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My First Love: Sharon Osbourne on Gene Vincent

"My father [Don Arden] worked with Gene Vincent and he was the first man I ever saw wearing black leather from top to bottom.

“He had this charisma where as soon as he walked into the room he grabbed everyone’s attention – no matter what you were doing every eye went to him - and as a little girl I fell totally in love with him. This was such a great , great song and he was such a great performer. So he was my first love, then it was Sam Cooke, and then it was John Lennon.

“Rock ‘n’ roll was in my blood as far back as I can remember. My father didn’t mind me having crushes on rock ‘n’ roll stars. These people were amazing artists and absolute pioneers. If I hadn’t fallen in love with rock ‘n’ roll I think my father would have sent me to an institution. And if I’d brought someone home who was what he called a ‘civilian’ he’d have thought I was insane: if I’d have come home with a chef he’d immediately have assumed he was gay and I was out of my mind!”

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Paul Brannigan
Paul Brannigan

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.