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Tina Saul

tina saul

sophie lancaster

On Saturday 11th August 2007 a young girl was walking through a park with her boyfriend, on her way to a destination she would never make. Instead she ended up in a coma and on 24th August, five years ago today, she lost her battle and her family let her go into the darkness of death.

I am of course talking about Sophie Lancaster, a murder so tragic that ripped through the hearts of so many, but especially those of us that don't necessarily associate with the mainstream.

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If you don't know the details of the story, the synopsis is this: Sophie and her boyfriend, Robert Maltby, were walking through a park in Lancashire on their way home. They were attacked by a bunch of teenagers simply because they were 'goths'. Their head injuries were so severe that police and medics could not at first ascertain which one was male and which was female. One of the killers celebrated their attack by telling friends afterwards that they had "done summat good. There's two moshers nearly dead up Bacup Park — you wanna see them — they're a right mess."

The Sophie Lancaster foundation was established to create a lasting legacy to Sophie, focusing on stamping out prejudice and intolerance towards people from subcultures and have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from 'alternative subcultures' or 'Lifestyle and Dress'. To find out more about this very worthwhile cause, head over to

A wealth of other tributes have happened over the years, but one specifically I want to highlight is by Dark Angel, a four minute haunting animation of Sophie's story. Launched on 26th November 2009, on what would have been her 23rd birthday, its aim was to reach one million views to help raise awareness of the Foundation, however it's still only at just over 320,000. So take a moment to watch this film below, and share with everyone you can to help them reach their goal.

Prejudice does not belong in the world today. RIP Sophie.


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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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