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Fuss fuss fuss fuss fuss fuss

From a BBC news report

“People should listen to music for no more than one hour a day to protect their hearing, the World Health Organization suggests. It says 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of permanently damaging their hearing by listening to “too much, too loudly”.

It said audio players, concerts and bars were posing a “serious threat”.

WHO figures show 43 million people aged 12-35 have hearing loss and the prevalence is increasing.”

(Hope I die before I go deaf?)

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… and five years later

As the Birdcage/Brave New World/Pack Nightclub sailed away (burned down?) the Tricorn was getting busy. This is Christmas 1970 and follows on from the Comments on the George Harrison post (below) by JR and Sean about Elkie Brooks/Dada/Vinegar Joe. My lot, the short-lived Gilbey Twiss, endured more different spellings than gigs. NB too, the lovely Mr Freeman and his Image (did you have time to put those lights up Phil?)

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Birdcage 50

Today (or tomorrow) the Birdcage reaches 50. Today because the early weeks were always Thursday nights, tomorrow because strictly speaking it was 27 February 1965 at Kimbells with Gary Farr & the T-Bones. Here they are singing “I’m Louisiana Red” which was clearly not the truth …

A little while later, a new location and new bands (poster courtesy of Phil F):

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Looking Good (Looking Back)

My little sister is one of the Southsea Skifflers who had their latest session yesterday morning – and great fun it was again (there are other regular bloggers too)

She brought me a hand-made (by her) 60s poster from St Margaret’s Youth Club in this vintage shopping bag. Maybe it’s time for more fashion items in these histories?

Boutique 29121

I’m not sure of the date but the ‘phone number is indicative: Portsmouth 29121

Incidentally ref tracing locations – I’ve been looking through some 1960s Kelly’s Directories today in the library, and from 1960-1969 in the Cumberland Buildings was the Court School of Dancing. At no time was it identified as the Birdcage/Brave New World/Pack – so in a strict sense it’s not always a reliable source of information because it appears to be more about ownership than what’s there (I couldn’t find Shirt King either although Smartwear did show from 1955)


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Vinyl Tap

Vinyl Tap are playing at The Chairmakers (Worlds End-Hambledon) just outside Denmead this Friday.

Starting around 8PM, we hope you can make it along to our first night there.  Usual Beatles stuff with a lot of other stuff too!

We’re also at The Crown, Emsworth, the week after, Friday 6th March!