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Music, Wed 7 Aug 2019

H.R. Of Bad Brains + Slagerij

H.R. Of Bad Brains + Slagerij


Brudenell Social Club [] is very proud to
HR [], original and current frontman of Bad Brains []

More info about HR []:

Paul "HR" Hudson was born in Liverpool, England, in 1956, to a Jamaican mother and American father who moved him to the States when he was a toddler. As his father was in the Air Force, his family moved around a lot, finally settling just outside of Washington, DC. In addition to his love for music, HR was an athlete from an early age and excelled in swimming and pole vaulting.

HR is best known as the front man for the iconic punk band Bad Brains. HR and his brother, Earl, together with friends Gary "Dr. Know" Miller and Darryl Jenifer, began as Mind Power, a jazz fusion band, then formed Bad Brains in 1979. With unprecedented speed and precision, Bad Brains took the Washington, DC music scene by storm and quickly became the most influential band in American punk history. They created music that was about closing the racial divide and maintaining a positive mental attitude (PMA). This concept of PMA continues to inspire fans to this day.

Early in his career, HR became interested in reggae and the Rastafarian movement. These pursuits transformed him and he began to focus more on the spiritual nature of reggae than the fast lifestyle of the punk scene. Together with Al "Judah" Walker, he formed the short-lived group called Zion Train. He then moved on and formed Human Rights with his brother in 1984.

HR formed a friendship with his mentor, musician Ras Michael, a high priest of the Rastafarian movement. Ras Michael baptised him in the late 1980's and named him Ras Hailu Gabriel Joseph I. Many people in his life began calling him "Joseph" or "Joe" at this time, and he continued to inspire those around him with his message of love and righteousness.

Having spent much of his adulthood living with a mental disorder, HR's career has been riddled with periods of highs and lows. Controversy seems to follow him. Another health issue surfaced--debilitating headaches--but HR maintained "that PMA" and found relief through brain surgery! To learn more, please see the documentary film Finding Joseph I and its companion book Finding Joseph I: An Oral History of H.R. From Bad Brains, which was released in December 2016.

HR has adult children and is happily married since 2012. [] [] []

plus guest support Slagerij

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Wed 7 Aug 2019 19:30 to 00:00


Tickets Available now from all good usual places, inc. Crash Records [] / Jumbo Records [] / Brudenell Social Club [] / and online.

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Map reference: SE 283349  Lat: 53.80963 Long: -1.57170

By Car:

From Leeds City Centre: Head out of town towards Headingley/ Universities on Woodhouse Lane. After you pass Leeds University on the left, turn left at the traffic lights onto Clarendon Road (the Library pub is on this junction). Turn right at the next traffic lights (Leeds Business School is opposite) onto Moorland Road. Hyde Park is on your right as you drive along Moorland Road. At the next crossroads, continue straight on (Royal Park Road) and down the hill. Take the left at the Royal Park pub at the bottom of the hill. The Brudenell is on your right, opposite the playground. There is free car parking space at the venue.

By Public Transport:

By rail: Take a train to Burley Park station (one stop from Leeds City Centre). Leave the station and turn left at the top of the steps. Walk to the end of the road - you will see a large Co-Op on your left. Turn right and walk down Cardigan Road for a few minutes. Cross over and turn left onto Royal Park Road when you get to the Grove curry house. Keep walking along Royal Park Road, past the mosque, until you reach a crossroads. The Royal Park pub is on your right. Turn right and walk past the front of the Royal Park pub. Keep going, and you will reach the entrance to the Brudenell car park opposite the playground.

By bus: The 56 stops on Queens Road, opposite the Royal Park pub. Follow directions as above.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Burley Park station


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