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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 (Tuesday 8th April):

Birth

1962. Izzy Stradlin (Guns n’ Roses) born Jeffrey Isbell in Lafayette, Indiana.

On Tour

1973. Barclay James Harvest‘s equipment gets moving again following an enforced stay at the Mont Blanc Italian Customs post. The band fled Yugoslavia last week when it was revealed their local promoter had done a runner without paying any of his dues. Worried that their stage set and instruments would be impounded, they headed for home only to hit the Italian border during a strike by customs officers. The band managed to get through but have had to cancel five European shows.

In Court

1981. At the end of a three day trial at Brighton Crown Court, Patrick Olive (Hot Chocolate) is cleared of causing the death of a 20 year old girl by careless driving. Unfortunately, he is found guilty of the lesser charge of driving without due care and attention and fined £ 500 with £ 300 costs. During the trial, the court heard how the girl, Veronica Duffy, had been given a lift by Olive after leaving a social club in Crawley, Surrey. As he was driving Miss Duffy home to nearby Ifield, Olive overtook a lorry in his Porsche but lost control of the car which hit a lampost and rolled over several times. Miss Duffy died from multiple injuries.

At Sea

1998. Ron Wood is among twelve people rescued from a yacht drifting 100 miles east of Rio de Janeiro, moments before it burst into flames and was destroyed. Ron was visiting Park’s Island owned by millionaire plastic surgeon Ivo Pitanguy with Keith Richards before a concert in Rio on the 11th of this month.

On Television

 

1996. Late Show With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) Musical guest: Tori Amos. Here she is with “Muhammad My Friend”.

Death

1997. Laura Nyro dies of ovarian cancer at home in Danbury Connecticut.

Music Paper From Today

New Musical Express from 8th April 1995. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. 

 

Daily Babble

My apologies for the missing blogs for the last couple of days. WordPress updated the system and nothing seemed to work for me. Thankfully, all now seems to be okay again.

I will do what I did after coming back from Egypt and put the missing dates up. As of tomorrow, I’ll have a new page on here for The Rockmine Garage Sale. It’s the clear-out of my garage that I’ve been working on for ages. Another foray out there yesterday saw me coming back with a box full of promo posters and even sections of Beatles wallpaper. Talking of wallpaper, I found a still sealed roll of promotional wallpaper for Kylie Minogue’s “Enjoy Yourself” and dare I say it a roll of Spice Girls paper and a border!

I hate to think what else lurks there!

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 23rd February):

Birth

1958. David Sylvian (Japan) born David Batt in London, England.

In Custody

1999. Oasis guitarist Bonehead (real name Paul Arthurs) is arrested for being drunk and disorderly at a star studded party in Tommy Hilfinger’s shop in London’s fashionable New Bond Street. At 11.30 p.m., security staff at the store called a passing policeman to help deal with Bonehead who was shouting and swearing. The policeman asked the guitarist to leave the area but he refused to do so and continued his disturbance of the event. He was then arrested and taken to a nearby police station. Bonehead was not charged but received a formal warning over his conduct prior to being released at 4.30 a.m. the next morning.

In Court

1971. All four of The Beatles appear before Mr. Justice Stamp at the High Court in London to give their versions of what prompted the break-up of their partnership. Ringo Starr said that although he respected and trusted Paul McCartney, he sometimes “behaved like a spoilt child”. He described the reaction to news that Paul’s solo album would be delayed until after the release of his own, saying Paul went “completely out of control”. “He shouted at me, prodding his fingers towards my face and said, “I’ll finish you, now!” adding “He told me to put my coat on and get out, so I did”.

At The Opera

1967. Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull cause a scandal when they arrive eight minutes late for a performance at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. Already present is a member of Britain’s Royal Family, Princess Margaret, and etiquette dictates that no-one else should be admitted after she is seated.

Death

1995. Original Temptations member, Melvin Franklin (real name David English) dies, aged 52, in Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications connected to his brain seizures. He had been admitted to the hospital on February 17th after suffering a seizure but never regained consciousness.

Music Paper From Today
 
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Sounds from 23rd February 1974. 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 21st February):

Birth

1961. Ranking Roger (The Beat) born Roger Charlery in Birmingham, England.

On Tour

1990. On tour with The Rolling Stones in Tokyo, Japan, Keith Richard‘s mother-in-law has a heart attack and is rushed to hospital. Keith goes to the hospital with Patti Hansen but leaves long enough to play tonight’s gig at the Korakuen Dome before returning.

In Court

As part of a plea bargaining deal, rapper Juvenile pleads guilty to felony battery in court in Miami, Florida. The rapper (real name Terius Gray) is sentenced to 75 hours community service, will be on unsupervised probation for one year, will donate $ 5,000 to a local children’s charity and pay court costs of $ 782.
 
