October 6th would have been Stewart Tippett’s 68th birthday. A remarkable man with a remarkable history, Stewart had a passionate interest in the history of Black music and a record collection that reflected it. His research is reflected in many compilations of rare music released under the banner of History Of Soul Records, and before that in lovingly compiled tapes that he made for local musicians that he worked with.
In celebration of his birthday and of his life, starting at 9pm at The Global Cafe, London Street, Reading, Nick Duckett, long-time friend and his partner in History Of Soul, and Brendan O’Leary, another long-time friend and contributor to the project, will chat about their work together and play some tracks of the great music they discovered. Later you will have the chance to dance the night away to live music, including from the ESPECIALLY REUNITED Backbeat Band, and to tracks by Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green and other artists that Stewart loved.

If we can raise some funds for young musicians as part of this event, that would be great. The charity we’ve chosen is Youth Music - a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances. You can donate via Just Giving if you would like to support this in memory of Stewart: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/friends-of-stewart or you can make your donation by texting STEW06 £[amount in numbers] to 70070 to donate to Youth Music and make a difference today

We hope you can come along, and look forward to catching up and remembering together Stewart and his amazing life.

The Global Cafe

London Street Reading RG1 4PS