Note-able Ditties

HOLLANDThe Beach Boys – Reprise/Brother Records K54008

One of pop music’s most durable groups are The Beach Boys. In recent years they have had their ups and downs, but they still emerge as one of the most universally appealing bands in the history of rock and roll. Pet Sounds is obviously their masterpiece, but if Holland is anything to go by, they will be making dazzling recordings for some time to come.

The most magical aspect of The Beach Boys is their ability to clearly convey the images they conjure up. You not only hear their music — you also feel it, experiencing all the sensations and emotions condensed into their records. The enthusiasm, stories and messages expressed in their songs are at times naive, but usually never stray far from reality, whatever that happens to mean to you.

Their last album, Surf’s Up, re-activated their popularity and reputation as significant music makers and a discerning public gave them the attention only the truly creative and original should enjoy. Holland, keeps all the promises their previous recording made, of heralding the beginning of an exciting new Beach Boys era, and demonstrates why they will remain part of pop’s establishment.

Their music, as ever, is made up from the ingredients one expects from them. The surf influence is still there, the songs about California’s climate, beauty and freedom reappear as usual and the stunning production and arrangements joyfully continue to astound. The opening track, Sail On Sailor, is another Brian Wilson classic. It leads you straight into the essence of the album – the wondrous order of life and nature, never-ending but glimpsing searches for identity, and humanity’s surprise at finding out we are only human. Feelings of openness and distance spring to mind. The sound is familiar, making it easy to settle down comfortably on the right level of consciousness to enioy what is to follow. Dennis Wilson’s Steamboat does in fact. A lazy, drifting, but thoroughly pleasing composition, that is an ideal cut to come after the anthem-like opener

Next comes the three part song cycle California Saga, chiefly composed and conceived by Mike Love and partially by Alan Jardine. An ambitious attempt at unifying several themes, but the end result is not entirely successful, owing to too many obvious weaknesses.

Side two takes off with The Trader. The lyrics are amongst the best heard on the album. The arrangements and singing seem so effortless and simple, until you start examining what has gone into producing the song. The other highpoint on this side is Leaving This Town. A brilliant cut, hauntingly simple in its basic construction, but incorporating so many complexities it begs to be replayed over and over again.

The record is called Holland because that’s where it was recorded. The words and music though are still, as always, drenched in Californian symbolism and lifestyles. Assessing Holland as a complete entity, I am left with no doubt that it will become one of the most buyable albums of ’73.

As an added bonus you get a seven inch 33⅓ rpm disc as well. Brian Wilson is responsible for the fantasy that takes up both sides of the record. It is titled Mount Vernon And Fairway.

Described as ‘A Fairy Tale’, it tells the story of a magic transistor radio. Fun for children of all ages.


JOE SIMON’S GREATEST HITSMonument MNT 65419

Joe Simon’s Greatest Hits album should really have been called his ‘greatest hits so far.’ Perhaps he hasn’t broken through to a large audience in Great Britain yet, but he has had a string of successes in the States and is still producing hit parade material.

The only people to realise the extent of Joe Simon’s talent so far have been soul enthusiasts and the younger generation of our black population. They, at least, haven’t missed out on one of soul music’s most distinguished and sophisticated singers. Simon’s style takes in blues, jazz, gospel and rhythm and blues, and this combination of influences has enabled him to storm the US charts with songs such as The Chokin’ Kind, Message From Maria, Teenager’s Prayer and Hangin’ On, each of them destined to become contemporary soul classics.

Despite Joe Simon’s lack of recognition in this country, his Greatest Hits collection serves as an excellent introduction to a very special artist. It makes for ideal late-night listening too.

HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT – Gladys Knight and the Pips – Tamla Motown STML 11226

Unless Tamla Motown are planning further volumes of Gladys Knight’s ‘greatest hits’, this will probably be her last album on that label. She recently ended her long lasting relationship wjth Tamla to join Buddah records. It is a disappointment for the London staff of her former company, as Gladys has finally broken through to British record buyers with her version of Kris Kristofferson’s Help Me Make It Through The Night, the title track of this album. Quite deservedly so too, as Gladys adds much to this already beautiful song, turning it into an immensely moving and earthy epic about love and emotion.

This collection is not a new set of recordings, for it is comprised of some of the better material from her past albums. The title track comes from her latest, Standing Ovation, whilst the others range from 1967 through to 1970. A fair proportion of the cuts are on her Greatest Hits package, so make sure you are not doubling up on too many tracks before laying out your cash for this full price record. There is a total of fourteen tracks, most of them perfect examples of Gladys Knight’s exceptionally soulful and funky range. Worth mentioning are Look Of Love, Letter Full Of Tears, It Should Have Been Me, and what for me is the best version of Smokey Robinson’s The Tracks Of My Tears.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII VIA SATELLITEElvis Presley – DPS 2040

Elvis Presley seems to be churning out ‘live’ albums the way he used to bring out those mediocre to bad movies a few years ago. This latest offering was recorded at a concert in Hawaii and contains a selection of some of his best known material, with a few ‘standards’ and contemporary hit songs to fill out the programme.

The concert commences with the pretentious use of the opening passage from Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from ‘2001, A Space Odyssey’) to announce Elvis’s arrival on stage. He starts by rushing his middle-aged spread through an up-tempo version of See See Rider, then moves on to Burning Love, one of the best new songs Elvis includes in his current repertoire. As I said earlier, the rest of the songs can be sub-divided into two categories, golden oldies and new and old ‘standards’, the former always coming off the best, except for the extended version of Suspicious Minds.

