Greetings from a hot week in Nimbin.
High temperatures and creeks drying up are not a happy signal but the community still radiates positive feelings, open hearts and minds that reflect out of the box. I have been enjoying my radio presenting Wed. nights, but no solution for how someone in other time zones can download the internet live stream to listen to at a more convenient time.
Link to my radio show live stream on Wed. nights between 8-11 pm (Sydney time)
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LIFESTYLE/ ARTS/ CULTURE/ ETC:
Luminate Festival New Zealand, Jan28-Feb 2
Gathering of the Peacemakers, Dec 31, Asheville NC
April 15-18 MAPS Psychedelic Science Conference San Francisco
Mainstreaming Psychedelics: From FDA to Harvard to Burning Man-youtube
Psilocybin and the Experimental Mystical Experience-youtube
Ralph Metzner: Birth of a Psychedelic Culture and other
wonderful books from Synergetic Press
PABLO CESAR AMARINGO 1943 - November 16, 2009
"Psychedelic Journey of Dr. Marlene Dobkin de Rios: 45 Years with Shamans,
Ayahuasqueros and Ethnobotanists.
The Globalisation of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit
by Bruce K. Alexander
1960s Media Coverage of Ayahuasca and the UDV†
Planet Seeders: an interview with Australian Ayahuasquero Darpan
ENTHEOGENESIS AUSTRALIS DVD, JOURNAL AND
T-SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE!
Did LSD Make a Baseball Pitcher's No-Hitter Possible?
LSD Experiments: Soldiers On Acid
What Drugs Are Our Astronauts On?
Prague - The Czech government today approved the list of hallucinogenic plants and mushrooms, including hemp, coca, mescaline cactus and magic mushrooms, and decided that people would be allowed to grow up to five pieces of such plants and keep 40 magic mushrooms at home, a CTK source said.
Dutch among lowest cannabis users in Europe
Cannabis College Now Enrolling Students
Nimbin news and views
The Secret to Legal Marijuana? Women
10 Signs the Failed Drug War Is Finally Ending
Daybreak for Marijuana: Most Americans Support Legalization
L.A. City Council Votes to Reduce Pot Dispensaries by 90%
Medical Marijuana Apartheid
Medical marijuana public relations spots on TV
Huge Signature Gathering Success Sends Pot Legalization to Ballot
DEA Forced to Scrub Misleading Info on the American Medical
Association's Position on Marijuana
Martin Ball's books including: The Entheogenic Evolution: Psychedelics, Consciousness and Awakening the Human Spirit, - Salvia Divinorum and the Entheogenic ExperienceSage Spirit,Music for the Entheogenic EvolutionMusic for the Entheogenic Evolution
Cannabis, cognition, and Schizophrenia
Sharon Rose's latest dvd of high interest:
Infinity: The Ultimate Trip
"Drugs and Psychic States in Theophrastus' Historia Plantarum
Chronic Art: Making Amazing Mosaics From Roach Papers
Marilyn Monroe: Pot Smoker?
1ST RAINBOW GATHERING: Granby, Colorado 1972 INTRO
On Dec. 8, 1980, Rock Star John Lennon Was Shot
Hendrix death news and discussion
3 DVD Monterrey Pop Festival Criterion Collection
Website for musicians and songwriters and people
wanting to start a band-youtube
Discover the unique artwork, music, and writings
of Martin W. Ball, Ph.D.
