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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 30th June):

Birth

1951. Andy Scott (Sweet) born in Wrexham, Wales.

On Tour

1973. After two days of fans besieging the Holiday Inn in London’s Swiss Cottage, London, where Slade are staying, the manager orders the band to leave. They refuse to go. Word of the expulsion reaches the fans outside, who nearly riot at the news. Eventually the band are allowed to stay another two days and peace is restored.

In Custody

1976. Neil Diamond is bust for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana after police with a search warrant raid his California home.

In Hospital

1977. Dave Vanian (The Damned) needs hospital treatment after suffering a dislocated shoulder when he and the rest of the band are attacked by anti-punk yobs in the dressing room after their gig at The Garden in Penzance.

It’s not the only attack on a punk band tonight. Bob Geldof is attacked onstage during The Boomtown Rats gig at The Music Machine in London’s Camden. He was hit with such force that he was very nearly knocked off the stage which is 20 feet above the audience. He completed the gig with a swollen and bloody face but didn’t seek treatment. His attacker was caught but Geldof didn’t press charges.

Recent Punk gigs have been marred by violent attacks which some say are being stirred up by the press.

On Television

1965. Shindig (ABC, U.S.A.) The Blossoms, Glen Campbell, Chad & Jeremy, Jerry Lee Lewis, Donna Loren, The Righteous Brothers, Bobby Sherman, The Wellingtons, Jackie Wilson. Here’s the closing duet from Jerry Lee Lewis and Jackie Wilson with “Whole Lotta Shakin'”

Death

2002. Legendary Motown drummer, Howard Richard “Pistol” Allen dies after a long battle with cancer aged 69. Although working as a jazz drummer before he was hired by Berry Gordy in 1962, Allen seemed perfectly at home as a session player behind most of the label’s classic songs. They included “Baby Love” by The Supremes, “Heat Wave” by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by Marvin Gaye.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 29th June):

Birth

1943. Roger Ruskin Spear (The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) born in London, England.

In Custody

1999. 70’s teen pop pin-up Leif Garrett (currently with Godspeed) is arrested in downtown Los Angeles and charged with possessing cocaine and heroine.

In Court

1982. Helen Reddy files for divorce from her husband and manager, Jeffrey Wald, for the second time in 17 months. The new suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court cites irrenconcilable differences – sufficient grounds for divorce under Californian law. The previous divorce petition, filed in February 1981, was withdrawn after only three days. The 39 year old singer said at that time she’d “been too hasty”.

In Business

1981. Gary Numan forms his own airline – Numanair. The company trading under that name is initially called Birspin Limited but changes its name to Numanair Limited on 31st December 1981. Companies House shows the nature of business as “scheduled air transport”.

On Television

1994. Late Show With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) Show #0187. Musical guest are Green Day with their national TV debut. Here they are with, “Basketcase”.

Death

1975. Tim Buckley dies of a heroin overdose in Santa Monica, California.

Babble

It’s that time of year again when I dig my green wellies out of the garden shed, fill a paddling pool with mud and settle down in the cinema room to take in all the ambience of Glastonbury. I figure if the sand pit worked for Brian Wilson, then this is my way of truly catching the vibe of one of the greatest rock festivals.

My big trouble is that this year, I’m ambivalent about the whole thing. I found myself wondering whether Gilbert O’Sullivan would be any good; and as I type this Neil Diamond is performing “Cracklin’ Rosie” to the assembled horde. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think Diamond had one of the best voices in 20th Century popular music but he also recorded some dross. So what on earth is he doing here?

I know that question opens up a huge debate about the relevance of one-time-greats. Maybe it’s unfair of me to demand that I’m excited by the work of one time heroes but I do. I want to be thrilled, challenged and shaken-up by what people are capable of but I repeatedly find myself longing for someone new and different to come up and startle me.

The one act I’m looking forward to is Leonard Cohen but I’m scared that he’ll disappoint in much the same way as all the other legends on retirement or divorce tours. My other great concern is that festival goers now seem able to take in every act with the same level of near-hysteria, regardless of who happens to be onstage. This opens another contentious debate that many of today’s music fans are not in fact fans of music but rather event fans.

One of today’s papers was quoting a nearby farm that was offering luxury accommodation, wellies, all meals and festival tickets for a mere £ 7,000 a head! You’d either have to really love a couple of the bands performing or just want the Glastonbury experience itself to consider that.

