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Live: The Pretty Things

They may not be pretty, but they still know how to do their thing.

It was always to be hoped that The Pretty Things, now beyond their 50th anniversary, would grow old, if not disgracefully, then at least with an unrepentant twinkle in their eyes. And thankfully it is coming to pass.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.