This two-record set is modestly priced at £3.19 and is guaranteed to keep the hordes of Presley fans around the world happy, although it is unlikely to turn on younger generations and those who were only turned on by Elvis’s vintage ‘rockers’.

LEADERS OF THE PACKVarious Artists — Buddah 2318078.

Leaders of the Pack is a re-issue of a 99p budget compilation album released a couple of years ago. This time around it is full price, but it does contain four extra tracks. Most of the cuts were hit singles and originate from 1969 and 1970. They were recorded by groups mainly based in New York.

There are sixteen tracks on the record, three of them from the Shangri-Las, including Leader of the Pack and Remember (Walking In The Sand). They are not the original versions though, as I suspect is the case with The Token’s The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Of the other cuts, two are the best songs put out by the Dixie Cups. These are People Say and Chapel of Love. The latter has recently been covered by the rising New York ‘superstar’ Bette Midler. There are tracks from 1910 Fruitgum Co., (Simon Says), a couple from Lou Christie and two excellent contributions from Tommy James & The Shondells (Mirage and I Think We’re Alone Now). Obscure groups such as the Jelly Beans, the Ad-Libs, San Fransisco’s legendary, but now sadly vanished Sopwith Camel, are also represented, along with the Tradewinds (Mind Excursion) who complete the line-up of artistes.

Leaders of the Pack is an interesting, amusing album, especially for connoisseurs of pop music. My major complaint about it is the rather inflated price and the absence of any sleeve notes, which would have made this package of nostalgia a far more attractive investment.

THE MOTOWN SOUND (Volume One)Various Artists – Tamla Motown – STML 11217

The Motown Sound (Vol. 1) is a collection of lesser known Tamla Motown recordings, most of them being unavailable in the UK before or else unobtainable owing to the companies policy of quickly deleting the majority of singles they issue.

The album is an essential buy for avid collectors of Motown and soul disco music enthusiasts. Amongst the fourteen tracks are songs by the Marvelettes, The Originals, The Miracles, Terry Johnson, and the Lollipops.

Although I try my hardest to disagree with self-congratulatory cover notes on album sleeves, I find I must accept that Motown’s sound is one of the most distinctive, creative and enjoyable ever produced by an independent record company. This album, despite the relative obscurity of many of the artists and songs, is a worthwhile attempt to clarify Motown’s unique position in the recording industry.

THROUGH THE EYES OF LOVERay Charles – Probe SPB 1066

Ray Charles’s latest album, Through The Eyes Of Love, comes over as being rather pleasantly quaint. To start with the record’s cover reminds me of the jackets 10” LP’s used to come wrapped in. It portrays a pair of black shades on a violet velvety background, with the title and credits in camp, exaggerated serif type face. The musical content takes me back too, conjuring up memories of his ‘Modern Sounds In Country & Western’ ventures of a few years ago. That era, if your memory stretches back that far, produced such classics as I Can’t Stop Loving You, You Don’t Know Me and Georgia On My Mind.

If the slightly old-fashioned and restrained presentation of the material he uses doesn’t immediately make you lose interest, you may find that the combination of the highly romantic lyrics and sweeping strings is relaxing and entertainingly diverting. Charles’ decision to sing a selection of sophisticated/soulful ballads and modern love songs shows an exquisite, mature taste, and he interprets each number in his own inimitable way. Included are versions of George Gershwin’s Someone To Watch Over Me, Paul Williams’ delightful A Perfect Love, a very sexy If You Wouldn’t Be My Lady and Tony Joe White’s Rainy Night In Georgia. Apparently Georgia is still on his mind.

Through the Eyes Of Love is very much a retrospective offering from Ray Charles, but it is likely to appeal to both old and new admirers of the man who more or less is responsible for the word ‘soul’ having the musical connotations it now possesses.

ODYSSEYMowest MWS 7002

Odyssey are a new band from America’s West Coast, and this is their initial album outing. The group is comprised of seven guys and one lady. Whilst the record as a whole is neither remarkable nor unpleasant, it does include one very exciting track entitled Georgia Song which hopefully is to be released soon as a single. This cut possesses all the ingredients a hit single should; a strong melody, perfect balance between instruments and voices, danceability and easy to catch, meaningful words.

Giving a plug to a forthcoming single is perhaps not the best way of reviewing an album, but compared to the rest of the material, Georgia Song is a masterpiece in a collection of easy listening mediocrity. But on the strength of this one number, I look forward to hearing future releases by this better than average middle-of-the-road band.

TROUBLE MANMarvin Gaye – Tamla Motown STML 11225.

Trouble Man is not the enthusiastically awaited follow up to Marvin Gaye’s classic album What’s Going On. It is the soundtrack to a movie of the same name and almost entirely consists of instrumentals, featuring only one song by Mr Gaye. But don’t let that put you off as this is a very ambitious piece of work.

The film from which the music is taken, features a predominantly black cast, and to venture a guess at its plot, it looks as if it is in the same vein as the ‘Superfly/Shaft’ movies that have preceeded it. The film is not scheduled for release yet, so I’ll have to wait until then to see if my assumptions are correct or not. Unlike the soundtracks of the movies mentioned, it is not comprised of contemporary soul sounds, but reflects the various devlopments in black music, and with the help of various arrangers and superb Motown engineering, it is a most adventurous extension of Marvin Gaye’s already considerable talents. Without wishing to get into comparisons, Trouble Man occasionally reminds me of Miles Davis’s earlier compositions, such as his ‘Sketches of Spain’ and ’Porgy & Bess’ recordings. Special credit should also be given to Trevor Lawrence, whose solo work on alto, tenor and baritone sax is featured throughout.