Maybe I’m too jaded and too much of a cynic but I’d much rather pay seven grand and get a half decent band to come round and play in my garden for just me and a few friends. Maybe that’s how the festival experience will evolve – private garden parties with guest tickets changing hands for thousands of pounds for a chance to hang out with the band before and after. Who knows…

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (June):

Birth

1948. John Martyn born in Moscow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

In Custody

2003. Rapper DMX is arrested on obscenity charges after swearing onstage during the St Kitts Music Festival. The rapper claims that he has video taped evidence that an agreement was reached before his set that songs that contained swear words were acceptable providing no ad-libbed swearing was added between songs. After the arrest, DMX’s manager announced that unless festival promoters issued a public apology to the media he would consider legal action against them.

In Court

2001. Eminem appears in a Michigan courtroom for sentencing, following his “no contest” plea last month to the charge of brandishing a semi-automatic gun. The incident happened during an argument with Douglas Dahl of Detroit rap group Insane Clown Posse.

Circuit Judge Denise Langford Morris, presiding, could have jailed Eminem for a maximum of 5 years in prison. Appearing under his real name of Marshall Mathers III, the rapper testified the gun was not loaded and witnesses said he didn’t point it at anyone. Judge Morris said she’d received suggestions for a suitable sentence including washing his mouth out with soap and ordering him to write a clean song but in the end she gave him one year probabtion, a $ 2,300 fine and a community service order. Quoting a line from “The Real Slim Shady”, she told the rapper, “Now is the time for you to please stand up”.

In Hospital

1997. One girl dies and more than 300 fans are injured during the hometown gig by Die Toten Hosen at the football stadium in Dusseldorf. More than 60,000 attended the gig which was to celebrate the band’s 1,000th show. Also on the line-up were Bad Religion, Goldfinger and The Leningrad Cowboys.

Twenty minutes into the band’s set, the crowd surged towards the stage. Dozens of fans were pulled unconscious from the mosh pit but although paramedics were on hand, they were unable to resuscitate one. Die Toten Hosen (which means The Dead Pants) stopped the show and urged the crowd to move back. Authorities fearing a riot if the show was stopped, told the band to finish their set. A day later, thirty fans were still being treated in hospital.

On Television

1969. Beat Club (WDR, West Germany) 44: Caravan, Brian Poole & the Seychelles, Flirtations, Marsha Hunt, Procol Harum, Richie Havens, Keef Hartley, The Searchers, Family Dogg, 3 Dog Night, Dave Dee & Co, Ohio Express, Amen Corner. Here’s Keef Hartley with “Waiting Around”

Death

1992. Punk turned goth guitarist Rob Graves, real name Rob Ritter, (ex Gun Club) dies from a heroin overdose in New York City.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Friday 27th June):

Birth

1961. Margo Timmins (The Cowboy Junkies) born in Montreal, Canada.

Opening Night

2002. Britney Spears opens in Manhattan, not onstage but in her new business venture – NYLA, a Cajun styled restaurant inside the Dylan Hotel. Among the A-List celebrities were New York Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, Donald Trump and illusionist David Copperfield. Britney’s former boyfriend, Justin Timberlake was not in attendance. The 20-year-old pop princess tld the press, “My dad is my date tonight”.

In Custody

1980. Three members of The Stranglers are freed on £ 10,000 bail after a week in a French jail. The three had been charged with inciting violence when a riot broke out after a power failure at their concert in Nice. Dave Greenfield was released earlier in the week when charges were not pressed against him.

In Hospital

2002. Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, front man with Overkill, collapses onstage half an hour into the band’s performance in Nurnberg, Germany. He’s taken by paramedics to hospital where it’s discovered he’s suffered a “minor stroke”. Ellsworth stays in hospital for two days of tests before being discharged.

On Television

1970. Beat Club (WDR, West Germany) 56: Van der Graaf Generator, Brinsley Schwarz, Family, Santana, Mungo Jerry. Here are Family with their classic, “Weaver’s Answer”.

Death

2002. John Entwistle, bass player with The Who is found dead in a Las Vegas hotel room. It’s believed that he suffered a heart attack. The band were scheduled to begin their U.S. tour at the hotel, The Hard Rock, tomorrow night.

