Top graphic by Lyndie - 1972 from the Communication books) CARTOON graphics by John Alderson for Hobo
The first press coverage - Trev and Bo on the Music Scene in theCov Telegraph's On the Scene Supplement has
been blogged earlier along with press cutting surrounding the Hobo Workshop and the Shut down Concert. These are cutting to do with Hobo Magazine and a press release. (Hobo Back actually appeared in the Coventry Review (a freebie) in Brian Week's music page Fri Feb 22nd 1974)
HOBO REFERENCE SHEET Feb 1974
HOBO No4 will be out next week and there will be a minimum charge of 5p. All money made from ads and sales are used to run the magazine.
CONTACT POINTS Trev Teasdel, 16 Laneside, Willenhall Wood, Coventry (no longer valid address) or Arthur Brown, 36, Mount St. Earlsdon, Coventry (again no longer valid address), or messages can be left at Virgin records.
BASIS OF PUBLICATION Owing to financial restrictions, it will be published on a bi-monthly basis. The next issue, No 5 will occur in June but it is hoped that by then we will be able to publish on a monthly basis as we originally intended.
AIMS The aims of HOBO are multi-fold. Briefly they are to provide a frame to: -
q Inspire more creativity and activity in the city.
q Promote activities of people already doing things and create more interest in them
q Provide a much-needed service for musicians and artists of all types with information and a free classified section similar in function to Melody Maker but on a local scale.
NEAR BY TOWNS
We intend to cover various nearby towns and already have found distributors in / Bedworth / and . however remains the nucleus of our interest.
It is hoped, also, that eventually we can locate a room that we can utilise as some kind of office where we can be contacted. Preferably one that makes us accessible by phone as this presents a lot of problems for people trying to contact us.
There is the possibility (for the next issue, of the “People’s Awareness Group”) getting together (as a supplement to HOBO) a duplicated magazine dealing with articles on social problems and heavier things than HOBO carries. Whether this occurs remains to be seen.
We are currently looking for a hall (at low cost) where we can stage a benefit concert for HOBO, to help pay off debts incurred in starting the magazine and give us some operating money. Money, as always, is the biggest obstacle!
One ambition we have, that we intend to fulfil in the near future, owing to the lack of live music in the city, is to get a
room where we can hold what we call HUMPOESIC HAPPENINGS. Humpoesic is a composite word we’ve coined to mean humour music and poetry. The first ones were held at the Coventry Arts Umbrella Club in 1972. These will be mixed media events that will be an outlet for local artists who don’t have many outlets for their talents. There will not be much in the way of financial gratification but at least it will be an outlet and place where people can go to see live entertainment, who don’t have much money.
HOBO staff consist of Trev Teasdel – Editor / writer / layout
Arthur Brown – (from 1974) co-editor and distribution manager. HOBO is currently printed at the Birmingham Arts Lab on an Offset Litho.
That was a press release sent to Coventry Evening Telegraph in 1974. The People’s Awareness supplement didn’t materialise. We used various offices temporarily but never had our own. We used the Sunshine Music Agency office in and later the Voluntary Service Council Office (to type the magazine). The Humpoesic Happening became the Hobo Workshop at the Holyhead youth centre (facilitated by Coventry Voluntary Service Council Youth Service).
(Graphic by Steve Knopinski of Birmingham band Ascension 1971)