Trouble Man is not an easy album to immediately come to terms with, but it is well worth persevering with if modern music is more than just a background noise to you.

I REMEMBER BUDDY HOLLYBobby Vee – Sunset SLS 50318

Another recent re-issue is I Remember Buddy Holly, first released ten years ago. It was recorded by Bobby Vee at the height of his career and was a tribute to the singer who was his great idol as well as the main influence on his work.

All twelve tracks included are songs made famous by Buddy Holly, and Bobby Vee’s interpretation of them is remarkably original to the originals, as is the support from the harmony group and back-up musicians heard on record. Amongst the Holly classics revived on the recording are That’ll Be The Day, It’s So Easy, Oh Boy, Think It Over and Maybe Baby.

I’m not sure who will be attracted to this album despite its being reasonably priced at 99p. Nostalgia fiends like me perhaps, but I can’t see it reaching the ears or anyone who isn’t either a kitchy Bobby Vee fanatic or still an ardent Buddy Holly fan.

Denis Lemon

ALONE & TOGETHERSalena Jones – RCA SF8335.

For lovers of the melancholic, smooth and sophisticated, this latest offering from Salena Jones is an essential part of a record collection. She glides her way through some of the finest arrangements I have ever heard of such classics as Bewitched and End of a Love Affair by way of Everything I have and I’ll Be Around.

It is seldom that one finds an album which contains no redundant tracks — no fillers but this is one without any doubt at all. Whilst without doubt some of the credit for this must go to RCA, it is largely a result of the efforts of Miss Jones – don’t believe me – go and buy the record and see for yourself.

Peter Mundy

JESUS WAS A CAPRICORNKris Kristofferson — Monument Records – MNT 65391

The essentially downbeat American mood singer, Kristofferson sings about the downs, the drugs, the ugliness and isolation of the cities and the pain of living in a horrific, hostile world in songs like Sugar Man. He is one of the new group of singers and actors, Jack Nicholson, is another, who through their roughness, their cynicism, their absolute pessimism, express the dull twang of pessimism in our souls.

This new album carries on where ‘Cisco Pike’ left off, with more mood numbers like It Sure Was Love, Enough For You, Give it Time To Be Tender, all executed in that unmistakeable Kristofferson style.

David Seligman

JACQUES BRELBarclay/RCA 80740

I congratulate RCA’s initiative in releasing this selection of Jacques Brel’s best known songs. They have new arrangements and the sensitive touch of Gerard Jouannest on piano provides the best possible accompaniment for the eleven tracks. Brel’s greatly matured voice is very moving and warm, maybe more so than ten years ago, when he first recorded these songs. You will enjoy the particularly vivid emotion of Ne Me Quitte Pas, the gentle nostalgia of Les Prenoms de Paris, and the stirring melody of Quand On N’a Que L’Amour, which are amongst the best of these all-time song/poems. I personally regret the absence of Amsterdam, and it is a pity that a few of Brel’s more recent compositions are not included, but they could constitute a pleasant sequel to this album.

Anyway, it’s a very good sample of Brel’s lyricism. Listen to a very alive European poet, and be seduced.

Jean-Claude Thevenin

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Snow White and Gay Dwarfs: gay brothers invited to take part in simple mime — 7 minute scene – no lines to learn — ring author at (01) 892 8527 (spells TYBULAR on lettered dials, number misprinted in GN16) or try Julie at 01-837 7174. Text given in GN13.

For sale: 3ft bed excellent condition 50p. Modern drawers (24″ x 16″ x 17″) £3.00. Collect Twickenham 01-892 8527

Edinburgh 30 year old male quite good looking, with varied interests would like to meet active more dominant natured male. Photo please ALA. Box 18/23.

Midland gay male (35) working class, lonely seeks sincere friend genuine honest type. 21-40-is. Box 18/24

Young man 21 requires genuine friends (affair). Maybe share my large bedsit. Lives in Berks area. London/Berks area required. Photo if possible. Dave, Box 18/25.

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American (23) good looking, would like to meet attractive, well-built natural guys under 35. ALA with photo. London. Box 18/27.

Young man, London, good appearance, sincere, seeks similar over 21 non-effeminate, view lasting friendship. London area. Please send photo (returned with mine) Box 18/28

Bachelor seeks reliable domesticated young man over 21 to share his delightful country cottage and to help generally. Opportunity for permanent relationship and enjoyable way of life. Box 18/29.

ROD: Moving. Urgent I see you — K.

If you seek a submissive relationship, active male can fulfil your needs. Prefer London and counties north but all letters answered. Box 18/31.

Shy guy (24) seeks sincere permanent friend London area. Box 18/32.

Manservant, loyal and willing, seeks unpaid position with beautiful arrogant young master, preferably Oriental. Paul 01-603 3646 or write Box 18/33.

Bisexual male (29) educated heterosexually inexperienced seeks sincere straight bi/gay girl any age for explorative relationship and mutual encouragement. Box 18/34.

Dearest Brian, you gave up my friendship over a year now. I still need you and want you very much. Please write. Don. Sussex. Box 18/40.

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Temporary Northerner, young 40, average looks, slim seeks passive partner to help determine and share predictable future. Sincere only. No oncers. Photo. Promise to reply. Box 18/37.

