At first glance there’s little sign that you are in the home of a rock star. There are no lavish displays of extravagance in this large, homely terraced house in Cardiff. It’s only when you climb to the top of the stairs that you notice a series of gold discs lined in a row. In a side room opposite is a home studio and a collection of guitars. They are eye-catching mementos of a career that at one stage saw Leo Lyons’ band Ten Years After take their place as one of the highest-grossing touring bands on the planet. This year it’s the 50th anniversary of the era-defining festival that propelled the explosive blues rock outfit, featuring the legendary, late guitarist Alvin Lee, to superstardom. Among the Ten Years After albums that adorn Leo’s wall is one presented to the musician ‘to commemorate one million dollars worth of the long-playing record album Woodstock’. The festival, billed as ‘Three days of peace and music’, has long since passed into the annals of history as a cultural touchstone for popular music and the emerging hippy counterculture movement that opposed the Vietnam War and expounded the virtues or peace and love. It’s an… Read full this story
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