Linda McCartney

My rake through the archive is continuing apace. It’s a major weeding, deciding what to keep, what to digitise and what to sell. The latter is hugely important as this behemoth of a thing I created 32 years ago is a veritable money pit.

I will get back to having useful information on here in the not too distant future but for now I’m on a bit of a self-publicity kick. Not my self but Rockmine. Three decades has left me with more memorabilia, music papers, audio, video and ephemera than I can possible use myself, so it’s time to put on my sales cap and act like your favourite used car salesman.

Having trawled eBay and the greater web, it’s clear I’m sitting on loads of stuff that just isn’t available and it’s about time I got rid of it. Just looking at The Beatles items I have, there’s something for every fan.

There’s some original 60’s memorabilia – Fan Club membership cards with envelope and renewal form, bubblegum cards, Beatles stockings (!), a John Lennon signed EP and much more. More recent memorabilia includes rare PR photos of John & Yoko, a full press pack for the Red & Blue albums and a Dark Horse publicity pack for George. There are also promo posters for George’s solo albums and The Beatles Anthology albums.

Finally, there are music papers and other magazines. There’s a New Musical Express going online very soon that has full page adverts on front and back pages for “Abbey Road”. Needless to say, there are also colour supplements and a selection of magazines and comics, including a rare British edition of the Dell’s 1964 “The Beatles”.

It would be nice to think I could get it all online instantly but it takes time as we are talking about thousands of items. You’ll find updates to recent additions on Rockmine’s front page:

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday, 18th January):


1941. Bobby Goldsboro born in Marianna, Florida.

On Stage

1973. The Rolling Stones play a concert at the Los Angeles Forum to aid victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake. The gig grosses $ 516,810 the largest box office receipt for a charity show until that time.

In Custody

1985. Jerry Garcia is bust by cops while he freebases cocaine in his car in Golden Gate Park. He will be ordered into a rehab programme and instructed to play a benefit concert for the Haight-Ashbury Free Food Programme.

In Court

1980. Japanese prosecutors obtain a court order to detain Paul McCartney for another 10 days shortly before the 48 hours they have to charge a subject was due to run out. They have still not decided whether to charge the ex-Beatle or deport him. Despite being in handcuffs whenever he’s moved around Tokyo, Paul’s local lawyer, Tasuku Matsuo, said that he’s being treated quite well but is not being allowed visitors apart from a brief meeting with his wife on January 16th. According to promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Linda is “rather distraught, completely frustrated and confused”. It’s also been said that Paul will willingly perform for free for the 100,000 people who have tickets for the now cancelled Japanese tour.

On Television

1976. Rockpalast (WDR, West Germany) Climax Blues Band (WDR, Studio A, Köln). Here they are with “All The Time In The World”


1990. Mel Appleby (Mel And Kim) dies in London’s Cromwell Hospital. Although she had struggled for five years against a rare form of spinal cancer, she died from pneumonia which developed after she caught the common cold.

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 8th June):


1962. Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) born Nicholas Bates in Moseley, Warwickshire.

On Tour

1999. The Rolling Stones play a secret gig at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. The gig is meant to finish by 11pm but goes on until nearly midnight. The result is the band are fined £ 25,000.
In Court

1993. BMG Music is granted an injunction against Allen Klein‘s ABCKO label to postpone the re-release of Sam Cooke‘s seminal album, “Night Beat”. BMG claim to own the rights. The case goes to US District Court where Judge Loretta Preska instructs ABCKO and their distributors Polygram to ensure all copies carry a sticker stating, “Originally manufactured in 1963 by Tracy Ltd. for the RCA Records label.” ABCKO will be entitled to release the album until their rights expire on a date still to be decided in the courts.

In Church

1998. The three surviving Beatles appear together in public for the first time since 1969. George Harrison and Ringo Starr joined Sir Paul McCartney at St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields church in London for a memorial service for Sir Paul’s wife, Linda, who died from cancer in April.

Crowds gathered in the rain outside and cheered as The Beatles arrived separately but only Ringo stopped to acknowledge them with a wave of his umbrella. Animal rights groups from across Europe staged a candle-lit vigil to celebrate the work that Linda had done to bring their cause to public attention.

Among the many stars who attended were Sir Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Billy Joel, Sting and Pete Townshend.

On Television

1978. Rockpalast (WDR, West Germany) Robert Gordon, Link Wray And The Wild Cats (WDR Studio-L Köln). Here’s Robert Gordon with “Hot Dog”.


1972. Bluesman Jimmy Rushing dies of leukemia in New York aged 69.


I must apologize, the blog is very late up today. I’ve been spending time trying to revamp the main Rockmine site and getting bogged down in just how much needs to be done. A brief check showed that huge parts of the site are in disarray. The Doors section is particularly bad!

It will hardly surprise you then, that I’ve started there with a revamped page for The Doors Tapes, the two-record box set that I recorded with Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore back in 1983. I have to say – and I know I’m biased – that there’s a load of stuff on these discs that’s a must have for Doors fans. Apart from Ray accepting that despite the myth of meeting Jim on Venice beach, they had been playing together as early as 1963 and the most hilarious story of the Amsterdam debacle where The Doors played the gig without Jim!

The other thing that’s hugely important is that PayPal has been added to the site and the box set can now, at last, be bought straight from the page. Why not check it out for yourself here.


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