Memories c 1974
Again I don't have a lot of info about the band Memories. Memories were a well competent middle of the road pop
They were not the usual kind of band we'd put on for the Hobo Workshop but we engaged them to play for a special promotional concert in the upper Coventry Shopping Precinct (to promote the Hobo Workshop gigs at the Holyhead Youth Centre. Several bands and artists were earmarked to play including solk folk artists Rod Felton and Dave Bennett and bands like Fission.
The concert got off to a good start and memories seemed to prove popular with a great crowd enjoying them and they provided a public service for people who had lost each each other or children in the crowd. All relevant permissions had been granted via the involvement of Bob Rhodes - the Detached Youth Worker and facilitator from Coventry Voluntary Service Council. There were no visable signs of complaint but
half way through Memorie's performance the police stopped the concert saying that shoppers were being and shopkeepers were complaining of the noise. Depite our protests and intervention by the youth worker we had to pack in half way through the first act. The Coventry Evening Telegraph were straight on to and we made front page of the afternood edition - Concert Deafens Shoppers!! (And that was only the pop band - good job they didn't here the heavy bands!! We were all extremely pissed off as it took a lot of work to make it happen. However, the main objective was to publise the work and existence of the Hobo Workshop and in the end shutting it down gave us more publicity than ever we couldhave hoped for otherwise. We'd made the front
page of the Telegraph and through our protests managed to get a piece int he paper everyday for the next week, including one in the Telegraph's rival - The Coventry Journal. This included news articles, a whole editorial, letters to the editor.
I can't say much more about the actual band Memories but they certainly it must have been their most memorable concert!
More on the Hobo Workshop if you look in the Hobo Index on our top post.