Attractive 22 year old golfer (handicap 8) seeks someone of a ‘par’. Photo if possible. London. Box 18/38.

Attractive bloke (36) ex-married. South London seeks friends of both sexes to help sort him out. Box 18/39

Young man (33) 5’10” very slim, active type, seeks other sympathetic towards music, films arts generally. Preferably North London, Bucks or Oxon. Box 18/41.

West Riding square (42) well built, nondriver, likes cinema, theatre, London, beer, body-building etc. No prejudices. Also will exchange books. Box 18/42.

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Semi-retired American fiftyish frequent visitor to London planning next trip early summer hopes to correspond with and then meet working class man 25—50. ALA. Box 18/45.

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Middle-of-the-road, Not Adonis in blue jeans – yet not quite Quasimodo. Versatile 26 would be interested to hear from contemporaries. Moustaches and beards are especially aphrodisiac. Box 18/47.

Graduate (28) seeks good-natured, educated, non-teetotal companion 21-30 for Spanish holiday in June. Box 18/48.

Active male (29) TV Director, own house, car, south coast, wants passive boy — not camp — looking for permanent relationship. Prefers slim, not too tall boys. 21-25. Background/looks unimportant. Honesty and sincerity vital. ALA. Box 18/49

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Gay guy (34) with own flat would like friendship with sincere hirsute male 21-35 interested music. Photo appreciated. Box 18/53

Arts student (21) tall, slim, good-looking, extrovert. Interests theatre, books, music would like to meet similar. Must be tall, well-built, non-effeminate. Photo appreciated (returned). London ALA. Box 18/54.

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Wilde? Sappho? You? Gay poetry wanted for project. Box 18/60.

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Small red-head (22) lives in Leicester, inexperienced, seeks young woman with Lesbian tendencies for friendship etc. ALA. Box 18/67

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Londoner (24) with varied interests seeks well built active guy 25-35. All letters with recent photo answered. Box 18/72.

Alan & Michael both 22, flat-mates living East End, seek versatile mid-week companions. Micheal prefers 21-25, Alan over 30. Recent photo appreciated. Box 18/73.

Gay railway enthusiast — I’m 21 years, 5’8″ tall, slim, would like to meet similar for weekend visits etc. Also like sport and music. Box 18/74.

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Young 30 years, slim, seeks denim and leather fans. Birmingham, will travel. Box 18/76.

Active academic, bearded well-built 40 seeks masculine partner 21-40 to share accommodation London. Dark or fair, employed or not, should be into words and social change. Photo welcome, exchanged. Box 18/77.

Desperately lonely gay author, poet and painter, keen member Wagner society seeks lasting relationship with mature, responsible person. Classical musician/ singer preferred. Only university graduates need apply. ALA. Desire to share accommodation, comfortable civilised NW2 flat. Between thirty and forty. No need for photographs. Character and integrity more important. Box 18/95.

Kings College London, camp, evil, fascist queen aged 21 reading philosophy, seeks good looking young men 21-25 for fun and games. Love camping, being outrageous, and fanatically sexist. Box 18/96.

Gay guy 25, long hair, seeks guy similar to show around Coventry, Nuneaton area Must be 21-25. Please send photo if possible. Box 18/97.

Gay sincere woman wishes for genuine friend Midlands area, photo appreciated. Box 18/103

Confused attractive non-effeminate 23 year-old drama student, own flat N London, needs a sincere masculine friend of about the same age (over 21). Send photo if possible. ALA Box 18/98.

Chinese student living near London, seeks friends of any race especially students for correspondence and possible meeting. 21-30. Photo appreciated. Box 18/99.

Attractive slim young Chinese gay, non-effeminate will appreciate friendship from lonely person 21-30. Photo appreciated. ALA Box 18/100.

London Indian 27, slim 5’7″ quiet, genuine, not bad looking, would like to meet young men 21-30. Any nationality or part of the country. Photo appreciated; not essential. Box 18/101.

Age 30: sensitive and sincere, would like to meet guy of similar age and temperament with a flat to share. For permanent relationship. ALA Kent area. Box 18/102

Bristol. Homosexual? Need help? Send SAE to confidential FRIEND, CHE, P O Box 171, Bristol BS99 7ND.

Would any young guy care to help find and share a flat in Brighton? A young professional man seeks a separate reality. Box 18/107.

Gay 27 seeks leather/denim guys of similar age for sincere friendship. Passive nature. Own London pad. Photo appreciated. ALA Box 18/108.

London guy 29 invites attractive country or provincial visitors for weekends. Own flat. Photo please. Box 18/109.

Professional Irishman 25 seeks active friend in London. Especially interested in Irish, Asians and Negros. Age immaterial, only genuine letters with fullest details answered. Box 18/110.

Considerate Londoner 42, active, professional but not establishment minded own home, dislikes gay scene promiscuity wishes establish stable one person relation ship view settling down. Is there an unattached, non-eff. West Indian/African/ Malayan, preferably similar age, who might be interested? Please write Box 18/111.

Lone guy, 35, swimmer, nudist, enjoys classic arts and travel seeks guys 25-40 with mutual interests for companionship. Race or status immaterial. Let’s be friends. Write with returnable photo. Box 18/112

Active male 29 seeks hairy chested friends over 30 London area. Photo appreciated. Box 18/113.

