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    Question Whatever happened to 'Jesus'?

    ?..or more importantly, was he just one person, or a composite of several? I'm talking here about the white, long-haired Jesus I remember dancing topless at Hammersmith Odeon rock gigs.

    I started going to rock 'gigs' from about the age of 14 and he, (if it was a singular 'he') was definitely at a few gigs I attended. I remember overhearing older hippes at concerts pointing him out with 'Oh yes, Jesus is here again' and he was always properly freaking out when everyone else was doing their sitting down and focussing on the music thing.

    He seemed to be omnipresent at huge gigs like Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis etc, but also found his way to smaller ones, and I definitely saw him at Nils Lofgren supported by Tom Petty, so was definitely still freaking around 1977.

    It's a long shot, and within a very narrow 'London gigs in the 1970s' demographic, but I thought I would ask anyway....

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    He used to come up to Harlow Town Park for some of the open air festivals. Saw him in the '80s a fair bit. There's the funny clip of him and Magic Michael on stage in the Glastonbury fayre film as well as the Cream Farewell concert and Rolling Stones Rock 'n' Roll Circus.. Like you Ian, we used to see him a lot at concerts. His real name is Clive Jellett (could be Bill according to some), but Jesus fitted perfectly. He was a real friendly guy, off in his own world most of the time from what I remember.


    Jesus gives his blessing to the early Sex Pistols


    Illustrating your point Ian.


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    Wow! So he WAS real! Thank you Treeboy...(and thank you Headless for a very nice Jesus tune!)

    I read something a while back that referenced him, (and can't for the life of me remember what it was now) but it was of interest to me that he consistently defied rock concert 'norms' of behaviour regarding dancing. I know all hippies danced at concerts, open air festivals etc.etc..but the 'norm' he defied was that he'd be up on his feet from the second the gig started....

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    Whoso danceth not, knoweth not what cometh to pass.
    Amen.

    I hope not. That would make me the Jimmy Savile of the record racks.

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    "Such was Jesus’ ubiquity that the NME carried a full-page interview with him in 1975. He announced he was sick of overblown stadium rock and that his favourite record was Bachman Turner Overdrive’s You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Townsend View Post
    And thanks again....lots about him here in the article and comments.

    http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/jesus-jellett.html
    Wohhh!!!! reading this and especially seeing this picture has made me realise I've met him!!

    I seem to remember it being Hyde Park, probably late 90s/early 00s. We had a conversation and he gave me some handbills. It's the writing on the following picture that has triggered this memory. I think I still have them in my collection of religious pamphlets. I'll dig them out and post here.

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    I like the small print at the end of that poster he's holding.
    I hope not. That would make me the Jimmy Savile of the record racks.

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    Had a look at the Rock Festivals site, and really liked the comment (something along the lines of) A fitting end would be if he died from a beer can to the back of the head! Always up for it, and always first up like you say. He used to come to some of the Mystery trips too. Knebworths....the more I think about it, he was bloody everywhere!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Townsend View Post
    I read something a while back that referenced him, (and can't for the life of me remember what it was now)
    The guy gets a mention in John Lydon's biography where he remembers Jesus dancing with Stacia at Hawkwind's gigs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by collectionneur maniaque View Post
    The guy gets a mention in John Lydon's biography where he remembers Jesus dancing with Stacia at Hawkwind's gigs.

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    Here you go, from my collection of religious pamphlets... given to me in the early 2000s. Gives his real name 'William' and his birthday. Sounds like he got depressed for much of the 1990s and made it out again after hearing Oasis... this goes someway to answering your question, Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by eine View Post
    Here you go, from my collection of religious pamphlets... given to me in the early 2000s. Gives his real name 'William' and his birthday. Sounds like he got depressed for much of the 1990s and made it out again after hearing Oasis... this goes someway to answering your question, Ian


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    This thread is the best in ages.

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    Jim: I can see you writing an amazing essay on this!
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    I remember bumping into lots of old hippies at various techno nights throughout the 90's dancing like maniacs and was always surprised when I started gabbing with them like a loon they were completely sober in all ways and just lost in dancing. I must have annoyed quite a few old hippies in clubs wanting to talk about the 1970s!

    I'm surprised Oasis lifted him out of his depression they would have made mine worse.

    I echo Eine would make a really great article.

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    Eine - I'd love to. I might do some digging around to see what I can find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jimmy Oddman View Post
    This thread is the best in ages.
    Yep. I never heard of the guy, but this thread is really fascinating.

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    Not sure I've ever encountered Jesus in the wild.....

    But If we are talking about unusual people you see at gigs.....an honourary mention has to go to Jim Rattail.....I remember him at every indie pub gig in the 90's....and he's still going it seems!

    he even has a facebook group dedicated to him....... https://www.facebook.com/groups/5270244621/

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