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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 1st November):

Birth

1946. Ric Grech (Family, Blind Faith) born in Bordeaux, France.

On Tour

1979. Bob Dylan launches his first evangelical tour at San Francisco’s Fox Warfield Theatre. During the 95 minute performance Dylan played nothing more than a year old – and nothing which could be classed as secular. The music may have been great but the songs were “God-awful” according to the critics.

In Court

1971. Singer Danny Williams is jailed for 18 weeks at Falkirk Sheriff Court after he and his wife admitted possessing cannabis in the town’s Metropolitan Hotel yesterday. The court heard how everything went wrong for Williams, who had been a regular in the pop charts, when he was convicted for possession in 1968. His solicitor, Mr. Pat Emery, told how Williams had suffered a nervous breakdown which led to him being unable to work. That in turn led to him being made bankrupt. Williams’ wife, Jean, was remanded in custody for two weeks to allow for background reports.

To The Rescue

2001. After months of uncertainty, it seems that Jimi Hendrix‘s childhood home has been saved from the wrecking ball. The house in Seattle had been sold on eBay in August but the buyer pulled out of the deal. Pleas had been made to Paul Allen who owns the Experience Music Project but he had no interest in it.

A condominium developer who had planned to demolish the building in the next two weeks has agreed to sell it to a developer who happens to be a former business manager og Leon hendrix, the guitarist’s brother. He plans to move the house to a temporary location while a permanent home can be found for it.

On Television

1983. Rockpalast (WDR, Germany) Jack Bruce And Band (Zeche Bochum). Here they are with “Green And Blue”.

Death

1990. Ron Wood‘s father dies from a heart attack during a conversation with his son at the guitarist’s home in Wimbledon.

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Wednesday 20th August):

Birth

1948. Robert Plant (do I really have to say Led Zeppelin?) born in West Bromwich, England.

On Tour

1996. Whitney Houston gets £ 1.3 million for a 90 minute performance at a banquet held by the Sultan Of Brunei.

In Court

1981. Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) appears at Kingston Crown Court to face three charges – possessing cocaine, possessing cannabis and cultivating cannabis. He’s found guilty of possessing cocaine and fined £ 200 but acquitted on both of the other charges. The court case follows a police raid on Lynott’s house in Kew Road, Richmond in November 1979. It took the jury two and three-quarter hours to reach its verdicts. Speaking to reporters outside the court, Lynott said he was very concerned about the effect the guilty verdict might have on his ability to tour the United States. Lynott had told the court that he’d given up smoking cannabis after the birth of his daughter, Sara, almost three years ago. he also said that he was unaware of possessing any cocaine. The jacket, in which two packets of the drug had been found, had been loaned to a friend and only returned the day before the raid.

In Hospital

1994. Sound engineer Tim Warhurst falls from a lighting gallery during rehearsals for Take That’s appearance at London’s Docklands Arena. He is flown by air ambulance to the Royal London Hospital where he is found to be suffering from head and spinal injuries that may leave him paralysed for life.

On Television

1975. Musikladen (ZDF, Germany) 20. 10cc; Bay City Rollers; Johnny Cash; Rubettes; The Cats; Paper Lace; ABBA; Roger Glover; Creedence Clearwater Rivival (Oldie); The Seekers. Here’s 10cc with “I’m Not In Love”. 4m 06s.

Death

1971. George Jackson, one of the Soledad Brothers, is shot dead by warders when he tries to escape from San Quentin Prison in California. Jackson, 29, had served 11 years for the theft of $ 70 and was currently in jail awaiting trial for the alleged killing of a prison warder during his sentence which was served at Soledad Prison. His court hearing was scheduled for August 23rd but he decided not to wait and escape instead. During the escape attempt, two other prisoners were shot dead by guards. Two prisoners had their throats slit by those escaping and a warder was stabbed to death. The event is captured for posterity by Bob Dylan in the song, “George Jackson”.

Music Paper From Today

New Musical Express from 20th August 1977. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 17th July):

Birth

1949. Terry “Geezer” Butler (Black Sabbath) born in Birmingham, England.

On Tour

1998. Convicted murderess Pamela Keary escapes from prison in Minneapolis, telling fellow inmates she’s going to see The Smashing Pumpkins who are playing the city this evening. Police arrest the 17 year old at the gig.

In Court

1966. A Munich court rules that The Rolling Stones do make music and not just noise. The city authorities had hoped that the court would find against the group and they could claim back £ 1,270 tax relief for “musical performances” on the group’s concerts at Circus-Krone-Bau on September 14th last year.

In Politics

1985. Mr Barney Hayhoe, Minister Of State in the British Government, announces that the £ 190,000 in V.A.T., paid on tickets for Live Aid, will be waived. The tickets had not made it clear that the fee was voluntary and therefore would be excluded from the tax.

