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  1. Nassau Coliseum 1972
  2. George Hardie – 50 odd years THE WORK of the man behind some of the most iconic album covers will go on display at an exhibition celebrating his work. George Hardie, who was responsible for iconic album covers for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, will showcase more than 50 years of work at Brighton University. Mr Hardie, from Chichester, said: “People can expect a view of 50 years’ work covering extremely public projects, from record covers for Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd to postage stamps for the Royal Mail. “But it is also concerned with self-publishing, collecting, drawing and visual ideas.” The 72-year-old has had an illustrious career as a graphic designer and educator. After training at the Royal College of Art, he worked as a designer and illustrator for more than 50 years for clients around the world, many of whom were rock music royalty. He went on to teach illustration at the University of Brighton from the early 1980s until his retirement in 2014. He continues to supervise university PhD students having become professor in 1990. Among his works on display will be the original artwork of Led Zeppelin’s debut album, Led Zeppelin. It features a black and white image of a burning Hindenburg airship, referring to the origin of the band’s name. The album cover received widespread attention when, at a 1970 gig in Copenhagen, the band was billed as The Nobs as the result of a legal threat from aristocrat Eva von Zeppelin, a relative of the creator of Zeppelin aircraft. Von Zeppelin, on seeing the logo of the Hindenburg crashing in flames, threatened to have the show pulled off the air if the band did not stop using Zeppelin in their name while working in Denmark. Mr Hardie said: “The original artwork of Led Zeppelin is on a tiny scrap of paper “It is totally recognisable but very strange. It was then blown up for the album cover.” With the rising popularity of vinyl, Mr Hardie is expecting the exhibition to attract a wide audience. He said: “The show is by no means a row of finished record covers but much more interesting. “It should be of interest to students and teachers but also explains to the public how both well-known and much disseminated images are arrived at.” You can see the exhibition George Hardie – 50 Odd Years from Saturday, March 11 to April 7 in the University of Brighton Gallery at the College of Arts and Humanities at 59-67 Grand Parade, Brighton.–-50-odd-years.aspx
  3. Honolulu, Hawaii 1970 Honolulu, Hawaii 1971
  4. Thank you PP for starting this thread. The legendary Ritchie Yorke was a gentle soul who touched the lives of many and it was with great sadness to hear of his passing. He was a friend & mentor and his life's work had a tremendous effect on me. RIP Ritchie. ---
  5. Sun Station Vadsø - June 23 - 24, 2017
  6. John Paul Jones, Anssi Karttunen and Magnus Lindberg Announce New Project and Live Debut in Helsinki, Finland on the 5th April 2017. Coyotes are versatile and resourceful animals. They quickly adapt to an environment which is constantly modified by humans. As human activity changes the landscape, the coyote’s range expands. Coyotes are socially highly flexible, living either in family units or in loose packs of unrelated individuals. Coyotes are often said to be tricksters that can assume the form of a man or a coyote. The coyote uses deception and humour to rebel against social conventions. These three musicians cover between themselves an uncommonly vast area of the musical map from Kraft to Dazed and confused, Minibus Pimps to Toimii, Accused to Ghost Sonata, The Thunderthief to Mystery Variations and more. They are all known to be curious minds, always ready to learn and to discover. When they improvise, borders disappear, they are free to migrate beyond prejudices, across continents. In a world where walls are being built and people are told where they can’t go, Tres Coyotes want music to be a place of openness. “Tres Coyotes” will be making their debut live performance at The Savoy Theatre, Helsinki, Finland on 5th April 2017. [Tickets]
  7. Hiroshima Charity Concert Led Zeppelin donates proceeds of their concert in Hiroshima to the victims of the first atomic bomb in 1945. The mayor, Setsuo Yamada, presents the band with a letter of appreciation and a city medal as a token of friendship. Letter Translation: To The "Led Zeppelin": The City of Hiroshima extends to you its profound appreciation for your warm sympathy for the reflief of our atomic-bomb sufferers, and for your thoughtfulness in giving a Charity Concert for the purpose of contributing to their relief, by donating the proceeds arising therefrom to the City of Hiroshima. September 27th, 1971 SETSUO YAMADA Mayor City of Hiroshima --------------------------------------------------------- Just to add, I've spoken with more than one TV archive in Hiroshima through the years. They said there are catalog entries for "news footage" of this ceremony and concert, but they are missing.
