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Sunday, 31 January 2016

I WaS a TeeN GuiTariST 4 the CLaSH! available for digital download

As I have previously told you Keith Levene has been putting his memoirs down in print. He started with ''I was a teen Guitarist 4 The Clash'' & followed that up with ''Meeting Joe:: Joe Strummer, the Clash & Me''

These amazing books were all hand printed & had covers individually made and signed by Keith on a made to order basis, a real unique collectors item I can assure you.

Well now there's some great news - these books are available for digital download via Amazon.

If you like Keith or the Clash or both then I recommend you get over to Amazon & grab a copy - you wont be disappointed

get I WaS-TeeN-GuiTariST-4 The CLaSH here

get Meeting Joe here

PIL - 18th May 1986 - Futurist Festival, Scarborough

To celebrate John Lydon's Birthday today I'm sharing a PIL gig from 1986 which I haven't posted before. I hope it's one you will enjoy.


Happy Birthday John Lydon

Today sees John Lydon turn 60 years old. I just want to wish him all the best and Thank him for all the music & entertainment he has given me from 1976 up to today - Long may it continue

Sunday, 17 January 2016

PIL - 15th August 2012 - Concorde 2, Brighton

Here's the first or 2 nights in Brighton. the hottest night of the year. A great gig, packed crowd and the band sounded amazing. This ones a considerably better quality sounding recording compared to the second night that I had previously posted.

get ya FLAC here

Saturday, 16 January 2016

PIL - 16th August 2012 - Concorde 2, Brighton

In 2012 PIL played 2 consecutive nights at the Concorde 2 in Brighton, these happened to be on the hotest nights of the year. Both nights were packed out & John was on great form with the crowd. The first night has been widely circulated.
The second night has not.

This is not the greatest quality audio and the recording regularly drops out throughout the gig, although it does start off well. At the end of the gig, before the encore, the taper goes for a piss which you can clearly hear, and he even comments on. This is the complete recording including the very obvious toilet break 

The Pop Group - 8th March 1979 - Locarno Ballroom, Portsmouth, England

This one's from PIL's Bruce Smith's other going concern The Pop Group.
 Not a bad sounding recording for its age.

The Mekons- 30th September 2011 - Bluegrass, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

here's something a bit different. A great recording from The Mekons, featuring PIL's very own Lu Edmonds in his other day time job.

PIL - 27th November 2015 - The Chapel, San Francisco

here's a much better quality recording from the 2015 Tour, compared to the last one I shared.
I've been asked to make sure I give credit for the recording & for sharing it with us all to BLG-

So a massive THANK YOU to BLG.

PIL - 29th September 2015 , De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea

This is my first share of 2016, I'd thought I would start off with a dodgy recording and get it out of the way before I give you something more pleasing to listen to, Here's a rough recording of the earliest gig to surface (so far) from last years tour.
Its not easy listening as there's a shed load of distortion. I would say this is one for the completists out there.
Its not easy on the ears, but I have always said I'm happy to share what I have regardless of the quality until a better version pops up.