The original charges carried a maximum possible sentence of 15 years. They were aggravated battery, battery on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and stemmed from a fight outside a Miami comedy club on March 28th 2001. Juvenile was alleged to have struck a man, Jackson Saint Ange with a champagne bottle, knocking him unconscious. He then allegedly ran up to a police officer, grabbing him and swearing at him. Judge Bertila Soto was told by Saint Ange’s lawyer that his client had no objection to the plea deal and had already settled a civil suit against juvenile for an undisclosed ammount.  

In Hospital

1997. Patsy Kensit discharges herself from the Charter Nightingale Hospital in London where she had booked herself in for treatment for stress. She was forced to leave after a tabloid newspaper published the name of the £ 4,000 a week clinic. Fiance Liam Gallagher met her and the couple strolled home hand in hand.

On Television
 
 

1966. Hullabaloo (U.S.A.). Hosts: The Righteous Brothers. Guests: Paul Revere & The Raiders, Nancy Sinatra, Bob Lind, Paul & Barry Ryan. Here’s Bob Lind with “Elusive Butterfly” from the show.

Death

1971. Fairport Convention fiddler Dave Swarbrick has a lucky escape as a lorry crashes into his bedroom in the early morning. Only the bed was left unscathed. The driver of the vehicle was killed and his mate seriously injured as it hit the building in Bishop’s Stortford. Swarbrick, along with other group members Simon Nichol, Dave Mattacks and Dave Pegg, who also have flats in the converted pub, were all treated for shock.

Music Paper From Today
 
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Street Life from 21 February 1976. It was the nearest any magazine has got to being a British Rolling Stone with great writers and articles covering far more than just music. This copy is taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. In case you’re wondering why I’ve not been including Melody Maker until now, the answer is simple – the majority of copies are too big for the scanner! 
 
Daily Babble.

Well, what do I say? Should I be cool enough to say I didn’t watch The Brits or imply that the act of watching it was, in itself, subversive and therefore cool. I know, I’ll tell you the truth. I put the TV on, watched the start of The Brits and turned over to watch Master Chef and then Grand Designs before catching up with what happened on my mac which I’d left recording it.
 
My verdict is this: Mika bored me. All I could think was “Freddie did this better”. That was it in a way, I lost interest; and when The Osbournes took to the stage I longed nostalgically for Mick Fleetwood and Samantha Fox. Master Chef on the other hand, had everything: real drama, dashed hopes, emotion and a wonderful piece of Craig Armstrong dropped in to add tension to a perfectly pointless river scene.
 
I’ve decided that watching Master Chef before eating is not a good idea. What comes out of the oven never quite satisfies but maybe that’s just me. Grand Designs was a complicated tale of British and German builders and trades being brought together and something incredible being built, albeit not quite finished thanks to the Brits. No, not “The Brits”. Talking of which, I topped up my glass with some better red wine and decided to finish watching.
 
I loved the understated sexual tension between Kylie and David Tennant (it was there wasn’t it?). Mark Ronson was really interesting. I felt Amy Winehouse didn’t get into her stride as much as she had at the Grammy’s but then who can blame her? As for Sir Paul McCartney, there’s something reassuring about a man who can still smile and seem to get excited about his music after playing it for so long – and do it well. He hasn’t exactly had things easy of late either. 
 
Now all I have to worry about is who gets kicked off Master Chef tonight…. 
 
 
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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 16th February):

Birth

1935. Sonny Bono born Salvatore Philip Bono in Detroit, Michigan.

On Tour

1998. The Rolling Stones wind up the North American leg of their world tour with a gig at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in front of 400 up-market guests. Only half of the $ 300 and $ 500 tickets were sold directly to the public, the rest were sold to other Vegas casinos and clubs for their high-rolling regulars.

In Court

1971. Paul Kossoff, the 20 year old lead guitarist with Free is fined £ 25 at West London Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to possessing cannabis resin.

In Custody

1992. Arriving at Tokyo’s Narita Airport to promote the film “Freejack”, Mick Jagger is banned from entering the country. He is held for 38 hours at the airport’s Rest House Hotel before bureaucrats allow him to continue his promotional tour. The trouble stems from a 22 year old drug conviction which strangely didn’t cause any problem during tours of Japan in 1988 and 1990.

On Television


The Mike Douglas Show (U.S.A.) with co-hosts John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Musical guest: Chuck Berry. John and Yoko join Chuck for two songs, “Memphis” and “Johhny B. Goode” which is shown here.

Death

2004. Doris Troy dies in Las Vegas, Nevada after a lengthy bout with emphysema, aged 67. Despite a lengthy career, she may well be best known for being one of the backing vocalists on Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon”.

Music Paper From Today
 
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Kerrang! from 16th February 1991. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years.   
 
Daily Babble
 
One of the most enjoyable tasks I have every day is looking for a clip to illustrate the On Television part of the blog. I’ve been collecting rock video since about 1982 when I got a Phillips 1500 VCR. Over the years I built up the collection of tapes and machines to play them on. At one time, I had 9 different formats of machine ranging from 1/2 inch black and white reel-to-reel to U-matic. I’ve still got about 7,000 hours of stuff that I have started to digitize but nowadays what’s the point when there’s YouTube?
 
