Easy Rider – Film 1969

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Sarah Harvey….Two of many music-featured films I saw during the 1970s. Actually went to see both of these at The Curzon in St.Leonards. December 1973.

Alan Esdaile….Great Film and Great Soundtrack.

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John Storer…..Now that’s a coincidence … have been listening to the Easy Rider soundtrack this afternoon!I saw both of these at that salubrious cinema, The Orion, along with a number of other films with great soundtracks … Zabriskie Point, Vanishing Point, and Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii to name a few. Then, of course, there was that other great double bill “Don’t Get Your Knickers In A Twist” / “Most Girls Will” … oh wait … that was a different Saturday afternoon LOL

Sarah Harvey…..Aha John…..I may have gone to see Easy Rider with you and Kevin Potter….you both seem to be the most likely candidates since I didn’t go to see them on my own.

Mick Knights…..The Curzon, now there was a cinema, if you went in the afternoon there was tea and biscuits served between the films!

Alan Esdaile….. I remember the teas and biscuits in the afternoon, very sedate. Mind you I think we were still smoking in the cinemas then? Used to always ask if they had any spare posters and occasionally got some good ones for the bedroom wall. Otherwise would buy them from the second hand shop at the top of Western Road.

Sarah Harvey….I remember the smoking….I have never smoked but I seem to remember the projector capturing the rays from everyone who was puffing on a No6 or No.10! I used to come out smelling like an ashtray!

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Supplied by Sarah Harvey  – The Curzon Cinema, Norman Road, St Leonards-on-Sea

John Mcewen…..Remember it so well, No. 6 fer me cos i woz posh in them days!

John Storer……Now you come to mention it, Sarah … have a recollection of us at the flicks watching a film about the Montreux Jazz Festival. It had Zeppelin performing “Dazed and Confused” and also featured the Modern Jazz Quartet, who failed to impress any of us. And I’d like it noted for the record that I never smoked No 6, let alone No.10 … It would have been Peter Stuyvesant for me (or possibly Consulate during my “menthol” stage) There was another cinema in Hastings town centre … memory is vague but it was on the road just round the corner from the old Post Office (looking at Google Earth now, Hastings looks unrecognisable to me) on Havelock Road. I remember it because …. it had a bar! The barmaid was lovely. Jill Haylock, if memory serves.

Nick Prince… The Penguin Cinema had a bar for patrons, the ABC had a cafe. Smoking wasnt banned in cinemas until the national ban came in about 7 years ago but by then only a handful of cinemas, mainly independents still allowed it and most of these were in the West Country. I think the Dome Cinema in Worthing was the nearest to still allow it as to did the London Coronet chain.Cannon banned smoking in auditoriums of less than 200 seats in 1985 and in every screen in 1987. The Odeon chain in 1991, Curzon, Bexhill in 1992 (and admissions collapsed) and the Curzon Eastbourne in the very late 90s.

Jan Warren… 2 great films from the late 60s/early 70s!! – “Easy Rider” is on tv tonight, Sony Movies Classic, Freeview 50 at 11.10pm and again on Monday (20th January) same channel at 11.25pm

 

Tesco Church Wood Drive Hollington – 1980

Dave Nattress… Just back from the current Tesco store at Church in the Wood!  Am I right in thinking that the present store is actually the third generation store on this site?  It’s obviously certainly the second but I think the first was built way back maybe not so soon after the roads around were built, then I think it was quite comprehensively re-built and enlarged then finally it was completely knocked down and the whole new, (present) store was built?

Peter Houghton… I think that the first one was built then they sort of half knocked down the store so just to keep it open just to sell the basics until the new one was built as it is now

Oliver James Leonard… They didn’t keep it very long

Barry French… I think that the Tesco’s that preceded the 1980 Church Wood store is the building that is currently occupied by Pound Stretchers in Wellington Square.
I could be completely wrong, but I think it was opened around 1969  either  by Ronnie Corbett  or Olympic  Athlete David Emery. The store was on two floors with groceries on bottom floor  & cloths on the top floor.  Apologies if I’m talking a load of nonsense!!!

Alan Esdaile… Yes Barry, it was in the Pound Stretchers shop in Wellington Square and before that they had a small shop next to where McDonalds is now.