A beautiful lady with an enchanting voice
Sweet and Shiny Eyes performed by Angie Takats
Alfred Hitchcock - The Masterpiece Collection, 14 Films, 15 DVDs
George Carlin's "Last Words": A Memoir (Hardcover)
The Halcyon Days
"The Christmas Hoax: Jesus is NOT the
"Reason for the Season"
Feast day of St Nicholas of Myra (Santa Claus)
Morning Glory and Oberon invite you to check out
this beautiful treasures
Yuletide Lads - Icelandic trolls
Crop Circles: The Hidden Truth
Ancient Temple Architects May Have Been Chasing a Buzz
Lloyd Pye discusses intervention theory and ET's
People are beginning to Connect The Dots: Aliens/
Underground Tunnels/Denver Airport and More
Albert Einstein and Parallel Earths: Celebrity contactee links
New World Order to Manipulative Extraterrestrials
Attack On Gods ‘Heaven’ Lights Up Norwegian Sky
Spiral UFO puts Norway in a Spin
Mystery as spiral blue light display hovers above Norway-
Norway's HAARP - EISCAT and CERN's LHC Atom Smasher
Catches 1st High-Energy Collisions
Lightning Show in Venezuela
"Shangri-La" Caves Yield Treasures, Skeletons
"The Aztec Calendar and 2012 The Sixth Sun"
Wingmakers wide views of spirit and philosophy
Introduction to the Wilcock / Cayce / Ra Connection
The Reincarnation of Edgar Cayce and His Soul Group?
The Thrilling Potential Of Sixthsense Technology
with Pranav Mistry
HUMANOID ROBOT ARMY TAKES TOKYO BY STORM
Neutralize & Harmonize Energy Forces and Geopathic Radiation
Strange Houses Green Building Green Homes
The Biology Behind the Milk of Human Kindness
Check out the film on Patriarch Bartholomew- an amazing man-video
Drew Dellinger is a spoken word poet, teacher and activist. Also a very nice and open hearted man. Check out his website
Dean Jefferys site on supporting whales and environmental activism
Marine aquaculture can feed the world
Rise of sea levels is 'the greatest lie ever told'
Corporations are Stealing Our Basic Survival Needs
In This Case Water Must Watch
ACTION ALERT: Speak Out Against Factory Farms!!!
Urban Forests Key to International Climate Responses
Copenhagen's Hidden Agenda:
The Multibillion Trade in Carbon Derivatives
Architect of Credit Default Swaps behind the
Development of "Carbon Derivatives"
BIG OIL BEHIND COPENHAGEN CLIMATE SCAM
AP Report Reveals Monsanto's Efforts to Control
Agriculture: Watch This Film!
10 Companies to Avoid This Holiday Season
River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About
Factory Farms DVD, Eye-Opener
The 6 Weirdest, Scariest Processed Foods
Washington state suspends limits on mercury in vaccines
BAYER ADMITS GMO CONTAMINATION OUT OF CONTROL
Why Are We Drugging Our Kids?
FDA KIDNAPS HERBAL SUPPLEMENT SUPPLIER FROM ECUADOR
The Spice that Ignites Your Body's Astonishing Immune System
Overlooked 150 Year Old Household Cleaner a Remedy
for Swine Flu? Baking Soda
The Hippocrates Health Institute
Green Your Spirit
Dr. John Christopher's Herbal Legacy
Many Arabs distrustful of swine flu vaccine, many
go for herbal remedies
Health Canada Raids Family at GUNPOINT !
MEDICALLY CAUSED DEATH IN AMERICA
Mounting Debilities and Deaths from H1N1 Vaccine
Denis Leary: "Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat,
Loud, Lazy and Stupid" (Paperback)
A letter to "Teabaggers": Ignorance and Selfishishness is No Excuse
Sarah Palin Coloring Book! It's Got Pictures to Rouge In!
Zombie Reagan Raised From Grave To Lead GOP-video
Stephen Colbert Talks Aliens with Vatican Astronomers-
Charles Manson Is My Father
Shunning the Family Bed. Who Benefits Most?
Why Is Tiger Woods in Trouble? It's Not His Steamy Sex Life;
It's His Family Values Hypocrisy
Sex Workers Give Freebies in Copen
Hot, Steamy Mormons: Are the Latter Day Saints Getting Sexy?
At midnight last night, the United Kingdom ceased
to be a sovereign state
India: The Largest Democracy?