On Television

1976. Disco (ZDF, West Germany) 60. Silver Convention; Jürgen Drews; Rubettes; Bob Dylan (video clip); Peter Maffay; Martin Mann; Vicky Leandros; Smokie.

Death

1996. Chas Chandler (born Bryan James Chandler), member of The Animals, the man who “discovered” Jimi Hendrix and manager of Slade dies in hospital while undergoing tests for a heart aneurysm, aged 57.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 14th July):

Birth

1952. Chris Cross (Ultravox) born Christopher St. John in London, England.

On Stage

1964. Film-maker Kit Lambert is at The Railway Hotel in Harrow to see The High Numbers play their Tuesday residency. He and his business partner, Chris Stamp have been keen to make a film about the new pop music scene but couldn’t afford to pay any established band. So, they hit upon the idea of discovering their own group and filming its rise to stardom. Before the month is out, Lambert and Stamp will become the group’s manager. By November, The High Numbers will have reverted to one of their previous names, The Who (they were also The Detours).

In Custody

1978. Mick Jones (The Clash), Clash sound-man Dave Jacobs and two members of Suicide are arrested after the local Drugs Squad raid their rooms at the Saxon Motor Inn, Blackburn, Lancashire in the early hours of the morning. Both bands had played at the town’s St. George’s Hall last night. All four men were taken to a local police station for questioning but released after a few hours. Various substances, found on or about the four, were retained for analysis.
Suicide’s luck continued in a downward path later in the day when they were dumped from their gig at Bury St. Edmunds. Despite rumours that this related to their arrest, organisers insisted that their exclusion was due to a late running order. The Clash, of course, played as planned.

Talking of which, it was much rumoured that Bob Dylan would be in Bury to see The Clash strut their stuff. In reality, he opted for the musical, “Evita” in London.

In Court

1989. In Manhattan Family Court, Tom Jones (49) loses a paternity suit brought against him by Katherine Berkery (26) who had a four day sex romp with him at a New York hotel in 1987. She hasn’t seen the singer since he left her in 1987, despite trying to contact him over the birth of the baby.

A blood test ordered by the court proved that Jones, who was not in court, was the father of the baby and the judge ordered him to make immediate payments of £ 200 a month to care for one year old Jonathan. The lawyers will be back in court in September to finalise the level of support. Berkery’s attorney, Raoul Felder (who handled Robin Givens’ divorce from Mike Tyson last year) will be seeking £ 2,000 a week. After the case was over, Katherine revealed that the singer’s lawyers had offered her $ 50,000 to drop the case.

On Television

1982. Late Night With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) Musical guest: Pete Best

Death

1980. Malcolm Owen lead singer of The Ruts dies from a heroin overdose in the bath at his mother’s house.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 15th June):

Birth

1943. Johnny Hallyday born Jean-Phillipe Smets in Paris, France.

On The High Seas

1989. Rick Parfitt (Status Quo) has to be rescued from his boat in the English Channel after it runs out of fuel and drifts for two hours.

In Court

1995. Snoop Doggy Dogg appears at a pre-trial hearing in Los Angeles. His lawyers ask Judge Paul Flynn to dismiss the murder charges against the rapper after the prosecution admit that key items of evidence have been accidentally destroyed by a police officer. The judge tells the defence the trial will go ahead and the prosecution will have to explain to a jury why the evidence was destroyed. As yet no date has been set for the trial.

In Hospital Beds

1987. 30 hired hands move 800 rented National Health Service beds onto Saunton Sands in North Devon for Storm Thorgerson to shoot the cover of Pink Floyd‘s next album, “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason”. He had tried in Los Angeles but hadn’t been able to get the type of beds he wanted.

On Television

1973. The Midnight Special, (NBC, U.S.A.) 21. Host: Jim Croce. Guests: Little Anthony and the Imperials; Savoy Brown; Barbara Fairchild; Shawn Phillips; Wishbone Ash; Bobby Womack. Here’s the wonderful Jim Croce with, “I Got A Name”.

Death

1968. Guitarist Wes Mongomery dies of a heart attack in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Babble

Well, I’ve missed the blogs for the last two days. I was up in Elgin on Friday morning and never had the time to get online. Blame a dodgy connection! How anyone manages with BT HomeHub amazes me. I was sitting looking at a dead Safari window for ages. Anyway, I’m ranting again. I left there at lunchtime to drive down to perth and then on to Peebles in the Scottish borders. It’s becoming a bit of a habit. I was down there last year for “An Audience With Bill Wyman” and this time I was heading there for Bob Dylan. Yes, Peebles! Sleepy border town and Bob Dylan. I kid you not.

The event was a private view for “The Drawn Blank Series” at one of only two galleries in Scotland taking part in the release of the limited edition collections of Dylan’s work. The art was originally created while Dylan was undertaking the “Never Ending Tour” of 1989 – 1992.

