history and origin of northern soul

a little togetherness,

the Younghearts

   As with every success story, there are the inevitable problems. With overcrowding, after-hours drinking and drugs leading to an almost permanent police presence at the allnighters, Chris Burton did his best to co-operate with and pacify the local authorities. When attempting to renew the club's licence in 1973, he encountered massive opposition. With the local paper carrying headlines such as "TUNSTALL CLUB A DRUG CENTRE" and "70 PERCENT OF CLUB USERS 'INVOLVED WITH DRUGS'", plus complaints from the local residents about noise (including one complainant who testified that the all-nighters kept his horse awake!) it was inevitable that on March 16th 1973, the licence was refused. Chris Burton did not appeal, and the club just faded away. There was no celebratory last allnighter. In the words of Dave Evison "It just fizzled out".     The Torch even though it ran a mere 13 months. Will always remain 1 of the major influences on UK northern soul. The records discovered at Hoose street, Tunstall, Stoke on Trent. Fill dancefloors still. I never attended the venue but it must have been a brilliant atmosphere. When I first attended a northern soul event the Torch had been closed over a year. But a lot of ex-members still wore their Torch badges with pride.

A short run, left many, unanswered questions. About the Torch

     The massive influence the  Torch made on northern  soul.  If Chris  Burton had contested the loss  of the  entertainment licence.  Won and   continued the  Torch would  it of  made any  significant difference.  To the  future of  the  UK  northern soul  scene.  The  Torch had  a  bad reputation  for the  use of  Amphetamine inside  the club.  No worse  than the  other  2  top all-nighters  had.  But it  was located  in a  residential area  of   Stoke. Which often bought lots of complaints. From residents in the Tunstall area. One complaint made was the Torch. Kept a horse awake with its music all night. So ask yourself why the Torch closed. The use of Amphetamines, overcrowding, as the club, often was. It's location in a residential area of Stoke. Or to allow a horse to get a decent nights sleep. I saw Chris Burton recently at Keele university. An event staged by him, he still looks and acts. Like a man much younger than his age. An inspiration to everybody in northern soul.

    In the early years of Wigan casino. Had a  very big Torch influence on playlists.  Kieth Minsull and  Martyn Ellis had come to the casino.  Straight from being a DJ  at the Torch .  Ex-Torch members often said  if the  Torch had remained  open.  Wigan casino  wouldn't have ever  opened  But on  the  16th  of  March  1973.  The  Torch had   its entertainment  licence revoked.  This was  never contested by  Chris  Burton the club owner.  Later the  Torch was destroyed  by  fire.  Today  a  plaque  marks  the  

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Lenis Guess

 There is nothing in the world, better than building your own website. Especially when you build it yourself, say anything you want. Just keep the content about yourself don't get drawn into a feeling of safety. If you say it you have got to take the responsibilities for it. I got to point where saying derogatory thing's felt wrong. Without the person able to respond before it's published. So I'm not going to post anything without a response from the other person. Whatever they are accused of or who by, that was the original concept of online speach. An element of open content, but you still had to keep it true. In the early 80's there where websites registered in countries beyond UK law. This loop hole as now been eradicated. So if it's read in the UK. It is subject to UK juristication, which in my opinion is 100% right. Or many of the obscene sex perverts could have a free publishing format.

   Which is not wanted by the majority in the UK. That came as a pitfall of the internet. Everybody as things a bit off the normal route. If it involves children it is not a illness. It is a disease, if it developed in a animal you would have it destroyed. As fast and painless as it was possible. I'm not saying every case deserves to be treated as nothing but being terminated is the solution. As there are many treatment is a solution. But repeat offenders who harm young children. Need to be halted in there crimes For the protection of innocent minors. I have no real idea what traumatic effect it imposes on a child. But I've spoken to people my age 55, that state it as had a lifelong affect on them It places the entire population under pressure. To protect it's innocent children, as well as introducing tighter measures on who. Is given access to unreserved time with minors.

   As I was told today by a work mate. His children must be taught by gay teachers. He as no say if he allows it or not. There are many gay people. Who hold high moral values I'm certain of that. But I was raised to beleive it is a sin to engage in love with a person of the same gender. So I would object on it contrivined my beliefs        

 

My site my content, Is true & real

      I  have  always  tried  to  maintain   a  high  level  of  truth  on  each  creation  I  publish  in  the  Wigan  casino  content  say  what  you  want.  At  least it wasn't  put  in  my  mouth.  By  a film  that  evaded  the  important  issues.  To  cash  in  on  the  drug  culture,  I think  the  maker  Elaine  Constantine  tried  to  make  northern  soul  out  to  be.  Nothing more  than an  excuse to  get  smashed  out  your head

Northern soul was not made by drugs

    It as always astounded me when people start a discussion on northern soul.  About a vast number of subjects. Always begins with a reference. To illegal drugs why this happens. I have no idea if I'm honest only a new generation of complete assholes. Who need to learn those that talk rarely did or do anything. Those that do rarely need to talk it. A lot of people st6ill think hierarchy in northern soul came by inheritance. I'm  very sorry to inform you all everything you get out as to be put it first. I'm fairly certain Gethro's book will touch the subject. At some point as without a shadow of a doubt. It as been an important asset of northern soul. Although my way of thinking. The massive amounts of Amphetamines taken. Either in or around all-nighters in the 1960 and 1970 era. Had been taken to enhance the time. Not the other way round. 

