Hugh Cornwell
© 1980 SIS
A great read. 28 page booklet, tiny-typewritten, 6" x 8" softback book made available by the former Stranglers Information Service.



Back cover blurb:

‘We were stopped in a routine roadblock which was a complete Sweeney-type blockage, on main thoroughfares in the middle of the night, with arc lights and about fifty policemen and eight squad cars involved. We were stopped in Hammersmith Broadway which is about four lanes wide, with the squad cars diagonally across the road, cutting all the traffic down to one lane. They were stopping every vehicle, and checking every detail and, where anything looked a bit suspicious to them, they were searching the driver or the contents of their car.’

It was the start of Hugh’s nightmare. Following the gig at Cardiff at the end of the successful Raven Tour, Hugh is the passenger in a hire-car driven by promoter Paul Loadsby, with two French fans sitting in the back. The coppers search a rucksack. It belongs to Hugh:

‘I think you’d better come over here, Sarge. I think we’ve found Harry.’

In the bag are mushrooms. Magic Mushrooms. Two wraps of Cocaine too, which equates to 1½ grams, half an ounce of dope, some resin, some grass wrapped in a tissue, and 90mg of Heroin. The mushrooms are ignored, and a copper cops Hugh’s autograph. Judge McNair dishes out an eight-week spell in Pentonville Prison to Hugh in March 1980 to teach pop stars a lesson in how to play nicely. As tours are cancelled and recording shifted about, inside, Hugh knuckles down. In the first week he develops a nervous rash. He’s allowed to send two letters [solicitor, and manager Ian Grant] each week, and two visitors [Ian, and girlfriend Hazel O’Connor] and one day, Hugh asks the warden for a guitar.

‘We’ve got bus drivers in here, and they can’t have buses,’ is the reply.

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