Saturday, July 2, 2016

Welcome

This post remains at the top as an introduction. Scroll below for the posts.
Contact HOBO with comments or information hobozine@googlemail.com

Note - I am currently transferring posts from the original Hobo site on Vox / Typepad and so they will not be in a topic based order for a while until i re-arrange them and update the posts. Bear with me! When done - this notice will disappear.

Welcome to the Hobo Coventry Music Archive Site. Hobo was a Coventry's Music and Arts Magazine and Workshop between 1973 - 75 run by Trev Teasdel. You can read the basic history of the magazine and Hobo Workshop in ABOUT in the above menu. (Note history is yet to be written up at this point in time). Also, on these page, when the site is finished, you'll find PDF's of the magazines as published and some unpublished, along with articles from the magazine with new illustration and info Hobo feature articles from the former Hobo Vox blog. On this blog, when finished, you'll also find information of some of Coventry's other magazines, before and after Hobo, including The Broadgate Gnome (1970), Alternative Sounds (1979) and an Interview with Martin Bowes who ran it. There will be coverage of Cov News and Willenhall Free Press and Estate News (which have some association with Hobo Magazine. We also look at some of the Birmingham Magazines - Brum Beat, Grapvine, Streetpress, Streetpoems, Birmingham Broadside. The other Coventry music magazine - Folks, is features on another of the Hobo sites - Coventry Folkclub Scene (see link above). All this to come and while I'm uploading material from the old site out of sequence, I will rearrange the posts to follow in the following order as soon as I can -

Hobo Magazines
Hobo Workshop (Holyhead Youth Centre and Golden Cross gigs)
Hobo features and articles
Broadgate Gnome
Alternative Sounds
Later Coventry Fanzines - via Alan Rider
Birmingham Streetpress and Streetpoems and Streetpress Gigs
Birmingham Magazines - Brum Beat / Grapevine / Broadside
Cov News
Willenhall Magazines

A New Fleet of  Hobo Coventry Music Sites!
The archiving of the Hobo files began in 2003, by contributing material to the Broadgate Gnome A to Z and by 2007 Hobo had its own very lively site on Vox Blogs. This contained a full range of Coventry music articles incorporating bands, magazines, folk, art etc and before Facebook, was very interactive. Sadly Vox blogs closed and the material was archived on Typepad. So I've taken the opportunity to revise the material and create a series of bloggers for the different aspects of the Coventry music and arts scene as linked below. Hopefully, when its all complete, it will be easier to find - say material relating to the folk scene or the Arts Umbrella club etc - all on one blog.

NEW COVENTRY MUSIC SITES
Here are the links and descriptions for the new sites (also linked in the menu above) -

Hobo - A to Z of Coventry Bands  Early A to Z's of Coventry bands (ten years back) included The Broadgate Gnome (to which Hobo contribute some bands) and Rex Brough A to Z's. Coventry musician Tim James had a more person A to Z on his site. By 2005 Pete Chambers  produced his first book - an A to Z of  Coventry bands called Godiva Rocks, which sold well in Coventry. Since these sites (and book) were created, a lot more information along with audio and youtube have come to light and so the Hobo A to Z is an attempt to bring all or a lot of the material together in one place. The other, pioneering sites are still worth visiting and may eventually be updated. Meanwhile if we've missed your band out or you want to share more info, you Tube / audio photos or flyers etc for your band or material from your own band archive - you can contacts us at hobozine@googlemail.com

Hobo - Coventry Music Scene Archives - That's this site - part of a suite of Coventry Music Blogspots shown below. This particular blogspot with house the archives of Hobo Magazine and Hobo Workshop (Holyhead Road Youth Centre) and will show much of the development of the Coventry Music before Two Tone. It will house information some of the other important Coventry Music magazines such as The Broadgate Gnome, Alternative Sounds and some of the later ones from the 1980's. There will be a range of Coventry music feature articles and much more. Still in development.

Coventry Arts Umbrella Club  The Umbrella was fundamental to the development of the Coventry Literary, folk and music scene in many ways and deserves a site of it's own. The Umbrella was established 1955 and opened by the Goons. It produced an important Literary Journal which featured an essay by Phillip Larkin. Held lectures by writers like EM Foster. Held the first Coventry Folk club. Was home to Coventry musicians, including some who were later in Two Tone bands.