Arundhati Roy Disturbs Democratic Daydreaming, book review
Two dead, two missing after cyclone hits Fiji
The invasion of East Timor
Dubai (aka Debt-Bai) real estate wipeout
Anti-authoritarian crowds arriving in Greece
aboard 12 chartered ships
Could Greek Default Clobber The Euro?
Greece Struggles to Stay Afloat as Debts Pile On
Ellen Cantarow, The Great Wall of Israel
Martin Chulov, Is Iraq's Next Crisis Ecological?
“Keep the Oil in the Soil”: Ecuador Seeks Money to Keep
Untapped Oil Resources Underground
The Celebration Went Unnoticed - Big Leftist Win in Uruguay:
Australia introduces web filters
Australia intends to introduce filters which will ban access
to websites containing criminal content
Health Bill in South Australia
Shift in Saddam disinfo coincided with Enron scandal
Bhopal Disaster's 25th Anniversary: Another Act of Corporate
Terrorism That Time Forgot
Some Firms Enrich Execs, Shaft Pension Plans
The Audacity of Ethnic Cleansing
Obama's plan for Afghanistan
By Mike Whitney
The Bush administration never had any intention of liberating
Afghanistan or establishing democracy. The real aim was to remove
the politically-intractable Taliban and replace them with a puppet
regime run by a former-CIA asset. The rest of Afghanistan would be
parceled-off to the warlords who assisted in the invasion and who
had agreed to do much of the United States dirty-work on the ground.
New Poll Finds Americans Favor U.S. Isolationism, Acting Alone
Majority of Americans Think Torture 'Sometimes' Justified
By Heather Maher
Fully 44 percent of Americans -- the highest percentage in more than
45 years -- say that because the United States is "the most powerful
nation in the world, we should go our own way in international matters,
not worrying about whether other countries agree with us or not."
Israeli officials are right to worry. Gazans too. Yet Americans
should worry even more.
Pakistan legal plea to search US embassy for Blackwater weapons
Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret C.I.A. Raids
Putin: Russia has no evidence Iran trying to build nukes:
"We have no information that Iran is working on the creation of a
nuclear weapon," Putin said when asked by a reporter if Iran was
close to making an atomic bomb.
The United Nations' Role in Peace and War.
"The UN of the arms dealers - the most disreputable and yet
profitable business on earth."
Benjamin Fulford: "THE UN, THE IMF, THE WORLD BANK AND THE
EUROPEAN UNION ARE ALL DOOMED"
Martin's Kaputt radio podcast on cults and other jokes
US ARMY SPENDS $32.8 MILLION ON PROPAGANDA
Years Of Deceit: US Openly Accepts Bin Laden Long Dead
Militaristic, corrupt America increasingly resembles
a Third World state.
By Ximena Ortiz
Disproportionate military spending threatens economic wellbeing.
Industry has its hand so deep in the government's purse that private
enterprise is becoming public property. The currency falters, the
infrastructure crumbles. And a supine media, once a watchdog of
the powerful, happily licks the strongman's hand.
CIA Agent Captured in Cuba
An employee of a CIA front organization that also funds opposition
groups in Venezuela was detained in Cuba last week
Lieberman actually stalking horse for Rahm Emanuel?
Meet the Commanded-in-Chief
President Obama's Secret:
Only 100 al Qaeda Now in Afghanistan
One Thousand U.S. Soldiers and $300 Million for
Every One al Qaeda Fighter
By RICHARD ESPOSITO, MATTHEW COLE and BRIAN ROSS
President Barack Obama's description Tuesday of the al Qaeda
"cancer" in that country left out one key fact: U.S. intelligence
officials have concluded there are only about 100 al Qaeda fighters
in the entire country.
