On this day in music history: March 13, 1999 - “Believe” by Cher hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks, also topping the Club Play chart for 4 weeks on December 12, 1998. Written by Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennen, Paul Barry, Steven Torch, Matthew Gray and Timothy Powell, it is the fourth solo chart topping single (fifth overall) for the pop music icon and Academy Award winning actress. After focusing on her film career for much of the 90’s, Cher turns her attention back music when she signs to the UK division of Warner Bros Records in 1998. Working with dance music producers including Junior Vasquez, Todd Terry, Mark Taylor and Brian Rawling, it will be the singer’s first dance oriented album in nearly twenty years since the release of her Casablanca albums “Take Me Home” and “Prisoner”. Rather than going for the retro-disco sounds of those works, the new material is cutting edge and in step with the current techno dance phenomenon dominating the club music scene. British songwriter and producers Taylor and Rawling (Gina G, Danni Minogue), presents Cher with the song “Believe”. She asks them to re-write the lyrics a number of times before agreeing to record the song. After recording Cher’s vocals, the producers hit upon the idea of processing some of the vocals with a Digitech Talker (aka “Autotune” processor). At first, they are nervous to play the track with the altered vocals, but once Cher hears what they’ve done, she immediately loves it. Warner Bros initially does not like the autotuned vocals and wants the effect removed, but the singer insists they remain as they are. “Believe” is an immediate smash in the UK, spending seven weeks at number one. Warner Bros in the US picks up the record for release on the back of its UK chart success. Entering the Hot 100 at #99 on December 20, 1998, it climbs to the top of the chart twelve weeks later. Cher makes history by having the longest time span between her first number one single (“I Got You Babe”) and “Believe”, which is thirty three years, seven months and three weeks. She also becomes the second oldest artist in Billboard chart history to top the Hot 100 (Louis Armstrong is the record holder at sixty two years, ten months and one week old at the time “Hello Dolly” is at number one), as she is fifty three years, nine months and three weeks old at the time “Believe” tops the chart. The single is also a massive worldwide hit, topping the charts in twenty three countries. “Believe” wins Cher her first Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2000, also receiving a nomination for Record Of The Year. “Believe” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
America- The revolutionary war
France- The French Revolution
Russia- The Russian Revolution and that time when Peter the Great made a law making all men not have beards.
China- The opium wars
Canada- That time he burned down dc in the war of 1812
England- All of the British Invasion of the music scene.
Germany- The mid to late 1800s. He was probably a teen then and wanted more control over stuff. And more dogs.
N. Italy- When he stopped being Austria’s servant and became his own country.
S. Italy- He’d prob say his whole life but in all honesty probably when he broke away from Spain.
Prussia- From the time he hasnt been a country to now. He seems like the dude you see at walmart at 3am buying ramen
Hungary- When she left Austria’s house.
Japan- When he fought China
Sweden- Leaving Denmark and continuing to fight him for about 800 years
Finland- Finnish-Russo wars
Lithuania- Leaving the USSR first.
Netherlands- Leaving Spain then taking over trade.
Portugal- Making the spice trade route after being cut off.
Iceland- Not saying big brother
The Jimi Hendrix Experienced-Eric Burdon y John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers in Zürich on 30th and 31st of May 1968
On the afternoon of 30 May 1968, at Zurich Kloten airport a peculiar
looking assortment of passengers disembarked the chartered plane from
London. Some forty young men in outstandingly colourful garb, sporting
floppy hats, odd hairdos, jewellery and scarves descended down the
steps. They were met immediately by sceptical-looking customs officials
and taken to an improvised customs area - a bus located at the end of
the tarmac, some two kilometres away from the official desks. The gaudy
lot kept giggling and joking. And with good reason. They were part of
the then celebrated British music scene and had come to Zurich to play
two concerts at the Hallenstadion. Being shaken down at international
airports was part of the road routine.
