Danish Police ban al Rock’n’Roll concerts again after a fight between night sticks and stones and bottles in the first rock gala in three years.
Must all rock’n’roll events be ruined by hooligans, it looks like it. In spite of the fact that most of the youth present are nothing but rock enthusiasts and thereby quite harmless, hooligans manage to mingle into the masses to do their destructive deeds.
Talking about young people’s right to listen to their own music to blow of some pent up steam and that they should not be denied this because of a few hooligans is "auntie" talk that only makes the hooligans laugh. They plan their attacks for the next concert. Do as Denmark, ban the concerts all together.
Rock’n’roll is a music listened to by youth and those who like it may of course do so. But the kind of mass hysteria that evolves on the live concerts is terrible.No one hears anything but the screams of the ones closest to them. This is not the kind of activity in which to engage young people. Rock’n’roll speaks to the primal instincts in the bad ones among them.
Three years ago a rock’n’roll gala was arranged in Denmark. That time the madness reached heights that made the police ban this kind of arrangements all together the event described here.
It was agreed that one should test out if Danish youth had matured enough to handle live rock’n’roll by then. A wild hoard of hooligans stormed the stage in the middle of the gala armed with empty bottles and flower pots robbed from a gardeners van.
The stage was bombarded by advancing boys. One of them managed to get onto the stage and he hit the singer hard enough with the microphone to knock him unconscious. The bass player defended himself with his large instrument, something that left both the instrument and the attacker in a sorry state.
But the hooligans was still not satisfied, they attacked the stage itself and was not happy before the stage floor disappeared under the musicians feet. The police attacked with raised nightsticks, the hooligans threw stones. Rock’n’roll galas are yet again banned.
From the Norwegian magazine "NÅ" – No 38 – September 12th 1959
"NÅ" was very conservative and pro-establishment through out it’s entire existents and seldom had anything positive to say about young people and the music they liked. When my time came about ten years later than this event, "NÅ"s pipe still played the same tune – Ted