North Londoner, good looking, active and affectionate young 30s, slim, fair 5’8″, own flat, loves classical music and architecture, needs a loving and deeply responsive relationship with loyal and attractive boy 21-29 for happy and mutually rewarding future. Photo appreciated ALA Box 18/114.

Gay male 24, easy going, non-effeminate fed up with the loneliness of Wales, intending to move to London, seeks similar guy 21-28 to share life together. Looks don’t matter, but must be sincere and loving. Box 18/115.

Lonely male 31, seeks others South Lancs/anywhere, 21-35, similarly slim, non-effeminate, interested in Arts for genuine friendship. Box 18/116,

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This corner is really a long list — of pieces, people you might like to know about or one day need. We can, of course only publish the information that is sent in to us.


Southampton area: Gay men and women welcome to new group. Details from Ken Romsey 512959.

Bristol Gay Student Society – for all young people, male and female. Regular meetings, social events, guest speakers, theatre visits, awareness groups. Write to Trevor Locke, Gay Students Soc, University of Bristol Union, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1LN for a programme of events. Tel: Bristol 35035.

Social group for homosexual men and women meeting in London – weekends in East End, mid-week in various small groups. Come and make new friends in congenial surroundings. Write for details to SK group, c/o Albany Trust, 32 Shaftesbury Ave, W1.

CHALLENGE is a social group for gay women and men over 21. We have weekly meetings at 3 London branches and would be delighted if you would join us for a drink and a chat. Please telephone any evening between 7 and 11. Dial 567 5085 and the operator will give you the number of the member of the evening. Do call us.

LESBIAN LIBERATION meets Wednesdays 8 pm at the South London Womens Liberation Centre, 14 Radnor Terrace, SW8 (near Vauxhall Tube). ALL WOMEN WELCOME. Telephone: 01-622 8495. Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri evenings only.

OXFORD GAY ACTION GROUP. Regular meetings take place on Sundays at 8pm In the Marlborough Arms’, St Thomas Street. Oxford.

GAY MARXIST GROUP now forming. Politically committed homosexuals of both sexes welcome. Details: 01-794 3368.

SAPPHO meets every first Monday in the month at Euston Tavern, corner Judd Street/Euston Road, London NW1. 7.30 pm upstairs room. All women welcome. SAPPHO 30p inc post for single copies from BCM/PETREL, LONDON WCIV 6XX.

BRIGHTON Gay Soc meets weekly. Contact Ray at Brighton 686939

GAYSOC: for homosexual men and women in any school or college of London University – undergraduate, postgraduate or staff. Social, political and campaigning activities aimed at creating better conditions for gays within the university – then the world! Write (enclosing SAE please): GAYSOC ULU, Malet Street, WC1.

Abortion, contraception, entertainment, transport, legal advice, jobs, alternative? Work, food, hitch-hiking, cheap furnishings, communications, shelter, late night services, accommodation, free services, ad infinitum… Contact: Nutshell Information Service. Phone Birmingham 772 2483, 24 hours every day (Ask for Nutshell as we share a line with St Basil’s Centre).

Homosexual Counselling and Parent’s Enquiry. You or your son. daughter, parent or friend could be homosexual and may need help and understanding. Write for appointment to FRIEND Centre Broadley Terrace, London NW1 or telephone 01-402 6345 Mondays to Fridays 7.30 to 9.30pm.

Leicester Gay Awareness Group ring Leicester 738832, ask for Clive or John.

Oxford Gay Action Group meets every Sunday at 8pm in the Marlborough, St Thomas Street. Fortnightly discos from Fri. Jan 5th at the Cape of Good Hope, The Plain, Oxford. Further info — Oxford 45301 between 7pm and 8pm.

WARWICK Gay Soc has started. Meets every Tuesday 6pm in the Coffee Bar at the University. Contact Irwin Timms, 60 Russell Terrace, Leamington Spa, or Jill Brown, H44, Rootes Hall.

READING GAY ALLIANCE regular discos and socials counselling, quiet meetings, public meetings and action. Town and university. SAE for Newssheet, Room 7, 30 London Road READING.

Alternative Free Library needs donations of radical/liberated Gay Papers and Magazines, ESPECIALLY Back Issues. Please write Geoffrey Leigh, 30 Wood-side, Wimbledon, London SW19 7AW.

Harrow Gay Unity. For details phone Janie at 863 1184 or Alex at 864 2291. Meets on Mondays.

Manchester gay women meet on alternative Mondays. Details: Liz Stanley, 061-881 3683.

Jewish Homophile Group welcomes new members of either sex. For further information, please write to Timothy Goldard, BM-JHG, WC1 6XX.

Information Sheffield’s Students Gay-Soc, Students Unions, Western Bank, Sheffield 10.

Gay girls meet on alternate Fridays 7— 10.30pm, Blue Anchor Hotel, St Mary’s Street. Cardiff, upstairs room.

REACH, a nationwide homophile group of members of the Christian churches, primarily concerned with campaigning within the churches and helping isolated homosexual Christians, Reach, c/o 27 Blackfriars St Manchester.

Help/information/coffee at Bethnal Rouge, a bookshop run by a collective of gay people.248 Bethnal Green Road, London E2. Tube:Bethnal Green. Bus: 8.

Manchester University Homophile Society social events, campaigning – open to all-meets Thursdays 8pm, meeting room 4, University Union, Oxford Road.

Fellowship in Christ the Liberator. Communion service 8pm, Sundays, West Kensington. Details: FCL c/o 61 Earls Court Square, London SW5.