A convoy of limousines rented from Welti-Furrer AG was parked beside the
mobile customs to take the merry minstrels through a back exit out of the
airport and via a detour to the Hotel Stoller in the centre of Zurich. A
contingent of policemen and a water-cannon were placed on stand-by, just
in case. Three-hundred beat fans had turned up to welcome their idols but
unfortunately didn’t get to see them. The headlining star of the concerts,
the American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, had already arrived that morning from
New York City and had retired to his hotel. As many as three weeks prior
to the event the local newspaper Neue Presse was given the telling information
by police constable Guido Buchli of the Stadtpolizei Zurich that they did
not yet know the exact number of officers to be put on duty, but “in war,
you don’t give away the strength of the forces you are about to deploy.”
Hans-Ruedi Jaggi 1941-2000
The man who necessitated such strategic efforts and overtime from
the custodians of law was Hans-Ruedi Jaggi. The previous year he had
brought the Rolling Stones to the Hallenstadion, much to the disapproval
of the Zurich officials. The Stones were notorious for having left a
trail of broken concert hall furniture on their tours. In Zurich, too,
they had lived up to their bad-boys reputation. Jaggi, the 27-year-old
son of a butcher from Zurich-Oberengstringen, seemed predestined to
organize concerts of the loud and large variety. On the continent only
few professional concert agencies had ventured into music for the
long-haired. This was a market with huge potential.
Having escaped from an apprenticeship as a lampshade
sales-assistant, Jaggi found himself touring the Swiss provinces as the
self-claimed manager of the Sauterelles, the Barracudas and various
die-hard, second-rate British rock groups. Like no other he was
experienced in handling cranky rock musicians, was young enough to know
what music young people were into, knew how to deal with conservative
venue owners in rural areas, and he dished out the tasty stuff to
journalists. His job as a waiter at the legendary Schwarzer Ring, a pub
at the Kruggasse in the Niederdorf quarter of Zurich, had taught him the
art of brazenness and quick-witted hustling, which earned the
160-centimetres-tall pipsqueak the respect of the punters: steel fixers,
pimps and whores. When he became the owner of the private night club Am
Pfauen, Jaggi, sociable, sly old fox he was, made useful contacts with
people from all walks of life and professions.
If Jaggi wasn’t known before the Stones gig he certainly was afterwards,
with the press dubbing him the Pope of Beat. He posed for photographs in
front of his Bentley, with long hair, polo-neck sweater, velvet jacket,
pointed boots, and surrounded by very blond and very young girls. “We were young and cheeky little devils,” rejoiced
Jaggi many years later. It was probably not without pleasurable anticipation
of the provocations to come when Jaggi, over a few drinks with managers
and musicians at the London Speakeasy club bought the top-class rock multi-pack
consisting of John Mayall, Traffic, The Move, Eric Burdon and Jimi Hendrix,
the superstar, for the ridiculously low amount of 15,000 pounds (on 22
December 1967). Cash he had none, which meant he had to find sponsors back
in Zurich. He would not get any government subsidies.
The “Neue Presse” became his main sponsor and created the concert
poster. The tabloid “Blick” came on board, and, of course, young
publisher Jürg Marquard’s “Pop”, and “Bravo”,
the teen mag. Bernie Lehrer of Bernie’s Junior Shop, one of the
boutiques for trendy fashion, was also won over. Until recently it
been normal that a boy seamlessly switched from the shorts he has
outgrown to a grey suit. Bluejeans, the precursor to young
deemed objectionable garb, and was for beatniks only.
The fine gentlemen of the local constabulary had no choice but to
with Jaggi, the young upstart, to discuss security arrangements.
Wollenberger, the chief-editor of the “Zürcher Woche”, had
demanded a ban on such events after the fans at a Stones gig had
transformed some thousand folding chairs into firewood. Many citizens
shared his opinion. Jaggi, with a fine sense for scandal, defiantly
called his event “Monsterkonzert.”