Obama's war: 1000 US soldiers and $300 million for
every al-Qaeda fighter
Obama Invokes 'Just War' as Nobel Chairman
Compares Him to MLK
Obama's 'Just War': Martin Luther King Jr. Did Not Push For a
'Just Racial Divide' in His Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
Obama's Rejection Speech
The "Obama Doctrine": Eternal War For Imperfect Mankind
Obama's Big Sellout
Why Is the Media So Obsessed With Horrifying Images of
What the FBI's Murder of a Black Panther Can
Teach Us 40 Years Later
How America Holds Court: The Seedy Dealings
Underpinning Our Legal System
Normalising the Crime of the Century
By John Pilger
The purpose of the Chilcot inquiry is to normalise an epic crime
by providing enough of a theatre of guilt to satisfy the media so
that the only issue that matters, that of prosecution, is never raised.
When he appears in January, Blair will play this part to odious
perfection, dutifully absorbing the hisses and boos. All "inquiries"
into state crimes are neutered in this way.
Is There any Margin for Hypocrisy and Deceit?
'Just War' Is Just Words
By Ralph Nader
Our Murderers in the Sky
By Scott Ritter
Mercenaries and Assassins:
The Real Face of Obama’s “Good War”
Afghanistan: Germany says no to sending more soldiers to help US:
Germany has cast doubt on the value of sending extra troops to
Afghanistan despite pleas from the US for its Nato allies to bolster
the fight against the Taliban.
Can Obama Face the 'Unspeakable'?
Excellent news and views
Howard Zinn's "People's History of American Empire"
We're number 37 in healthcare-
song and youtube
CRIME AND DRUGS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY
Drug money saved banks in global crisis, claims UN advisor
The Money Behind Moon's Washington Times
Claim: Goldman bankers arming selves for fear
of ‘populist uprising’
ENRON--AL GORE'S PARTNER IN CRIME
Is the Copenhagen treaty about creating a world government?
Chuck Norris: Climate Scientists Totally Suck Ass at Climate Science!
Climate Change: What is the Hidden Agenda?
CLIMATE CHANGE BY DESIGN
Catastrophic Success-reflecting on Bush and Katrina
Cops as props? Off-duty police cash in on private 'paid duty'
22 million missing Bush White House e-mails found
Are Americans a Broken People?
Why We've Stopped Fighting Back Against the Forces of Oppression
By Bruce E. Levine
A psychologist asks: Have consumerism, suburbanization and a
malevolent corporate-government partnership so beaten us down
that we no longer have the will to save ourselves?
Yahoo Sells All Its Users Private Email Contents to
U.S. Agencies for Small Price
U.S. Forces Plan Direct Action Against American Citizens
IS OBAMA REALLY PREPARING FOR CIVIL WAR?
Towards New Global Currency,
New Financial World Order - Part2
EU President Admits One-World Government is
Jesse Ventura and 9/11
Interesting "fringe" articles
DNA Test Sparks Controversy Over Hitler's Remains
Fresh doubts over Hitler's death after tests on bullet
hole skull reveal it belonged to a woman
QUOTES FOR DEC 16th:
"We are reluctant to admit that we owe our liberties to men of a type that today we hate and fear -- unruly men, disturbers of the peace, men who resent and denounce what Whitman called 'the insolence of elected persons' -- in a word, free men.": Gerald W. Johnson - (1890-1980) Source: American Freedom and the Press, 1958
A common and natural result of an undue respect for law is that you may see a file of soldiers, colonel, captain, corporal, privates, powder-monkeys, and all marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences, which makes it very steep marching indeed, and produces a palpitation of the heart. They have no doubt that it is a damnable business in which they are concerned; they are all peaceably inclined. Now, what are they? Men at all? or small movable forts and magazines, at the service of some unscrupulous man in power?: Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
Dress it as we may, feather it, daub it with gold, huzza it, and sing swaggering songs about it, what is war, nine times out of ten, but murder in uniform?: Douglas Jerrold
" Whenever a people... entrust the defence of their country to a regular, standing army, composed of mercenaries, the power of that country will remain under the direction of the most wealthy citizens.": A Framer
Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters: Noah Webster
The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion: Thomas Paine
Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect: Mark Twain
