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Thread #101292 Message #2041772
Posted By: Bob the Postman
02-May-07 - 07:14 PM
Thread Name: Bunkhouse in Vancouver
Subject: RE: BS: Bunkhouse in Vancouver
Well, I didn't get to blow my first year at UBC until 1968/69. Poetry, including a reading by Allen Ginsberg, was part of my problem as well. Anyway, by my time they had a proper student union building, and it was in the SUB Ballroom that I saw Sonny and Brownie. Also the Poppy Family. Circa 1970 I saw John Shines do an acoustic set at a basement dive near Broadway and Kingsway--a place sometimes called the Jazz Alley. I would have seen Ornette Coleman there too except I got puking drunk and had to leave before the show got underway. (A few years later I was under-assistant janitor there, for a couple of times--sub-contracting for Frodo, but that's another story.) And I saw Fred McDowell at the Colonial Magic Theatre. But I was never at the Bunkhouse. I guess if the vice cops hadn't moved on the Bunkhouse, then associates of the Penthouse Club's Joe Philliponi would have done so. He held the monopoly on breasts in Vancouver from the time they were invented (circa 1960, if I remember correctly) until the early 70s.
Does anyone remember an acoustic quartet called Solid Comfort from Vancouver in them days? They released a 33 1/3 single of Bullfrog Blues b/w Minglewood Blues which they claimed charted in Halifax.