About

Gary Alikivi has 30 years experience as a Film Maker based in Tyneside, UK.

Currently working on a book project featuring interviews with North East musicians, artists and writers. To date, there is over 400 on the blog (listed below).

Also researching the life of Italian born artist & author Baron Avro Manhattan who had homes in London and Spain but lived out his last years in South Shields. A second documentary about Manhattan – Looking for Lucifer – is in the planning stage.

The blog also includes stories on making over 20 self financed Tyneside social documentaries, including Wildflower about South Shields born Eileen O’Shaughnessy, wife of George Orwell. The film was screened on the Isle of Jura in Scotland where Orwell wrote 1984.

Also featured is Little Ireland a film looking at the Irish immigration into Jarrow, Who Were the Marchers ? about the Jarrow Crusade plus We Sold Our Soul for Rock n Roll, a Tyneside rockumentary.

Why not check the Alikivi You Tube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkW7F_6t-GNVMCYLT4BNHfg

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INTERVIEWS: EMMA LEWELL-BUCK (South Shields MP)

RAY SPENCER M.B.E (Director, The Customs House)

RICHARD BLAIR (Orwell Society)

ARTISTS:

AIDAN DOYLE (Artist) 

ANDREW McKEOWN (Sculptor)

BOB OLLEY (Artist)

DAVID G. WILKINSON (Artist)

SHEILA GRABER (Animator)

PHOTOGRAPHY:

AMY FLAGG (Historian & Photographer 1893-1965)

DOWNEY BROTHERS (Photographers)

FRANK MEADOW SUTCLIFFE (Photographer 1853-1941)

JAMES CLEET (Photographer 1876-1959)

LAST GANGS IN TOWN –

(Photography of South Tyneside bands late 1990’s)

RIK WALTON (Photographer)

SALLY NEWHOUSE (Photographer)

VINCE RAE (Artist/Photographer).

RESEARCHER & AUTHOR:

ALAN WARREN (Researcher & Historian)

ANN AHMED (Writer)

DAN GREEN (Investigator)

ED WAUGH (Playwright)

IAN PENMAN (Ravendale – Music journalist, Broadcaster)

JOHN GIBSON (Sports journalist & Author)

TREVOR RISTOW (Author)

TREVOR WOOD (Crime Writer)

VIN ARTHEY (Author).

POETRY:

KATRINA PORTEOUS (Poet/Broadcaster)

KEITH ARMSTRONG (Poet) 

RED SQUIRREL PRESS (Poetry Publishers)

TOM KELLY (Poet & Playwright)

ACTORS:

ALISON STANLEY (Life of Riley theatre)

IAIN CUNNINGHAM & WAYNE MILLER (Actors)

JAMIE BROWN (Actor)

LEAH BELL (Writer, Actress & Theatre Producer)

LESLEY SAINT – JOHN (Actress)

MICKY COCHRANE (Actor)

PETE PEVERLY (Actor/Musician)

STEVE WRAITH (Actor) 

WAYNE MILLER (Actor & writer)

STAGE PERFORMERS: 

BRIAN RAPKIN (Actor & Musician)

GAVIN WEBSTER (Comedian)

HELEN RUSSELL (Entertainer)

NED KELLY & JACK BERRY (former club entertainers)

SIMON DONALD (Comedian/VIZ magazine)

BACKSTAGE/TECHNICAL:

MARK JOHNSON (Stagehand)

NIGEL PEARCE (Author/Radio presenter)

PAR CAN (Tech/Stage Crew)

PAUL KIRSOPP (NOVA radio DJ)

STAN LAUNDON (ex-BBC Radio presenter)

STEVE NEWHOUSE (Author/ex-roadie)

MEDIA PRODUCTION:

CHRIS MURTAGH (Club manager/promoter & musician)

COLIN ROWELL (Stage Production Manager)

GARNER HARRIS (Creative Seed)

JIM SCULLEY (Manager & Promoter).

ROBERT MILLS (Concert Promoter)

FILM & TV:

CHRIS COWEY (TV music director)

CHRIS PHIPPS (TV music producer)

GARY JAMES (presenter The Tube)

MICHAEL METCALF (The Tube,  GMTV, Director)

PETER MITCHELL (Writer & TV Producer)

UNIFIED MEDIA (Film Makers)

SOUND & RECORDING STUDIO:

BLAST (recording studio)

COLIN SMOULT (Sound & Lighting Engineer) 

DAVID WOOD (Impulse Studio/NEAT record label)

GUARDIAN RECORDING STUDIO #1 Tygers of Pan Tang,  

#2 Spartan Warrior  #3 Steve Thompson 

#4 Mythra, Saracen, Hollow Ground 

#5 Peter Lee Hammond 

#6 Ghost Stories (Glenn Coates, Hollow Ground & Dave Wilkinson, Spartan Warrior)

#7 Battleaxe

LISA MURPHY (Recording Studio Producer)

MARTIN FRANCIS TROLLOPE (Studio engineer)

STU KEEBLE (Sound Engineer)

FEATURES:

HANS ZIMMER (Film/TV music composer)

JOHN IRVIN (Film Director 1940 – )

L.S. LOWRY (Artist 1887-1976)

LESLEY DUNCAN (Singer/songwriter 1943-2010)

TREVOR HORN (Record Producer).