Babble

I’ve updated Rockmine’s Archive page which finally gives a comprehensive overview of the depth of the archive’s written word collection. It’s a crazy concept as even in the course of putting the lists online, I’ve found or added more. None of these listings may ever be complete!

Regardless of whether you’re a casual rock fan or a hardened rock journalist, you need to take a look at these lists.

The Music Paper Archive – These are the music papers currently in stock, from the late 1950s to date. Obviously, if you have something that’s not listed here, then let me know. I’m always happy to swap and have thousands of muisc papers from the late 1970s to mid 1990s for trade.

The Library – This covers most of the seminal books on rock and pop and nearly every related genre and style. This would be a big library on its own but as part of a one-stop resource it shows just how HUGE Rockmine is.

The Magazine And Cuttings Collections – Rock music is the soundtrack to our lives and the people who make it shape our thoughts and even our world. The Magazine Colection takes rock and pop away from the analytical view of music journalists and shows how “real” magazines deal with our heroes. It can be a fascinating and sometimes different angle.

As for the cuttings, everything you could ever want is there: the gossip, the interviews, reviews and news coverage as well as changing styles and even partners. An essential part of Rockmine, the events cuttings are the basis to Rockmine’s Almanac – part of which is published here every day.

The Legal Document Archive – It’s amazing what’s hidden in the stuffy pages of legal filings. Autopsy reports, police files, court transcripts, judgements, F.B.I. files, divorce petitions and wills, they’re all here. For the stories behind events and the reality of rock stars’ lives – and deaths, these are a treasure trove of information.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 26th June):

Birth

1893. Bluesman Big Bill Broonzy born William Lee Conley Broonzy in Scott, Mississippi.

On Tour

1977. Elvis Presley plays Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Unbeknown to Elvis or his fans, it will be his last concert.

… and in 2002. Twenty-five years after the event, a memorial is unveiled on the site of Elvis Presley’s last concert. The 58 inch high granite block with brass plaque stands on the site of Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. The arena was demolished on July 8th 2001 and its site is currently being used as a car park. The memorial contains a time capsule holding a scarf, Elvis’ last tour schedule and various other items. It is to be opened in 100 years. An error in measuring the space available meant that the capsule could not be lodged in the monument last night. Instead, it had to be sent to a welder to be reduced in size before it could be fitted this morning. Taking part in the dedication was Al Dvorin who was Elvis’ stage announcer for many years. Prior to giving a brief speech, he offered up his trademark announcement given at the end of any concert, “Elvis has left the building”.

In Custody

2001. Howie Epstein, bassist with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and his girlfriend, country singer Carlene Carter are arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico by State Police. The cops pull the couple over for speeding on Interstate 25 but that’s just the start of their problems.

A check shows that the vehicle, a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee was reported stolen from a dealership on March 15 and whilst searching it, 2.9 grams of black tar heroin and “a large amount of drug paraphernalia” is found. Carter told arresting officers that the drugs and related items were hers and “for personal use”. The couple were booked into Bernalillo County Detention Center on felony charges but released the next day after posting a bail bond.

In Hospital

2002. Billy Joel checks out of a substance abuse clinic and psychiatric hospital in Connecticut after 10 days treatment for reported alcohol abuse. People magazine reported that Joel entered the clinic as his Father’s Day gift to his 16-year-old daughter, Alexa.

On Television

1998. Rockpalast (WDR, Germany) Hazeldine; Matthew Ryan (Köln, Stadtgarten). Here’s Matthew Ryan with “Irrelevant”.

Death

1979. Vernon Presley, Elvis’s father, dies at a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, aged 63. He’d been suffering from heart problems and had been hospitalized three times in the last seven months.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 24th June):

Birth

1942. Arthur Brown (The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown) born Arthur Wilton in Whitby, Yorkshire.

On Tour

1999. The Summer Jam hip-hop concert at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey is locked down for a while before police arrive to clear a near riot. A crowd of fans without tickets tried to storm one of the entrances. Arena security responded by locking all entrances and exits while they waited for police to deal with the crowd. Order was restored with only a few arrests and minor injuries. The bands taking part were unaware of the problems outside and the concert was not disrupted. On the bill were Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Nas and Q-Tip.