"Zealotry of either kind -- the puritan's need to regiment others or the victim's passion for blaming everyone except himself -- tends to produce a depressing civic stupidity. Each trait has about it the immobility of addiction. Victims become addicted to being victims: they derive identity, innocence and a kind of devious power from sheer, defaulting helplessness. On the other side, the candlesnuffers of behavioral and political correctness enact their paradox, accomplishing intolerance in the name of tolerance, regimentation in the name of betterment.": Lance Morrow (1939- ) Essayist, professor
"One of the things that bothers me most is the growing belief in the country that security is more important than freedom. It ain't.": Lyn Nofziger [Franklyn C. Nofziger] Press Secretary for President Reagan
"The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.": Theodore Roosevelt - (1858-1919) 26th US President - Source: letter 01/10/1917
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest...and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war: Plato
The convention which framed the Constitution of the United States was composed of fifty-five members. A majority were lawyers-not one farmer, mechanic or laborer. Forty owned Revolutionary Scrip. Fourteen were land speculators. Twenty-four were money-lenders. Eleven were merchants. Fifteen were slave-holders. They made a Constitution to protect the rights of property and not the rights of man,: Senator Richard Pettigrew - Triumphant Plutocracy (1922)
" The purpose of commercial [media] is to induce mass sales. For mass sales there must be a mass norm ... By suppressing the individual, the unique, the industry ... assures itself a standard product for mass consumption.":
John Whiting, writer, commenting on the homogenization of corporate media program content
"One of the intentions of corporate-controlled media is to instill in people a sense of disempowerment, of immobilization and paralysis. Its outcome is to turn you into good consumers. It is to keep people isolated, to feel that there is no possibility for social change.": David Barsamian, journalist and publisher
Patriotism in its simplest, clearest and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, conscience, and a slavish enthralment to those in power: Leo Tolstoy - Demanding the Impossible: a History of Anarchism by Peter Marshall (fontana press 1992) p374
"The vested interests - if we explain the situation by their influence - can only get the public to act as they wish by manipulating public opinion, by playing either upon the public's indifference, confusions, prejudices, pugnacities or fears. And the only way in which the power of the interests can be undermined and their maneuvers defeated is by bringing home to the public the danger of its indifference, the absurdity of its prejudices, or the hollowness of its fears; by showing that it is indifferent to danger where real danger exists; frightened by dangers which are nonexistent." Sir Norman Angell 1872 - 1967
"Iniquity, committed in this world, produces not fruit immediately, but, like the earth, in due season, and advancing by little and little, it eradicates the man who committed it. ...justice, being destroyed, will destroy; being preserved, will preserve; it must never therefore be violated." Manu 1200 bc
PUNMASTER MUSIC ARTICLES:
Lost John Lennon Tapes Allegedly Found
by Paul Cashmere
A recording claimed to be a rare and unreleased John Lennon recording session has gone on sale in the USA.
The recording available at www.lennontapes.com claims to have been recorded on August 19, 1980 at the Hit Factory in New York.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono were recording the ‘Double Fantasy’ album as well as ‘Milk and Honey’ at the Hit Factory.
These recordings if for real sound like vocal warm-ups for John and feature covers of ‘Mystery Train’, ‘Stay’ and ‘Dream Lover’.
Info at the lennontapes site states, “This 13 minute selection of John’s vocals, singing from the vocal booth on August 19th 1980 was recorded on high quality tape. From that master recording, listen to some great moments of John speaking to the band, kidding around with his recording engineer and as he performs three songs, “Dream Lover” with a medley into “Stay A Little Bit Longer”. He then jokes around with everyone and then performs Mystery Train (the song Elvis Presley had made famous).”
If the recording is real, then surely Yoko Ono would own the rights. How it came to be released via a third party still remains unknown.
It is claimed that video director Jay Dubin filmed John and Yoko on that day at the studio with the intention of producing music videos for the ‘Double Fantasy’ album. None of that footage has ever surfaced but this audio recording is claimed to be outtakes.