The arrival of the rock idols coincided with a time of
turbulence. Titled by the media the Restlessness of Youth, a phenomenon
was spreading like an epidemic across Europe and overseas, and it was
somehow connected with beat music. Students occupied universities and
prevented professors from holding lectures; bold young theoreticians
sermonised to an even younger audience that there was, in fact, a causal
connection between the imperialistic bombing of the Vietnamese people
and the sexual repression of young people. A generalized
anti-authoritarian point of view threatened to become the program of a
In Rome, Berlin, Paris and elsewhere, barricades were erected,
street fights with the police took place, cars were overturned and set
on fire. There were increasing signs that this brutalisation would
eventually reach the Swiss Confederation. One leg of the Tour de Suisse
bicycle race, which led over a small part of French territory in the
Alsace, was diverted, the original route being considered as too
dangerous in view of the events in Paris.
Albert Mossdorf, a liberal member of the cantonal parliament,
position at a Zurich shooting club press meeting. Worried by the
“cultural revolutionary youth movement, whose followers wear strange
clothes, sit on the tramways rails and utter Chinese names” and confused
by certain students who “lay the emphasis on sexual education,” wherein
the politician recognised without doubt the attempt to “impose a
foreign ideology,” he voted bravely for taking countermeasures. “Nothing
better to oppose all this than a spiritually and physically healthy
youth,” was his razor-sharp logic. Therefore it was high time that
gymnastics for apprentices became compulsory, and the rifle shooting
training for youngsters of sixteen would have to be intensified! The
warning from Bülach
came too late.
The perfect personification of the nightmare of all upright
citizens was said Jimi Hendrix. This man played outrageously loud
(always in English setting, as the experts call it when the amps are
cranked up to full blast), and frequently aggressively, wild, treated
his guitar with tongue and teeth, set it on fire every once in a while
or smashed it to smithereens. He underlined his performance with
provocative gestures full of open sexual symbolism. On top of all of
this, he was black.
Taking all this into consideration, it is understandable that the
police imposed very strict security conditions on the promoter. The
stage in the Hallenstadion had to be converted into an impregnable
fortress, built from sturdy wood, four meters high, with a prominent
edge looming over the audience. The racing track, where usually stayers
and sprinters did their rounds, were to be prepared with lubricating oil
in order to prevent attacks from the sides. One hundred policemen were
to be hidden behind the stage wall. Some sixty more policemen in plain
clothes were to mingle amongst the crowd which would be greeted at the
entrance by a row of police dogs. The Zurich authorities were determined
to prevent the upheaval from spreading into Zurich.
The Lucky Winners
For each evening ten thousand people were expected. As
he had done the previous year, Jaggi insured the folding chairs at
Lloyd’s. “Blick” and “Neue Presse” each ran a competition. “Blick”
offered 1,000 free tickets, while the “Neue Presse” tempted their
readers with an “exclusive autograph session with Eric Burdon” and two
flights back to London in the company of Jimi Hendrix. “Why two
flights?,” “Neue Presse” asked, only to follow immediately with with the
prizes go to boys and girls in equal parts.”
The lucky winners were one respectable-looking, 28-year-old tailor
the canton Solothurn who would not attend the concert because he
was “no beat fan” as “the Kennedys and Duttweiler are my idols,” and a
14-year old schoolgirl from Zurich-Höngg, posing for the newspaper with
her guinea-pig. Today Mrs. Esposito is living the life of a married
woman in the canton Ticino. Once in a while she looks at her photograph
album of that time with her two children. She remembers her classmates
being jealous of her. Since the flight was to be on a Saturday morning
her mother had to submit an application to the local school authorities.
The teachers did not like the idea and never inquired about the girl’s
experience after her return. Those were rigid times, indeed. Girls were
not allowed to wear trousers at school, and certainly not mini-skirts,
as Yvonne did on her flight to London. Her older sister had sewn her a
one for the occasion. Yes, she did feel excited and remembers Jimi
Hendrix as “awfully skinny with loads of hair.” Jimi
was napping for the duration of the flight, but afterwards a
was taken. She never took to Jimi’s music, finding it too nervous,
with too much guitar. She remembers feeling pretty uncomfortable
later heard on the TV that Hendrix had died.
Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll
Thursday, 30 May 1968
JOHN MAYALL’S BLUESBRAKERS
ERIC BURDON & THE NEW ANIMALS
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
Only about half of the expected 10,000 people showed
up. Following a fashion show with colourful products from Bernie’s, Walty
Anselmo, announced as “the Swiss Jimi Hendrix,” opened the evening with
his band. It was the only Swiss band to be included on the illustrious
Next were The Koobas, a professional British band that for
had stranded in Zurich. They went down better, playing faster
and they had a hit with a cover of “The First Cut Is the
Deepest.” And then the first of the giants, John Mayall, with his
notorious fringed leather jerkin, ammunition belt packed with
harmonicas, the Leatherstocking of the Blues, melancholically driven to
celebrate and promote this music, this undeserved gift of Africa to the
whites. No surprises here: simple harmonies, catchy riffs, driving beat,
no experiments. The rising mood was rudely interrupted in the middle of
a song when a man dashed over to Mayall’s piano, snatched his cigarette
lighter and escaped to the stands. The Cusader of the Blues stopped
playing at once and stated that he would not continue unless he was
given back his property. The relics hunter was apprehended, the
purloined object returned, and the show went on. Traffic were next,
featuring rock’s beautiful, pale child prodigy, Steve Winwood, who
already as a boy of 17 had amazed the critics and sent the girls into
rapture. Traffic were followed by the scandalous band, The Move, who had
given prior written guarantees that they would refrain from their
violent stage act of smashing flickering TVs and attacking bulky refuse
with axes. Next in line was Eric Burdon. Together with his New Animals
the diminutive former coal miner from the slums of Newcastle with the
black voice, big heart and his huge thirst played a set of tight, rough
rhythm & blues.
The performance was enhanced by a lightshow, then a most
spectacle. The crowd responded enthusiastically.
Then, the long-awaited act of the master, the living legend,
the black god who had fallen to Earth from Saturn. Journalists,
technicians, promoter, guests, musicians - they all were gathering at
the back of the stage to watch and listen to Hendrix. He played in his
customary trio formation, backed by agile and jazzy drummer Mitch
Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding, who looked like a starving philosophy
student but played like the devil. In front of a tower of speakers and
amps, left-handed Hendrix played his famous white Fender Stratocaster, a
re-strung right-handed model, wearing his broad-brimmed hat with the
band of silver buckles, a flowered, wide-cut shirt and tight, velvet
trousers. The ugly stage, covered with advertising posters, was
transformed into a magical starship. The group played very loud from the
beginning. The amps screeched and roared and the speakers threatened to
burst at any time. However, the electrical noises fell wondrously in
line with the howling guitar, the bubbling bass and the pounding drums.
Like no other, Hendrix had mastered the art of incorporating the
electro-acoustic effects into his guitar playing, generating sounds
never heard before, exciting and irritating at the same time.
Hendrix’s guitar was able to talk, tell stories, paint pictures, fire
like a machine gun, tremble like a woman, glow like phosphor bombs
and weep like a child. His “Sprechgesang” supported the guitar, wooing
its riffs, spurring it on, only to draw back for the solo but joining
it again for a duet in a soft appeasing way, melancholically contrasting
with his restless, irreconcilable playing which took up where other
guitarists left, and which stirred your soul and addled your brain.
Hendrix had peculiar way of non-singing only matched by Dylan. It had
to be the warm, earthy voice with its roughened bronze-tinted timbre,
and a sound reminiscent of permanently slightly swollen tonsils, which
made his mumbling, this humming soliloquizing so sexy. Plus, he moved
with lascivious elegance, relaxed and provocative at the same time,
to tense one moment and jump up the next, seemingly weightless, as
if his body were part of the music.
At the back of the stage the fellow musicians listened
reverently, perhaps feeling a trifle jealous, and the few Hendrix
afficionados like Walty Anselmo were getting goosebumbs.
