Quiet Times


Fifty years ago, the Birdcage had got 1967 off to a lively start with a mixture of Pink Floyd, Geno, the Who, and regular Ska record nights, but around the end of February, there were hints that the future was not so bright.

The Ska nights stopped almost as soon as they started, replaced by ordinary ‘Disc Nites’ on Fridays and Sundays, and live groups appeared only on Saturday nights, with the In Crowd on 18 Feb, the Knack a week later and Boz & the Boz Band on 4 March. The week after that, a band called the Hamilton Movement never arrived and the same thing happened with the Eyes of Blue on 18 March – so over five weekends, just three relatively unremarkable bands appeared. Fortunately Rod Watts, Marc Tuddenham, the Grahams, Barnes & Hunt came to the rescue for an all-nighter on 25 March – helped out by a chap from London, called Chris Farlowe


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

9 thoughts on “Quiet Times

  1. When I saw the opening words….”Fifty years ago……”. My heart sank. And I could read no more. Then I took another look and 1967 was mentioned. Really? That was Fifty years ago? i remember these things – but how can this be???? I have must renew my membership to the selective memory loss club.

  2. “The Ghosts of the past which follow us into the present, also belong to the present moment.

    To observe them deeply, to recognise their nature, and transform them, is to transform the past.”

    Thich Nhat Hanh


  3. Ahhh. And then we have Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

    Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. Think of love as a state of grace, not the means to anything, but the alpha and omega. An end in itself.”

  4. Lawrence Ferlinghetti got it right too… “I am waiting to get some intimations of immortality by recollecting my early childhood”….

    Does he mean “re-collecting”, I wonder – like buying all the albums you used to have again?

  5. Obviously he does JR. I’d certainly think so – seems only right to me. (And is a lovely play on words, thankyou!)

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