Coventry Gigs 1960 - present 
Houses Peter Clemon's Rock of Ages columns and over 70 articles he has written on Coventry music for the Coventry Telegraph  from 1960 onwards. The articles range from Coventry music venues to bands and more. Pete Clemon's often uses material on these site alongside his wider research and they are well worth a read. I also add in additional material including youtube.

Coventry Folk Club Scene
This site, which covers the Coventry Folk scene and the more recent Acoustic scene - it's artists and venues, also houses copies of Pete Willow's Folks Magazine from c 1978 and articles from it. A lot of archive material both from the Hobo archives and elsewhere.

Coventry Discos, Studios, Venues, Music Agencies, Music Shops etc
Archive material relating to the above.

Bands who Played the Lanchester Poly (Now Coventry University) Student Union Gigs. The Lanch, both with its legendary Saturday night gigs in the main hall and the annual Lanch Arts festivals, were high cultural experiences with some of the top underground bands, poets, songwriters playing there from the 60's to the 80's and beyond. They spanned almost every musical genre and included Pink Floyd, Caravan, Elton John, Sex Pistols, Oasis, Radiohead, Cream, Ralph McTell, the Liverpool poets and many more. This site is compiling a list with youtube of them.

Coventry Who's Who of Musicians
A comprehensive Who's Who of Coventry Musicians - still a work in progress. More to be added when the A to Z of  Coventry bands and artists has been completed.Meanwhile if you should be on the list of the info is wrong or incomplete and if your friends are not on here and should be - let use know at hobozine@googlemail.com.


Why a Lower Holyhead Road building is crucial to Coventry's music heritage.

Why a Lower Holyhead Road building is crucial to Coventry's music heritage.



Pete Clemons on how seeds of 2-Tone were planted in the city.


Charlie Anderson, guitarist with The Selecter, joined children on a Two-Tone float during Coventry carnival. 14th June 1980

When it comes to historic archive material, relating to important music related events, between the end of the 1960s and up until the mid-1970s, then that collected and preserved by Trev Teasdel is amongst the most impressive.

Amongst other things, Trev had been an active member of the Umbrella Club when it was based in Queen Victoria Road and instigated the creation of the Hobo Workshop. For a short while, during 1974, the workshop was based at the Lower Holyhead Road Youth Centre and, while there, Trev possibly witnessed the early seeds of development of what became the 2-Tone movement.

He was present at many different events within the Hobo Workshop building which, when combined together, would ultimately gravitate towards each other and create the band who would eventually become known as The Selecter.

The Hobo Workshop came about via a link-up between Hobo - Coventry Music and Arts Magazine and the City Centre Project via Coventry City Voluntary Service (CCVS) after an executive meeting of the Coventry Arts Umbrella (known to users as The Umbrella Club or The Brolly) in May 1974 at the premises of CCVS at Tudor House, Spon Street.

‘We wanted to make the Hobo Workshop a place where people could participate in events and not just consume the arts. Jam sessions were part of this and also provide a situation whereby musicians could get to know each other musically with the possibility of new musically collaborations or bands’.


From that perspective, the building situated in Lower Holyhead Road that once hosted various youth related events over the years is indeed very important.

The building itself, according to a Coventry planning document, began life as a Quaker Meeting House around 1896. And as far back as 1965, and possibly before that, it was a youth centre where bands such as The Smokestacks would be welcome to play.

There was a ground floor area complete with concert hall and a high stage that the Belgrade Theatre once used for rehearsals.

Also on the ground floor there was a small room which would be used for a music workshop and also a cloak room. Upstairs there were various rooms, some of which were used on Tuesday evenings, also by Hobo, for alternative film shows or the street theatre group. He is unsure as to what else the other upstairs areas were used for. Finally, and underneath the main hall, there was a basement area, which when Hobo moved in, was already being used by the Afro-Caribbean community for their rehearsals.

This was 1974 and Trev was running Coventry music magazine Hobo. At that time Hobo was looking for a place to put on new bands who were struggling to get gigs. The Local Education Authority ran the building then but Hobo were given use of the Ground Floor theatre on Monday evenings through a guy called Bob Rhodes, a detached youth worker, who along with research worker Kevin Buckley were both with the Coventry Voluntary service council. This was the same organisation that Charley Anderson (future bass player for The Selecter) worked for at the time.


