THE ROCK OF NEWPORT

A Feature Documentary about the energetic Newport Music Scene & its legacy.

" TJ's was like the CBGB's
of Newport ! ”

Greg Attonito (The Bouncing Souls)

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Newport evolved its own self-supportive independent music scene whose sounds and stories captivated all over the world, to inspire, entertain and thrill so many for years to come.
ABOUT THE FILM

'Newport had a different sound emerging from within!'

The Cavern, The 100 Club, The Hacienda and CBGB’s… every town has an iconic place for an immersive subculture of friends who were brought together by music. In Newport, you could say that venue was the Legendary TJ’s.

This venue etched its way into music history and would become synonymous with hosting great worldwide musicians throughout the decades until its closure in 2010.

THE ROCK OF NEWPORT will look into the lives of the people who played a part in creating this self-supportive music scene through the years.

From the various record shop owners, to the managers of the countless venues that housed live music, from local bands, to the undying support of the fans. This community created something which they truly dedicated their lives too & touched so many.

DID YOU KNOW

A STAGE

Newport’s venue owners over the years have never been shy in supporting local musicians, giving a stage to perform & opportunities to support touring bands. John Sicolo of TJ’s with the help of others since the mid 1980’s would champion this.

BUT DID YOU KNOW…

Since the mid 1990’s many (notably Sam of Le Pub) have remained to follow this great ethos.

RECORD SHOPS

In 1979 Rockaway Records would open in the upstairs of the local market & would trade for 25+ years.

BUT DID YOU KNOW…

Kriminal Records now currently run by Beddis (former Cowboy Killers vocalist) is the original Rockaway Records – it was sold over & reopened as Kriminal Records.

ART COLLEGE

John Mellor (Joe Strummer known to most) of The Clash, at one point lived in Newport in the early 1970s. Aside from a brief stint working as a gravedigger he would start a band by the name of The Vultures.

BUT DID YOU KNOW…

Joe enrolled at Newport Art College (just a few doors up from TJ’s). This Art College over the years would see many great creatives & students pass through its doors, many of whom supported this local music scene.

FOOD

What would finally be called ‘The Legendary TJs’ when it closed, it was previously named ‘Cedars Restaurant’.

BUT DID YOU KNOW…

owner John Sicolo was a Cook in the Merchant Navy & if you were a band that played TJs & had traveled far, it’s likely that John would have cook up one of his meals for you.

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SHOWS that 'Cheap Sweaty Fun' Promotions put on over the years.

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YEARS 'The Legendary' TJs music venue was open for (1971-2010) *aside from various name changes, John Sicolo was always at its helm.

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FIRSTS. Many great US (& international) bands would play their first ever shows outside of the US in Newport crowds. Inc. Butthole Surfers, Poison Idea, Dinosaur Jr, Bouncing Souls, Sebadoh & more

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THOUSANDS, upon thousands of bands have performed in Newport! We can't keep track of its musical history and shear wealth of musicians that have performed here throughout the years!

WHAT ARE YOUR MUSICAL MEMORIES?

WALL OF FAME

A place to say thank you to all our supporters!