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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday, 19th January):

Birth

1949. Robert Palmer born in Batley, Yorkshire.

On Stage

1994. The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley and Rod Stewart are inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Jerry Garcia can’t make it, so the rest of The Grateful Dead take along a cardboard cut-out of him instead. John Lennon was inducted by Paul McCartney who made a public display of reconciliation when he hugged Yoko Ono.

In Court

1999. Rapper Bizzy Bone‘s assault trial opens in Columbus, Ohio. The Bone Thugs-n-Harmony member (real name Byron McCane) is charged with assault and disorderly conduct and could face up to six months in prison and a fine of $ 1,000. It’s alleged that Bone , accompanied by two bodyguards, confronted student barber Terrance Harden and accused him of slandering him. In the course of a heated discussion Harden is said to have lunged at the rapper but been restrained by the bodyguards. Harden’s story, which the City Prosecutor believes, says that he was dragged down a flight of stairs sustaining “visible injuries”. Neither of the bodyguards has been charged in connection with the assault.

In Hospital

1978. An unconscious Sid Vicious is carried off a flight from Los Angeles to New York on a stretcher after taking pills and alcohol during the flight. He is taken to New York’s Jamaica Hospital where, after being given oxygen and an intravenous drug antidote, he recovers to semi-consciousness. A spokesman for the hospital says, “He said he was feeling fine but his eyes were rolling about in his head”. Its thought that Sid may have travelled to New York to see Johnny Rotten who arrived in the city on January 18th claiming he had left the band.

On Television

2005. The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.) 255. Guests include Wyclef John who performs with the African Children’s Choir, singing their Golden Globe-nominated theme song, “Million Voices” from the movie “Hotel Rwanda.”

Death

2008. Singer-songwriter John Stewart dies in San Diego, California. He was a member of The Kingston Trio, wrote “Daydream Believer” for The Monkees and produced a collection of highly regarded solo albums through his career. Check out “Fire In The Wind” for a taste of the man at his best.

Bbabble

I’ve spent the last couple of days listening to Bruce Springsteen‘s new album, “Working On A Dream”. It has all the feel of a “real” E-Street Band album and the clips available on Amazon show The Boss enjoying himself in the studio, trading chops with old friends. 

It’s got a feel-good feeling to it and the more I listen to it, the more I warm to it but something rankles me about it. I don’t know if it’s a cynicism that’s dogging me over it. I’d like to be listening to it when a new president wasn’t just about to take power in America. It seems laden with hope, from its title onwards.

In interviews, Springsteen has said that The American Dream had been lost but now with Obama, we see that it can be achieved. I worry that even more than with “Born In The USA”, this work will be misunderstood or misinterpreted. My basic distrust of politics has always seen me believe that rockers should be protesting, not encouraging us to believe in anything.

Newsclips last night showed Bruce on the steps of The Capitol singing “The Rising”. I hope the coming days and weeks see his faith in America strengthened and not shattered as politicians have so often done before.

His finest work charted growing up in America’s industrial heartland. He now faces his greatest challenge, to give voice to the millions affected by economic hardship and job losses. Rich, secure middle America has seen its world shattered. Regardless of what happens in The White House, it certainly needs hope in the future.  

As for the album itself, I’ll be back with a review tomorrow.

 

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

Birth

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.

Death

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”.

Babble

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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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Friday 16th May):

Birth

1941. Robert Fripp (King Crimson) born in Wimbourne, Dorset.

On Stage

2001. Jon Bon Jovi takes to the stage at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey to receive an honourary doctorate of humanities. After receiving his degree, Bon Jovi gave the commencement speech to more than 1,000 students, their families and friends who were gathered on the lawns outside the university’s Woodrow Wilson Hall.

In Court

1998. Magistrates in Yate, North Avon, heard more than 50 charges against Gary Glitter. The 54 year old singer, whose real name is Paul Gadd was not in court. It’s alleged that 50 indecent images of children were found on a computer that he took for repair to a branch of PC World.

Glitter is also charged with indecently assaulting a girl under 13 between March 1975 and April 1977 and sexually assaulting a girl under 16 between March and April 1980. The case continues.

In Custody

2000. Axl Rose calls police to his home in the Latigo Canyon area of Malibu to complain of a tresspasser. County Sheriff’s Deputies found the culprit to be a 39 year old woman, Karen O’Neill, who has been involved in previous stalking cases at the singer’s home. Rose has even filed a restraining order against her. Police arrest her and cherge her with breaching that order.

On Television

May 16 1991 Late Night With David Letterman CBS U.S.A. Show #1479. Musical guest: Motorhead with this amazing version of Chuck Berry‘s “Rock “n” Roll”.

In Politics

2002. Bruce Springsteen issues a categorical denial that he will run as a candidate in this year’s U.S. Senate elections. The Boss quotes General William Sherman who refused to stand for president in 1884, saying, “If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve”. Springsteen’s unusual statement follows the announcement two days ago that New Jersey political activists were planning to draft him into the race.

 

 

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