Original Selecter bassist Charley Anderson (left) with drummer Aitch Bembridge


In parallel to his voluntary work Charley Anderson was also a youth worker at the Lower Holyhead Road centre where he and Ray King, of The Ray King Soul Band, set up and offered activities around music. And it was in the basement area that they facilitated and encouraged creative activities. And when Hobo moved into the youth centre during July 1974 Trev clearly remember Charley’s project was already established there.

And there were plenty of musicians in the basement at that time also including Charley Anderson himself, Desmond Brown and drummer Silverton Hutchinson.

July 1974 saw a Hobo arranged gig at the venue by local band Midnight Circus led by Neil O’Connor (Hazel’s brother) on guitar. Trev had also booked guitarist Neol Davies to organise a jam session as part of the night’s entertainment. Trev had noted Neol’s organisational skills from a previous jam session.

The same evening, Charley Anderson and other musicians were, once again, practising down in the cellar. As people were coming in for the Hobo event, Charley Anderson came up from the basement and asked if he could get some cables from behind the stage. Trev, who was on the door at the time, recalls ‘it was an opportunity for me to ask him if the guys downstairs would like to join in for an informal jam session with Neol later on. Charley went down to talk to the guys and returned to say something to the effect that guys were just getting started and didn't feel ready to play in public’. When Neol arrived at the venue, Trev mentioned to him what was happening down stairs. Rather than the promised jam session after the Midnight Circus gig, Neol said ‘leave it to me’ and went down to the basement and apparently spent the evening in the cellar jamming with Charley’s guys. Now whether or not Neol was already aware of these these guys is unclear but it did later turn out that Silverton and Neol both lived in the same street.

From there, and quite often on a Monday evening, Neol could be found at the Lower Holyhead Road youth centre joining in with the Hobo meetings and going into the basement to jam. Neol has since given plenty of insight into who taught him what with regard to playing reggae properly.


2-Tone heroes Neville Staple,Pauline Black,Arthur 'Gaps'Hendrickson, Roddy 'Radiation' Byers.


Soon after came the formation of Charley Anderson’s band ‘Chapter 5’ a Reggae and Soul Band featuring Charley, Neol, Desmond, Silverton, Joy Evering and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson.

With Ray King also heavily involved the whole basement project extended to include a sound system, a football team and a netball team all under the collective name of Jah Baddis.

Around November 1974 Hobo had moved out of Lower Holyhead Road and relocated at The Golden Cross. Ray King and Charley managed to get some funding for the cellar and possibly other areas of the building to be decorated.

As time went on a number of other bands were either formed at, or were at least associated with, the Lower Holyhead Road centre. These included Pharaohs Kingdom, Earthbound, Nite Train, Hardtop 22 and Transposed Men. There was a lot of inter-changeability between the members of these bands before the ‘classic’ 2 Tone line ups settled.

So it is true to say that the basement under that building was the place where the seeds of 2Tone were formed and from where history was created.

Thanks to Trev Teasdel for his memories.



Holyhead Youth Centre, Coventry




Chapter 5 with Charley Anderson and Neol Davies c 1977

Hard Top 22


Hobo Workshop - Concert that Led to 7 Day Protest

Hobo Workshop - Concert that Led to 7 Day Protest

In this issue, for the Coventry TelegraphPete Clemons tackles an issue that I was involved in organising Hobo Magazine and and co-organiser of the Hobo Workshop gigs, originally based at the Holyhead Youth Centrein Coventry c September 1974.
in the capacity of the Editor of 

One of the aims of Hobo magazine had been to create a venue to help get new bands and artists started and for creative activities like Street theatre, alternative films, jam sessions and much. It was facilitated and supported by the City Centre Project - a youth project created by Coventry Voluntary Service Council to help young people with problems of homelessness, unemployment, alcohol or drug dependency etc. Bob Rhodes, the Detached Youth Worker needed to reach young people who maybe in need of help and Hobo magazine had identified a number of youth problems. Bob therefore worked with us and in doing so facilitated our wider aims to provide a venue and facilities for budding musicians in the city. In order to publicise the work and the gigs, we collectively organised a Saturday concert in the centre of Coventry with a number of bands and a couple of folk performers identified in the article. However the concert was closed down by the police and a 7 day protest in the press ensued - the cuttings are below and Pete Clemons tells the story. Below is a readable version, split into two parts so the small print can be read.





