not good at recalling gigs that far back. I did so many in those days they
all blurred into one after a while..at least in my memory. I also have no
recollection of that other band at all (that'll be Mandrake Paddle Steamer then !
- Ed). I was probably in the
bar...arrogant little fuckwit that I was. Funny you mention Lol (Coxhill) though...he
was from Aylesbury. We will tour together as The Recedents in the UK in
July...but not Aylesbury alas.
Mandrake Paddle Steamer:Mike Cooper was one of my inspirations
when I was starting out - I have a couple of his
EP's' - and of course
can remember seeing him at Friars - I was trying to convince the
band to listen - but none of them were into all that 'blues stuff
Cooper, after we pointed out that he was an
inspiration to the Mandrakes:
to those guys and say thanks!
David Stopps in an
email to Mike Cooper 2008 (reproduced with kind permission of David Stopps)
can completely understand your difficulty in recalling a single Monday
night gig back then on 2nd June 1969. There must have been so many of them
and it was nearly 39 years ago!
For us though it was a hugely important show. It was our very first. The
week after you headlined we had the Pretty Things and the week after that
it was Free. In the 15 years that followed we presented Genesis, The
Clash, Captain Beefheart, U2 and hundreds of others.
But it was your gig that started us all off.
Just a big thank you for that and its great to hear you are still
Gerald Saunders, Friars
fan: I have
membership number 50 from the Mandrake Paddle Steamer + Mike Cooper gig. I won the Mike
Cooper Album - all signed -. stupidly lent it to someone at Wycombe
College and never saw it again