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Manchester Record Fair 30/01/10

Posted on January 29, 2010
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Manchester Record Fair 30th Jan

There's a new Record Fair in Manchester, it's at The Deaf Institute on Saturday 30th January, 10am - 4pm and admission is free.

Paul Hebden ‘Hebby’ R.I.P.

Posted on January 26, 2010
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Paul 'Hebby' Hebden

Well known local T-shirt entrepreneur and mainstay of the punk scene Paul Hebden aka 'Hebby' was found dead at his home on Saturday 23rd January 2010. There's a report in the Sunday Sun.

It's well known that Hebby hadn't been having the best of times lately: he'd been made redundant from the Post Office, was having a legal dispute with a neighbour that preventing him from building an outhouse to resume his T-shirt printing business and his drinking had become excessive.  The last time I saw him I asked if he was now an alcoholic and he admitted he was.

It appears that after several recent threats to commit suicide, he finally did. For someone who always seemed so chipper noone took these threats seriously.

Hebby was well known in the local punk scene, a larger than life character that was never short of an opinion, he never failed to remind everyone that he was the first person in the north-east into The Misfits, a claim which was true. While the rest of us were still listening to UK punk in the very early 80s Hebby had found and championed the USA punk scene and avidly collected bands like: Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Government Issue, DOA etc. to much scorn, but eventually he won us over and was proven right.

A friend for 30 years, Hebby worked as a T-shirt printer for companies and then himself. He printed shirts for many of the bands I worked with including The Dickies, Man or Astroman? and more recently Subway Sect.

He will be much missed by me and all who knew him.

New Record Shop in Rugeley, Staffs

Posted on January 25, 2010
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There's a new record shop opening in Rugeley, Staffs in the Brewery Street Shopping Arcade on Monday 8th February.

Managed by Chris from Those Old Records it's going to be a vinyl only store covering all genres.

It's nice to hear of a store opening rather than closing, so I wish Chris every success with it.

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