Blue Suede News was a local music magazine based in Cambridge, UK. It was put together by Graeme Mackenzie from July 1983 until the end of 1984 managing a pilot and 20 issues. It was very much the precursor to Scene And Heard sharing many of the same writers and a deliberately similar visual style. Indeed Scene And Heard was started when it become obvious that Blue Suede News was no longer going to be produced and the second Cambridge Rock Group Competition was upon us.

Graeme was (is) an historian and was responsible for a number of rock family trees as popularised by Pete Frame during the late 70s, early 80s as you can see in a number of these scans of the magazines.

You will notice that there are 22 magazines here - the last one was never issued but was kindly supplied by Graeme to the fledging Scene And Heard for us to use as we saw fit.

The Chris Heath you see mentioned below is the one responsible for books about the Pet Shop Boys and Robbie Williams amongst others. Jon Lewin went on to edit Making music amongst many other journalistic ventures.

Issue by Issue

Cover of Blue Suede News pilot edition Cover: The Great Divide
Interviews:
  • John Peel by Jon Lewin
Live Reviews:
  • Zoom, Fisher Hall, Cambridge by Heather Steele
  • The Wobbly Jellies / Racing Heart / The Great Divide / The Face / The Way Up / Katrina and The Waves, Guildhall, Cambridge by Graeme Mackenzie
The Folk Festival by Andy Metcalfe
The Great Divide featured Boo Hewerdine who would have further success as part of The Bible! and as a solo artist
Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 1
Live Reviews:
  • New Model Army / Hot Dogs / The Face by Heather Steele
Dancing To The Guitar Man by Graeme Mackenzie
From Our Own Correspondent (Folk Festival review) by Andy Metcalfe
Cambridge Connections - family tree of local bands by Graeme Mackenzie
Bands (Hondo / Dolly Mixture / Perfect Vision / Subculture / Great Divide / Trux / The Face / Wobbly Jellies / Tranzista) by Graeme Mackenzie
Venues by Jon Lewin
Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 2 Live Reviews:
  • Black Slate / Mighty Invaders / Your Dinner, Guildhall, Cambridge, by Jon Lewin
  • Bronze / Phoenix by James Hall
  • Great Divide / Face, Fisher Hall, Cambridge by Philippa Hughes
  • Perfect Vision / Final Scream by David Bragg
  • Frigidaires / Tennis by Dick Page
  • Black Symbol / Mighty Strypes by Keith Legoy
Cambridge Connections - family tree of local bands by Graeme Mackenzie
The Cattle Market Scheme by Graeme Mackenzie
The Cattle Market scheme turned into the very successful Junction.
Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 3 Live Reviews:
  • Somewhere In The Foreign Office / The Workmen / Henry Shukman, Fisher Hall, Cambridge by Keith Legoy
  • Misbehaviour / So What by James Hall
  • The Code by Jon Lewin
  • Exploding Hamsters, Clare Cellars, Cambridge by Philippa Hughes
Barraclough's Bluegrass Heroes
Cambridge Connections - family tree of local bands by Graeme Mackenzie
Raw Records by Carl Tweed
From Our Own Correspondent by Andy Metcalfe
Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 4 12 November 1983
Interviews:
  • Perfect Vision by Chris Heath
Live Reviews:
  • Supremes, Kelsey Kerridge Hall, Cambridge by Chris Heath
  • Slap Kat, The Alma, Cambridge by Peter Ingrams
  • The Wobbly Jellies, Fisher Hall, Cambridge, 3/11/1983 by Dick Page
Cambridge Connections - family tree of bands related to The Soft Boys by Graeme Mackenzie
From Our Own Correspondent by Andy Metcalfe
and another thing by Lash LeJam
Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 5 Cover: Geoff Woods of Storm by James Hall
Interviews:
Live Reviews:
  • Pure Thought / 13th Chime, Guildhall, Cambridge by Graeme Mackenzie
  • Not The Meteors / Restless, Fisher Hall, Cambridge by Chris Heath
  • Andy Goes Shopping, City Limits andChurchill Bar by Dick Page
From Our Own Correspondent by Andy Metcalfe
A New Sort Of Kick (fanzine) review by Chris Heath
Collecting Records by Carl Tweed
Wimp report by David Gowar
And another thing... by Lash LeJam