 

Sam's page to tell you a bit more about him 

   I sincerly hope the default page gave visitors some enjoyment. That theme will be maintained on your visit, I hope anyway. My last site was massive in comparission to this site. But creating that site took years not a week or so. If you want anything added content that may enhance visitors pleasure. Don't bother telling your mate at work, even if I looks interested. He wont get it on the site. As it's my site, I say what's on here. Never dictated to what content will get published. Some people sites promise you, we are not in it for the money. Some are not, others are if adverts keep poping up. There is a better than average chance they are in for the money. It is a well known fact saying and doing have no kind of connection. There are a lot that say it.. Very seldom do you find a  person that connects the 2.

   I don't have adverts never have either. If I wanted to sell you things I would ask you. Not try to sell you somebody elses crap. I hate people who pester to buy things. So I wont let them pester you via my name. I do my best to keep adverts off here. I wont say I'm 100% perfect, only 99% got to keep a bit of modesty. Yes if I say 100% it might seem to be true to you as well. But people start saying big head. If that was the case I would of been called Humpty Dumpty not Sam Keen    

Internet begining for Sam

   This website is totally under my control. The content is from my memory. I attended regularly for 5 years. Knew many of the top faces. When I first created a website it was in the early devwlopment of the information super highway. The name used as a title for the internet. There where not any of todays user friendly web browsers. Like internet explorer, or google chrome. The first I can recall was Netscape navigator. But with 56k dial up modems. It was a tedious excersise to load the browser. The only other method was to type. The url manually into a command prompt. Either way it took a long time to load pages. It was rare to had images. After time Napster came along it was totally free. Had much more obscure difficult to obtain files. Much later eBay was also created. To simply sell items from his garage. Copyright infringement and vat where not included anywhere online. Or you simply opened. A bank account in Luxembourg to evade it.

    The main reason for photo's. Is to enhance a period in your mind for members. That will be there, as you look at things to remind you. Your mind will search for the associated things it as stored about it. Your subconsious mind is far more powerful. Than the instant memory we use as a rule. This is a proven fact not made up by me, have you seen how a hypnotised person. Remembers far more previous things, they are using subconsious memory. A very powerfull thing, as a lot more is made available to use. For your mind to use on the subject. So things your instant memory no longer stores to reference in it. Are remembered so the photo's have a reason to be shown. If only as a assumption, it helps your mind.

   If    You might think I assume to much, in certain instances I would agree. But the things that are assumed. Are done through 30+ years of experience of web design. However I try not to base to much on guessing things. The site as content either witnessed by me. Or a source whose content is trusted fully by me. Which means they are willing to stand by the content they stated. If they wont it is not published on this site. I hate sites where you can post anonymous comments. It's a brave person who can put something that is not known to the person they are attacking. your not prepared to state   you made the comment. It surely looses all value, so why the hell say it. I have had my fair share of crittic's over the years. It is just a stupid response to say. I'm bigger than you so I'll smack your teeth out. That is a response of a person unsure there right. I have seen people who said things about the content of my website. So I believe in the things I said, and know there true. So I've got nothing to prove. It is left to people who say I'm wrong to prove it. Very seldom is there anybody who will publicly say I'm wrong. But if they are going to stick with there version. Why do I have go fall out with them.

   I sincerely hope the default page gave visitors some enjoyment. That theme will be maintained on your visit, I hope anyway. My last site was massive in comparison to this site. But creating that site took years not a week or so. If you want anything added content that may enhance visitors pleasure. Don't bother telling your mate at work, even if he looks interested. He won't get it on the site. As it's my site, I say what's on here. Never dictated to what content will get published. Some people sites promise you, we are not in it for the money. Some are not, others are if adverts keep popping up. There is a better than average chance they are in for the money. It is a well-known fact saying and doing have no kind of connection. There are a lot that says it.. Very seldom do you find a  person that connects the 2.

   I don't have adverts never have either. If I wanted to sell you things I would ask you. Not try to sell you somebody else's crap. I hate people who pester to buy things. So I won't let them pester you via my name. I do my best to keep adverts off here. I won't say I'm 100% perfect, only 99% got to keep a bit of modesty. Yes if I say 100% it might seem to be true to you as well. But people start saying big head. If that was the case I would have been called Humpty Dumpty not Sam Keen    

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   I sincerly hope the default page gave visitors some enjoyment. That theme will be maintained on your visit, I hope anyway. My last site was massive in comparission to this site. But creating that site took years not a week or so. If you want anything added content that may enhance visitors pleasure. Don't bother telling your mate at work, even if I looks interested. He wont get it on the site. As it's my site, I say what's on here. Never dictated to what content will get published. Some people sites promise you, we are not in it for the money. Some are not, others are if adverts keep poping up. There is a better than average chance they are in for the money. It is a well known fact saying and doing have no kind of connection. There are a lot that say it.. Very seldom do you find a  person that connects the 2.

   I don't have adverts never have either. If I wanted to sell you things I would ask you. Not try to sell you somebody elses crap. I hate people who pester to buy things. So I wont let them pester you via my name. I do my best to keep adverts off here. I wont say I'm 100% perfect, only 99% got to keep a bit of modesty. Yes if I say 100% it might seem to be true to you as well. But people start saying big head. If that was the case I would of been called Humpty Dumpty not Sam Keen    

   I've never liked websites that make promises. Promise a lot, to give a little. I won't promise you anything. Only that the things I say. Are the things I stand by as true. Not say it today. Change it tommorow a common thing. In 2015. But I won't wait for a safe time