Song Shop Saloon Tribe 1976-82
The Song Shop is now an Islamic Center (Picture Cir.2001)
Also, Dennis Pruss sent these excellent pictures in 2008
Dave Snow says:
...Great to hear Grimshaws take on the lure of downtown. For me it was Plum street and the fifth estate office and of course the paper that ,with the EVO opened up a scene that reading Aldous Huxley and William Burroughs had made me curious about. Living in the Mumford High area we used to take the Hamilton bus downtown and walk to Plum street, usually passing the Lester Hotel and always wonderig about the hookers we heard operated out of there. The other stop was Mixed Media, and I remember Robin Sommers behind the counter years before I ever met him. What a place! everything you needed but the drugs. Bought my first Ornette album there and that led to The Strata Gallery where years later Ornette knocked me out with his VIOLIN playing of all things. I remember meeting the Guitarist for Big Brother at the full circle bookstore after mixed media closed, but like Gary said it was the museum for me that was the big draw.(no pun intended) I was on the young end of the whole scene but I moved down to Cass and canfield in 1969 and stayed 20 years in the neighborhood. Because my pals tended to be older I grew up down there with the stories of the minor key, the living end and I did go many times to the Chessmate, even saw the Blues Magoos there HA! From the Chessmate to the Grande the corridor was always represented. Hope this stirs up some memories to draw more people into this discussion."