Film ID: NEFA 16041 NEWSVIEW: KIDS QUEUING FOR ROLLING STONES TICKETS 1964 Visitor TabsDescription Tyne Tees Television Newsview magazine item on the teenagers who queue outside the Newcastle Odeon for tickets to see the Rolling Stones pop group in concert on 18th September including an interview with Mr Kim Batty, the Newcastle Ballroom manager. This item was originally broadcast on 27 August 1964. Reporter Tony Bradley ironic (or patronising?) piece to camera about the "social phenomenon" of a "bunch of long-haired, latter day minstrels" by the name of the Rolling Stones. He considers how young the children are following new groups. "For as each new group twangs and screams its way to the top, the average age of the followers drops." Bradley interviews some of the youth prepared to queue for two days for tickets and asks why. Reporter Tony Bradley interviews Mr Kim Batty, the Newcastle Ballroom manager, an expert on new music in the North East, quizzing him about the appeal to young girls of the new groups, and whether he thinks the behaviour is unhealthy. Kim Botty believes the attraction is down to sex appeal, and that the modern generation just need to "let off steam". He doesn’t think the music will breed a race of musical illiterates. He thinks the long haired groups are the most popular. Reporter Tony Bradley sums up the magazine feature. Context It is 50 years since young teenagers queued for 2 days in August 1964 to get seats for the Rolling Stones concerts at Newcastle Odeon, due to take place the next month on the 18th September. On this their first headline tour, tickets sold for 12/6. Keith Richards admitted that back in 1963, as the Stones headed past Watford in pre-motorway Britain on their first nationwide tour, that he’d “never been further north than North London”. This clip is from a North East Newsview feature, broadcast on 27th August, in which Tyne Tees TV reporter Tony Bradley interviewed fans in the queue and mused about the new pop music scene in a satirical (or reactionary – you can’t quite tell) piece to camera: ‘This is it: the social phenomenon of the 1960s. A bunch of long-haired, latter-day minstrels, by name, The Rolling Stones. They are giving a concert, a performance, or whatever the proper name is for the frantic adolescent ritual, of which they are the high priests, and which they will be leading.” The Rolling Stones nurtured their bad boy image. The band was named by Brian Jones after a Muddy Waters track: they played a dark, Chicago blues and soul influenced rock and roll and identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. From their first gigs in the back-room Crawdaddy Club, Richmond, Surrey, the group united audiences of both Mods and Rockers, working and upper-class boys and girls with their raw, mono sound. Their early records were made on a 2-track ReVox in a room insulated with egg cartons at Regent Sound Studios in London.