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Book Being Written On World’s Finest Punk Rock Club—The Jockey Club

I got an e-mail a few days ago with news of a book being written about The Jockey Club. This was a punk rock club in Newport, Kentucky that operated from 1982 until 1988.

It was a lot of fun.

I hope you have a place you recall fondly from a well-spent youth of hanging around with your friends.

The Jockey Club book is being compiled by Aurore Press of Cincinnati. Newport, Kentucky is just across the river from Cincinnati.   

I will write something for the book. Hopefully whatever I submit will be included.

In those days I was the Hockeypunk. I was known in punk rock circles from Dayton to Louisville and a few places in-between.

20 years later I’m Texas Liberal.

It’s all the same act.

Please click here for the time Johnny Rotten spoke to me and my other greatest punk rock moments.

May 25, 2008 - Posted by | Books, Cincinnati | , , , , ,


  1. The last time i stage dived i thought i killed betsy. i have not jumped from that time. I did rip the wall off that fucking club.I was trying to get a coat hook. that is fact.

    Comment by bill bady | May 26, 2008

  2. I was always afraid to stage dive. I’m glad I felt that way.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 27, 2008

  3. you were not missing much there was a violent way about it and if your boot ripped out the nose ring and chain that went to the one guys ear or you could feel bones cracking when you landed on someone there was a sick pleasure and guilt all at the same time. When i hurt a freind that was when i knew i needed to stop.

    Comment by bill brady | May 28, 2008

  4. Yes—I never tossed beer cans or bottles at the stage either. Though I suppose I kind of enjoyed it when others did.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 28, 2008

  5. i brought a black flag show to a halt in 85 when i nailed rollins with a foster can. long haired metal fucker had it coming. you come to a hardcore punk show with long hair. i remember the girl in the band saying they would not play sixpack because she did not drink or some bullshit. what a joke and disapointment that show was. after the show rollins was going to fight this idiot skin jp. i went out back and they yelled at each other and were both full of shit.

    Comment by bill brady | May 29, 2008

  6. Speaking of the Jockey Club, the Customs are having their first reunion in 27 years tomorrow. (They’re playing at the Southgate House in Newport)

    Comment by carsick | May 30, 2008

  7. Oh, and I’m looking at a poster for the Customs playing at the Jockey Club on August 13th (along with the Auburnaires). The Customs broke up in 1981 so you may have your dates wrong about the Jockey Club. In fact, the Jockey Club had shows there in the late seventies, it’s just that the young promoters essentially took over the place in ’82.

    Comment by carsick | May 30, 2008

  8. Carsick—Thanks for the updates. I guess you went to shows at Jockey Club in late 70’s. I did not know that the pace was being used for shows at that time.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | June 2, 2008

  9. Good thing Billy Brady didn’t kill me or there wouldn’t be a Jockey Club book (yet, anyway).

    Can’t wait to read what you come up with, Neil. The book would be incomplete without the infamous hockey punk’s perspective.

    Comment by Betsy Young | June 3, 2008

  10. I remember Rollins stopping the show and daring the hurler to come up and confront him in 85. I got to the club four hours before the show and the band was calmly eating fast food near the bar and behaving like most humanity. The jockey club was the best place to watch a show. A Newport cop friend of mine said that was one place where they never had calls about trouble, although I do remember the fire trucks outside and running during the Ramones show. Beverly Hills was still a fresh memory.

    Comment by pete berninger | October 22, 2008

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