SMART 14 coffee meet report. Another great meet and taking over more of the bar area. Among the new people to join were Tony May and Malcolm Hutchison. Eric brought along The Weeping Crocodiles cassette and a book called Future Days Krautrock the definitve book on German Rock . Yvonne Cleveland has found some more The Pullbacks photos when they had Clive Vick on drums. Mick O’Dowd brought along the complete soul singles series on cd’s as well as an update on his pier cuttings. Still looking for more pier cuttings, posters, photos etc. Andy Gunton and The Stinger magazine is working on a very interesting project ‘Music Heritage Tourism’. Hastings is rich in music history and the talent keeps on coming. More information here and in Issue 5 of the Stinger soon, as he would like others involved, with comments, ideas etc. Phil John had a great bundle of sheet music, including the rare Rolling Stones Good Times, Bad Times. Also I think I saw a Led Zeppelin book being passed around? Lol Cooksey never lets us down and has some some photos of his band ‘Fokker Triplane’ and some early ‘6T’s’ photos. Other chat.. bottle alley, cobweb, witchdoctor, try a different venue(re: Kevin Townsend suggestions), beach concert, record players, Pink Floyd new album, Essence, Cilla, Dave Lee Travis, greatest guitar riffs, David Bowie & Queen on BBC4, Robert Tressell gig and when’s the next meeting. This is just a small part of what was talked about and what I can remember. What did I miss and can anyone add anything?
Sarah Harvey…. A simply wonderful afternoon with a wonderful bunch of people! xx
Tony May… It was a cracking meet this afternoon. Thanks to Alan (Johnny Mason) for introducing me to so many nice and interesting people and making sure I felt welcome on my first meeting.”
Yvonne Cleland… It was a great SMART meeting yesterday! xxxxxxxxx
Mick O’Dowd… Another high octane meeting beautifully put together by The Master himself, Alan. Well done Alan.
Alan Esdaile… I thought that’s a nice comment Mick but then again does he mean by high octane, I’m full of a lot of wind and hot air!
Jim Breeds… I think someone should take along one of them new fangled cassette recorders to future meets, and then blogged, so that some of us exiled Hastingers can get an education. A kind of distance learning. On the other hand, I really should tray to get along to one – do you create Facebook events for these Alan? I do see your announcements in advance but I always forget until I see your reports. Yvonne’s good at FB events – I know exactly how many Titus gigs I’ve missed. 🙂 Sounds like an interesting and diverse meet. I did have a double take though when I read it the first time and mistakenly thought it said “Dave Lee Travis greatest guitar riffs”!
Matt Thomas… Was going to pop in but couldnt get parked close enough
Philip John… don’t forget that tall grey haired woman name of Val, first timer. Gather she was a music journalist .Amongst many other things she was in a band that went to Vietnam in 1967 to play for the troops. Got to be a great story there !
Alan Esdaile… Thanks Phil. Didn’t get much time to chat to her but hopefully she will be at the next one, as sounds very interesting.