About

My name is Roy Deane and this is one of my blogs. Since 1982, I’ve collected video on every strand of popular music from the mid fifties onwards.

I’ve had nearly every type of video recorder and player known to man from half-inch reel-to-reel black and white, through VCR, LVR, VHS, S-VHS, Betamax and Beta SP to U-matic. Most of those were made redundant with the advent of digital recording codecs, although even some of them are now no longer used – like my old VCD recorder.

Over the years, I’ve amassed more than 10,000 hours of pop and rock video but it’s all on tape and rather than digitize it, I thought I’d just build up a collection of links to what already exists in cyberspace. It’s really a personal resource for me but the experience of my own website and other blogs has shown me that my interests are shared by a lot of others.

I’ve called it Rockmine Television because it is very much like a dedicated TV channel where you can choose from the available playlist just what you want to watch. I got the blog name on Christmas Eve, 2009 and decided what I was going to do with it on December 31st, so I’m quite pleased that within a week I’ve got more than 1,000 video clips up. I’ve started with two perennial pub quiz favourites – Eurovision Song Contest Winners and U.K. Number One Singles.

You can also find it by using the domain name www.rockmine.tv which is a name I’ve had for years but never done anything with!

Since 1985, I’ve run Rockmine Archives, providing everyone from the BBC and MTV to radio stations and newspapers across the world with material and information. In 1995, I started www.rockmine.com but in recent years it, like me, has lost its direction.

Rockmine Television is an attempt to get both Rockmine and myself back on track. The discipline and focus has been good for me.

I mentioned my other blogs. Here’s a rundown of what else I’ve got: The Ballerina Ballroom – one of Scotland’s best known venues of the late 60s and early 70s. The Fillmore Auditorium – the legendary venue. The Two Red Shoes – The Ballerina’s sister ballroom that ran from the early 60s. There’s also The Rockmine Blog which has a daily extract from the Rockmine Almanac and which I’m currently re-thinking.

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  1. Nate
    January 8, 2010 at 2:40 am

    10,000 hours of pop/rock music videos? that’s frakking impressive! and I’m still trying to wrap my head around how one goes about collecting all of that. I’ve always been a bit too fascinated with the charts since I discovered the wonders of radio in the mid-90s (I miss old radio, today’s completely sucks) when I was in middle school, I cannot tell you how cool it is to see the full rundown of the UK #1 singles here.

    cheers.

  2. Nat
    February 9, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Roy, your blogs are a useful asset to all music lovers, as well as inquisitive, aspiring writers like myself. I recently read “Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord” in the NY Times – http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/07/world/asia/07karaoke.html?scp=1&sq=my%20way%20&st=cse
    – and while searching for the correct lyrics to Sid Vicious’ version of “My Way”, I happily stumbled upon Rockmine’s Sex Pistols Diary for a glimpse into Sex Pistols management and daily squirmishes. Thanks for being here.

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