We await a comment from Yoko Ono to see if this is real.
John Lennon Tapes Claimed To Be Legit
by Paul Cashmere
A recording of previously unreleased songs sung by John Lennon is for real, says Brian Koppelman.
Koppelman tells Undercover that Lennon gave him the tape in 1980 while he was in at the Hit Factory in New York watching him record.
A few days ago, I asked the question of ownership of the tapes. “First off, Yoko does not own this recording,” Koppelman tells undercover.com.au. “This tape came from John. I had lent John $100 in the Hit Factory and he handed me the tape to hold onto. He could not find his wallet while he was there. He never paid me back and I am now sell the collateral that he used”.
However, Beatle fans contacting Undercover say the songs have been available as bootlegs for years. Steve Rosetta from OffTheBeatleTrack.com says the original source of the tapes was Elliott Mintz's program 'The Lost Lennon Tapes' 15 years ago. In fact, he says he says the same bootlegs have been available on eBay for the past 4 years.
That isn't stopping Koppelman who 29 years later says it is he who is making the tape public. “We want the fans of the Beatles and John Lennon to enjoy the quality of this recording and the historic value. This was not put out for critics to bash, it is made available for everyone to enjoy. It is the anniversary of John's death tomorrow, let say a prayer for him and what he believed in. I only wish his dreams could have come true”.
He also says that he is the rightful owner of the recordings, not John’s wife Yoko. “This is absolutely a legal and legit offering. Everyone that purchases from LennonTapes.com will be delivered for Christmas between the 23rd - 24th this great Christmas present,” he says.
Money raised from the sales will go to charity he says. “This is to help raise funds for the Emmanuel Orphanage of Tijuana, which has 27 girls and over 40 boys that are in need of support,” he tells Undercover. The reason that we are doing pre-orders is due to the fact that it would be put up on YouTube and elsewhere for free and would defeat the purpose the Orphanage fund raise”.
Beatle and Lennon fans remain unconvinced of the authenticity of the ownership of the tapes. Koppelman claims they are his.
Lennon’s version of Dream Lover and Stay has been around on YouTube for more than a year.
John Lennon - DreamLover/Stay
ERIC WOOLFSON, ALAN PARSONS PROJECT FOUNDER, DIES
Eric Woolfson, one of the founding members of the Alan Parsons Project, has died at the age of 64. Woolfson co-founded the band with Alan Parsons and along with being the group’s principle songwriter, he also sang on some of their biggest hits including “Time,” “Don’t Answer Me” and “Eye in the Sky.” A post put on Woolfson’s Facebook page Wednesday announced his passing saying, “We are very sad to have to tell you that Eric Woolfson passed away in the early hours of this morning after a long and brave battle with cancer. He very much enjoyed seeing all your kind comments and posts on this Facebook page and his family wanted to thank you for your appreciation of his work.” At the time of his death, Eric was reportedly working on at least two projects. Read more at Facebook.com/EricWoolfson
Bob Dylan is upset over some critic's reactions to his Christmas in the Heart holiday album. Some have speculated that the set and the Must Be Santa video were some elaborate joke. Dylan said in a statement:
"Critics like that are on the outside looking in. They are definitely not fans or the audience that I play to. They would have no gut level understanding of me and my work, what I can and can't do -- the scope of it all. Even at this point in time they don't know what to make of me. These songs are part of my life, just like folk songs. You have to play them straight, too... The songs don't require much acting. They kind of play themselves."
Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda underwent emergency back surgery Thursday after experiencing pain that stopped him from sitting or standing. He had a ruptured disc repaired and is recuperating, hoping to play at the group's Sunday night show in New York.
The band is currently out on it's Twisted Christmas tour and had to enlist Dan McCafferty, who plays in Dee Snider's solo band, to fill in.
There will be a tribute to Neil Young at the upcoming Vancouver Winter Olympics. The show will February 18 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and will include Broken Social Scene, Ron Sexsmith, Iron & Wine and others.