In Court

2002. Three Appeal Court Judges dismiss Sir Elton John‘s appeal against a judgment in the High Court in the case he brought against Price Waterhouse accountants. Sir Elton had sued the accountants for a breach of duty in the handling of his affairs. The court found that this had not been the case and this verdict was upheld. Sir Elton had been seeking to recover £ 14 million in tour costs which he believes should never have been paid. It’s thought the High Court trial will have cost as much as £ 8 million without adding this appeal.

The twenty-page judgment makes fascinating reading and clearly lays out the complexities of touring and what companies needed to be involved. It also explains the cash flow of a tour and even the commission taken by Sir Elton’s management company, John Reid Enterprises Limited.

In Church

2000. Natalie Maines, 25, lead singer with The Dixie Chicks finishes her gig in Las Vegas and sneaks off to a Little White Wedding Chapel with actor Adrian Pasdar to get married.

On Television

1972. Disco (ZDF, West Germany) 17. The Tremeloes – I like it that way; Peter Orloff – Einer hat dich lieb; Deep Purple – Never before; Phil + John – Hello Mary-Lou; Nina + Mike – Was wird sein in sieben Jahren?; T.Rex – Metal Guru; Peter Maffay – Wo bist du?; Middle Of The Road – The Talk of all the USA, Samson & Deliah. For bands that Disco couldn’t get in the studio, they’d feature a video taped performance and would have a camera zoom in on a monitor on which the VT was playing. That’s the case with this clip of Deep Purple.

 

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 23rd June):

Birth

1962. Richard Coles (The Communards) born in Northampton, England.

In Custody

2003. Norwegian rockers TurboNegro run into trouble at Stuttgart airport, when they’re stopped for Arms smuggling. On their way through security before flying home to Oslo, an 18-inch knife was spotted in their luggage. Despite saying it was a stage prop, security officials wouldn’t accept it. The police took over and as they refused to arrest the whole band, one of the crew, named only as Trond took responsibility and was taken to jail. He was released later in the day having paid a fine.

In Court

1997. The trial in Michigan resulting from the murder of Motown songwriter Arthur Ross (Diana’s brother) and his wife Patricia Ann Robinson-Ross collapses after a key prosecution witness disappears. The man charged with their murder, Ricky Vernon Brooks is aquitted. The bodies of Ross and his wife were found at Brooks’ house on the outskirts of Detroit. Brooks maintained that he was not involved in suffocating the couple who had borrowed the house for a drug deal. Ross was facing trial resulting from drugs charges at the time of his death.

On The Road

2000. Sir Paul McCartney drops his rock & roll lifestyle to become chauffeur for the day. He donned a grey suit to drive his second cousin, Sally Harris to her wedding at a civil ceremony in Wallasey, Merseyside.

On Television

1965. Shindig (ABC, U.S.A.) Opening medley (song excerpts): Willy Nelson – “Long Tall Sally”; David Crosby and Roger McGuinn (of The Byrds) – “Long Tall Sally”; Righteous Brothers – “Sticks and Stones”; The Kingsmen, Billy Preston – “Good Golly Miss Molly”; The Byrds – “Not Fade Away”; Willy Nelson – “Jump Back”; Micki Lynn – “Crazy ’bout My Baby”; The Stoneman Family – “Lost Ball in the High Weeds”; Melinda Marx – “Is That What I Get for Loving You?” (Groucho’s daughter); The Kingsmen – “Louie, Louie”; Billy Preston – “Hey Hey Hey Hey”; Willy Nelson – “Shout”; Micki Lynn – “Old Landmark”; Dave Berry – “The Crying Game”; Adam Faith – “Message to Martha”; Jody Miller – “Queen of the House”; The Righteous Brothers – “Burn On Love”; The Byrds – “Mr. Tambourine Man; The Stoneman Family – “Big Ball In Monterey”; Dave Berry – “One Heart Between Two”; The Righteous Brothers – “Poison Ivy”; Jody Miller – “Saved”; Jean King (one of the Blossoms) – “Why Did I Choose You?”; The Everly Brothers – “I’ll Never Get Over You”; Finale: The Kingsmen – “Do the Climb”. According to my records, this is show 42, not 41 as stated on YouTube but I’m not complaining. You’ll find the whole hour-long show here in ten minute sections. Take the time to watch it all, it’s a fascinating glimpse of one of the best 60’s pop shows.

Death

1997. Swedish pop star Ted Gardestad dies aged 41. He had represented the country in the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest. Despite having retired from the music biz in the ‘eighties, he made a successful comeback in 1995.

 

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