On this day


50 years ago today, in Chichester, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were sentenced to jail for drug offences. Both sentences were subsequently quashed, and the Times ran a leader quoting Alexander Pope “Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?”

The Birdcage, in terminal decline, was closed all week and weekend, although the first Solent boat cruise was launched with the Talismen.

Sgt Pepper went to number one in the album charts and the Incredible String Band released their album 5,000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion

(Sunday) The Monkees played Wembley’s Empire Pool to 10,000 fans and wore black armbands for the two imprisoned Stones. Pete Murray was MC and Lulu played support


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

4 thoughts on “On this day

  1. I have had 50 year old music in the CD player in the car this week. Not Sgt Pepper, but the ISB 5000 Spirits, which has always been a favourite of mine.

  2. A little Stones story that may be of interest to the readers Dave…My mate and l were camping down in East Wittering (must have been summer of ’69).We were about sixteen and eyeing up this rather nice blonde older woman who seemed to be waiting for some one outside a shop. As we stood there suddenly a lovely little MG came tearing round the corner,pulled up and the aforementioned lady climbed in,as they roared off into the distance only then did we realise that the driver was Keith Richards .On reflection l think the lady in question could have possibly have been the recently passed Anita Pallenburg !!

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