Wednesday, August 30, 2017


This post remains at the top as an introduction. Scroll below for the posts.
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Welcome to the Hobo Coventry Music Archive Site. 

Hobo was a Coventry's Music and Arts Magazine and Workshop co founded by Trev Teasdel and John Bo Bargent and continued by Trev between 1973 and 1975. 

Hobo contributed to the Broadgate Gnome A to Z in 2003 and was re-invented as a Coventry Music Archive in 2007 initially on Vox blogs until that platformed closed and the as a suite of blogs on Blogger from 2009. 

The various sites covering the A to Z of Coventry bands, Coventry Folk and Acoustic Scene, Coventry Arts Umbrella Club, Coventry Discos and Venues and Pete Clemons Coventry Music Articles and more can be found by clicking the Hobo Coventry Music archive Hub in the menu above. There's plenty of archival material view from the 60's through to the present!

On This Particular Blog
You can read the basic history of the magazine and Hobo Workshop, featuring some of the other Coventry and Birmingham magazines and fanzines and associated material. At the time of writing, I'm still adding to this blog - it's last to be completed but will house some interesting Coventry cultural material.


Dirty Stop Outs - Coventry Music and Entertainment Venues in the 1970's by Dr.Ruth Cherrington.

Ruth Cherrington has used material from and been inspired by these Hobo sites along with many memories frompeople who frequented or organised or played in these venues and Hobo Magazine features in the book. Well worth a read.

The book is available from Coventry HMV and Waterstones and of course from Amazon UK HERE

Also, read a review by Pete Clemons HERE 

Ruth Cherrington at the Coventry Music Museum with the new book.

Dirty Stop Outs in good company on the shelves at Coventry HMV.

Hobo co-founder John Bo Bargent at the Waterstones launch with a copy of the new book and a copy of Hobo Magazine from 1974.

Hobo Editors Trev Teasdel (on the right - black shirt) and John Bo Bargent (with hat) at the Coventry Music Museum book launch November 2017.

Below, one of the pages with Hobo Magazine featured on it.

Here are the links and descriptions for the new sites (also linked in the menu above) -

Hobo - A to Z of Coventry Bands  Early A to Z's of Coventry bands (ten years back) included The Broadgate Gnome (to which Hobo contribute some bands) and Rex Brough A to Z's. Coventry musician Tim James had a more person A to Z on his site. By 2005 Pete Chambers  produced his first book - an A to Z of  Coventry bands called Godiva Rocks, which sold well in Coventry. Since these sites (and book) were created, a lot more information along with audio and youtube have come to light and so the Hobo A to Z is an attempt to bring all or a lot of the material together in one place. The other, pioneering sites are still worth visiting and may eventually be updated. Meanwhile if we've missed your band out or you want to share more info, you Tube / audio photos or flyers etc for your band or material from your own band archive - you can contacts us at

Hobo - Coventry Music Scene Archives - That's this site - part of a suite of Coventry Music Blogspots shown below. This particular blogspot with house the archives of Hobo Magazine and Hobo Workshop (Holyhead Road Youth Centre) and will show much of the development of the Coventry Music before Two Tone. It will house information some of the other important Coventry Music magazines such as The Broadgate Gnome, Alternative Sounds and some of the later ones from the 1980's. There will be a range of Coventry music feature articles and much more. Still in development.

Coventry Arts Umbrella Club  The Umbrella was fundamental to the development of the Coventry Literary, folk and music scene in many ways and deserves a site of it's own. The Umbrella was established 1955 and opened by the Goons. It produced an important Literary Journal which featured an essay by Phillip Larkin. Held lectures by writers like EM Foster. Held the first Coventry Folk club. Was home to Coventry musicians, including some who were later in Two Tone bands.

Coventry Gigs 1960 - present 
Houses Peter Clemon's Rock of Ages columns and over 70 articles he has written on Coventry music for the Coventry Telegraph  from 1960 onwards. The articles range from Coventry music venues to bands and more. Pete Clemon's often uses material on these site alongside his wider research and they are well worth a read. I also add in additional material including youtube.

Coventry Folk Club Scene
This site, which covers the Coventry Folk scene and the more recent Acoustic scene - it's artists and venues, also houses copies of Pete Willow's Folks Magazine from c 1978 and articles from it. A lot of archive material both from the Hobo archives and elsewhere.

Coventry Discos, Studios, Venues, Music Agencies, Music Shops etc
Archive material relating to the above.

Bands who Played the Lanchester Poly (Now Coventry University) Student Union Gigs. The Lanch, both with its legendary Saturday night gigs in the main hall and the annual Lanch Arts festivals, were high cultural experiences with some of the top underground bands, poets, songwriters playing there from the 60's to the 80's and beyond. They spanned almost every musical genre and included Pink Floyd, Caravan, Elton John, Sex Pistols, Oasis, Radiohead, Cream, Ralph McTell, the Liverpool poets and many more. This site is compiling a list with youtube of them.

Coventry Who's Who of Musicians
A comprehensive Who's Who of Coventry Musicians - still a work in progress. More to be added when the A to Z of  Coventry bands and artists has been completed.Meanwhile if you should be on the list of the info is wrong or incomplete and if your friends are not on here and should be - let use know at

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