Thursday, March 31, 2005

Bob Dylan & the Jug Band Connection. Part One

Those of you who have been along to an Armpit gig lately will know that, at long last, we have a Bob Dylan song in the act!
She belongs to Me has been a regular part of the act over the last few months and seems to go down well with the audience.
Few people realise that, in the early formative years of Bob's career, there was quite a strong jug band influence.
One of Dylan's earliest bootleg recordings known as The Minnesota Party Tape includes Bob's own version of a great jug band classic KC Moan by the Memphis Jug band.
In 1961 at one of Dylan's early performances at Gerdes Folk City in New York he is joined by the founder of one of the finest 60's revival jug bands...Mr Jim Kweskin.
When Bob came to England in 1963 he turned up at Dobells Record Shop in London with Richard Farina and Eric von Schmidt and recorded the old jug band favourite Overseas Stomp which has been in the Armpit Jug Band repertoire now for many years.
For more information about Dylan's visit to London in the winter of '62 & 63 read my contribution to "ISIS A Bob Dylan Anthology" Edited by Derek Barker and published by Helter Skelter.
from the left..Robbie Robertson, Michael McClure, Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsburg, unknown. SanFrancisco Poets.  Posted by Hello

Friday, March 25, 2005

Self portrait with Bob Dylan T shirt and wanted man badge and Peter Blake self portrait with badges. Posted by Hello

Liverpool 1997

I was up in Liverpool one day in 1997. Linda and I were there to see Bob Dylan at the Liverpool Empire. Before the show we went across to the Docks to visit Peter Blake's self portrait with badges at the Tate Gallery.
Linda took the photo coming up. Portrait of Stringbean in the style of Peter Blake.
The Dylan show in the evening was superb. We had great seats front row of the balcony. You could almost stretch out and touch Bob. They dont make venues like them any more.
Two idols in one day!

Saturday, March 12, 2005

No Laughing Matter Posted by Hello

No Laughing Matter.

We sent Peter a copy of our cd No Laughing Matter just to let him know that we still existed. The first track on the cd is a song from the early repertoire of Elvis. "Just Because"
Peter Blake sent this reply:

Wednesday, March 09, 2005


Armpit Jug Band Number One Fan. The badge Peter Blake pulled out of his collection for Radio 4. Posted by Hello

Peter Blake

It was an amazing coincidence when Peter Blake gave us a mention on Radio 4's Arts Programme Front Row. He was there to talk about an exhibition at the V&A in London about Badges. The interview was held in his studio and he opened a drawer and pulled out a badge at random.......and said
"Here you are The Armpit Jug Band Number One Fan. I don't know who they are but I love the name."
Funny thing is that I am a number one fan of Peter Blake.
One of Peter Blake's best known paintings 'Self Portrait with Badges' can be seen at the Tate Gallery in Liverpool and is all about portraying himself as a fan embracing popular culture. Elvis fan!

Tuesday, March 08, 2005


Peter Blake wearing AJB Number One Fan Badge. Posted by Hello

Notes on the Photograph.

The photo was taken at the Fletch Pub in Coventry and appeared on the cover of the Armpit Jug Band's first album "No Sweat" in 1972. It was recorded one weekend at a small freezing hut/recording studio on an airfield somewhere in Warwickshire.
The late Monty Bird was the engineer and John Golding was the producer.
The line up on the photo:
Stringbean Cumming (seated left), Hot Lips Haines, Jazz Beasley, Gilbert Lawrence, T-Bone Axeman Jones (seated right).
The Fletch was one of our early venues. It was an excellent folk club and was run by Dave Sampson.A regular member of the audience in those early days was Rowan Atkinson. Dave is still running the Wurzel Bush club in Brinklow and we are still invited to play there. Rowan Atkinson has disappeared.

Monday, March 07, 2005


Armpit Jug Band 1975 Posted by Hello

Friday, March 04, 2005

Armpit Jug Band Early 70's

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

WORLD IN A JUG. Begin here

Welcome to World in a Jug. An informal site created by Stringbean and linked to The Armpit Jug Band official website. This is the 1st entry.