The Upper precinct in the 60's and 70's where the concert was held. The inner area and the balconies were packed with shoppers and their children watching the concert. The stage was by the fountains facing up towards the spire.


Front Page Coventry Evening Telegraph - This piece appeared Saturday Sept. 14th 1974 on the front page of the lunchtime edition  while we were packing up. The paper were quick off the mark to report that the concert had been closed down by the police.

This appeared in the Monday (16th Sept) edition of the Coventry Evening Telegraph. Youth Worker Bob Rhodes who had got the permissions for us in official capacity, went in to talk to the paper about the issue - this was the result.


Liz Scott - Hobo Workshop Secretary got her letter to the editor in on Tuesday 17th September 1974.
Meanwhile many wrote in to the paper.


By Weds 18th September 74, such was the response that the Editor of the Coventry Evening Telegraph was moved to dedicate a whole editoria to the Hobo Workshop, taking a balanced view.

Thursday 19th September 74 was the turn of  the city's rival paper - The Coventry Journal, based opposite the Coventry Telegraph office. Bob Rhodes and Trev Teasdel were interviewed in their offices and this was the dramatic result!



On october 3rd. 74 the Coventry Evening Telegraph published a letter to the editor by Trev Teasdel, editor of of hobo magazine and Co-organiser of the Hobo Workshop. Trev had sent a few quite long letters. One was composed of TS Eliot Wasteland quotes  and one in particular was suitable for publication although the editor asked for permission to edit it - which was granted.


Here is the letter from the editor asking for permission to edit the letter.



In the original letter I'd mentioned some our future ideas which included a Coventry Music Festival (long before the  Godiva festival was thought up), Trench Coat - a second magazine concentrating on more social issues than Hobo. Children's creative workshop with arts practitioners. The Coventry Voluntary service council at the time provided volunteers to work on playschemes during the summer.  We had also started a street theatre workshop and Alternative film night at the Holyhead. There were quite a few ideas we had some of which took off and some which didn;t see the light of day.

Memories - first left Paul Ashfield - lead guitar,
second left Tom Ryan drummer 
third back row Peter Hewins 
[ passed away peacefully at Derriford Hospital on August 19th 2010, aged 56 years. 
fourth back row Ray Borkowski bass [Ray Barry]
front row Peter Hughes vocals .

An earlier article in september 1974 on the Hobo Workshop, with Analog performing their first ever gig at the Holyhead Youth Centre. Analog had a number of members in the band who later formed the two tone bandReluctant Stereotypes - including Steve Edgson, Paul Brook, Mick Hartley. Paul Sampson was at the time in another band who played for the Hobo Workshop - Trigon - both bands at the time were jazz rock bands. 

A few of the bands who played at the Hobo Workshop on a Monday night 1974. Fission was Johnny Adams's band - later in Squad - Terry Hall's first band.

Analog on stage at the Hobo Workshop - Holyhead Youth Centre. Appearing in the photo also Bob Rhodes, Liz Scott, Trev Teasdel, Phil Knapper (older brother of Stu Knapper - later of punk band Riot Act.).

Holyhead Youth Centre, Birth place of  Two Tone (Selecter and Specials) and also the Hobo Workshop.

Cover on Hobo Magazine featuring Mark Rider (now of Skawaddy) and Ray Barrie who appeared in Memories who played in the Shutdown Concert.


By November 1974, the Hobo Workshop had moved to upstairs at the Golden Cross and this is Trev's flyer for it. Horace Panter played for us in 1975 with a jazz rock band I knew as Rickie's band and later two Toners Neol Davies, Charley Anderson, Desmond Brown and John Bradbury came along to one of the sessions. 


Midnight Circus was Neil O'Connor's band in 1974 - they later became the Flys who made the single Molotov Cocktail in 1979. Neil later played with his sister's band Hazel o'Connor's Megahype.

Another early press cutting from the Coventry Journal in 1974 regarding the Hobo Workshop.

his one was from the Coventry Evening Telegraph.

Dave Pepper, later of the X Certs, was down to perform a the precinct concert with his first band Phoenix. Sadly the Police shut the concert down before they could play.

Rod Felton - Coventry's folk player extraordinaire, was also waiting in the wings to play - 

And Ragtime Guitarist Dave Bennett