About

Gary Alikivi is a Documentary Photographer & Film Maker based in Tyneside, UK with 30 years experience. His films ‘Wildflower‘ (2013) about South Shields born Eileen O’Shaughnessy, wife of George Orwell. ‘Little Ireland’ (2009) about Irish immigration into Jarrow and ‘Home from Home’ (2016) about workingmen’s clubs on Tyneside, are just 3 titles from over 20 documentaries he has produced. His music films include ‘We Sold Our Soul for Rock n Roll‘ (2011) and ‘The Butchers of Bolingbroke‘ (2013). Future blogs will include stories about making the documentaries. For now it includes features and interviews with Folk, Blues, Rock, Punk and NWOBHM musicians and bands.gary-wilkinson-copy-2

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REVIEWS:  BARE TEETH (ep) – LOWFEYE (album).

INTERVIEWS: BLAST (North East recording studio) – PAR CAN (Tech/Stage Crew) – SALLY NEWHOUSE (Rock photographer) – SIMON DONALD (VIZ magazine) – STEVE THOMPSON (Songwriter & Neat records producer).

BIG MOUTH STRIKES:  PYROMANIAX – IT’S ONLY ROCK N ROLL – LET THE MUSIC DO THE TALKING – NEW GANG IN TOWN  HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE ? – 1980 THE YEAR METAL FORGED ON TYNESIDE – ROKSNAPS #1 / #2 / #3 / #4  – METAL ON THE MENU (Roksnax album) – GUARDIAN RECORDING STUDIO #1 (Tygers of Pan Tang) / #2 (Spartan Warrior).

VINYL JUNKIES: 7 songs that shaped their world – NEIL ARMSTRONG – WILL BINKS – JOHN HESTON – MARTIN POPOFF – COLIN SMOULT – NEIL NEWTON – TONY HIGGINS – VINCE HIGH – JON DALTON.

UK MUSIC FEATURES – 

PROGHAT’S OFF GENTLEMEN IT’S ADEQUATE.

INDIE/FOLK/BlLUES/ROCK:

BECKETT  – BERNIE TORME – BIGFOOT – DAVE DITCHBURN (Brass Alley/Geordie) – DAVE TAGGART (Danceclass) – HOWARD BAKER (Warbeck) – PISTON – TERRY & GERRY – TONY WILSON – TREVOR SEWELL.

PUNK:

ANGELIC UPSTARTS – CALLING ALL ASTRONAUTS – CAROL NICHOL (Lowfeye/The Relitics) – CRASHED OUT – DANNY McCORMACK (The Main Grains/ The Wildhearts) – DECONTROL – HI-FI SPITFIRES – LOWFEYE – MOND COWIE (former Angelic Upstarts) – NEIL NEWTON (Angelic Upstarts) – PHANTOMS of the UNDERGROUND – STEVE JAMES (The Fiend/ Warwound)  STEVE KINCAIDE (The Bastard Sons of Cavan) – UK SUBS – WAVIS O’SHAVE.

METAL:

ANTONY BRAY (Venom Inc) – ATOMKRAFT – AVENGER UK – BERNADETTE MOONEY (War Machine) – BLITZKRIEG – CLOVEN HOOF – DARK HEART – DARK RITES – DEALER – DESOLATION ANGELS  – ED THOMAS (Gunslinger) – FIST – GLENN S.HOWES (Fist/Blitzkreig) – GOLD – HOLLOW GROUND.

JAGUAR – JOHN HOPPER (Slutt) – JOHN VERITY (Phoenix/Argent) – KAINE – KAT GILLHAM (Lucifers Chalice/Winds of Genocide) – KEV CHARLTON (Hellanbach/ Bessie & the Zinc Buckets) – LAST GREAT DREAMERS – LOU TAYLOR (Saracen/Blind Fury).

MARK WOODHOUSE (White Vice)  – MICHAEL McCRYSTAL (Tygers of Pan Tang)  – MICHAEL MAUGHAN (Phasslayne) – MILLENNIUM – MYTHRA – NEV LARKIN (Marauder) – OBSIDIAN – OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON – OVERDRIVE  – PAUL DI’ANNO (ex Iron Maiden/Battlezone).

RAVEN – REPULSIVE VISION – ROBB WEIR (Tygers of Pan Tang) – THE ROOM – SALEM – SATAN – SAVAGE – SNATCH BACK – SOLDIER – SPARTAN WARRIOR – STEVE DAWSON (The Animals/ Saracen) – TAROT – THUNDERSTICK (Samson).

TOKYO BLADE – TROYEN – TYGERS OF PAN TANG – TYSONDOG – TYTAN – VENOM INC – VIIXEN – WARFARE – WARRIOR – WEAPON UK .

REST of the WORLD:

ADORN THE WICKED (USA rock) – ANGELS WHISPER (Luxembourg, rock) – ANVIL (Canadian Metal) – BARE TEETH (French pop punk) – BODO SCHOPF (German metal/MSG/Pendulum of Fortune) – COVEN (Japanese Metal) – GREG REKUS (Canadian folk/punk) – HIGHTOWER (French pop/punk) – MARTYR (Dutch metal)  RICKY MARX (Denmark, Now or Never/ex Pretty Maids) – MOB RULES (German metal) – MR.MYST (Belgian rock) – THE ROCKET (Belgian punk) – RYAN HAMILTON & THE TRAITORS (USA rock) – STUPID KARATE (French pop/punk) – TENTATION (French heavy metal) – UPSIDE DOWN (Spanish pop punk) – WILDHEART (Belgium glam/metal).