“Gay Cambridge”, a joint CHE/GLF group covering both the town and university. Meets every fortnight weekly in university term. Contact Bernard Greaves 29 John Street, Cambridge. Phone Cambridge 52661.

Women’s Liberation Workshop. 3 Shavers Place, London W1. Tel 01-839 3918.


CAMPAIGN FOR HOMOSEXUAL EQUALITY

There are over 70 local groups. For details, enquiries and membership information, contact their offices at:-
28 Kennedy Street, Manchester M2 4BG, Telephone 061-228 1985,
or
22 Great Windmill Street, London W1, Telephone 01-437 7363. (London Information Centre, open daily from noon to 10pm).

Homosexual Women: Find out more about CHE groups from a woman. Every Tues 6.00pm to 10pm, at 22 Gt Windmill St, W1.Tel:01-437 7363

Birmingham CHE meets on March 31st, 7.30pm at Carrs Lane Centre. Information. Denis, Birmingham 5 (STD 0902) 752673

CHE Cardiff now meets at Chapter Arts Centre, Market Street, Canton, Cardiff every other Monday. (Nov. 20th etc). Gay News will be on sale.

CHE All London Political Action Group, 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Tel: 01-437 7363

CHE’s political action group is looking for a group of university/polytechnic students/lecturers interested in conducting a survey among the public attitudes to homosexuality. The aim of the enquiry is to help shape the future campaigning activities of CHE. Offers of help, suggestions, etc should be addressed to’ David Hyde, PAG, CHE London Information Centre, 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Tel: 01-437 7363.

Wandworth/Richmond CHE group forming. Incorporating Fulham/Wimbledon and fringe areas. Men AND women. We meet twice a month. Write to Charlie Mickltwrioht 46b Chartfield Ave., SW15.

Stepney: CHE group forming around this area and including the other parts of East London not catered for. For details ring Mike: 01-476 7980.

Streatham area — newly formed CHE group meets regularly. Details: Ian Clayton, 56 Hillbrook Rd, SW17.

YOUNG GAYS meet regularly in London. The CHE Youth Group meets fortnightly around Central London. Details from Mike or Jim at 01-385 7246.


SCOTTISH MINORITIES GROUP

Postal enquiries: SMG, 214 Clyde Street, Glasgow G1 4JZ

For meetings in ABERDEEN and GLASGOW ring John Breslin (041-771 7600). For meetings in DUNDEE ring Len McIntosh (0382-452433).

For meetings in EDINBURGH ring Mike Coulson (031-225 4395) between 1pm and 10pm any day.


GAY LIBERATION FRONT

London Gay Liberation Front is divided into local groups and there are over 40 provincial groups. Full information from the London GLF office, at 5 Caledonian Road. London N1 Tel: 01-437 7174.

Gay Women’s Lib (North London) Meet at The Crown and Woolpak, 397 St Johns St EC1 (Angel Tube) 8pm on Mondays.

West London GLF meets in the Committee Room of Fulham’s Town Hall. Fulham Broadway on Thursdays at 8pm.

South London GLF meets Thursdays at Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, Brixton.

York GLF now forming. Details from Bob Olorenshaw, A 113 Derwent College, University of York, Heslington, York.

Newcastle GLF meets Wednesday 8pm at 258 Westgate Road, Newcastle 4.

Bath Gay Awareness Group meets Thursdays 8pm. Infor from John — Bath 63168 or Hugh – Bath 4738.

Camden GLF meets Thursdays at Forresters Hall, 5 Highgate Road, Kentish Town.

Leeds GLF meets on Fridays at the OS A Lounge in the University Union. Meetings open to all.

TV and TS group meets Tuesdays at All Saints Church Vestry, Clydesdale Road, W11 at 8pm.

East London GLF meets Thursdays at 103 Market Street, East Ham E6 at 8pm.

Sussex GLF meets Tuesdays at 8.15pm upstairs/back bar Stanford Arms, Preston Circus, Brighton. Contact Doug Coupe, 40 Ashford Road, Brighton, or phone Ray at 686939.

Bristol Gay Awareness Group c/o Tony, 20D, West Mall, Clifton, Bristol. Tel: 0272-32669.

Essex GLF University, contact Brian Roberts c/o Student Pidgeon Holes, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester.

Leeds GLF Liberation Office 153 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds 2. Tel 0532-39071 ex 57. Meetings every Friday at 7.30pm.


Discos

DISCO First Sat of each month at the Odd Spot Coffee House & Grill, Sir Simon’s Arcade (behind TSB), Lancaster. Tel: 2750 11pm to 4am. Bring a bottle Gay News will be on sale.

Father Red Cap. 319 Camberwell Road, SE5. (Camberwell Green).

Upstairs Bar now open 7 nights a week — Tricky Dicky Boys Only Disco now on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Also mixed disco on Wednesday and Saturdays Girls Only disco on Friday. Gay intimate evenings on Mondays. Free Admission Mondays and (for a limited period) Tuesday’s Boys Only Disco.

South London GLF Disco every monday except first Monday of the month. At The Crypt, St Matthews Church (opposite Town Hall, Brixton. BR/Tube. Buses 35, 37,109, 59, 2, 3. Admission 15p – Beer and sandwich bar. Love – Kisses – South London GLF.

Camden GLF weekly disco in the discotheque next to the Bull and Gate Pub (200 yds Kentish Town Stn) every Wednesday from 8pm to 1am.

