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Sophie Brownlee

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Sophie Brownlee
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Rock music was a part of my life from my first gig of The White Stripes and then Monsters of Rock at the age of twelve. It was here that I saw Alice Cooper for the first time and the world of Motley Crue, glam metal and Buckcherry quickly followed.

At first I was heavily influenced by my brother’s tastes and new discoveries, beginning with Swedish glam band Crashdiet and then more melodic bands such as Gotthard. Through my teens, however, I started writing for various publications and magazines. As well as for Fireworks, I also write for The University Paper, The Manchester Historian and I am currently seeking publication for my own novels.

The gigs I first started attending were in London; I loved the smaller, more atmospheric venues such as The Underworld and Electric Ballroom in Camden and The Garage in Islington. Bands that commanded these stages, such as Pretty Boy Floyd, Fatal Smile, TNT and Hardcore Superstar, developed my love of stage-craft and my critique of band’s rapport with a crowd. Seeing Hanoi Rocks’ last show in London before they split up was a turning point for me; I left classical guitar for bass and Michael Monroe’s energy and charisma on stage is something I still measure other bansds’ performances by! Another high point would have to be Cinderella at Shepherd’s Bush – a gig so good I feel I blinked and it was over.

Today, I’m a student of History at the University of Manchester. My favourite venues in Manchester include The Roadhouse and the Ritz, places that the likes of Breed 77 and Airbourne have recently graced. My tastes have expanded from mostly glam and hair metal to include what some might call more “modern” bands like Halestorm and The Howling. I love the contrast of old and new on the rock scene; interviewing Mike Tramp from 80s band White Lion one week and then interviewing young Finnish rockers Reckless Love at Hard Rock Hell. It’s great to see UK venues hosting so many smaller bands, both British and international, such as Sister Sin, Neonfly and Falling Red.

For the first time this year I attended Download Festival. Seeing Twisted Sister live was a dream come true; Dee Snider does not disappoint, even today. The chance to watch some smaller bands take to the stage was a great chance to see what direction rock music is going in and what other people on the scene are enjoying. I’m looking forward this year to Firehouse at Firefest and Slash in November and to many more good years of rock to come!

SOPHIE BROWNLEE

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  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.
  • Johns Band : I have ordered FM Live video and £1.99 taken from my PayPal account. How do I download video. Something gone wrong at processing with Fireworks. The links to report it do not work.
  • Berny : @kevinw01: Have you received the mail containing the donwload instructions? It seems as if you are downloading the bonus CDs from the "Fireworks" menu, those are meant for our readers in the USA and Canada whose copies do not come with the CD. I will send you a mail now. Thanks, B.
  • kevinw01 : I have ordered several issues of Fireworks but when I press the download button I only get a copy of the MP3 but not the PDF files. I have an iPad. Am I doing something wrong? Kevin
  • Berny : @ARONITY: Thanks for your order. As stated in the item's description, it can take up to three hours for your purchase to be processed. You should have received a mail containing the download instructions by now. Thanks for your patience!
  • ARONTY : Hi, Just ordered #88 pdf, Paypal show the payment, but no d/l link, please help..
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Not sure why the password disappeared, but it's back. Pls. download your copy from the usual place (i.e. Fireworks - > Bonus CD 87 on the TOP menu). Have fun! :)
  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves
  • yvesrock : Hi,
  • Berny : @Gazza2005: Please accept my apologies for the delay in processing your order. You should have received a confirmation mail by now. We are really trying our best to fix the payment issue as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! PS: It seems as if you sent the payment twice, we sent you a refund.
  • Gazza2005 : I have bought issue 80 and I still ha e not had confirmation of my download. Please could this be sorted out
  • Gazza2005 : Hello. Can someone direct me to my download please
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