Today In Music, May 26th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 26th May):


1959. Wayne Hussey (The Mission) born Jerry Lovelock in Bristol, England.

On Tour

1997. U2 have a few hours to kill before their PopMart show at Washington’s RFK Stadium, so they pop in to see President Bill Clinton. For more than an hour the band and Bill talked about the Northern Ireland peace talks, Bosnia and the imprisoned American Indian activist, Leonard Peltier. Unfortunately the President couldn’t make it to the gig as he was heading to Europe for a NATO meeting but daughter Chelsea and some friends stood in for him. The gig itself wasn’t without problems. The massive video screen and some of the lighting rig were damaged by severe thunderstorms the night before. The screen will be staying in D.C. for three days of repairs. Coincidentally, the gig was number 13 on the tour.

In Court

2000. Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) is sent to the county jail for five days after appearing in Malibu Superior Court for violating parole by drinking alcohol. Judge Lawrence Mira, presiding, also extended his parole until May 26th 2003 and reinstated random drug and alcohol testing. Lee will also have to enrole in alcoholics anonymous. That said, it could have been far worse. The judge had the option of jailing him for up to three years.

In Hospital

1965. Bob Dylan is admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in London after spending several days confined to his bed at the city’s Savoy Hotel. He’s diagnosed as suffering from a viral infection that would respond more readily to treatment in hospital.

On Television

1965. Shindig (ABC, U.S.A.) – The Rolling Stones; Howlin’ Wolf; Sonny & Cher; Jackie DeShannon. Here are Brian Jones and Mick Jagger indtroducing Howlin’ Wolf and “How Many More Years”.


1968. R&B artist Little Willie John (“Fever”, “Need Your Love So Bad”) dies in prison in Walla Walla, Washington. In 1966 he stabbed a railroad worker and was found guilty of manslaughter.



Before the weekend I’d been working on revamping the archive part of Rockmine. My intention had been to keep the free public archive material but get an up-to-date listing of what’s actually in the archive on-line. Needless to say, things are never as easy as they might seem. A list of the music papers in the archive seemed to be a manageable task and would take less than a day. How wrong could I be!

My OCD compulsion for listing everything meant I knew I had an inventory of papers but it was at least 6 months old and you wouldn’t believe how many piles of wood-pulp can accumulate in that time. Then, of course, came the realisation that there were dozens of titles not on the list. Despite that, I’ve decided to put the list up. Here’s the link for it.

At the same time, I’m slowly trying to roll out CSS over the site. On a lot of pages the HTML is fine and totally standard compliant but I’m not sure changing some layouts to CSS would be seen the same by all browsers. It’s a long project but I will get it done!   


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