DRAG MOBILE DISCOTHEQUE Tuesday nights – ROYAL OAK, 62 Glenthorne Road. London W6. Wednesday nights – THE PONTIFRACT CASTLE. 48 Chapel Street, Edgware Road tube. Dancing permitted, complete with drag show featuring Mr Jean Fredericks, Peter Martindale and Diamond David. KINGS ARMS, Liverpool Street, London (corner of Pindar Street) Tube – BR Liverpool Street, buses 8, 8A, 22, 6, 47, 87, Tricky Dicky show on Saturday night 8.30 to 11. Admission free. Saloon bar disco, impersonations etc. gay atmosphere. Gay News in on sale at all Tricky Dicky Discos.

West London GLF present a weekly disco every Tuesday at Fulham Town Hall (opposite stn). 8pm.

Reading Gay Alliance weekly social Wednesday, disco Saturday, Admission to each 20p (10p students). Both at The Railway Tavern, Stanshawe Road, Reading. No membership.

Sussex GLF Disco every Friday 8-11pm at Stanford Arms, Preston Circus, Brighton. Only 20p.

Oxford Gay Action Group: Weekly Discos 8pm on Fridays at “The Cape Of Good Hope”, The Plain, Oxford.

Leeds GLF discos every fortnight. Contact their office for location.

West London GLF present discos at Fulham Town Hall, Harwood Road, at 8pm on March 13 and 27, April 17 and 24.

CHE Wandsworth/Richmond are holding a disco on Thursday March 22 at 8pm, upstairs at the White Lion pub. Putney High Street (by the bridge). Admission 25p. All Welcome.


Drag & Cabaret

This is a list of some of the pubs in London that regularly have Drag Acts. Information of our of London pubs featuring drag will be added to this list as we receive it. So if your local has something good happening at it., let us know: and that goes tor you landlords as well.

ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN 372 Kennington Lane SE11 (Vauxhall). Regular Compere Pat Kelly with the Keltones.
Sun Lunch : Bow. Sun Night : Lola.
Mon : Bow. Tue : Mr Rae-Chell
Wed : Lee Paris. Thu Alvis + Odell/Bow/Various. Fri : Lola. Sat : Lee Paris THE NEW BLACK CAP 171 Camden High Street, NW1 (Camden Town tube). Drag every night with Tony Page.
Mon—Thurs—Sat with Marc Fleming.
Tues with Sandy Graham
Wed with New Dumbelles.
Fri with Nicky Young
Sunday (lunch) with Marc Fleming and Mrs Shufflewick
Sunday (evening) with Perri St Clare or Sandy Graham
Alan McGorrin is Gay News’s super salesman at The Black Cap. Be nice to him, he works very hard.
Father Red Cap. 319 Camberwell Road, SE5. (Camberwell Green)

PALACE OF DRAG — Drag every night.
The following artistes are proud to announce they are appearing at the Father Red Cap; Lee Paris, Tammy Colin Cordell, Alvis & Odell, Lee Tracy and Len Morton.

THE EAGLE, 15 Clifton Road, W9. Drag — Fri, Sat, Sun.

THE CRICKETERS. Battersea Park Road, SW11 (BR Battersea Park)
Sun The Trollettes Fri Various Artistes
Tues Steel Band Sat Singalong/Dancing
Wed Various artistes Compere/Organist:
Thurs Talent night Kenneth Mancell

WINDSOR CASTLE
309 Harrow Road, W9 (Westbourne Park) Drag on Wednesday and Sunday (lunch and evening)

ROYAL OAK, 62 Glenthorne Road W6 (Hammersmith). Drag every night. Regular artistes including Mr Jean Fredericks.

ELEPHANT & CASTLE South Lambeth Place, SW8. (Vauxhall) Drag every night except Tuesdays. Regular compere Jackie.


Gay Pubs

WILLIAM IV Heath Street, Hampstead NW3 Hampstead Tube.

THE SALISBURY. St Martins Lane. Near to Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square tubes.

THE QUEENS HEAD. Tryon Street (off Kings Road. London SW3).

THE CHAMPION, Bayswater Road. Nearest Tube is Notting Hill Gate.

THE BOLTONS and THE COLEHERNE are opposite each other at the junction of Earl’s Court Road and Old Brompton, Earls Court tube.

THE SHIP AND WHALE, 2 Gulliver Street SE 16.

THE IMPERIAL, Richmond-High Street.

THE GREEN ROOM, The Wheatsheaf, Goldhawk Road. Shepherds Bush.


Friendly Outlets

Gay News will always be on sale at the following pubs:

THE ANCHOR INN (The Viking Club), East Street, Southampton, Saturday nights. Girls Only (Ask for Jan).

THE PUBLIC HOUSE not just another bookshop. 21 Little Preston Street, Brighton, Phone 28357.

LE FAUNE Restaurant, 23 Praed Street London W2 1NJ. Tel: 01-723 5170.

SHANE’S CLUB 1 Broadhurst Gradens, Finchley Road, NW6 always has GN on sale.

THE PAVILION CLUB. 123 Shardlow Road, (A6) Shardlow, Derbys. Tel. Shardlow 581. Open Wed. Fri, Sat and Sun from 8pm.

THE ROBERT BURNS, 9 South Front, Southampton ‘The small pub with a BIG welcome – Doris & Dennis’.

THE GREEN MAN. The Place, Winchester, Hants. Your host – David M Price.

ROKOKO CLUB, Roker, Sutherland. GN on sale there every Saturday.

PRINCESS ROYAL, 172 Wellingborough Road, Northampton. Your Hosts – Pem and Vim.

