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Started by: JR (286)

Sadly I didn't see Quintessence. I started work at 15 in 1969 and although I was always persuaded by 'underground' music in its various guises (folk, jazz, rock, pog, etc.) it was probably 71 before I really got into the big gig scene. This was due to having an obsession with football (until a bad injury stopped me playing in 70) and running a disco with John Mather - the guy who later owned Allsorts Discount Store at the Saddle.
However, getting back to real music, I was too young to see the Stones and Beatles at the Ritz Cinema in the sixties... but later in the early 70s the cinema opened its doors to ELP, King Crimson, Curved Air and T-Rex. The latter played a great set as they had lots of fans (including me) from their Tyranasaurus Rex days. The day before King Crimson played, I was in the market hotel when a guy who looked a bit like me with really long hair and a beard came in with his girlfriend. He asked if he could share my table and I obliged... then he tuned his guitar and played/sang Hey Joe, and few more great songs. He was Keith Christmas who supported King Crimson.

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