What memories do you have of Carnaby Street?

Alan Esdaile… Remember buying a hippie bell in Carnaby Street

Dennis Torrance… Hipsters with the thick belt plus some flowered shirts was me

Pete Fisher…  I’d just turned 12, and my Mum took me and my younger sister up to London for a day out, and I insisted on going to Carnaby Street, which was already pretty tacky and full of souvenirs, but I loved it…I think I might have bought a bell too… Receipt & tube ticket…

Mick Knights… All I remember is most of the shop owners coming to me for ideas!!

Leigh Wieland-Boys…  I was a 14 year old school hockey player from Lincoln on a day trip to White City to watch the England ladies hockey team v Germany. The teachers made a detour so us girls could walk down Carnaby Street – I remember that more than the match! Seem to recall we went in Biba! It was awesome!

Mark Randall…  If I had a pound for every time the footage of the uniformed, top hatted chap rummaging thru’ the clothes racks whenever a doc or reference to the swing in’ 60s is made, I’d be a billionaire!

 

The Marquee Club London – programme July 1970

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Pete Fisher… I was so lucky to get to see Taste at the Marquee in January that year…also saw quite a few of these bands on Hastings Pier in the early 70s…

Andy Qunta… Those really were the days! Just look at that list of bands!

Alan Esdaile… Another great find Pete. Saw Custers Track at The Witch Doctor.

Alan Pepper… Wow ! All in just one month . Would love to have been around then. Saw Slade a couple of years after this when they had hit the big-time . Still playing loud !!

Jan Warren… Wow, some really great bands there and all just in one month at the Marquee, where of course so many great bands played in the 60s and 70s!!

Rusty Butler – The Marquee November 1973

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Colin Norton… Rusty Butler at the Marquee in London in November, 1973. It seems a lifetime ago now, maybe because it was 🙂 Top left: Dave Greenfield – Keyboards, Top right: Tony Savva – Vocals, Bottom left: Eddie Renouf – Lead Guitar, Bottom right: Colin Norton – Drums and Dave Poxon – Bass Guitar.

Jimi Hendrix flat at 23 Brook Street London – review by Darren Johnson

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One of the things that has long frustrated me about London is how little effort it puts into celebrating it’s rock ‘n’ roll heritage (certainly compared to Liverpool). This is in spite of London being (after Memphis the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll) probably the most important city on the entire planet in terms of rock history when one considers the number of globally influential bands who either formed in this city, built their reputation in this city or recorded in this city.

Hopefully, things are starting to change and that’s why, I was delighted to see Jimi Hendrix’s flat at 23 Brook Street, where he lived between July 1968 and March 1969, being restored and opened to the public this year…..

read more here….

https://darrensmusicblog.com/2016/11/30/review-the-hendrix-flat-at-23-brook-street-london/

 

The Kinks – Dave & Ray Davies back on stage together. Islington 18th Dec 2015.

Thanks to Mick Bolton for this.

Mick Bolton… saw a bit of rock and roll history being made at Islington Assembly Hall last night. I was there with Dave M Quaife, brother of Pete Quaife the bass player who founded The Kinks with Ray and Dave Davies. We had just been talking about how unlikely it was that the Davies brothers would ever get together again, given their stormy relationship. After finishing the show with a powerful performance of I’m Not Like Anybody Else, Dave stunned everyone in the hall by bringing on Ray to sing You Really Got Me. How appropriate that they should reunite to perform their first hit just a couple of miles from where it all started in Muswell Hill over 50 years ago.

Here’s a review of the gig by Darren Paul Johnson.

http://darrensmusicblog.com/2015/12/19/dave-davies-and-ray-at-islington-assembly-hall-181215/

Alan Esdaile… Now wouldn’t this be the right act to reopen the pier.

Martin Richter… lovely – thanks – Ray had said that the *door was open* more than once 🙂

The Rolling Stones – ticket 26th May 1976 Earls Court London

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Ticket supplied by Paul Sleet

Black and Blue album was released just before this tour

Yvonne Cleland…  I was in the front row for this gig, even in front of the tightly-linked row of bouncers! I nearly got suffocated, but Mick Jagger leered at me, I swear he did!

Nigel Ford… Perhaps he thought he’d seen a white Marsha Hunt, Yvonne?

Yvonne Cleland… Oi! Cheeky!

John Paul Veness… was at this one too ,still one of the best gigs i’ve ever seen 🙂

Pete Fisher… I went on May 21st, when the only good thing was the Meters as support, and then again at Knebworth in August, where they came on two hours late because they couldn’t wake Keef up, and they were really rough again, but they were both great concerts!!

Yvonne Cleland…I saw them at Knebworth too! Yes, they were! My kids go to Knebworth now, but I think it’s been rebranded as ‘Download’ or something.

Queen – 1973

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Carol Ann Bolton…. hat’s how I remember Queen when I first met them in 1973 supporting Mott the Hoople on their U.K., tour. Being honest, there was little sign of what was to come, apart from Brian’s remarkable guitar playing. Mick and I used to sit and chat to Brian quite a lot in greasy spoon cafés and the hotels, but Mr Mercury was not as communicative and would flounce off in his distinctive fur coat to play the stage piano between gigs. Thinking back, he was playing grandeous, classical sounding stuff which became the sound of Queen later.

Chris Meachen… Pretty much how I remember Brian & Roger when I encountered them in the Speakeasy one night when Stallion played there. Had no real idea who they were at the time.. Members of Mott the Hoople were also in attendance….

Alan Esdaile… Remember the gig at The Speakeasy , Chris. I think a couple of Mott’s were in the audience, I know Morgan Fisher was there. Bizarre things I remember, back stage they had a massive ice making machine.