Thursday, September 27, 2012

Welcome to Coventry Music Scene from Hobo

Hi and Welcome - this is the home page of the Coventry Music scene archives from Hobo -the links to the various aspects of the scene can be found above in the top menu. This therefore is the directory.

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).

  • 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
Chambers and much more. The site grew to contain much more than just the Hobo archives through the many interactions of those who found the site.

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
disco and more. many of the posts needed updating or rewriting too. So it was decided to keep the original site as a reference and develop a series of smaller, more focused sites on Blogspot. Still works in progress, you'll find links to them in the top menu. There's links to the Coventry Folk Scene, Discos and DJ's, Venues and Gigs, Coventry Arts Umbrella Club, A to Z of Coventry bands and more. A lot of work still to do but we hope you enjoy the material.

Trev Teasdel