Today In Music, June 19th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 19th June):


1948. Nick Drake born in Rangoon, Burma.

On Politics

1984. Michael Jackson is denounced by the Kremlin for having sold out his black roots and being a puppet of the Reagan administration.

In Custody

1990. Adam Franklin (Swervedriver) is arrested and charged with causing an affray after an incident with a bouncer after the band’s gig at London’s Borderline Club which leaves him with several broken teeth and facial bruising. He spends a night in police cells before being released in the morning. Due to his injuries he can barely speak. As a result the band cancel the rest of their U.K. tour.

In The Press

1976. Seventeen year old scribe, Steven Morrissey hits the big time when he gets a letter published in Melody Maker and New Musical Express about The Sex Pistols concert on June 4th in Manchester. Here’s the letter:

“I PEN this epistle after witnessing the infamous Sex Pistols ‘in concert’ at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall. The bumptious Pistols in jumble sale attire had those few that attended dancing in the aisles despite their discordant music and barely audible audacious lyrics, and they were called back for two encores. The Pistols boast no inspiration from the New York / Manhattan rock scene, yet their set includes “I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone” a number believed to be done almost to perfection by the Heartbreakers on any sleazy New York night, and the Pistols’ vocalist/exhibitionist Johnny Rotten‘s attitude and self-asserted “love us or leave us” approach can be compared to both Iggy Pop and David JoHansen in their heyday.

Not to mention the fact that the Pistol’s manager is the legendary Malcolm MacClaren who has had close connections with the New York Dolls. The Sex Pistols are very New York and it’s nice to see that the British have produced a band capable of producing atmosphere created by the N.Y. Dolls and their many imitators, even though it may be too late. I’d love to see the Pistols make it. Maybe then they will be able to afford some clothes which don’t look as though they’ve been slept in.” – STEVE MORRISEY, Stretford, Manchester

On Television

1980. Musikladen (ZDF, Germany) 54. A la Carte – Do wah diddy diddy; Gibson Brothers – Mariana; The Days – Teacher, teacher; Oscar Harris – Song for the children; Matchbox – Midnite dynamos; Jona Lewie – Kitchen at parties; Jimmy Ruffin – Hold on to my love; Paul McCartney – Coming up (Video); Pretenders – Brass in pocket; Marianne Faithful – Broken English; Roxy Music – Over you; Lipps Inc. – Funkytown; Johnny Cash – Sunday morning coming down (Oldie: 1972); Showaddywaddy – Always & ever. Here’s Marianne Faithful.


2002. Frank “Skip” Candelon, ex-lead singer of Turning Point is found dead in his New Jersey home from a suspected drug overdose. The event is announced by the band’s web site which also says, “the family wishes the details of Skip’s death to remain private”.


I’ve finally got some of Rockmine’s music film posters up for sale on-line. They’ve been sitting in drawers and portfolios since they were last taken to a memorabilia/record fair in Paris back in 1995! They’re all originals, sent out to cinemas to promote the movie. Here are direct links to them:

Adam Ant/ToyahJubilee, rare U.K. poster.
Arlo GuthrieAlice’s Restaurant, U.K. poster.
Barbra StreisandFunny Girl, U.K. poster.
Barbra StreisandThe Way We Were, U.K. poster.
CherMermaids, U.K. poster.
David BowieMerry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, U.K. poster.
Diana RossMahogany, U.K. poster.
MadonnaWho’s That Girl, U.K. poster.
Elvis PresleyIt Happened At The World’s Fair, ultra rare U.S. poster.
Elvis PresleyShow, set of four Italian posters.
Joe CockerMad Dogs & Englishmen, rare Belgian poster.
Led ZeppelinThe Song Remains The Same, U.S. poster.
Olivia Newton-John, John TravoltaGrease, U.K. poster.
Olivia Newton-John, John TravoltaGrease, (rarer, different version) U.K. poster.
Paul McCartney & WingsRockshow, U.S. poster.
Pink FloydLive At Pompeii, ultra rare U.S. poster.
PrincePurple Rain, U.K. poster.
Roy OrbisonThe Fastest Guitar Alive, rare U.K. poster.
The BeatlesLet It Be, rare Belgian poster.
The Rolling StonesLadies & Gentlemen, rare U.S. poster.
Various Artists (Bruce Springsteen, etc.) – No Nukes, U.K. poster.

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