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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 28th August):

Birth

1943. Honey Lantree (The Honeycombs) born Ann Lantree in Hayes, Middlesex.

On Stage

1999. During Blur‘s set at the Reading Festival tonight, Damon Albarn gets into a confessional mood and tells the audience (and the rest of the world) that he took ecstacy on “Top Of The Pops”. According to the singer, he and another, un-named, member of the band were given the drug by someone from their record label prior to the show in the early 1990’s. He does go on to say it was “a bit crap” to have taken the drug but the tabloid press just concentrate on the confession.

In Court

1978. Rick Wright (Pink Floyd) and his children’s tutor, Professor Michael Smith file lawsuits against the Chief Of Police on the Greek island of Lindos claiming ill-treatment. Wright and his family have been staying in a villa owned by Pink Floyd to which police were called following complaints from neighbours about noise. When they arrived an argument started and Michael Smith was arrested. Wright and his wife, Julia, went to the police station to establish why Smith was being held. There, they claim they were threatened with a revolver. The keyboard player also received bruised eyes and cut lips having been beaten about the face. The Chief Of Police has been recalled to Rhodes awaiting the outcome of an internal investigation.

In Hospital

1985. Mick Jagger‘s girlfiend Jerry Hall gives birth to a son, James Leroy Augustine Jagger at New York’s Lennox Hill Hospital.

On Television

1982. Rockpalast (WDR, West Germany) Frankie Miller & Band; The Eric Burdon Band; Bap; David Lindley’s El Rayo X; Rory Gallagher (Loreley, St. Goarshausen). Here’s David Lindley with his wonderful “Mercury Blues”. 4m 58s.

Death

2006. Drummer “Pip” (Philip) Pyle dies in Paris, France. He worked with Hatfield And The North, Robert Wyatt, National Health, Chicken Shack, Gong, The Paul Jones Group, The Hugh Hopper Band and many more.

Babble

Well, the week has been a bit of a disaster. Since Saturday, I haven’t been able to get this or my Ballerina Ballroom Blog online. Every day I’ve requested new passwords, I’ve reset my machine and been totally stumped by the fact that I couldn’t get in.

Somehow, I sussed it today. I’ve no idea how or why but Safari (the web browser I use) was set to “Private Browsing”. The moment I took that off, I got straight back in to my account. About time!

Anyway, I’d like to say the week’s been packed with excitement but there’s not much to report. I decided to go back to the garage sale and put some stuff on ebay. Most of it is cheap and cheerful but I did get carried away and put a copy of Derek Taylor’s “Fifty Years Adrift” up as an auction item. It was one of Genesis Publications’ first rock music limited edition books back in 1985. 2,000 hand-made, leather bound, gilt edged books packed with bits of memorabilia and the insight of one of rock’s true insiders. It’s even edited and annotated by George Harrison. No wonder that the edition sold out extremely quickly. Anyone who invested £ 185 in buying it twenty-three years ago is now looking at something valued up to £ 5,000! All 2,000 copies of the limited edition were signed by Derek and George but mine is rather unusual. It carries the disclaimer that it is neither signed nor numbered and is a review copy and therefore not part of the limited edition. Presumably, as one of only a few review copies, it’s even rarer! Time will tell.

The on-off-and-on-again state of the memorabilia exhibition is still up in the air although there are moves afoot. Anyway, I got bored hanging around and decided to get on with Rockmine’s sales section. I’m not sure if I want to call it a mall or a gallery but that will no doubt work itself out. The first new page up is as yet very small but definitely of interest. It’s “Handbills and Flyers” and it’s already got several real gems on it. There are three Marquee Club handbills. Each features a festival on the front and Marquee listings for a month on the reverse. There’s one for the Sunbury Festival with August 1968, Plumpton Festival with August 1969 but the real oddity is for Stockley Festival with July 1969. Stockley, near West Drayton was the original site for 1969’s 9th National Jazz, Blues & Popular Music Festival which went on to take place at Plumpton. I know how difficult it is to change venues for a small gig, changing the site for a complete festival must have been a nightmare.  

One other item on the page is  a handbill for Pink Floyd at Liverpool Empire Theatre on 15th February 1970. It may be missing its corners but this really is a cracker! I suppose I better get back to it. There’s more to get online – including a handbill for Bob Dylan at the Isle Of Wight Festival in 1969. 

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 27th July):

Birth

1944. Bobby Gentry born Bobby Lee Street in Chickasaw County, Mississippi.

On Tour

1969. Scott Walker is playing Blackpool’s ABC Theatre. Unfortunately, his audience aren’t happy. More than 200 demand their money back complaining that the singer was confused and sang one song twice. His publicist, Mr Chris Williams, later says that the confusion arose after taking tablets for headaches he has been suffering from since his car accident two weeks ago. The publicist goes on to say that Walker was “not aware of any discontent among his audience” but he will not be undertaking any other bookings for the immediate future.

