Joss Mullinger was a 17 year old schoolboy at the time of The Doors gig, ignoring his A levels and instead busy developing entrepreneurial skills by selling his photographs of school plays, portraits and sports teams and retailing the underground newspaper IT (International Times) to pals.
Other early 1970s Roundhouse performances enjoyed include the Incredible String Band’s music & dance show ‘U’, the legendary Greasy Truckers Party which produced Hawkwind’s hit single ‘Silver Machine’ and shows such as Jerome Savary’s ‘Le Grand Magic Circus’. Another notable gig attended (albeit not at the Roundhouse) was the premiere of Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’ at London’s South Bank in 1973.
In 2005 he published his own book of photographs ‘Festival Folk – A Celebration of the Unique Style of Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival’, selling all 1500 copies with proceeds donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust. The following year Joss was fortunate to see the remaining Doors reprise their 1968 success performing as ‘Riders on the Storm’ again at the Roundhouse.
He retired from a 40 year office career in 2009 following which he reverted to a teenage passion for maps and set up a small business ‘This Way Books’ selling historical maps and local history publications at Family History Fairs and other events. https://www.facebook.com/ThisWayBooks/
More recently, Joss’ eldest son James Mullinger, the standup comedian, has continued the connection presenting his one-man show at The Roundhouse studio theatre in 2010. See here for a short clip of the show: https://youtu.be/OLk0ROkWLFo
Photo credit: Phil Sivelle