Breeze Gallery in Peebles pulled out all the stops with a champagne reception to launch the exhibition and it paid off for them. The atmosphere was easy and relaxed, with those attending chatting about the artwork on show and the life of Bob himself. Not long after the start, an array of red dots started to appear next to the framed and glazed pieces which added to the excitement. By the time I left, most of the items on the walls had been sold. There were also portfolio sets of images that seemed to be drawing a lot of interest but with the complete boxed collection selling for £ 33,900 I’d be surprised if that went on the preview night.

The gallery’s owner, Bob Corsie, pictured here, put on a great show and did his utmost to make everyone feel welcome and fully informed. Another great evening in Peebles and a triumph for the Gallery. Well done!


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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 5th June):

Birth

1947. Performance artist Laurie Anderson born in Chicago, Illinois.

On Stage

1983. DJ Kenny Everett, is acting as master of ceremonies for the Conservative Party Youth event at Wembley Conference Centre. Unfortunately, he gets carried away and tells his audience, “Let’s bomb Russia!” and “Let’s kick Michael Foot’s sticks away!” He also jokes that he’d had tea with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and said to her, “Maggie, you’re rolling that joint all wrong”. Everett isn’t asked back.

In Court

1978. A temporary High Court injunction is obtained in London, stopping David Gates and two former members of Bread from touring the U.K. as David Gates And Bread. The injunction follows a writ issued by James A. Griffin (another former member) and Bread Enterprises Inc., who own the registered trade mark on the band’s name. A hearing is set for June 7th.

In Church

1989. Bill Wyman and Mandy Smith have their wedding blessed at the Church Of St. John The Evangelist in London’s Hyde Park Crescent. In marked contrast to their wedding on June 2nd, 170 guests attend the ceremony which is followed by a reception for 400 at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

On Television

1971. Disco (ZDF, West Germany) 4. Bourbon Family – “Acapulco gold”; Joe Dolan – “Sometimes a man just has to cry”; Clodagh Rodgers – “Jack in the box”; Dave Dee – “Wedding bells”; T.Rex – “Hot love”; Samantha Jones – “Sweet Inspiration”; Bill + Buster – “Hold on to what you’ve got”; Thomas Hock – “; The Rolling Stones – “Brown sugar”; Ricky Shayne – “Ginny come to me”. Here’s a ten minute section of the show featuring Dave Dee, T. Rex, Samatha Jones and Bill + Buster.

Death

1968. Bob Dylan‘s father, Abraham Zimmerman, dies from a heart attack. Dylan flies back to Hibbing the following day. The funeral is held on June 7th and Bob stays with his mother until June 11th, when he flies back to New York. Sara, his wife, is expecting a baby and Bob wants to be at the birth.

Babble

On Tuesday I visited Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris and Patti Smith‘s exhibition entitled, “Land 250”. The first thing that strikes you about Fondation Cartier is the building itself, a glass box held together by a steel exoskeleton set in a garden in the middle of the city. Walking into the building you can’t help but be awed by the scale of the open exhibition space on the ground floor. It’s an open, bright space but that wasn’t where Patti’s show was hanging.

For that, you walk down into the basement. The large space seems smaller and more intimate with subdued lighting and sofas sitting on rugs in the middle of the room. Initially the senses are bombarded. Video projections flicker on the walls and even on suspended screens around the homely seating. There are some stunning huge photographs along with Patti’s drawings and polaroids around the walls. It’s an assault on the senses that pulls you in and seduces you. This is, quite simply, amazing.

Throughout the main room (described as “At Home”) are a number of display cases. One features an original visiting card of Arthur Rimbaud’s as well as a first edition of “A Season In Hell”. Sharing the space with these relics is another modern one, Patti’s t-shirt worn for many live performances over the last 30 years.

I was totally mesmerized by this room, the quality of the work, the intimacy of the videos and the personal items. There’s too much to take in. This is definitely an exhibition that would benefit from repeat visits. The only trouble seemed to be that it was too comfortable. I saw one visitor dozing on a sofa!

Along with the main exhibition space are two other rooms. One is the Rene Daumal Room. The walls are white, covered with the comments and scribblings of the fans who’ve attended since the exhibition opened on March 28th, a century and 12 days since Daumal’s birth. On May 21st, to commemorate the day of his death, the walls were covered with sheets of white gauze. As well as the constantly running video, are a number of drawings and photographs. In the room are a prison bed, an ethiopian blanket and a offering bowl of rice. I have to say, this room didn’t work as well for me as the others.

