The links above will lead you to Hobo Magazine sites on the different aspects of Coventry music -
I've developed a range of blogspots around different aspects of the Coventry Music scene as shown below, from the original all-one original Hobo Vox site some will remember. They are still works in progress of course...Here are the direct links with descriptions (or click in the above menu).
- The Hobo A to Z of Coventry Bands
- Coventry Folk Club Scene of the 1970's (including a history of the folk club scene in Coventry from the early 60's by Pete Willow and posts on some of the current and excellent acoustic players in Coventry now like Kristy Gallacher, Emma McGann, Justine Watson, Rob Halligan, Barricades Rise etc. It includes posts on Rod Felton, Rob Armstrong, Dando Shaft, Dave Bennett, Fureys, Sean Cannon, Pauline Black (in folk club days!), Joe O'Donnell's Shkayla, Gothic Horizon, and more.
- Coventry Arts Umbrella Club - Opened by The Goons in 1955. This Umbrella club illustrated archive features Phillip Larkin, who had a rare article in the Umbrella Magazine (on the site) and in the early 70's some members of Two Tone and their early bands played there and much more.
- Coventry Gigs and Venues - This site archives the many Coventry Telegraph articles by Pete Clemons on Coventry venues, festivals and bands etc. A fascinating read.
- Hobo Magazine and Hobo Workshop (Coventry's Music and Arts Magazine) This site is the archives of Hobo magazine and Workshop (Holyhead Youth Centre) in the early / mid 70's and related music features and other Coventry and Birmingham Magazines that reflected the Cov Scene.
- Coventry Discos / DJ's and Venues / Recording Studios / Shops A site for material relating to these aspects of the Cov Scene. Work in progress.
- Lanchester Polytechnic Gigs 1970's / 80's (Now Coventry University) with youtube of bands that played there,
- Coventry Musicians Who's Who (work in progress)
- Hobo - Coventry Music Archive (The original Vox site). This is the original Hobo site on Vox which was closed in 2009 and which some of you will remember when it was lively and active 2006 - 9. I've archived it on Typepad while I create smaller sites around the different aspects of the Cov scene. It contains over 300 posts and needed some revision and sorted but still being used by many.
- Hobo on Facebook New posts are often linked on this Facebook Page.
OTHER COVENTRY MUSIC LINKS
- 2 Tone Central / Village. This is a link to Pete Chamber's site for all things Two tone.
- Broadgate Gnome An early (in fact the first) A to Z of Coventry bands strong on the 60's and early 70's from Ian Green. Excellent site although it has not been updated since about 2005. I think Ian plans to work on it again when he has time.
- Rex Brough - Coventry Music Scene - Another early A to Z of Coventry Bands from Rex Brough, stronger on late 70's and 80's but covers all decades from the 60's to 80's. Again not update recently but still a great and useful site.
- Coventry Music Heritage Lottery Project - New - Coventry Music History - a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in order to document Coventry's rich and diverse musical history. This is being developed at the Coventry Boys Club in Coventry.
About Hobo Magazine / Workshop and Sites
Hobo was a Coventry Music Magazine and Workshop in the mid 1970's, initiated by Trev Teasdel and . We were involved in a lot of activities and developments to get things going for the music scene at a time when gigs and support was difficult to come by for all the budding musicians and bands in the city. The Hobo Workshop was started in 1974 at the Holyhead Youth Centre and later the Golden Cross. It gave first gigs to a lot of bands and musicians that later thrived or even achieved record contracts.
John Bargent (Bo)
2006 / 7 we created a website on Vox to house the Hobo archives and share them with the world. The site reconnected a lot of Coventry musicians, now spread around the world and inspired new musicians in Coventry who were amazed by all the musical history of the city. The was involved in a number of new initiatives with the Broadgate Gnome (another earlier Coventry underground magazine) who created the Gnome Label to promote Coventry music and the Herbert Art Gallery / Museum's Coventry Music Exhibition 2009 initiated by Pete
More recently Vox closed it's sites but allowed transference of all the material to another of their blog systems - Typepad - where all the material is now housed - all be it without some of the Vox features and without all of the interactions, as people fled to Facebook to connect.
The site is now an archive of itself as well!
However the site contained material from different aspects of Coventry's musical history, from rock to folk to