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Big Time Music Trade Magazine was a full sized newspaper and this is from the November 1998 issue.
 
HEMPSTOCK VII
SPONSORED BY MAINE VOCALS HELP END CANNABIS PROHIBITION
AUGUST 15, 16 &17, 1997
Harry Brown's Farm
Starks, Maine
 
GATE OPENS AT 4:00 P.M. THURSDAY, ENTERTAINMENT STARTS AT 2:00 P.M. FRIDAY
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT :
 
HAPPY TRAILS - WATERVILLE
COSMIC CHARLIE'S - AUGUSTA
KIM'S USED AUTO'S - DOVERFOXCROFT
BULL DOG BEVERAGE - MADISON
TERRAPIN STATION - BRIGETON
MARK'S MUSIC - BREWER
LIQUID SUNSHINE - OLD ORCHARD BEACH
THE BAR HARBOR HEMPORIUM - BAR HARBOR
MYSTICAL EMPORIUM - AUBURN
SGT. PEPPERS - LISBON FALLS
EVERYDAY MUSIC - FARMINGTON
WIZARD OF ODDS - DEXTER
GULF OF MAINE BOOKSTORE - BRUNSWICK
SMITTY'S SEAFOOD - RUMFORD
PASQUALE'S PIZZA - PORTLAND
WHITE'S LEATHER - CARIBOU
BOOKS ETC. - OLD PORT, PORTLAND
 
OR SEND CHECK OR MONEY ORDER TO: MAINE VOCALS P.O. BOX 189, ANSON, ME 04911
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: (207)696-8167
 
 
 
Hempstock VII
 
Big Time Music Trade Magazine is a music trade magazine--big time.  We are not an entertainment fanzine that writes reviews of tapes, c.d.'s, video's, shows, or anything else.  We are in the business to extract trade secrets from various resources.  The purpose of this is to aid musicians in saving time, making more money, gaining connections, increasing their exposure and other related interests.  We want to help musicians to help musicians have people come to see their shows; this is why we don't print reviews.
        Maine Vocals leader Don Christian bartered a press pass to Hempstock VII in exchange for advertising in our magazine.  Maine Vocals is a growing movement dedicated towards the re-legalization of the cannabis plant marijuana, for medical, commercial and personal recreational use.  Since this is a music trade magazine, we will not take any sides on the political issue of marijuana prohibition.  What we will look at is a music trend budding in the present from the seeds planted 7 years ago at the original Hempstock.
        Over 6,000 tickets were sold at this years Hempstock.  This years event took place the same weekend Phish and The United Bikers of Maine events were held in Maine; plus other events such as Woodstock in New York and other states with other events were held.  I was prepared for this event with blank cassette tapes to interview the bands at Hempstock VII.  What I wasn't prepared for was having my tape recorder missing in action.  ( Next year Big Time Music Trade Magazine will devout an issue to Hempstock VIII, due to the fact of all the musicians who perform there do so with ultra-professional techniques.)  Many people traveled form all over the land to witness these mint bands.  Behold the list of groups that performed at the great Hempstock VII:
 
FRIDAY
 
Cabbage Head
Ludevico Treatment
Madd Hatter
Rotors to Rust
Mama's Tongue
This Black Earth
El Dopa
Toy Box
Phoenix
John Flywheel
Nemesis
Uncle Jack
Bad Mother Seed
 
SATURDAY
 
The Deal
Man Bites Dog
Liquid Day Dreams
Vent
Between The Lines
Baily Bros.
Twisted Roots
Stoned Cross
Holy Smoke
 
SUNDAY
 
Idren (Reggae)
Gurgle
Loose Leaf
In the Pocket
Sacred Onion
Reggae Roots
Jazz Pharmacy
Open Jam Session
 
( Note; a number of these bands are from various parts of the New England and New York regions.)
 