The third room is the Coral Sea Room. In the centre of this darkened space is a large black gazebo with black gauze walls. A video projection plays on one wall and also on a screen stretched arcoss a table in the middle of the room. A bench on either side allows people to sit and fully absorb the atmosphere. Patti says in her commentary that she likes to come and sit here and think of Robert Mapplethorpe. I can see why, it’s a quiet restful meditative space. The walls around this are lined with photographs by both Patti and Robert. One of Patti’s is a polaroid taken of the Last Supper which salutes religion and Warhol at the same time. Two other religious relics add to the atmosphere – a chalice carved from driftwood and the slippers worn by Pope Benedict XV who made Joan of Arc a saint.

I wanted to take a break and went outside to try and photograph the building and when I walked back inside was stunned to see that Patti herself was there. She was relaxed and charming, happily signing autographs for anyone who asked. While she was there she explained many of the items exhibited and even the Rene Daumal Room to those in it at the time. She was followed by a TV crew but stayed long after they left, disappearing into the offices above the gallery spaces.

The exhibition runs until June 22nd. If you’re in Paris, check it out. I was told that Patti was staying in an hotel just around the corner so you may be lucky and catch her on one of her visits.

I flew back yesterday afternoon and stopped at a shopping mall for dinner on my way home. It was full of screaming kids and more than a thousand people. Needless to say I had to see what was happening. It was a personal appearance by the scariest of the Spice Girls, Mel B, at the Debenham’s store. She wasn’t there to plug a new release but to launch a new range of Ultimo bras! Here she is with the bra’s designer, Michelle Mone. The birthday cake was for Mel, albeit a few days out!

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 29th May):

Birth

1949. Francis Rossi (Status Quo) born Francis Dominic Nicholas Michael Rossi in Forest Hill, London.

On Tour

1990. NWA appear at Birmingham’s Hummingbird Club with a strict warning that they’ll be arrested if the show gets out of hand. They drop the use of starting pistols (which its felt will cause panic if they’re fired) and cut the song “Fuck The Police” from the set. The situation’s been stirred up by local councillor Alan Blumenthal who tried to have Public Enemy’s show at the venue earlier in the year cancelled.

In Court

1969. Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull (charged as Marianne Evelyn Dunbar) make a 20 second appearance at Marylebone Magistrate’s Court charged with possession of cannabis following their arrest yesterday. The couple are remanded on bail until June 23.

In Hospital

1965. Bob Dylan is discharged from St. Mary’s Hospital in London and returns to the city’s Savoy Hotel.

On Television

1968. The Mike Douglas Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.) 1183. Guests are The Beach Boys. Here they are with “Never Learn Not To Love”.

Death

1997. Jeff Buckley drowns in the Mississippi river while swimming with a friend off Mud Island in Memphis, Tennessee.

Babble

I’m back up in Elgin today. I still think the idea of a rock memorabilia exhibition in the Two Red Shoes Ballroom is a great one but it seems it’s not to be. I can’t get my head around why the owners of the venue (now called Red Shoes Theatre) are totally upbeat and positive when I come to see them and seem to forget about the exhibition totally when I’ve gone. Very much a case of “out of sight, out of mind”. I realise they’re busy and may have genuine hassles with their insurers but I only get contacted after pestering them. It would have been so much easier if they’d never said they were interested.

I know I’m moaning about this but here’s a place that played host to The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd and many more and I’m not getting to play in it. One of the ideas I’d had for the private view was a couple of old style microphones on the stage and a drum kit with The Beatles logo. A couple of tight spotlights, some genuine 1963 live tapes and it could have been the perfect atmosphere. Oh well, such is life. I’m just going to have to get my memorabilia on-line instead.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to ditch the Garage sale using eBay. I just hadn’t had time. It takes so long to get anything listed, it drives me mad. The day before I went off on holiday to Egypt I sold two things but didn’t get them out until after I got back. eBay clearly states that you should allow 14 days but although I was within that time the guy who bought both items gave me two neutral feedbacks. Then I had one guy in Australia who paid UK signed for postage. I mailed him to say that I’d have to send it standard air mail and he gave me a negative feedback. Three items out of seven or eight in the last few months and suddenly I have a 62% satisfaction rating! And to make matters worse they’ve stopped the chance of sellers leaving neutral or negative feedback for buyers.

I am worried that if I start selling on Rockmine it might be seen as a signal that I’m becoming overly commercial. The bottom line is that Rockmine is a commercial archive. the web site has always been advert free and will remain that way. The free access element is as much a way of promoting the business aspect of Rockmine as anything.

So, although there are changes coming, I don’t think it will change the ethos behind the site. It’s been here since 1995 and I want to see it growing and flourishing. To that end, as well as getting a sales section up in the coming weeks, I’ll be adding an “Ask Rockmine” section. Anyone with a question can post it and pay a nominal sum to have it answered – as long as it’s a private individual. If I can’t answer the question, I’ll post it here and on Rockmine and see it other users can answer the question. If I don’t, needless to say, there will be no charge. If the question relates to a commercial project then the charge will be higher.

Okay, enough rant for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with news of a number of page revamps and other updates.

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