get ya FLAC here

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

PIL 2016 Tour announed

Press Release
January 13th 2016

Pre-sale: Friday, January 15th 
General sale: Monday, January 18th 
See for ticket links and info…
Following on from highly successful 2015 dates in UK, Europe and North America John Rotten Lydon’s Public Image Ltd (PiL) are pleased to announce a further UK/Europe summer tour kicking off in Valencia, Spain on Friday, May 6th (see below for all dates). Several of the 2015 dates were sold-out and regarded by many as the best performances the band have ever played.
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Monday, January 18th, preceded by a pre-sale beginning at 9am on Friday, January 15th through to Monday 18th. See for ticket links and additional information.
The 22 date tour includes a return to London’s, Indigo at 02 on Saturday, June 4th (which PiL previously sold-out in December 2014). The tour takes in festival and club shows in Spain, Germany, Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine before heading to the UK on Tuesday, May 24th for a re-arranged show at Coventry, The Copper Rooms at Warwick University.
The band will also headline the Bearded Theory Festival in Walton-on-Trent on Saturday, May 28th and play shows in Wakefield, Wrexham, Cardiff, Sunderland, Lincoln, Blackburn, Oxford and Sheffield; as well as the previously mentioned Indigo at O2 show in London.
Last year the band released their 10th studio album ‘What The World Needs Now…’ which peaked at number 29 in the official UK album charts and picked up fantastic acclaim from both press and public. (The album also peaked at number 3 in the official UK indie charts and number 4 in the official UK vinyl charts). ‘What The World Needs Now…’ was self-funded by PiL and released on their own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution.
Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PiL’s music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums
European Tour Dates
Valencia, Noize Club, Spain, Friday, May 6th 2016
Santander, Escenario, Spain, Saturday, May 7th 2016
Madrid, Joy Eslava, Spain, Sunday, May 8th 2016
Wiesbaden, Schlachtof, Germany, Tuesday, May 10th 2016
Dusseldorf, Zakk, Germany, Wednesday, May 11th 2016
Hamburg, Markthalle, Germany, Thursday, May 12th 2016
Berlin, Huxleys, Germany, Saturday, May 14th 2016
Bratislava, MMC, Slovakia, Tuesday, May 17th 2016
Warsaw, Proxima, Poland, Wednesday, May 18th 2016
Kiev, Club Atlas, Ukraine, Friday, May 20th 2016
Kharkiv, Cinema Concert Hall (KKZ), Ukraine, Saturday, May 21st 2016
UK Tour Dates
Coventry, The Copper Rooms at Warwick University, UK, Tuesday, May 24th 2016
Wakefield, Warehouse 23, UK, Wednesday, May 25th 2016
Wrexham, William Aston Hall, UK, Thursday, May 26th 2016
Walton-On-Trent, Bearded Theory Festival, Saturday, May 28th 2016
Cardiff, Tramshed, UK, Sunday, May 29th 2016
Sunderland, The Point, UK, Monday, May 30th 2016
Lincoln, Engine Shed, UK, Wednesday, June 1st 2016
Blackburn, King George's Hall, UK, Thursday, June 2nd 2016
London, Indigo at O2, UK, Saturday, June 4th 2016
Oxford, O2 Academy, UK, Monday, June 6th 2016
Sheffield, O2 Academy, UK, Tuesday, June 7th 2016

For further information please contact Kevin Pocklington

Friday, 1 January 2016

40 Years of Punk - what it means to me

So here we are - Anniversary Year. Already people have different opinions on this. Some see it as pointless getting wrapped up in nostalgia, reminiscing about the past....some seeing it as us old punks denying our age.

Some are promoting it as a cause for celebration- possibly the last youth movement that made a difference & had a real lasting impact.

Certainly there will be a lot of chat looking t things with rose tinted glasses.

I see many sites where old punks cant even agree about what Punk was all about- the music, the clothes, politics, a way of life.

For me I shall treat this year as a celebration- Punk the music was the first form of music that I liked for myself, that I had chosen off my own back and not because I had heard it via friends or family.

For me it was about deciding for myself what to say, think or wear. Question everything, accept nothing on trust. Punk taught me to see everyone as equals until you know different.

Punk wasnt about barriers or uniforms, although PUNKS themselves made the punk image a uniform, which most of us eventually bought into. We also then divided ourselves & created our own barriers, which in my opinion was so negative. One example I still remember is CRASS punks saying things about Exploited fans and vice verse.
PUNK diluted itself and lost its voice, but I was left with some great music and bands that still excite me today. Not so much a movement anymore but still a great source of joy.

I expect EBAY to be flooded with shit loads of memorabilia this year and all for silly prices and I expect collectors looking for an investment will outbid the fans that really care about it all. I expect many Corporate entities to jump on the band wagon & milk us for our hard earned cash. Loads of compilation albums and magazines all ready to distribute, I must admit that I'm bound to buy a few things here and there.

But there will be smaller independent groups doing their own thing in celebration- make sure they are supported as well.

I hope this year will show the younger generation that they can have a go if they are determined enough - they dont need Simon Cowell or his X Factor generation- with effort & hard work dreams can come to- you dont need a record label, a manager- you can DO IT YOURSELF.

I will enjoy this Year with absolutely no guilt at all - it was a part of my life that introduced me to music that I still love, I met friends that I still know today.

Some of You FUCKERS out there will talk about how wonderful PUNK was, but at the time you were NOT a fan. I was a PUNK, I remember all of you cunts that sneered at us, attacked us physically & verbally, put us down, treated us like shit. You can jump on the bandwagon this year you shallow fools... the rest of us will carry a bit of pride that we were part of it.

We lived it we love it