TYNESIDE HISTORY:

BUTCH CASSIDY (Wild West outlaw).

CHAS CHANDLER  (The Animals/Hendrix/Slade)

DAVE HARKER (Author) 

DAVID KIDD (Author)

DOROTHY FLEET (South Shields History Group)

EVA ELWES (Actress & Playwright 1876-1950)

GEOFF DOCHERTY (Music Author & Promoter)

JACK BRYMER (Musician, Clarinet 1915-2003)

JEAN STOKES (South Shields History Group)

JANIS BLOWER (Journalist)

JOHN ORTON (Author)

KATHY STOBART (Jazz musician 1925-2014)

LET THE MUSIC DO THE TALKING

NORMAN DUNN (Photograph/Postcard collector)

PAULA BARTLEY (Author)

RICHARD EWART M.P. (Trade Union Organiser 1905 -1953)

ROB KILBURN (Author)

TOMMY BROWN (Royal Navy 1942)

VICTORIA CROSS HEROES – #6 to #10

WAR HEROES – #1 to #5 (WW1 & WW2 Victoria Cross).

MUSIC:

SOUL/JAZZ/DANCE/POP/INDIE:

AMATEUR ORNOTHOLIGIST – DEMON SUMMER –

DAVE BREWIS (The Kane Gang)

DAVID DUCASSE (Scooch) – IAN MUNRO (Opus 3)

MARK ROBERTSON – PROCESSION – VINCENT EDWARDS 

FOLK & BLUES:

BEN HUDSON – CELIA BRYCE – CHRIS ORMSTON

ED JAMES – EMMA  WILSON – HAYLEY ELLEN  

JEN STEVENS  – JOHN WRIGHTSON

JOE PETERSON & MICHAEL DAVIS 

LINDISFARNE – PHIL CAFFREY 

TOBY TWIRL – TONY WILSON – TREVOR SEWELL

ROCK & PROG:

ALAN BURKE (Southbound) – ALAN KNIGHTS – ANIMALS

ATTENTION SEEKERS – BARRY LAMB (Miniatures 2020)

BECKETT – BRASS ALLEY

CIRKUS – DANCECLASSEAST SIDE TORPEDOES

FIELD MUSIC – GEORDIE

HECTOR GANNET – IAN SLATER 

JOHN VERITY (Argent) – LORRAINE CROSBY

MICHAEL McNALLY – MICKY CRYSTAL

MICKY KERRIGAN – PETER LEE HAMILTON 

PROCESSION – THE QUESTIONNAIRES 

SAM BLEWITT (Ultravox/Emerson/Moulin Rouge/Dizzee Rascal)

SOUTHBOUND – STEVE LAIDLAW 

STEVE THOMPSON (Songwriter & Neat records producer)

TOKYO ROSE – TONY HODGE (The Pirahna Brothers)

THE WHISKY PRIESTS – WARBECK – WHITE HEAT.

PUNK/ALTERNATIVE:

NEVER MIND THE SEVENTIES (North East punk book)

ANGELIC UPSTARTS – BASTARD SONS OF CAVAN

THE CARPETTES (Neil Thompson) – CRASHED OUT

DECONTROL – DRILL – THE FAUVES

THE FIEND – GUNSLINGER – HI-FI SPITFIRES

JAZZ RIOT – LOWFEYE – MAIN GRAINS

MOND COWIE (former Angelic Upstarts)

NOD  – PENETRATION

PHANTOMS of the UNDERGROUND – PSYKOBILLY

PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY –  THE RELITICS

SILENT SCREAM – THE TOY DOLLS – UK SUBS

WARWOUND – WAVIS O’SHAVE – THE WILDHEARTS.

METAL/NWOBHM:

1980 THE YEAR METAL FORGED ON TYNESIDE

ALIEN – ATOMKRAFT – AVENGER UK

AXIS – BATTLEAXE – BLIND FURY – BLITZKRIEG

DARK HEART  – DEF CON ONE – FIST – GLENN COATES

HELLANBACH – HOLLOW GROUND 

MARAUDER  – MILLENNIUM – MYTHRA  

NEAT BITES (Tyneside record label)

PHASSLAYNE – RAVEN 

ROKSNAX METAL ON THE MENU (Roksnax album)

SARACEN – SATAN – SLUTT  – SPARTAN WARRIOR.  

