Do what you got to do
Say what you got to say
Mix it in the middle
Let everybody play
Mix it upDan Reed
Welcome to the NEW Seven Sisters Road
This is the third full iteration of the website, and probably how I always wanted it to be.
In this day of direct social media interaction with the members of Dan Reed Network, a reunited band, an official website, 2 new albums 25 years after the last one, and annual US, UK & European tours, why is this site here?
Once upon a time, there was no internet. Finding out what happened to Dan Reed Network after 1993 was next to impossible outside of Portland, OR. And even when there was an internet in its infancy, things didn’t get that much easier. In the old days of the wild west of the internet, none of this information was easy to come by. Google wasn’t even a thing when I started. We had AltaVista, Lycos and AOL (!)
Seven Sisters Road was born out of a love for the music of DRN, and to capture their history and impact in one place. With a LOT of research, I was able to piece together a lot of the pieces, and 7sr became a place to look up that band you remembered. I like to think I played a role in the history of DRN and keeping the memory alive. Call me the Archivist.
Seven Sisters Road has the most complete discography – albums, singles, promos, bootlegs – when you had to find cassette tapes at dodgy market stalls, etc
The website sat mostly untouched for many years, except for a few updates when Dan Reed came out of hibernation in 2008. I thought many times about updating it and bringing it into the 21st century, but time has a way of getting in the way of things.
During that time, I moved from England to the US, ending up in the DRN hometown of Portland, OR. I became friends with all of the band. As Dan, and then DRN returned to music, social media took off in a big way.
Regardless, with 2 weeks to go before the release of ‘Fight Another Day’, I decided it was time to do my own impossible. Rebuild the site from scratch. I did that. And then I worked on adding all the missing info from the original site. It was all local on my PC, but I didn’t get round to uploading it to the live site, wanting to reach the finish line before I did.
A couple of months before the release of “Origins”, I found I wasn’t happy with how hard it was to update that site, so I decided to scrap it. Again. I set my sights on a WordPress site, and found a template (Jam Session) that met most of my requirements.
et voilà – The NEW NEW Seven Sisters Road
To those folks who visited the site over the past 18 years, Thank you. To the band, each one of you that has given me your time, THANK YOU. I can say that these are my friends, and if you would have told 17 year old me that, I would have laughed so hard. I have been fortunate enough to be at soundchecks, sat in the studio during the recording of ‘Fight Another Day’ and Dan’s solo albums. I have filmed many shows by Dan, DRN, Brion, and Blake’s bands. Dan Reed is the godfather of my daughter.
I hope to keep this updated with News. In 2018, we chat with the band at their shows, interact with them on social media, and dodgy cassette tapes are replaced by Youtube videos 5 minutes after the show ends. I should know, I do all of those. I posted the original reunion announcement video I made, at 4am after Dan’s show in Portland.
If you haven’t already, go join The Dan Reed Networker’s Facebook Group
Anyway, enough of this. Enjoy the site. I hope you find something you like.
Finally, for the role you played somewhere down the line, I would like to say
I’m sure there should be more names on the list, and if I have forgotten you directly, please accept my apologies and gracious thanks for your contribution and friendship.
Someday when the world turns black
He will come and take it all back
But we don’t care
We’ll Cruise Together…. Dan Reed
If you have any questions or just want to say ‘Hi’, here’s where you can do it.