Today In Music, June 27th

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


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”.


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.


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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