Martin Richter… i *think* that was Sainsbury’s ? marble counters and you paid at the back ?

Alan Esdaile… Sainsburys was a couple of shops along from Tesco, Martin and remember the marble counters.

Martin Richter…photo of me waring a  t-shirt bought from Tesco’s in Wellington Sq

Wendy Weaver… It was in Wellington Square when I moved to Hastings in October 1979.

Tony Rivers and The Castaways – The Dolphin Ballroom 6th January 1968

John Warner… Tony Rivers, met him in later life when his wife Tina came to work for me. That really is a blast from the past.

Tony Rivers… Yeah I was wondering just where I was that day!

Mick Knights… I still remember them playing Good Vibrations at The Witch Doctor, they were one of my favourite giging bands at the time, saw them on a quite a few occasions, one of them was most probably at the Dolphin Ballroom which was used while the Witch Doctor morphed into The Cobweb.

 

Roger Hubbard and The Prisonaires – The Piper Friday 13th December 2019

The Piper’s proud to present a rather special show for December, with Roger HUBBARD & The PRISONAIRES – playing alternately.

Roger Hubbard – Nana Tseboe – Henry Isaac – Paul Baverstock – Dr King – Tony Reeves

The Prisonaires will play 2 sets, one at 8:00 pm and the other 10:00 pm
Roger Hubbard will play 2 sets, one at 9:00 pm the other at 11:00 pm

QUOTES
‘Roger Hubbard is as good as any guitar player in the USA and UK’ – Muddy Waters
‘Absolutely brilliant music a joy to watch them play’ – The Green Man Festival
‘One of the finest gigs I’ve seen anywhere for years’
‘Really one of the most remarkable and memorable live performances I’ve ever seen’
The Prisonaires definitely a supergroup, pivotal to the most ground-breaking music of the 1960s and ’70s’
‘King provided the platform for Bert Jansch to move out of the shadows and into the sun’

Tickets are £10, available on-line in advance or directly from the venue in advance or on the door on the night. For more information and tickets… https://www.thepiper.club/events

Wee Jock… Awesome

Neil Partrick… Is this liable to sell out in advance? I mean it should.

Alan King… Don’t know! Best to try to get advance tickets. The venue uses a ticket app called DICE, which is smart phone / mobile only and you need to download the app, i’m sure it works for youngsters but possibly not appropriate for the demographic for this gig – i’ll try to set up a wegottickets page to accommodate those who can’t handle the new technology – but there is also the walk up – tickets on the door approach – so get there early.

David Edwards… The trouble is people in Hastings are breastfed when it comes to music and begrudge paying to see artistes of such calibre when they should pay. I hope it is jam and packed full

Tom James Cowan… If you use DICE to book but don’t have a smartphone you can just print off the ticket, or the Piper have a list of ticket purchasers on the door as well….

Samisen – College Dance Hall 7th November 1975

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Sarah Harvey……A gig at the college in Archery Road, November 7th 1975. Line-up… Graham Barrett (Vocals) Bernard Jeffery (Drums) Dave Shirley (Lead Guitar) Ralph Lee (Rythm Guitar) Len Howard (Bass Guitar)

Bernard Jeffery….I remember the gig we used some homemade pyrotechnics and filled the place with smoke, you couldn’t see a thing

Perri Ann Haste….I remember this gig – I was sweet 16 at the time & I do recall the smoke Bernard!

Downliners Sect – The Witch Doctor 29th October 1966.

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Poster supplied by Colin Norton

Colin Norton… I played drums for the Downliners that night. it was a fun gig as I remember… The only rehearsal that I had was the sound check. No, I did not play on any of their records but I did rehearse with them in the spring of 1967 for a tour of Sweden which never happened. Keith Grant is a great bass player and I really enjoyed playing with him. Our friend, Baz Cooper, was the keyboard player for the Downliners for more than a year and played on the “I Can’t Get Away From You”/”Roses” (Pye) in 1967. The other members for the Hastings gig were Don Craine – Rhythm Guitar and Vocals, Bob Taylor – Lead Guitar. Great memories!

Mick O’Dowd… Had their EP “The Sect Sing Sick Songs” and there was a “sick” version of Leader of The Pack on it.

Colin Norton… Yes, “The Leader Of The Sect” :