Trevor Dann has had an extensive career in radio, TV and journalism. At the time he was the presenter of the weekly BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Rock Show which included many of the contributors to Blue Suede News. At least to start with he brought them in to reduce the level of critisism in BSN but worked with a number of them on a number of other ventures so they really did have some talent. Between the Rock Show and BSN a really vibrant 'scene' grew up with people able to easily find out what was going on and to be able to hear some of the music before venturing out to gigs etc.
Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 6 December 1983
Live Reviews:
  • Sounds Of The Sixties, Kelsey Kerridge Hall, Cambridge by Paul Ainsworth
  • Marz, City Limits, Cambridge by Lyn Guy
  • Aquadance / Red Guitars, CCAT Canteen, Cambridge by Chris Heath
  • Katrina And The Waves, Fisher Hall, Cambridge by Steve Hartwell
  • Sindy And The Action Men, City Limits, Cambridge by Philippa Hughes
1983 National by Jon Lewin
1983 Local by Graeme Mackenzie
From Our Own Correspondent by Andy Metcalfe
The Barracudas by Carl Tweed
Success Sixties Style by Kimberley Rew
Duncan And The Darts family tree by Graeme Mackenzie
Bragg's Books by David Bragg
Pundits pick of 83 by Trevor Dann, Chris Heath, Jon Lewin and Dave Bragg
Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 7 January 1984 Cover: Steve Gibbons by James Hall
Live Reviews:
  • Dumpys Rusty Nuts, City Limits, Cambridge by Lyn Guy
  • The Opposition, City Limits, Cambridge by Chris Heath
  • The Prisoners, Newmarket Memorial Hall, Cambridge by Chris Heath
The Charlatans by Carl Tweed
From Our Own Correspondent (The Raw Records story) by Andy Metcalfe
Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 8 Cover: Penny De Waal of Sindy And The Action Men
Live Reviews:
  • Benjamin Zephaniah, CCAT, Cambridge by John Guy
  • Twelfth Night, City Limits, Cambridge by Lyn Guy
  • The Frigidaires / Exploding Hamsters / Gigglesticks And The Love Truncheons, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge by Graeme Mackenzie
  • Toby Jug And Washboard Band, The Alma, Cambridge by Dick Page
  • Serious Drinking / Red Cartoon, CCAT, Cambridge by Jeff Squire
  • The Scene / The Moment, Foley Hall, Newmarket by Carl Tweed
  • The Point, Robinson College, Cambridge by Mark Melon
From Our Own Correspondent (Ovine musings) by Andy Metcalfe
Biff Bang Pow by Carl Tweed
Bragg's Books And Records by Dave Bragg
Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 9 Cover: The Great Divide
Interviews:
  • The Great Divide by Chris Heath
Live Reviews:
  • The Roaring Boys, Dingwalls, London by Martin Scott
  • Samurai, City Limits, Cambridge by Lyn Guy
  • Billy Bragg / Pure Thought, City Limits, Cambridge by Chris Heath
From Our Own Correspondent (Caplin Music) by Andy Metcalfe
The Great Divide family tree by Graeme Mackenzie
Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 10 Cover: Steve Brooks of Andy Goes Shopping and Toby Jug And Washboard Band by Peter Ingram
Interviews:
  • Benjaamin Zephaniah by Chris Heath
Live Reviews:
  • Flaco Jimenez / Peter Rowan, Fisher Hall, Cambridge by Simon Rouse
  • 1000 Mexicans, City Limits, Cambridge by Chris Heath
  • Katrina And The Waves, Rugby Club, Ely by Steve Wenn
  • Natural Roots, City Limits, Cambridge by Keith Legoy
  • The Inline, City Limits, Cambridge by Lyn Guy
From Our Own Correspondent by Andy Metcalfe
Peterborough by Janine Booth
More Soft Boys by Carl Tweed
Peeved Records by Chris Heath
Bragg's Records by Dave Bragg

Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 11
Cover: Colin Hazel
Interviews:
  • True Confessions of Martin Baxter by Chris Heath
Tape / Record Reviews:
  • Rendez Vous - For Crying Out Loud by Lyn Guy
  • Grim Reaper - See You In Hell by Lyn Guy
Live Reviews:
  • Between The Lines, The Alma, Cambridge by Graeme Mackenzie
  • Rory Gallagher / Richard Thompson / Juan Martin / David Lindley, The Guildhall, Cambridge by Simon Rouse
  • The Vibrators, Fisher Hall, Cambridge by Kimberley Rew
  • The Light Blues, The Alma, Cambridge by McKinley Morganfield
  • Tredegar, City limits, Cambridge by Lyn Guy
From Our Own Correspondent (appearing on Razzmatazz with Marilyn) by Andy Metcalfe
The Prisoners by Carl Tweed
Bragg's Records by Dave Bragg
Indie Tapes by Steve Hartwell

Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 12 Cover: Mary Hannigan of Phoenyx
Tape / Record Reviews:
  • Andy Goes Shopping by Carl Tweed
Live Reviews:
  • Black Symbol / Your Dinner, Fisher Hall, Cambridge by Gordon Smith
  • Eric Gouldman and Baz Murphy, City Limits, Cambridge by Paul Christoforou
  • The Enid / Double Yellow Line, Sea Cadet Hall, Cambridge by Lyn Guy
  • The Crofters, Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge by John Guy
  • Lee Konitz, The Blue Boar Hotel, Cambridge by Val Wong
  • Dave Gilmour, Hammersmith Odeon, London by Graeme Mackenzie
Toby Jug Confessions by Steve Brooks
Barry McGuire by Carl Tweed
The Moodists by Dave Bragg
Where Are The Prawns? by McKinly Morganfield
Frigidaires family tree by Graeme Mackenzie
Bragg's Books by Dave Bragg
Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 13
Cover: Mike Dunn (of The Eagle pub)
Interviews:
  • The Moodists by Dave Bragg
Tape / Record Reviews:
  • Gothique by Lyn Guy
Live Reviews:
  • Safety Valve, The Alma, Cambridge by Lyn Guy
  • Twisted Sister / Lita Ford, Hammersmith Apollo, London by Martin Scott
  • SOHHO, City Limits, Cambridge by Lyn Guy
  • Somewhere In The Foreign Office, The Alma, Cambridge by Graeme Mackenzie
Love, Peace and Understanding by Graeme Mackenzie
The Rock Magazine by Kimberley Rew
The Jetsets by Carl Tweed
Folk Festival 1984 preview by Graeme Mackenzie
Groovy Record Labels by Carl Tweed

Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 14
Cover: The Detective (Robert Baylis)
Interviews:
Live Reviews:
  • Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge by Graeme Mackenzie
  • Dick Gaughan / Alistair Anderson, Golden Hind, Cambridge by Simon Rouse
Jane Edwards by Paul Christoforou
The Mixers by Carl Tweed
Bragg's Books by Dave Bragg
Band profiles (Katrina And The Waves / Your Dinner / The Frigidaires / Tranzista / Perfect Vision / Exploding Hamsters / Final Scream / The Detective / Mandy Morton Band / 13th Chime / Andy White / Great Divide / Hondo / The Face / Trux / Rover Boy Combo / Toby Jug And Washboard Band / Paul Edwards / Darren Upton / Dolly Mixture / The Lonely / Rendezvous / Sheer Khan) by Graeme Mackenzie
Perfect Vision / Roaring Boys / Wobbly Jellies family tree by Graeme Mackenzie
Cambridge Criticism by Chris Heath
Cametal Matters by Lyn Guy

Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 15 Interviews:
  • The Great Divide by Graeme Mackenzie
Live Reviews:
  • The Enid, Fisher Hall, Cambridge by Daniel Calladine
  • Orange Juice, CCAT, Cambridge by Dave Bragg
  • Perfect Vision, Clare, Cambridge by Paul Christoforou
  • Tranzista, Fulham, London by Philippa Hughes
Popping In Peterborough by Andrew Clifton
David Bragg's Books And Records by David Bragg
Red Express family tree by Graeme Mackenzie
The Flood by Graeme Mackenzie
Earthworks by Julian Hyde
A Soft Boys A-Z by Carl Tweed
In My Opinion by Martin Scott
Cametal Matters by Lyn Guy

Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 16 Cover: Nick Barraclough
First Rock Group Competition Final line-up: Rover Boy Combo / Exploding Hamsters / Camera Shy / Colonel Gomez / Double Yellow Line / Port In A Storm / Short Stay / The Detective
Confessions Of A Judge by Graeme Mackenzie
Heat 1: The Detective / Double Yellow Line / Tyrade / The Jailbreakers
Heat 2: Camera Shy / The Deviance / Strange Brew / Hazard / Studio 33
Heat 3: D Notice / The Claim / One Night Stand / Incredible Bexley Onslaught Experience / THe Rover Boy Combo
Heat 4: Exploding Hamsters / Chris And Paul / World's End Band / Euphoria / Reel To Reel
Heat 5: Short Stay / Backlash / Port In A Storm / Orlando / Montreal
Heat 6: Colonel Gomez / Doctors And Nurses / Sound Advice / The Brink / The Frieze / Bar Hill Billies
Rock 'n' Roll High School by Paul Christoforou
Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 17
Cover: The Detective (Robert Baylis and Chris Maitland)
Live Reviews:
  • The Smiths, The Gaumont, Ipswich by Tom White
  • The Long Ryders, Dingwalls, London by Dave Bragg
  • The Herbs, Burleigh Arms, Cambridge by Dave Bragg
Popping In Peterborough by Andrew Clifton