An early fan of beat music, Anselmo had taught himself to play guitar
by listening to records from England and the USA. He let his hair grow
long, formed a band and, while still an apprentice, had his first real
gig at the café Longstreet in the Zurich red-light district, where
the whores in the audience were haggling about who was to seduce him
first. The encounter with Hendrix’s music changed his whole life, he
remembers. In Hendrix he found a kindred spirit, allowing him to tap
into a power he had not known before. Together with Jaggi’s wife at
that time, Anselmo went to pick up Hendrix at Kloten airport. Something
must have clicked immediately between the modest, polite star and Anselmo,
the unknown Swiss musician. From that very first moment on they were
talking together like old friends. When the musician Tony Ashton later
brought him the news of Jimi’s death, Anselmo could not believe it
and was unable to listen to Hendrix’s music for years to come.
In black entertainment show tricks play a popular part: stunning routines
with instrument and body, often with a sexual undertone. Humour and
sex were inseparable parts of music entertainment. Some of these little
numbers Hendrix adapted for his own show: rubbing the guitar between
his legs, playing it behind his back or with his teeth, etc. The latter
became his trademark not to be missed at any concert, including Zurich.
With great anticipation the crowd awaited the moment he was to raise
the instrument to his mouth. With the exception of “Hey Joe,” his music
did not go down too well with the masses. Beer-mats were thrown on
the stage, mainly during the softer, more melodic pieces. Obviously,
he was not the coarse King Kong of Rock as promoted by the media. Disappointment
When the concert ended shortly after midnight, the majority of
the 5,000 mostly young people were quite happy. For eleven Swiss Franks
they had got a glimpse of the big, wide world, a world entirely to
their liking. The bands were celebrating a lifestyle which was so alien
to theirs but embodied all their longings. The musicians were the rulers
of fantasy, of eternal adolescence, the rock and roll stage a
ritualized place where the myth of brazen freedom was celebrated
professionally. The musicians returned to the hotel. Hendrix took a
female companion to his room. This did not escape the watchful eye of
the night porter. The police were informed and arrived to wake up the
star and book his visitor. The Hotel Stoller’s Frauentraum (Ladies’
Delight) was strictly reserved for the menu. Only now Zurich could find
some sleep. It had been kept clean.
The morning press were amazed. Everything had run smoothly, no
no riots. The Tagesanzeiger reported a “boring and harmless
racket,” derided the “children” who tried to “drive themselves into a
frenzy with their wobbly mock-dance movements” and sneered at the
musicians, “pitiful figures in gaudy clothes,” who were in vain fighting
the “lousy acoustics,” their music drowning in the “roaring of the
music was non-culture.
Rebellion Is Justified
Not for all. “When word spread that Hendrix would come there
was no question that we would show up,” Roland Gretler remembers. “We”
was the the Partei der Arbeit (Workers Party), a group of freelance
professionals whose relationship with the traditional Stalinist party
was strained. “To show up” also meant the event was being considered for
it’s political potential. A handbill entitled 1. Flugblatt der
antiautoritären Menschen (the 1st Anti-Authoritarian People’s Handbill)
sought to seize the historic chance to unite beat fans and the left
protest movement. Jimi Hendrix was featured on the front with Mao’s
cultural revolutionary motto “Rebellion is justified” photographically
mounted onto the medallion on his breast. The text contained the gospel
of the revolutionaries of '68. “Satisfaction” could
be attained, but only if different social conditions were
Sexually repressed bourgeois begrudged the kids their lust and
wanted to have beat music banned by the police.
Two weeks prior to the concert a meeting took place between
Jaggi, Gretler and the journalist Walter Bretscher in a small Zurich
bar. Bretscher (in 1978 he would write an informed series of articles on
the '68 unrests in Die Tat) was the one who had enabled the contact
between commercial pop and revolution. The promoter did not oppose the
leftists’ idea to distribute some 20,000 copies of their political
pamphlet. In return, the anti-authoritarians were to provide 31-year-old
Giorgio Frapolli as MC. An Italian raised in Zurich, Frapolli’s
handsome appearance and confident manner was likely to make for smooth
and trouble-free order of events.
Friday, 31 May 1968
JOHN MAYALL’S BLUESBRAKERS
ERIC BURDON & THE NEW ANIMALS
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
On the second night 10,000 people showed up. The atmosphere
was fantastic, the bands did good work. The only difference between this
night and the previous one was that The Move and Eric Burdon were to
change places since the night before Burdon’s set had gone down better
with the audience. Backstage the atmosphere was not half as good. Some
uniformed officials made derisory remarks about the audience and called
the artists bastards and queers.
Shortly after midnight the final chord was struck and the artists took
their bows. The masses were heading for the exits when ten, maybe twelve
kids started smashing folding-chairs. Nobody else joined in, the vast
majority kept making for the exits and the stadium was emptying quickly.
It was then that backstage the codeword for the police was said: upon
hearing “Caramba” the police swung
Dr. Hans Schlegel remembers the night of 31 of May 1968. The day after
the Monsterkonzert, on 1 June, he was promoted to chief of the security
forces of the Zurich police department. “No,” Dr. Schlegel says, “no, those were not good times.” It
was of no interest to him anymore. They had had to be on duty every
weekend. Those rioters had made their life miserable. After the Hendrix
concert had come the Globus business, and after that the Opera House
Riots. At that time he had already made chief of staff.
"What? They made a small fire after the concert? A huge bonfire it
was, close to a gas station, too. And after that came the march from
Oerlikon to the main station.“ The police officer can still see those
red and white construction site barriers scattered all over the main
station square. What lead up to it? They were all hooligans, plus, there
was this handbill from the Worker’s Party. "They enjoyed the fact that
they were getting some action.” The promoter sure knew how to stir
things up. What was this Jaggi guy doing today, by the way? So, he’s
supposed to have grown older, but certainly not wiser. The police had
been totally unprepared, their equipment included. Rubber truncheons
only, and who could blame them for using them? “But
for me it’s all over. Thank God, one tends to forgets certain
Bernie Lehrer, the boutique owner, says the gruff police
had upset him. Inside the stadium the police had started to
crowd in front of them. The following day, the Neue Zürcher
Zeitung (NZZ) wrote that “some policemen unnecessarily made use of their
truncheons.” Outside, several hundred young people were still standing
around. The last trams and buses had left long ago. Since the night was
chilly, a few kids lit a “harmless small fire” (NZZ) to keep warm. The
police showed up on the scene and a young female bystander was “slapped
by a policeman” (NZZ).
Hundreds were watching. Now the first boos resounded and soon
insults, a few beer bottles and stones were thrown at the
a whistle from the officer-in-charge, a group of hundred
truncheons drawn, advanced. More bottles and stones were
according to a police spokesman, even a few cast-iron sewer
police pursued the fugitives. The faster ones were lucky
escape, the slower ones were beaten and the dogs took the
The police had unleashed their Alsatians. Some custodians of
order lashed out at anything they could reach. Among the
several journalists and photographers.
Shortly before 3 a.m. the scene was repeated. Some 200 people
were lounging under the arcades on the river side of the main station.
They were waiting for the station restaurant to open and the first train
to leave. Again some small fires were lit. This time the fire brigade
arrived before the police. Water and truncheons from one side, stones
and planks from the other. Again, the police hit the wrong guys:
battered journalists, broken cameras, confiscated films were the result.
The Farewell Party
Meanwhile, the musicians were having a good time at the Crazy
Girl discotheque in Zurich 4, where Jaggi would later open his club,
Revolution. It was a farewell party and a late licence had been granted.
At 2.30 sharp a police car packed with officers commando-like stopped
in front of the discotheque. Some officers took position at the front
door, others secured the back entrance. The party-goers, taking the
action for a raid, rushed outside. However, the police only wanted to
make sure closing-time was being respected. This was the treatment
beatniks usually got, so it was deemed adequate for pop stars.