Now here's a look at the music trade information obtained:  While the 2nd to last band that performed Saturday night was breaking down, Don Christian made a speech about how America is fighting a losing battle against it's own taxpayers, while waging a "war on drugs."  After his speech I met him back stage and Don offered me a chance to speak on behalf of Big Time Music Trade Magazine.  After my speech advocating more advertisers, I met two individuals from the Computer Web service: Bands on Line; based out of Boston Massachusetts, writing a review of the show.  This can only mean that a potential amount of people numbering in the tens of millions, around the globe, will read this review.  The people who read this review could possible join the rest of the Hempsters at next years show.  The conclusion of this publicity, ensures the possibility of music industry scouts and agents observing Hempstock VIII in person.  The reason why this might take place is simple.  Realistically speaking, there is currently an unique setting in our nation.  The economy is in an upswing and the music industry is at the 2 years stale point of popular styles.  If this is a regular cycle, is debatable.  It's not official, but in my opinion, A new hybrid style of music will hit our radio's airwaves next spring, to add yet another chapter in music history.  When spring gives way to summer, many eyes will be checking our how a segment of the best north east bands complement, or compete with this new style.  The movers and shakers of the music industry might send their employed point men to see if the bands at Hempstock VIII need major label attention.
           I sort of think there is a good reason to take this seriously.  You see, I told the writer form Bands on line, information that caught his attention.  I was thinking about Roger Sampson of the Boneheads, when I stated: "To be considered 'Good,' in central Maine, guitarists have to play their guitar upside down, as well as they play it right side up."  Now I figured guitarists and bass players have months to master this technique.  It wouldn't hurt to have drummers practice being ambidextrous. ( Leading with their right hand and left hand on the hi-hat. )  Chances are if the musicians reading this don't devote time to fine tune this and other skills: that there may be fewer music industry scouts and agents and Hempstock IX.
          "What?!"  I can already hear thousands of musicians scream as they throw down this magazine.  Yeah, you read what I said correctly.  Did you think that C.D. contracts would be handed over to musicians on a silver platter if they didn't hypnotize the audience members at Hempstock VII?  Hey, it's a created opportunity, not a guaranteed set up.
          The bands at Hempstock VII were so intense, that there is no way Hempstock VIII could be lame.  Big Time Music Trade Magazine can see this area being in the next wave, when the music industry hypes up on city/state's original style.  Maine Vocals will be a cornerstone in the future.  In the present, Maine Vocals is a springboard for new england musicians.  I can not emphasis this point enough.  Think about it, there were people at Hempstock VII who didn't even smoke marijuana, and they were still watching the bands.  In the past Hempstock had 15,000 people in their audience.  The problem is Hempstock is competing with Phish and the United Bikers of Maine the same weekend.  Then again, this might not be a problem, for the next year thousands of people from around the earth may attend next year to have a record breaking event.  On the first weekend of October, Maine Vocals holds their "Harvest Fest," with more bands performing.  The reason why this event isn't large is obvious.  There are a lot of paranoid people out there.  I know there are a lot of whims in this state because I already have advertisers telling me they won't renew their contracts with the magazine due to some of the other ad's we print.  The truth is this area will never become a music mecca if we stay conservatively close to Fascist oracles that are unconstitutional.  As musicians we must all unite or we will surly fade to black as being on the map of the music industry.  Granted the music at Hempstock VIII might be heavy, but if people don't support the foundation that Maine Vocals is setting into place, even this magazine, due to our words recognizing Maine Vocals, then we all will have no structor in the future as Maine musicians.
       A number of people stated how this event would be successful if it took place every weekend of the summer.  Of course it couldn't be at the same priovate property, but people would consider seeing great bands if it was.  Individuals would travel from all over New England and further if it was, in my personal view.  Pitcure a person in the city of Boston n the middle of a hot summer.  For an upcoming weekend, this person would likely choose to travel to Maine for a mini-vaction at a Hempstock event.  Why would this person choose a weekend of hopping the same clubs, over fresh air, in a cool breeze, on a high mountain field, listening to the fine tuned acoustical sounds on top of a natural amphitheater?  Meeting new people, watching bands perform for hours on end, and not having people ask you: "If you don't drink alcohol or do drugs, then why are you here?"  seems like the logical choice.
      As connections build, we can then predict bands from the central Maine area getting hooked up with gigs at clubs throughout New England.-A sort of, " I want everyone down in my area to see your band play," scenario.  Hempstock is to the music minor lleague what Phish on tour is to the music major leagues.  It's only safe to write that Maine Vocals is an established political group and in a matter of years they will be entrenched.  Then there will be nothing minor about thier music events.  It's up to the musicians now to prepare for the next Hempstock; for if they don't then all the Hempstocks after that will be labeled as "Nothing but a bunch of dope smoking Mainers watching mediocre bands perform."  The future of our music scene is in your hands, See you in the future.

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