  8. Author Greg Russo released an updated version of his book: Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up (6th Edition). Available here on his site: Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up BRAND NEW 6TH EDITION: This is the definitive and authorized historical account of the extremely influential, blueswailing YARDBIRDS. With the successive guitar attacks of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, The Yardbirds as a unit reached uncharted territories in rock. In Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up you'll discover how The Yardbirds forged their own identity and left a lasting impression on music fans and musicians. Using The Yardbirds as their blueprint, many bands like Aerosmith and The Allman Brothers have incorporated Yardbirds techniques in creating their own identities. Written by Greg Russo, liner notes author and compiler of Little Games Sessions & More (EMI), Cumular Limit (New Millennium), EMI's Little Games single CD, and the new 5-disc set Glimpses 1963-1968 (Easy Action), Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up reveals Greg's unique insider knowledge in a captivating written style. All of the band's members, past and present, have contributed to this edition. The book also includes full Yardbirds group and solo discographies, a detailed concert history, and 300+ Yardbirds-related photos and extremely rare record covers. The current lineup of the band is raving up about it! $29.95 for printed book, $10 for PDF (304 pages/300+ illustrations)
  9. Marine returns book he borrowed – nearly four decades late ITHACA, N.Y. — In 1978, Bob James – on a Led Zeppelin-inspired whim – checked out a copy of “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien from his local library. He was a big fan of the Zeppelin song “Ramble On”, which contains several references to the classic fantasy novel. “I just went over to the library and checked it out,” he said. Earlier this week, James finally got around to returning the book – 38 years late. But instead of being angry, Tompkins County Library Director Susan Currie said the story of why the book was so late convinced her to waive any late fees. It turns out that James had joined the Marines shortly after checking out the book and was deployed overseas for years. His trusty copy of the Hobbit traveled the globe with him, and was read by dozens if not more other Marines. “I had a nice book and there was at times a line (of people wanting to read it) saying ‘I’m next, I’m next,” James recalled. He believes the book was on at least eight different ships in the Western Pacific over the years. Finally, decades later, James took it back to the library, with its original library book plate still intact. The copy is in such good shape, library officials said they only needed to add a digital bar code to it before putting it back in circulation. Currie said the fact James shared the book with so many fellow Marines and sailors means the library did it’s job, even if the method was a bit unorthodox. “That is the best ambassador for the library we could possibly have,” she said.
  10. Montreal 1972
  11. -by Tom Pinnock, January 18, 2017 Photo by Ed Miles The singer joins Pentangle's Jacqui McShee on the 50th-anniversary release Fairport Convention will release a new album to celebrate their 50th anniversary, featuring guest vocals from Robert Plant. The singer joins Pentangle vocalist Jacqui McShee on the record, titled 50:50@50 and tentatively set for release in May. It will consist of both new studio recordings and live favourites. Plant has collaborated with Fairport Convention before, including joining them onstage at their Cropredy festival in 1986 and 2008, at the latter performing a version of Led Zeppelin‘s “The Battle Of Evermore”, which originally featured Fairport’s Sandy Denny on vocals. Fairport – whose lineup since 1998 has comprised co-founder Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Ric Sanders, Chris Leslie and Gerry Conway – will also perform at London’s Union Chapel on May 27, 50 years to the day since the group’s first ever live performance. The group will tour in January, and then in May, before they hold their Cropredy event in Oxfordshire in August. Fairport Convention’s last album was 2015’s Myths And Heroes.
  12. [01/18/2017] Minibus Pimps in Paris! In a change to the previously advertised ‘ Deathprod’ concert, we are very pleased to announce that John Paul Jones and Helge Sten will be performing together as ‘Minibus Pimps’ on 16th April as part of Presences Electroniques. Minibus Pimps is a unique and unconventional UK/Norwegian collaboration featuring John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin's legendary multi-instrumentalist), and prolific electronic musician, improviser and producer Helge Sten (Deathprod, Supersilent), which has existed since its first performance in 2011. Their debut album 'Cloud To Ground' contains seven tracks all recorded live at different venues, from London’s Café Oto to venues in Norway and Denmark. The secret of Minibus Pimps’ colossal sonic gas giants is their use of the Kyma computer system (created by Symbolic Sound). Instruments such as guitar, bass and violin are fed into the system and radically transformed by self-designed digital instruments and processors until their sources are barely recognisable. More info: