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In the last 30 days the archive has grown by 161 new artefacts, 13 new members, 53 new people and places.


Joined 22nd July 2009



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“No mention in the review of the backstage scuffles that took place, whilst the roadies were setting up the Pistols gear, or the missiles being thrown by the audience,always remember one of Slaughters roadies peering out through the stage curtain and shouting " it's kicking off, Manchester v London " happy days : )”
15 Aug 2015
“If you couldn't find a particular record in here, then it probably didn't exist, George ? the owner would tape an album for you, if you couldn't afford the price of the vinyl, the fact that you couldn't swing a cat in there, didn't put people off visiting.”
26 Nov 2014
“1970, what a stunning collection you have REDMIST, thanks for sharing”
21 Sep 2014
“Saturday,November 18th was in 1967”
18 Sep 2014
“So you could see both Jimi Hendrix & Cream, for the equivalent of 75p ? Amazing. Incidentaly Hendrix died 44 years ago today”
18 Sep 2014
“Good to hear, I thought he'd closed down.”
11 Jul 2014
“Never even knew Johnny Cash performed at the Astoria, amazing. Thankfully Brian Smith was around to photograph the event, more used to seeing Brian's work with Blues artists, thanks for sharing.”
24 Mar 2014
“The thing is a lot of people went to the 2nd gig in July and assumed it was the first Pistols gig, I went to all 3 that summer Lesser Free x 2 and the Electric Circus, for the first gig in June I had a fistfull of flyers that were handed out the previous week or so at a Rock gig (may have been Budgie) at the Free Trade Hall, wish i'd have kept them : (”
06 Feb 2014
“Tony Wilson was in leather trousers ,leather Jacket and was carrying what I can only describe as a 'Man-bag' felt sorry for him tbh, did you go to the 20th anniversary ?

Granada tv invited anyone who was there in 76 to the Lesser Free Trade Hall filmed it and it was shown on Granada, Luckily for me my picture is in the book 'I swear I was there' so I don't care if i'm not believed but I know what you mean.”
03 Feb 2014
“Have to disagree with Phil, Tony Wilson WAS at the 1st gig, he took so much abuse/banter, he ended up at the back of the hall or maybe went backstage but he was definitely there, as was I, hence my username.”
31 Jan 2014