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015. I Found That Essence Rare: The Gang of Four with The Hoi Polloi, March 5, 1983

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  What a rip-off: they took the ticket and I only got to keep the end stub.

015. I Found That Essence Rare: The Gang of Four with The Hoi Polloi, Wonderland Gardens, London, Ontario, Canada, Saturday March 5, 1983, $9 (+ A Meditation on Friendship and Shared Communities).

This entry on the Gang of Four not only recalls the concert from March 1983, but also reflects on key changes in my social life as I began my 20s in conjunction with a shift in the local underground community, and of finding one’s tribe and its importance on one’s personal development.

Just 18 weeks following the Iggy Pop scrimmage and here I was back at Wonderland Gardens to see the Gang of Four. However, there had been some significant changes during that brief time in between Continue reading

014. Gimme Danger: Iggy Pop with Nash the Slash, October 27, 1982

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My ticket was lost during the melee that was this show, so thanks once again to Ms. P for providing me with a copy of hers.

014. Gimme Danger: Iggy Pop with Nash the Slash, Wonderland Gardens, London, Ontario, Canada, Wednesday October 27, 1982, $11, with Guest Contributor M. Zeppelin.

Wonderland Gardens was a dance hall in London, Ontario’s outer-west region. It opened in 1935 and hosted many key and regional orchestras of the big band era. The long, narrow building, hidden away from Wonderland Road by a thick nuzzling blanket of surrounding trees, was a beautiful vintage venue with sprung floors: all the better to absorb the shocks of jiving swing dancers during the Second World War years and the decades just beyond. Continue reading