrison, December 8th
Neil Innes, December 9th
Jane Birkin, December 14th
Paul Simonon, December 15th
Edith Piaf, December 19th
Stevie Wright, December 20th
Derek Smalls, December 23rd
Noel Redding, December 25th
Marianne Faithfull, December 29th
Mike Nesmith, December 30th
Davy Jones, December 30th
Patti Smith, December 30th
Jeff Lynne, December 30th
Andy Summers, December 31st
Pete Quaife, December 31st



Some of the albums which changed Chris Difford’s life. For more visit Music Radar.

Chris Difford (BBC/Twitter)

Hunky Dory by David Bowie

“I could have gone for any Bowie album, but this one reminds me of a certain time in my life when the warmth of a record meant everything. The songs work as a cohesive whole; they’re beautifully written, played and sung. All round, it’s a terrific album. Try as you might, you cannot fault it.”

With the Beatles by The Beatles
“Again, this was one where I could have picked any of their albums. I went for this one because it was the first Beatles music I heard… my older brother had it in his collection. It was also the first time I’d really taken any notice of music and I automatically thought that all music was going to be this good. Ha ha! I soon found out it wasn’t!

“They were the band that gave music a sense of humour. They made it OK to enjoy music in the same way you’d enjoy life.”

Tommy by The Who

“It was either going to be Quadrophenia or this one. I went for Tommy because it was the first time I’d ever heard a ‘rock opera’.

“The story is genius, the lyrics are fantastic and the singing is exceptional. C’mon… who wouldn’t want to be in a band like The Who? Four amazing musicians, creating amazing music. Pete Townshend is one of the best songwriters this country has ever produced. And this is him at his peak.”

The Bill Bailey December Playlist

Bill Bailey (Twitter)

Bill Bailey’s life-changing songs as seen in Kerrang. (Go here for the full article). Visit Bill Bailey here.

Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime (1980)
“There’s a timelessness about it, which I love. There’s this idea of lyrics that mean something, too, in different times in your life, and this does that.”
The Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated (1978)
“When our son was very small, I taught him this song. And he just picked it up really, really quickly. “
The Stranglers – Genetix (1979)
“I remember going to see The Stranglers in Bath. I must have been about 15, so that would have been like, 1980 or something like that. There was a track called Genetix, which I remember thinking was amazing – this incredible drums solo and keyboard and guitar combo.”
Motorhead – Ace of Spades (1980)
“This is the one that really gets you going. Anything of that era, like No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith, things like that. Sometimes it’ll be Master of Puppets by Metallica – something with loud, loud guitars.”
The Kinks – You Really Got Me (1964)
“I was in a school band. We used to play gigs around Bath and the surrounding area, and we’d do this.”


The Monkees’ Directors’ Chairs Covers

Be at The Hard Rock Cafe, 1501 Broadway, New York on Monday November 15th 11.00am to 9.00pm to be first to preview (free) these Monkees’ chair covers, ahead of a live and online auction starting on Friday November 19th.

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