DAWN OF THE DICKIES DOWN UNDER!

Andy MacVannan chats to guitar legend of Californian pop punk pioneers The Dickies, whilst on a trip to Australia in 2015.

The Dickies are best known for their 1979 classic cover version of the Banana Splits, reputed to sell over a million copies.

The song was later featured in 2010 box office hit film 'Kick Ass'.

The band are one of the oldest surviving punk acts and Andy conducted the interview on their first visit to Australia.

A LOVE LETTER TO HIBERNIAN

Andy writes about why football is much more than a game and examines its effect on the communities that surround each football club.

He summarises much about his book 'We are Hibernian' in this article for the magazine.

ANDY MACVANNAN SPEAKS TO PEEBLES LIFE MAGAZINE

'Despite the town’s obvious, aesthetic beauty; this is not enough to cement any real sense of endearment or belonging. So in my new on-line magazine series entitled, ’The People’s History of Peebles’ I attempt to embrace the true nature of the town’s infectious character and identity - its people!'

HIBBIES WHO DARED TO DREAM...

‘One of these days Hibs will make the final and win!” says Charlie Reid of Proclaimers fame. He is just one of many Hibs fans that talk with honest sincerity about the remarkable impact that the club has had on them. But I still wonder whether the story has another chapter yet to be written and Saturday could provide the answer.'

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PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF PEEBLES ISSUE 1

On 6th February (1965) Thorburn’s Tweedside Mill suffered a crushing blow when it was ravaged by fire. It took only two hours for the large building to be raised to the ground and some say that the flames could be seen as far away as the Leadburn (near Penicuik), over 10 miles away.

PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF PEEBLES ISSUE 2

"The water would be pumped through the glass ball and then underneath the counter. From here a canister of carbon dioxide was blasted through the water to make your drink fizzy. It was a massive novelty in those days!"

PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF PEEBLES ISSUE 3

'The origins of a fully organised co-operative movement in Scotland lie only 27 miles away in New Lanark. Robert Owen was the champion of workers right to education whilst striving to improve his employees living and working conditions. The Co-op was extremely relevant to many towns along the Tweed whom employed thousands of workers in the textile industry.'

PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF PEEBLES ISSUE 4

'Our local pub can provide us with a place to relax, discuss and simply get away from it all. It can also serve to bring people together and foster a sense of community. You might find yourself discussing the issues of the day or even meeting people who can help you in your day to day life or even your work'

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 Andy MacVannan

- Author and Musician -

"History is alive within every single one of us because we all have a story to tell. I  strive to make these recollections come alive, just like they did when I first heard them."

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