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Where was I on June 28? A cryptic diary offers clues*

- June 28th, 2012

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The classic Ian MacEachern photo of the Nihilist Spasm Band c. 1968 in a distorted imaged courtesy of noiset.com

Met Archie Leitch.

– June 28, 1966

Last Mar. Rehearsal

– June 28, 1967

Bought Jumpin’ Jack Flash & Crawdaddy/HP/New Rock Life

Showed films in (basement? that’s just a guess, JBNBlog June 28, 2012)

– June 28, 1968

Bought Pants, Socks, Lyle Crosbie 45, ‘Someday Soon’, ‘Hey Grandma’ & MM

Heard ‘Blues From Laurel Canyon’, ‘Season (of the) Witch’

– June 28, 1969

JBNBlog’s younger self was getting into some crunched up details there . . . HP equals Hit Parader, MM equals Melody Maker, Mar. is short for Marionettes. Well. I was in a rush. Or something.

Archie Leitch is third from left, nice jacket & tie combo, in the photo of the NSB seen here. In fact, he is the only one of the band wearing a tie. He retired from the NSB fray early on but is part of their majestic first recordings & was on hand for much of the mayhem & misunderstanding greeting these prophets in their own land. Many years later, his son, Ernie Leitch, urged me to get on board when it came to writing about Los Mondo Bongo. It was band with allies of the late Joe Strummer celebrating his music. Los Mondo Bongo played Call the Office back in 2009.

“Even you know that he (Strummer) was the founding member and driving force behind the Clash,” (e-mailed) Ernie Leitch, one of Cool Mothers, who were also on the CTO bill. “Hope to see you there . . . it’ll undoubtedly be an unforgettable event. These folks are some of the best players in the business.”

From one child of the #ldnont of the 1960s to another, thanks for the heads-up Ernie & keep a-rawkin.

*An occasional series basecad on a v. cryptic diary kept as a pen&ink forerunner to JBNBlog during the late 1960s, when our family lived in London, Stratford (parts of summers of 1966 & 1967), Victoria, B.C. (July 4, 1968-July 4, 1969) and then London again until June, 1970 when I was in Grade 13.

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