TYGERS OF PAN TANG  – 

Craig EllisDean RobertsonGav Grey – Jack Meille – Jon Deverill 

Micky McCrystal – Fred Purser – Robb Weir – Brian Dick 

Richard Laws – Steve Lamb – Chris Percy

Glenn Howes – Steve Thompson – Francesco Marris.

TYSONDOG – VENOM INC – WAR MACHINE

WARFARE – WARRIOR – WHITE VICE.

WORLDWIDE METAL/NWOBHM:

JON ZAZULA (Manager & Megaforce record company founder)

ANVIL – BERNIE TORME  

BODO SCHOPF (Schenker) – CHARIOT – CLOVEN HOOF

DEALER – DESOLATION ANGELS 

GOLD  – JAGUAR  –  OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON

OVERDRIVE – PAUL DI’ANNO – SACRELIGE

SALEM – SAVAGE  – SNATCH BACK – SOLDIER – TAROT

THUNDERSTICK  –  TOKYO BLADE

TROYEN – TYTAN  – VARDIS –  WEAPON UK. 

REVIEWS:  ANVIL (Metal City) – LOWFEYE

TYGERS OF PAN TANG (Ritual)

RESEARCH:

CHANGING FACE OF SOUTH SHIELDS 1 – 4 (Photographs)

DARK ARTS OF THE STASI 1 – 6 – (East German Secret Police)

FAMILY TIES (family ancestry) #1 Galway Claddagh & Jarrow Don

#2 Full Moon & an Irish Wake #3 Jarrow Slacks & the Galway Hooker

LETTERS FROM JARROW 1 – 3 –

(Tyneside IRA, Jarrow March, Ellen Wilkinson MP)

LOOKING FOR LUCIFER #1  –  #6  (Second film on Baron Avro Manhattan) 

POSTCARDS FROM SPAIN 1 – 13 (Spanish Civil War)

RAW MEAT IN THE SONIC MINCER (Music Weeklies/Sounds)

DOCUMENTARIES:

DESIGNS FOR LIFE (Tattoo’s)

THE HILLS OF HOLBORN (South Shields)

HOME FROM HOME (Workingmen’s Clubs)

JARROW VOICES –

(William Jobling, Jarrow March, Ellen Wilkinson MP)

LITTLE IRELAND (Irish immigration into Jarrow)

ON THE FRONT LINE (Miners strike 1984)

SECRETS & LIES (Baron Avro Manhattan) 

SKUETENDERS (Lawe Top, South Shields) 

TYNE DOCK BORDERS (South Shields)

THE KING, THE QUEEN & THE PUNK –

(Muhammad Ali, Angelic Upstarts 1977)

TYNE STORIES (Pilots, Foyboatmen, Tugboatmen)

WAR STORIES (South Tyneside 2nd W.W.)

WESTOE ROSE (Amy Flagg, photographer)

WE SOLD OUR SOUL FOR ROCK N ROLL

(Rock Music in 70/80s South Tyneside)

WHO WERE THE MARCHERS ? (Jarrow Crusade 1936)

WILDFLOWER (Eileen O’Shaughnessy, George Orwell’s wife)

ZAMYATIN (The Russia – Tyneside Connection) 

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

GARY PAYNE.

BIG MOUTH STRIKES:

HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE ? –

#1 #2 #3 #4  (‘Best of ‘ stories from interviews)

IT’S ONLY ROCK N ROLL

MOTORHEAD (8th of May)

HIT THE LIGHTS (First time I heard Metallica)

LONDON CALLING: NIGHTS AT THE MARQUEE –

(North East bands playing the London club)

LOST IN THE SUPERMARKET – Has music lost its value ?

PORT VALE HEAVY METAL HOLOCAUST 1981

PYROMANIAX – 

(Bands using pyro & bombs on stage- what could go wrong)

ROCKIN’ ALL OVER THE TOON

& ROCKIN’ ALL OVER THE TOON AGAIN ( The Chronicle)

ROKSNAPS –

(Fan’s concert photographs)  #1  #2  #3  #4  #5  #6  #7

RUSSIA’S ROSWELL – Alien Mystery at Kapistan Yar

SOUNDS ALIVE & POWER OF MUSIC

THIS FLIGHT (Airlines damaged instruments)

TUNE IN/TURN ON (Music TV in 70s & 80s)

WITNESS – (10 Events of World War Two)