Episode Ten - The Gliderdrome
The Gliderdrome is an unprepossessing building. As you approach what looks like and old industrial site just off a busy main road, the only thing you see that hints at its history is a small blue plaque on the wall, announcing that some of the world’s biggest music stars once played here. Apart from that, you would not give it a second look. Over the years, stars from Jimi Hendrix to Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and Elton John played to 5,000 screaming Bostonians. They famously turned down The Beatles.
And yet, the Malkinson family who built this place back in the 1930’s, continue on undeterred. It is now managed by third generation Malkinson’s, Chris, Andrew and Debbie, and Steve Greenough, a former Mod who played here with his band back in the 1960’s.