Oral history of the Lewes music scene of the late 60s, early 70s.
“There were an extraordinary group of people playing in Lewes bands around the late ‘60s/early ‘70s, all springing from pupils at the Grammar/Priory school. It was a real hotbed atmosphere. So many bands were around in Lewes at the time that I was thinking about compiling a Lewes rock-and-roll family tree There was a genuinely exceptional music scene which produced a lot of success stories from such a small, intense group of musicians.” John Eccles [The Rouser], Sussex Express, June 2000
These quotes come from an interview with the late John Whippy – one of the most talented and best-loved musicians on the scene he describes. He never did get round to compiling the rock family tree but we have inherited the task and, over several months, with the generous help and local knowledge of Flo Flowers, we have spent what must be hundreds of hours conducting interviews, doing research and pulling together photos and memorabilia from this period to bring you some sense of the atmosphere of this interesting time in Lewes’ musical history.