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Re: Rock'n'Dole Music

PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:04 am
by NormanD
Good one, David. I did actually work at the dole office, when I left school, and was a counter clerk for nine months or so. Signing-on day was the highlight of the week, with long snaking queues. I'd sometimes see a mate the other side of the counter (and, on one embarrassing occasion, one of my former teachers). I got friendly with one of the guys, and he invited me to go and see Otis Redding (it never happened).

Back to The Liverpool Scene: once, one of the claimants, an Irish guy, got his harmonica out and started entertaining the slow-moving queue. Jigs, reels, polkas, music hall faves. He was great - there was shouting, clapping, laughing (who'd ever heard laughing there?) and fun. The Labour Exchange manager came down and did his nut, but was too frightened to intervene to stop it.

The next week the guy came in and greeted the queue with a big wave, but he'd been forgotten by then.

The music biz - fickle, eh?

Re: Rock'n'Dole Music

PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:08 am
by Adam Blake
I love that Liverpool Scene record!