People's Radio by Julian Hyde
David Bragg's Books And Records by David Bragg
Cametal Matters by Lyn Guy
Chris Maitland went on to play with Porcupine Tree amongst many others
Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 18
Cover: Jerusalem Brown
Interviews:
  • Your Dinner by Graeme Mackenzie
Live Reviews:
  • New Swift / Double Yellow Line / Backlash / Montreal, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge by Graeme Mackenzie
  • The Detective, Burleigh Arms, Cambridge by Paul Christoforou
  • The Red Army Choir, Harvey Court, Cambridge by Dave Bragg
  • The Kildaires, Burleigh Arms, Cambridge by Amos Breeze
  • Chisza, Waterloo, Huntingdon by Graeme Mackenzie
  • Mac And White, Burleigh Arms, Cambridge by Dave Bragg
Hamsters Explode In Peterborough by Simon Armour
Jerusalem Brown - A Guided Tour Of The Music-Jungle by Julian Dawson
Popping In Peterborough by Andrew Clifton
Peterborough - Another View by Snake
Bragg's Bag by Dave Bragg
Cametal Matters by Lyn Guy
Check out the photo of Jonathan Romney on page 3 - he's on the right
Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 19
Cover: Katrina Leskanich
Live Reviews:
  • Heroes, White Lion, Peterborough by Graeme Mackenzie
  • Roaring Boys, Marquee, London by Martin Scott
  • Stormed, Strawberry Fair, Cambridge by Graeme Mackenzie
  • Walk Don't Walk, The Alma, Cambridge by Paul Christoforou
  • 909s, The Alma, Cambridge by Graeme Mackenzie
  • Felch Bros, Dublin Castle, Camden, London by Martin Scott
The Great Rain Charade by Graeme Mackenzie
Jerusalem Brown - A Guided Tour Of The Music-Jungle by Julian Dawson
Fanzines by Carl Tweed
More Fanzines by Julian Hyde
Hills Road family tree by Chris Beament
Popping In Peterborough by Andrew Clifton
The Detective Goes West by Rob Baylis
Cametal Matters by Lyn Guy

Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 20 Cover: Colonel Gomez
Interviews:
  • Colonel Gomez by Lyn Guy
Live Reviews:
  • 21st Folk Festival, Cambridge by Graeme Mackenzie
  • Quadro, Burleigh Arms, Cambridge by Jane Reck
  • The Nimrods, Burleigh Arms, Cambridge by George Parker
  • Zak Justin And Backlash, Newmarket by Paul Christoforou
Jerusalem Brown - A Guided Tour Of The Music-Jungle by Julian Dawson
Popping In Peterborough by Andrew Clifton
Hills Road family tree by Chris Beament
Cametal Matters by Lyn Guy
Cover of Blue Suede News Issue 21
Cover: Jason and Liz of The Cherry Orchard
Bands:
  • The Nimrods
  • The Herbs
  • The Kildares
  • Strange Brew
  • Excess Tempo
  • The Lonely
  • Between The Lines
  • Frigidaires
  • Double Yellow Lines
  • The Deviance
  • Exploding Hamsters
  • Camera Shy
  • Colonel Gomez
  • Trux
  • The Force
  • Rover Boy Combo
  • Mac And White
  • World's End Band
  • Charlotte's Party
  • Fast Friends
  • Julian Dawson / The Flood / Beverley Bros
  • Vital Signs
  • Your Dinner
  • Hondo
  • Stormed
  • Flab
  • Christopher In Heaven
  • Millions Flea
  • The Happy Hour
  • The Georgia Peach / The Bible
  • Perfect Visiona
  • Vanishing Point
  • Glass Asylum
  • Snap! Cabinet
  • Dr Skull And The Crossbones
  • Karman Jive
  • Mood Assassins
  • Depending On The Weather
  • Real To Real
  • One Night Stand
  • The Claim
  • Real To Real



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