Aural Sculptors - The Stranglers Live 1976 to the Present

Welcome to Aural Sculptors, a blog aimed at bringing the music of The Stranglers to as wide an audience as possible. Whilst all of the various members of the band that have passed through the ranks since 1974 are accomplished studio musicians, it is on stage where the band have for me had their biggest impact.

As a collector of their live recordings for many years I want to share some of the better quality material with other fans. By selecting the higher quality recordings I hope to present The Stranglers in the best possible light for the benefit of those less familiar with their material than the hardcore fan.

Needless to say, this site will steer well clear of any officially released material. As well as live gigs, I will post demos, radio interviews and anything else that I feel may be of interest.

In addition, occasionally I will post material by other bands, related or otherwise, that mean a lot to me.

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Monday 4 August 2014

The lights are going out all over Europe and I doubt we will see them go on again in our lifetime.

War memorial with candles
Castle Gardens, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
4th August 2014

'The lights are going out all over Europe and I doubt we will see them go on again in our lifetime.' So said Sir Edward Grey on 3rd August 1914, the evening before Britain declared war on Germany and a new terrifying era of mechanised warfare was unleashed across Europe and beyond.

Tonight in Bishops Stortford, many people of the town gathered in Castle Gardens at the base of the main war memorial to lay candles to mark this centennial event.

It was one hundred years ago, but the changes that 'The Great War' ushered in changed Britain massively and completely reshaped the lives of the population in ways that we are still feeling to this day.

Whilst there I had the bonus of having a brief chat with some veterans, one from the Korean war and one D-Day veteran.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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