A gig poster included in the “Defining Me: musical adventures in Manchester” exhibition at The Lowry in Salford. According to the first issue of Made Of Paper fanzine (1989), the Stone Roses gig which was due to take place at the Fridge in Shrewsbury was switched to the larger Park Lane club after a surge in the demand for tickets….
The Stone Roses (from Made Of Paper fanzine, issue #1, 1989)
Made Of Paper (issue #1)
CREATED BY: Tim
A fanzine dedicated to The Stone Roses that I bought when I came back to the UK after spending a few months in America in 1989. I’ve never been a huge fan of the band and their eponymous first album hadn’t exactly set the world on fire when it was released earlier that year (the NME gave it a lukewarm 7 out of 10, coming to the conclusion that "This is quite good. Just"). Although I included the album in the box of cassettes I took with me to the States, I also wasn’t totally knocked out by it (and still don’t think it deserves all the ridiculous hype it has subsequently received). However, on my return it was clear that after several years of bubbling under, The Stone Roses had suddenly hit the stratosphere (and by the end of 1989 the NME was not only hailing the album as the greatest thing since sliced bread, but also made the Roses their “band of the year” and the cover stars of their Xmas issue)….
The zine includes the band’s discography circa the second half of 1989, a rather cheesy “Stone Roses fans’ guide to Manchester” and some info about the band’s merchandise, bootlegs and demo tapes. Tim also reviews several of their gigs which took place between May and August 1989, culminating in their now legendary appearance in front of 4000 people at Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom….
The poster advertising the Shrewsbury gig can be seen here….
Tim also reviews gigs by a few other bands like The Las, Man From Delmonte and Desert Wolves, as well as what happened at a party organised by Tony Wilson’s TV programme “The Other Side Of Midnight”, which included performances from T-Coy, A Guy Called Gerald and Happy Mondays.
I can’t help thinking that the back cover of the zine is better than the front cover, so here it is….
my box of 1980s fanzines
HISTORICAL REVISIONISM FOUND ON THE INTERWEBS….
"The Warsaw Ghetto Brick Memorial"
This image, which I found on Flickr, is apparently of a “brick memorial” (?) to the Warsaw ghetto.
The original photo was taken in Warsaw’s Old Town district in August 2004, during the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, which broke out on 1st August 1944 and lasted for two months until 2nd October 1944.
The small pile of rubble in the photo was one of many public exhibits displayed around Warsaw for the anniversary and has nothing to do with the Warsaw ghetto - it actually symbolises the fact that the whole of the Old Town was reduced to rubble during the first month of the uprising. The image displayed above the bricks is from a photograph taken on 2nd September 1944, and shows Polish partisans from the Miotła battalion of the Armia Krajowa (AK) who had been stationed in the Old Town, after they’d crawled for five hours through the sewers to the city centre.
The text underneath the image is a fragment of a peom by Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, who fought in the Warsaw Uprising as a member of the Parasol battalion of the AK and was killed in action in the Old Town on 4th August 1944.
…."czuję, że skrzypce grają w nim cicho, więc idzie ostrożnie powoli, jakby po nici światła, przez morze szumiące zmroku i coraz bliższa jest miękkość podobna do białych obłoków"….
During the first few days of the uprising the Polish resistance managed to take control of most of Warsaw, but a massive German counter-attack forced them onto the defensive, after which they gradually lost control of most of the territory they had gained, until they eventually had to capitulate at the beginning of October.
By the end of August 1944 the Germans were bombing the encircled Old Town from the air every 15-20 minutes (an estimated 1500 tons of bombs were dropped on this small area of Warsaw alone) while their artillery also shelled the area throughout the day. Wave after wave of attacks by German tanks, Goliath tracked mines and infantry were repelled by the insurgents despite heavy casualties, but they were nevertheless gradually losing ground to the vastly superior forces deployed against them, while also running out of ammunition, medical supplies, food and water. All attempts to break out of their encirclement and re-connect the Old Town with the city centre to the south and the Żoliborz district to the north had failed, and only one group of soldiers from the Zośka battalion of the Armia Krajowa, commanded by Andrzej Romocki (code name “Morro”), managed to escape from the Old Town to the city centre on 31st August.
As it would be impossible to hold on to the Old Town for much longer, the AK took the reluctant decision to evacuate as many soldiers who were still able to fight and as much equipment as possible via the sewers to the city centre and Żoliborz. While other AK units carried out diversionary attacks on the Germans, 5300 soldiers managed to escape from the Old Town via the sewers between the 1st and 2nd of September 1944.
I don’t know the identity of the woman at the centre of the image hanging over the “brick memorial”, who is smiling so beautifully at the camera - but it’s sobering to think that the photograph was taken during a brief moment of respite, after she and her comrades had escaped from a living hell that would soon catch up with them again. The boy wearing the helmet at the front of the picture is Tadeusz Rajszczak (code name “Maszynka”)….
Although I’ve always been aware that the Warsaw Uprising is frequently confused with the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto which took place over a year earlier, based on what I’m seeing on the interwebs it actually seems to be quite common for people to believe that pretty much any memorial to the Second World War in Poland must be commemorating Jews who died in the holocaust, and that all war memorials in Warsaw are monuments to the Warsaw ghetto. It’s clear that a lot of people are totally unaware of the horrors that the non-Jewish majority population of Poland experienced under both German and Soviet occupation during and after the war. For example, these Flickr photos of the Monument to the Fallen and Murdered in the East (which is also located in Warsaw) were originally titled "Wagon monument to the ghettos of Warsaw" and "Remembering the Warsaw ghetto" respectively.
This monument actually commemorates the hundreds of thousands of Polish citizens who were deported from eastern Poland to Siberia for use as slave labour by the USSR from 1939 to 1941, as well as the victims of the Katyń massacre and other Soviet war crimes. It’s particularly strange to wrongly associate it with the Warsaw ghetto in view of the large number of crucifixes on display, as well as the names of places in the USSR that were Soviet mass murder sites (like Katyń) or distant outposts of the gulag that were never occupied by Nazi Germany (like Archangielsk). Other clues that point to its true identity include a large Polish eagle with rope around it and the date of the Soviet invasion of Poland (17th September 1939) underneath.
I guess it’s a good example of just how easily false beliefs can override logic and common sense….
RANDOM TRACK OF THE DAY
Paris XY - Utopia (live session)