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Press release: The Magnificent ‘Bad Lucky’

The Magnificent are a punk rock trio from West Yorkshire, England. We sing about stuff that affect our lives. Important things like coal mining, Royal Weddings, the decline of modern civilisation, cutting down trees, playing squash and being in love. Our new album ‘Bad Lucky’ is our second full LP. There is a lot of global unrest at the moment, and people of our generation don’t know what to do with their lives. The album is about how a generation struggles to emulate the feats of their parents, ‘the baby boomers’. Everyone is poor these days and everyone struggles to

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Update May 2011

The first update for a while friends – apologies for our academically enforced absence – however we are back with sharpened intellectual knives and critcal faculties to rejoin the war on government music – if you want to be removed from the list please hit the unsubscribe button at the bottom of the page. The jsntgm.com website has been revamped with a new Blackpool Rox III database which we have been busy updating with reviews stretching back over 30 years with loads more to be added. We also have a John Robb interview and if you are interested in becoming

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Update September 2010

This is the new look justsaynotogovernmentmusic site and the lauch of Blackpool Rox III. This is the third incarnation of our local zine and will in time be populated with all the written words from Blackpool Rox I and Blackpool Rox II. The Summedaze section has the history of Blackpool’s longest running local DIY festival and details of how to get involved for next year. The video section features footage fo the Great St Louis – we have some new ones in the pipeline too. We also have Great St Louis and JSNTGM merch available in the store.

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Great St Louis – New Album – In Your Own Time

The second album from Bolton’s finest sons is an absolute belter. Released in conjunction with Boss Tuneage records the follow up to their amazing amazing Forever Now has songs which range from freight-trains to mid paced eulogies, yet all are drenched in the beauty of the heartfelt every-day. Their last album has recently been described as ‘one of the releases of the last decade – but also probably one of the best kept secrets too outside of the punk community’ so when the band start gigging again in spring you better check them out. Look on their new MySpace http://www.myspace.com/gslthegreatstlouis

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Summer Daze 6 – What are we gonna do when the money runs out ?

Blackpool council have confirmed that they will not have sufficient funds to contribute towards the running of this year’s free Stanley Park Summer Daze festival. In the previous two years a big chunk of the costs of the PA and staff has been covered by Blackpool Council (for which we have been very grateful) however this year a council spokesperson has confirmed that there is ‘a very tight constraint as [the council] has a number of strategic to support out of the core budget’ this means ‘our small grants programme has been seriously reduced and is to be frank miniscule’

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Update September 2008

Apologies that things have been quiet at JSNTGM HQ lately. Blackpool Rox II fanzine is having a temporary break and our regular e-mail communiques are currently hibernated. The main reason for this is that I am in the middle of writing a book – which has been taking every waking hour for over 12 months … hopefully this will be completed in mid 2009 so things will then be back on track. However in between voluminous doses of politics and teaching we have managed to keep certain projects giong forward. In August 2008 upto 500 people came along to the

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BLASTED festival

A bunch of local musicians and promoters are scheduling a 2 day BLASTED festival taking place on Friday and Saturday 16th/17th of March 2007 at the No.1 Club on Bloomfield Road. All the bands playing at BLASTED will be recorded through the desk and then mixed down to provide what should hopefully be a ‘good live recording’ which they are then free to use as they see fit. Any bands keen to play (particularly the younger bands) need to contact Andy Higgins on andy@jsntgm.com or send through a demo to ROX TOWERS – PO BOX 1025 – BLACKPOOL – FY3

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Summer Daze 3 and Blackpool Rox II issue 9

Sunday 27th August Stanley Park Blackpool is the venue for the 3rd Summer Daze festival. This year there are 18 bands playing between midday and 8.00pm. Issue 9 of Blackpool Rox will be available on the day with a chance to get hold of the ‘Ugly Truth about Blackpool Volume 2’ CD

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Update June 2006

Sorry for the lack of on screen activity but we have been busy as hell. SICK56’s 2nd album ‘Punishmnent’ , When People Become Numbers debut album ‘Convenience’, and the ‘Ugly Truth about Blackpool Volume 2’ CD will all be released in early August. Launch events for these releases will be held over the H.I.T.S. weekend. A vastly improved Blackpool Rox will also be out in August inclusing a free copy of UTAB2. Erase Today, WPBN and Under The Pavement Radio are doing a UTAB2 fundraiser on Saturday August 12th. We will soon start arranging the line up for the Summer

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Update November 2005

Read Andy’s “Punk and Philosophy Article” Part 1 which on-line at www.scannerzine.com and www.trakmarx.com which offers some introspective ramblings against a background of famous ‘punk rock¹ lyrics. Listen to the ‘Ugly truth About Blackpool¹ 4 hour Radio Show ­broadcast throughout November on seasidersradio.co.uk web radio. Watch a free pre-release MP3 of HIGGINS++ live in Fleetwood – with Tommy of One Way System guesting on drums on http://strummermag.info/ live videos. Click here http://www.fedge.net/emi/ to see why you should FUCK EMI and SONY/BMG just like they are trying to FUCK you. Don’t buy their shit ! Pirate it while you still can

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“The Ugly Truth about Blackpool”

“The Ugly Truth about Blackpool” – CD’s going fast, check out the UGLY TRUTH link and get one quick. Band biographies of all 27 bands now added to BANDS section, leave us your thoughts in the FORUM. Also Litterbug “Speaking Through the Gaps” CD (JSNTGM 019) to be released 1st November – order and listen by clicking here www.litterbug.jsntgm.com

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Update August 2005

SUMMER DAZE 2 FESTIVAL, STANLEY PARK.Blackpool’s annual alternative music festival Summer Daze (2) took place on Stanley Park (28th August 2005). 13 local bands played to a 300 strong audience who grabbed complementary copies of the very-excellent “The Ugly Truth about Blackpool” CD. Click on the pictures tab to see photographs of the bands Check out the UGLY TRUTH link to read more about the project and read / download the Unim-Press Release

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UGLY TRUTH ABOUT BLACKPOOL – Compilation CD

In September 2004 we applied to The Arts Council for a grant to finance a CD of Blackpool music entitled “The Ugly Truth About Blackpool”. Thanks to the assistance and hard work of all involved we recently received notification that the application had been successful. Blackpool (like many towns) has a long history of producing creative underground music. The bands and their songs contrast starkly, in both style and intent, with the picture postcard images for which the town is most famous. The “Ugly Truth About Blackpool” is the working title because it neatly reflects that ‘remainder’, that non-mainstream element,

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