I’ve had today’s clip for years as an optical copy of a Betamax NTSC tape. The tape was played on a multi-standard machine and TV with a video camera set up in front of it to get a PAL copy to be swapped and watched! Crazy days. A lot of tapes from the period were unwatchable, faded vague images appearing out of a green fog only to disappear again a few moments later. 
 
Some years back, there was a sudden surge in bootleg DVDs to be found in record shops and markets. I bought dozens of them, eager to get decent copies of long held treasures but it seemed that was never going to last for long. When people got broadband, there was little point in them buying discs when they could download them for free and now you don’t even need to bother with that. Rock video on tap whenever you want, wherever you are. It’s either wonderful or the end of civilization as we know it. I don’t know which.
 
What I do know is that I found something I’d been searching for a decent copy of for SO many years – Rick Wakeman’s “King Arthur On Ice”. Strangely, I don’t remember it looking so naff when I saw it on TV! 
 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 11th February):

Birth

1962. Sheryl Crow born in Kennett, Missouri. Before making a career for herself as a solo artist, she works as a backing singer for a variety of acts, including Don Henley and Michael Jackson.

On Tour

1964. The Beatles travel from New York to Washington, D.C. by train, during a blizzard, for their first concert in the United States. In the evening, they perform for 8,092 fans at the Washington Coliseum. The set list is: “Roll Over Beethoven”, “From Me to You”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, “This Boy”, “All My Loving”, “I Wanna Be Your Man”, “Please Please Me”, “Till There Was You”, “She Loves You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, “Twist and Shout”, and “Long Tall Sally”. The support acts are Tommy Roe, the Caravelles, and the Chiffons.
  
 
The stage was situated in the middle of the auditorium and, as a result, the band had to stop three times and turn Ringo’s drum kit around and move their microphones so that each part of the audience would get to face the group. The concert was filmed and later transmitted as a closed-circuit broadcast to theaters in March minus the closing number, “Long Tall Sally”. After their performance at the Coliseum, The Beatles attend a reception at the British Embassy, which turns out to be an unpleasant experience. At one point a woman even sneaks up behind Ringo and cuts off a lock of his hair.

In Court

2000. Geri Halliwell appears at the High Court in London to give evidence in the case brought by Italian motorcycle company, Aprilia, against The Spice Girls. Appearing before Mrs. Justice Arden, Halliwell told the court that leaving The Spice Girls was like leaving a marriage, saying, “… there wasn’t one defining moment when I consciously made that decision”. Aprilia are suing the group for £ 1.6 million which they claim they lost as a result of Miss Halliwell leaving the group. The company had signed a contract with the group to bring out a range of “Spice Sonic” scooters featuring photographs of all five group members. Aprilia contests that the group entered into the contract knowing Miss Halliwell would leave and their scooters would instantly become “a total marketing flop”. After she left the court, a spokesman for the 27 year old former Ginger Spice, said that Miss Halliwell was not a party in the case and had volunteered as a witness “to help out the girls”. The group is countering with another suit claiming £ 212,000 in unpaid sponsorship and royalties. The case continues.

In Hospital

2001. Johnny Cash is admitted to the Baptist Hospital in Nashville, with pneumonia. He’s described as being in a “serious but stable” condition, later in the day. Cash was hospitalized with the illness for two weeks in 1999 and twice in 1998.

On Television

1967. “Juke Box Jury” (U.K.) broadcasts part of the promo video for The Beatles‘ next single, “Penny Lane” which is released in the U.K. on February 17th.

Death

2000. An Isley Brothers concert at the Los Angeles Sports Arena ends abruptly after several shots are fired and a man is shot dead near a concession stand. It’s believed that the man wounded three people before being confronted by a uniformed policeman. When the man pointed his gun at the officer, the policeman fired one shot. Paramedics later pronounced him dead at the arena. One of the wounded was hospitalised with a serious stomach injury.



Music Paper From Today
 
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Sounds from 11th February 1978. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years. The cover photograph (by PA – Reuter Photos Ltd) was originally used as the cover of the “Merseymania” LP.

Daily Babble
 
I admit it, I’ve gone a bit scan-crazy! The office looks like a battle zone and I’ve done the worst thing possible. I opened a 1968 New Musical Express. The TV listings were calling to me, I really couldn’t help it – and then I just got carried away. Before long, I was taking listings from 1969. Well, at least I’ll have my TV database finished earlier than I though…
 
As a result of the publicity I got for putting the John Lennon Lawson Memorial Hospital autograph up for sale, I’ve been contacted by another person with a signed postcard. That now makes four which have turned up! This one’s of Ben Loyal and is once again signed by John and Yoko without any annotation. I’ll be contacting them this week and will hope to get to see this one as it’s only a few hours drive away.  
 

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