Hendrix was not among the guests. Earlier in the evening, the
club security had denied him entry. No chance to get in, Jimi’s was way
to dark. Being hungry, Hendrix took a taxi. The driver took him to the
outskirts of town, where a snack vending machine was spitting out
schnitzels. Respectable people slept at night, being hungry after
midnight was not part of the plan. So, the polite star chewed on his
cold menu in the company of prostitutes, rent boys and taxi drivers,
before having himself taken back to the hotel, where he expressed his
gratitude to the driver with a 100-dollar bill. And again the Hotel
Stoller night porter watched over the moral code.
They had almost succeeded in fending off the visitation.
However, the police found themselves criticized by nearly the entire press
for their use of excessive force. Said the illustrated Sie und Er: “The concert was no monster but the police were.” This
was a new tune. So far only homosexuals, the demimonde, hooligans or notorious
drunkards had been the victims of occasional police harassment. No danger of
being criticised for that.
The clubbing the youth received woke many a rebellious spirit. Two
weeks after the Hendrix concert young leftists performed a street
theatre in front of the Zurich Urania police headquarters. Many
onlookers witnessed how the police thugs were condemned by a public
Two weeks later the now well-organised protest movement clamoured for the empty
building of the Globus emporium at the Bahnhofsbrücke to be used as an autonomous
youth centre. Thousands had come to the rally, from the Thurgau too, even from
the Valais. Jaggi had got his hands on the addresses of the Blick contest participants.
Two clothes baskets full of postcards, some 6'000 names in all. These he passed
on to Gretler, now one of 16 members of the autonomous Globus Committee. The
long night of 29/30 June, 1968 went down as the Globus Riots, the city had
caught up with the rest of Europe, the Monsterkonzert having been the overture.
Jaggi was reported to the police for incitement for breach of the
public peace (StGB Art. 260). At daybreak armed police forces surrounded
his house in Rudolfstetten. Because of the business with the addresses
from the Blick contest. With the squad leader in the passenger seat
Jaggi drove his Ferrari to Zurich. Eventually the charges were dropped.
However, the police presented a detailed bill for extra services:
compensation for overtime, compensation for night duty and 272 dinners
for four Swiss Franks each. A total of 35,000 Swiss Franks. Jaggi
refused to pay for the unsolicited extra services outside the premises,
took the matter to court and won his case eight years later. He had made
100,000 Swiss Franks from the Monsterkonzert. Jaggi had time to work on
his next coup: On Boxing, 1971 he had Muhammad Ali fight at the
Hallenstadion. By that time Jimi Hendrix was dead, tough. The gifted
guitarist died on 18 September 1970.
Hot on the heels of seducing the British music scene, the bristling U.K. pop quintet Echobelly is poised for an American triumph with its debut album, Everybody’s Got One. Fronted by ex-kickboxing champ Sonya Aurora-Madan, the band tackles issues of racism, sexism, and the generation gap. And thanks to bassist Debbie Smith, the band’s “token black lesbian,” gay rights are a high-profile part of the band’s agenda too.
“I knew from as long as I had memory that I was a lesbian,” Smith told The Buzz. “I even knew what the word meant and everything.” She finally came out for good at age 16 when her mom tracked her down after a night out and pulled her out of bed naked with another woman. “She dragged me out and drove me to my father’s house— it must have been 6:30 in the morning— and she was screaming, ‘Your daughter’s a lesbian!’ And he said, 'Tell me in the morning.’”
Kill Your Friends: Set in 1997 at the height of the British popular music scene, the protagonist, Steven Stelfox is unhappy about his current position as an A&R agent in the record company he works for in London. Stelfox, uninterested in most music, is jealous of his coworkers’ success in finding successful fledgling musical acts and hatches a series of devious acts that leaves several dead on his road to self-fulfilled glory and recognition.
While the protagonist and plot have been compared to American Psycho, the satirical nature pointing out the money interests of the music industry has been the hysterically dark selling point of the novel.
