Our ‘groovy’ cover image, painted by David Young, shows the interior of a 1960s record shop. Why not share your musical memories with us?
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W lc m t There’s something wonderfully evocative about music. Just hearing a particular song on the radio can suddenly trigger memories that haven’t crossed my mind in years. The chords, lyrics or drumbeat can transform us to another time and place in an instant, such is the power of sound.
This month we celebrate the magic of music with a special feature on readers’ first
This month we celebrate the magic of music with a special feature on readers’ first record. Do you remember the first 7” or LP you bought? Was it in a record shop like the one shown on this month’s cover? Write in and tell us, we’d love to hear about it. Our new pop music series also continues in this issue, as we recall the career of Johnny Cash, the all-American singer who had a very close connection with Scotland.
For some of us musical memories come from seeing and hearing stars perform on stage, and many music legends appeared at the Glasgow Apollo over the years, as our feature on page 36 reveals. Perhaps you attended a concert at the venue or saw one of your heroes on stage elsewhere. Once again, you can share your stories with us here and we’ll send £20 for every one published in the magazine and on our website.
Of course, music is often a matter of taste, and some performers will be loved by some and loathed by others, but music certainly gives us a wonderful glimpse into the past, and I’m sure you’ll agree that this month’s collection of features and stories hit the right note!
C t ts 5 Then and now Volunteers keep Elgin Museum running, call for recognition of wartime munitions workers, and restoration of Borders castle
12 Memories mailbox Readers’ letters. Plus, George Forbes’ popular Writing to Remember column
14 Highlanders on the Hector The replica ship created to recall an arduous journey to Canada made by emigrant Scots 200 years ago
17 Rangers war hero The story of a Glasgow Rangers player who gave up his promising football career to his country in World War Two
18 Remembering the Govan Baths Humorous and poignant memories from the people who used Govanhill Baths
20 My first record Readers recall buying their first record
22 Ayrshire’s peasant poet The story of an eccentric poet whose talents were at odds with her scant education
Matt Hill, Editor
32 An alternative Stirling tour Your guide to exploring Stirling’s lesser known quirky and historical sites 34 Pop music memories We chart the dramatic career of country singer Johnny Cash, the ‘Man in Black’
36 Live at the Glasgow Apollo Looking back on the heyday of the Apollo, which once welcomed the likes of Queen, Rod Stewart and Elton John 39 Reader memories Readers recall holidays at Loch Katrine, an unusual method of troop transport and low price motoring in the Sixties
44 Waulking the tweed We meet the group keeping alive an age-old Highlands textile tradition
46 Taking the waters The history of the hydropathic movement, which offered rest and recuperation amid Scotland’s finest scenery
48 Sights and sounds of Scotland We give you the lowdown on the latest books and CDs with a Scottish flavour
24 Year to remember: 1959 The memories, films, music, news headlines, and prices of 1959
27 Destination Islay Your in-depth travel guide to Scotland’s beautiful ‘whisky isle’
51 Burnt toast and candlewicks Part two of our fiction series, set in a Seventies B&B
52 Puzzles WIN! Test your knowledge with our fun puzzles and competitions!
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