In Custody

1997. Two Primal Scream roadies are arrested and charged with possessing marijuana and an “unidentified white powder” at the Lollipop Festival in Sweden. Initial press reports claimed that it was two members of the band who were arrested but the only band member to be searched was Throb who dropped his trousers to prove he wasn’t hiding anything. The roadies are released the next morning after paying a £ 500 deposit toward possible fines.

In Hospital

1986. Ella Fitzgerald collapses after a concert in Lewiston, New York. The 68 year old singer is taken to the Niagra Falls Medical Centre where an initial examination indicates the singer has congestive heart failure. Further tests will be carried out over the next feew days to see if she really did have a heart attack. Her manager, Pete Cavello, says she suffers from respiratory problems.

On Television

1999. Late Show With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) Show #1260. Musical guests: Los Lobos with “This Time”. 4m 19s.

Death

1974. Bluesman Lightnin’ Slim (born Otis Hicks) dies from a stomach tumour in Pontiac, Michigan aged 61.

Apology

It’s not unusual for the blog to be up late morning. In some ways it’s never seemed to matter. After all, the Eastern seaboard of North America is 5 hours behind. A mid-day publishing time in the U.K. is 7 a.m. Eastern and 5 a.m. Pacific. Unfortunately it’s now nearly 16.00 GMT and here I am, adding my babble.

I know everyone has off days but this has turned into an off week with a complete absence of anything on Friday. I did manage to resurrect my eBay “Garage Sale” on Friday, getting 28 items online but that’s where it stopped. I thought it would be good to clear out some of the original 1970’s Dragon’s World/Dragon’s Dream/Paper Tiger art cards I’ve had taking up crate space for decades. No sooner had I put up a set of wonderful Bob Carlos Clarke cards than eight of them were bought. No big deal but it does mean I need to put more stuff online! Maybe I should take time for a blatant plug here and say if you’re a fan of Bob Carlos Clarke’s photography or the science fantasy art of Roger Dean, Patrick Woodroffe or Bruce Pennington then point your browser at the Rockmine Garage Sale.

The other big issue for me at the moment is getting a new front page for Rockmine’s site. It’s been really hard to find a simple and clear way of navigating round everything. At long last I think I’ve got it but I’m getting bogged down by the fact I can’t quite match the drop shadow section titles I’ve got on the old version. Seems crazy to get stuck on something so simple, so I think I’ll get the page up and add the images later when I’ve sorted the problem. Let’s see if I can get it done for tomorrow. Oh, and maybe Friday’s blog up as well!

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 26th May):

Birth

1959. Wayne Hussey (The Mission) born Jerry Lovelock in Bristol, England.

On Tour

1997. U2 have a few hours to kill before their PopMart show at Washington’s RFK Stadium, so they pop in to see President Bill Clinton. For more than an hour the band and Bill talked about the Northern Ireland peace talks, Bosnia and the imprisoned American Indian activist, Leonard Peltier. Unfortunately the President couldn’t make it to the gig as he was heading to Europe for a NATO meeting but daughter Chelsea and some friends stood in for him. The gig itself wasn’t without problems. The massive video screen and some of the lighting rig were damaged by severe thunderstorms the night before. The screen will be staying in D.C. for three days of repairs. Coincidentally, the gig was number 13 on the tour.

In Court

2000. Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) is sent to the county jail for five days after appearing in Malibu Superior Court for violating parole by drinking alcohol. Judge Lawrence Mira, presiding, also extended his parole until May 26th 2003 and reinstated random drug and alcohol testing. Lee will also have to enrole in alcoholics anonymous. That said, it could have been far worse. The judge had the option of jailing him for up to three years.

In Hospital

1965. Bob Dylan is admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in London after spending several days confined to his bed at the city’s Savoy Hotel. He’s diagnosed as suffering from a viral infection that would respond more readily to treatment in hospital.

On Television

1965. Shindig (ABC, U.S.A.) – The Rolling Stones; Howlin’ Wolf; Sonny & Cher; Jackie DeShannon. Here are Brian Jones and Mick Jagger indtroducing Howlin’ Wolf and “How Many More Years”.

Death

1968. R&B artist Little Willie John (“Fever”, “Need Your Love So Bad”) dies in prison in Walla Walla, Washington. In 1966 he stabbed a railroad worker and was found guilty of manslaughter.

 

Babble

Before the weekend I’d been working on revamping the archive part of Rockmine. My intention had been to keep the free public archive material but get an up-to-date listing of what’s actually in the archive on-line. Needless to say, things are never as easy as they might seem. A list of the music papers in the archive seemed to be a manageable task and would take less than a day. How wrong could I be!

My OCD compulsion for listing everything meant I knew I had an inventory of papers but it was at least 6 months old and you wouldn’t believe how many piles of wood-pulp can accumulate in that time. Then, of course, came the realisation that there were dozens of titles not on the list. Despite that, I’ve decided to put the list up. Here’s the link for it.

At the same time, I’m slowly trying to roll out CSS over the site. On a lot of pages the HTML is fine and totally standard compliant but I’m not sure changing some layouts to CSS would be seen the same by all browsers. It’s a long project but I will get it done!   

 

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