George Harrison and John Lennon during the filming of Help!, Balmoral Island, Bahamas, 27 February 1965, photographed by Henry Grossman
“‘I don’t know,’ said [John]. 'And I couldn’t care less [if the British music scene was hurt by the mass signing of guitar groups in 1964]. It’s just true - the signed up rubbish and when they didn’t all get hits they started running. Can’t blame 'em, but they should have been more sensible.’
George wandered over: 'Who should have been more sensible, John?’
Lennon: 'What do you want?’
Harrison: 'What are you talking about?’
Lennon: 'Mind your own bloody business. Got a ciggie?’
John helped himself to a cigarette from George’s top pocket before Harrison could reply.
Exit George.” - Article by Ray Coleman, Melody Maker, 27 February 1965
Taylor didn’t usually check news articles about herself but something about the small piece caught her eye. ‘Calvin Harris plays celebrity Tinder, swipes left on blonde beauty Taylor Swift’.
She had never used Tinder but she knew the general idea. A left was a no. He wasn’t interested in her. She didn’t mind, they didn’t even know each other, but when she googled his name and saw the pictures of his latest Armani shoot she was a little disappointed. Of course someone who looked like that would never be interested in someone like her, she thought.
Taylor was buzzing. It was the night of the Brit awards and she was excited. 1989 had proven to be a huge success so far and she was quite hopeful that she’d get an award tonight, not that she would ever tell anyone that.
She took one last look in the mirror and nodded to herself. She looked good. She felt good. Her dress was long and black, flowing outward at the bottom with sheet panels at the back. There was a red dragon snaking up her side and over her back that she loved. It was the reason she picked this dress. She was ready to go.
Calvin had just stepped out onto the red carpet. Ordinarily he loved the Brits, he loved being back in the UK to celebrate the British music scene but tonight was different. He was in a funk, well and truly. He had split up with Aarika a week or so prior and the press were catching wind of it. He was dreading any questions they might throw at him.
Him and Aarika had drifted apart - nothing scandalous or heart breaking. They just didn’t feel as though they should be together any more. It was a tough conversation but they both felt the same.
He quickly walked the carpet and rushed inside. The sooner he was away from the press the better. He took his seat, surrounded by friends and music executives and got ready for the show to begin.
Taylor was waiting by the wings. Breathing slowly and deeply to calm her nerves. She still got nervous performing to a crowd, regardless of how many times she’d done it. She peeked out of the side of the stage to scan the crowd and saw a face she recognised but couldn’t place from this far a distance.
A crew member came over and handed her the microphone and she was being motioned on to the stage to start, her song began ringing out through the huge arena. As soon as she was out there the nerves melted away and she strutted and danced her way through the performance. She was enjoying it and the crowd loved it. She glanced over at the tables to her left and saw he familiar face again but this time a name accompanied her view. This was Calvin Harris.
He was watching intently and she couldn’t help but stare back for a fraction of a second before her choreography pulled her away. She belted out the last lines of the song and bowed to the deafening applause before quickly moving with her dances off the stage.
After changing back into her sleek black dress she made her way to her table where Karlie was waiting. Dancing, champagne and winning the award for international female moved the night along. She was floating on air. The award had surprised and delighted her. She had hoped for it and was ecstatic when her name was called.
There was only one performer left now and Ellie had text her to come over to her table to watch the performance. Karlie and her rushed over between the advert break and introductions, pulling Ellie into a hug as soon as they reached her. Ellie introduced them to the many faces around the table.
’…and this is Calvin Harris, Taylor.’ She finished.
'Pleasure to meet you Taylor’ he said in a gruff Scottish accent that made her knees weak. He was seriously attractive and two years of not dating made this even more apparent to her.
'Nice to meet you too Calvin’ she smiled sweetly. It was at this point that his radio Tinder interview popped into her head. 'Do you still think I look lovely?’ She whispered jokingly only to him.
His eyes shot up to meet hers. A slight blush spread over his face. She had heard the interview he’d done months before and she was teasing him about it. He laughed with her and they settled into a comfortable position side by side to watch the last performance of the show. He wasn’t paying attention though, he just kept looking at her and wondering how he could have been so wrong.