THE NIGHTINGALE CLUB. 50 Camp Hill, Birmingham 12 (021-772 2665) sell Gay News.

The Paint Box Club. 29 Foley St., W1. Drag & Disco Mon-Sat.

Moulin Rouge, 72 Worral Rd., Clifton, Bristol.

Gay News wishes to thank the management and staff at the COLEHERNE, and the BOLTONS (at Earls Court) and the CHAMPION (at Notting Hill Gate) for their help in letting us sell Gay News in their establishments. Gay News will regularly be on sale in these three pubs in west London.

Gay News thanks RODDY and ERIC of the MASQUERADE – the paper is always available at the door. Masquerade Club, 310 Earls Court Road,

Thanks to all at the QUEENS HEAD, Chelsea, for letting us regularly sell Gay News there.

The DisKOtheque (DOK), 2a Lowndes Court. London W1 (off Carnaby Street) regularly has Gay News on sale. Thanks.

The Father Red Cap, Boys Only, Girls Only and Mixed Disco’s. Gay News is always on sale.

Valentine’s — Georges Club (off Gay Street), Bath. Gay News is always on sale.

Thanks to DON JOHN’S, one of the North’s foremost Gay clubs, for selling Gay News.

Thanks to the REGENCY (opposite Theatre Royal) Bath. Gay News is always sold there by Bath Gay Awareness Group.

Tim will always sell you GN at the Elephant & Castle and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern at Vauxhall.

A very special thanks to Bill and Mike at the UNICORN BOOKSHOP, 50 Gloucester Road, Brighton. Tel: 682307.

BRISTOW’S PAPERBACKS, 4 Bridewell Alley, Norwich. Tel: 29535. A ‘goodie’ of a shop.

The Green Room, of the Wheatsheaf, Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, always has Gay News on sale. Your host for the evening: Ronnie.

Bethnal Rouge, 248 Bethnal Green Road, E2. A liberated bookshop run by a collective of gay people, always has GN on sale.

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Two Arrested at Biograph

During the afternoon of Tuesday February 27, two men were arrested in the Biograph Cinema, at Wilton Hoad, London. They were taken into custody by two uniformed police officers pretending to be cinema-goers. The two men were later charged with committing an act of gross indecency’.

The police were operating in the cinema at the invitation of the cinema’s manager, Mr Wheelan. The two constables, wearing ordinary blue raincoats to hide their uniforms, entered a row of seats and allegedly spotted the two men having a ‘grope’.

On information received from one of the accused, the police advised him to plead guilty to get it ‘over and done with’. The person involved is wisely not taking this advice, without first consulting a solicitor.

GN warns all patrons of the Biograph to be especially wary for the time being. Further details of police activity in this country’s oldest cinema will appear in this paper. If you have any information about the current goings-on at the Biograph, please ring us at Gay News on 01-373 0586.

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Solicitors Protest Over Police

A complaint has been made in the current issue of the Law Society Gazette about the way police drew up a character background of a man accused of a motoring offence in a London trial recently.

The complaint is made by the solicitors who acted for the motorist when he was accused of a drink-driving offence.

The solicitors allege: “Our client’s antecedents prepared by the Metropolitan Police to inform the court of his history and previous convictions included the statement that ‘he is known to associate with homosexuals.'”

ED: Gay News applauds the action taken by the solicitors involved. Let us hope that a full inquiry will result and that the police responsible for this despicable incident – attempting to use the general public’s ignorance and prejudice for their own ends – will not go unpunished.

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Gay News To Attend CHE Morecambe Conference

it is now confirmed that a Gay News reporter will be present throughout the Campaign for Homosexual Equality’s First Annual Conference at Morecambe in April.

A full report of the proceedings, plus the GN reporter’s own impressions of this major event will be published in the edition following the conference.

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Utmost Caution

Whilst GN does not wish to moralise or be accused of scaremongering, we think that it is only right to inform you that gay men should take the utmost caution in the vicinity of a well known late night ‘cottage’ in the Olympia/High Street Kensington district of London.

The place referred to is the property of the public house it stands next to.

On information received from usually reliable sources, we understand that members of Hammersmith Police Force are visiting the ‘cottage’ in question frequently between 11.00pm and the early hours of the morning.

No arrests have been reported so far, but the names, addresses and full particulars of these found in the area are being taken by the police.

More details as they arise, in future editions of GN.

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SMG for House of Lords

Lord Archibald has written to Edinburgh’s Scottish Minorities Group offering to call a meeting of Peers and MP’s in the House of Lords on Wednesday March 28, 1973. The meeting will be jointly convened by Lord Archibald and Tom Oswald, MP. Both men have had meetings with SMG members.

Lord Archibald’s Scottish connexions are strong – 52 (yes, 52) years ago he was a Labour Councillor in Glasgow. He is married to the daughter of Bonar Law: she is an energetic woman in her seventies: the historical strands are fascinating! A 4-man SMG team is travelling to London to thrash out the parliamentary tactics towards the successful passage of their proposed Homosexual Reform Bill.

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Gay News Seized In Edinburgh

Copies of Gay News have been seized in five shops in Edinburgh by the police. Issues of Oz, Private Eye (?), Rolling Stone, Cracker and other alternative papers were also ‘taken into custody’ in the raids, allegedly carried out in an attempt to crack down on pornography available in the city.

Obscenity prosecutions are said to be pending. Fuller coverage of this story in the next issue of GN.

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