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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd March 1948 Born today: Musicals Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, in Kensington.
22nd March 1946 Born today: Laraine Ashton, fashion models' agent (London)
22nd March 1928 Noel Coward's musical This Year of Grace, premieres in London
The Hope and Anchor
The rock music pub that spawned Stiff Records
Location: 207 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RL
Description: During the late 1970s this pub was one of the first to embrace pub rock and went on to become a leading venue in the punk rock movement.
The actual performance space at the Hope and Anchor was, at the time, a spartan and rather grubby basement space, alternately dank or overheated, and always smoky, but this in many ways suited the anarchic ideals of late 1970s live music.
Two of the movers and shakers Dave Robinson and Andrew Jakeman (aka Jake Riviera) were well-known London music business characters, who formed a record label at the recording studio here, forming Stiff Records in 1976.
The first record was by Nick Lowe and they went on to release records by Madness, The Damned, and Ian Dury.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood reputedly shot an early promo video for Relax in the basement featuring bondage gear that the venue's manager accused them of making a porn film here.
Tagged in this Tour: Music: off the beaten path