Les Paul, Frankie Valli and Count Basie are among the 15 people selected for induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. They will go in alongside Jack Nicholson, Woodrow Wilson, Danny DeVito, Phillip Roth, Judy Blume, Carl Lewis, Michael Graves, William Brennan, Susan Sarandon, Wally Schirra, Larry Doby and Alice Paul. Induction is in May.
There are plans for another Jimi Hendrix movie. Legendary Pictures is in development on Slide, a fictional take on the 1969 "lost weekend." Ray "R.H." Greene is writing and directing.
Paul Anka and his wife Anna have gone at it again. According to TMZ, the police were called to their Thousand Oaks, California home on Thursday morning after receiving two 911 calls. Officials said that there were no injuries but there was "one hell of a stand-off." TMZ spoke with Anka who said he has been living in a hotel due to problems in the relationship and he had just stopped to take their children to school when the altercation started.
The second volume in the Costello Show series of archive live releases by Elvis Costello will be released on January 12 with the July 4, 1978 show at Hollywood High School.
Pearl, the daughter of Meat Loaf, will release her debut album, Little Immaculate White Fox, on January 19 via Megaforce. She has worked with Motley Crue and the solo Nikki Sixx over the last decade.
Rolling Stone magazine is about to jump into the restaurant and bar business with the opening of a venue at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles. The 10,000 square foot space will be "an exciting blend of equal parts restaurant, bar, lounge and upscale private-event space." The location is near landmarks like Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Kodak Theatre.
RARE PINK FLOYD FOOTAGE DISCOVERED
Here’s a story that will make any Pink Floyd fan wish they lived in England. The BBC has uncovered rare Syd Barrett-era footage of the band that was thought to have been lost, and the network will air it next month. The 42-year-old video is of the band performing “See Emily Play” on the famous British music show Top of the Pops. The tapes were thought to be destroyed or thrown out, as the BBC often does with boxes when they need storage space, but two tapes of the show were discovered. Although they were badly damaged, the British Film Institute was able to restore them and the BBC is set to air them on January 9th. Hopefully clips will leak to the Internet soon too.
A MOVIE ABOUT THE KINKS
There is a feature film in the works about The Kinks and famed documentarian Julien Temple is set to direct the flick. The movie is tentatively titled You Really Got Me and Kinks singer Ray Davies told us about it.
(Cut #1) “They want to make a movie, a Kinks movie, which will be a fun project. I think it’s like a cradle to the grave movie. It’s a very ambitious project, very ambitious.”
Julien Temple, who directed docs on the Sex Pistols and the Glastonbury festival, further described the movie to ScreenDaily.com saying, “At the heart of it is the extraordinary love-hate relationship between these two brothers,” adding, “I think it’s a very rich social, cultural nexus around The Kinks. Their story is the untold story of all those big bands of the 1960s.” No release date or cast has been announced yet.
RONNIE WOOD ARRESTED
Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend. According to the BBC, a police spokesperson would only say, “We can confirm that a 62-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with a domestic incident.” However, the guitarist’s rep told the network that Ronnie was arrested after an “incident” but declined to comment further. Ronnie has been released on bail until a later date in January, pending “further enquiries.” Wood divorced his wife of 24 years last month after leaving her for his current girlfriend, 20-year-old model Ekaterina Ivanova.
• In 2008, Ronnie was admitted to rehab to help with his alcohol addiction.
• In the past, Ronnie hasn’t been violent, in fact, he told us that there have been many times he’s had to act as a mediator between his Rolling Stones bandmates, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
• (Cut #1) “On quite a few occasions, I’ve had to be kind of diplomatically getting them speaking, on the phone or they misread things or something in the press that one of them said about the other and it got exaggerated and there was a bad vibe going on between them. So I just said, ‘Look, I’ve just spoken to him and he’s not really mad at you,’ and he said, ‘Well I’m not really mad at him either, blah, blah, blah,’ sort of get them talking and they’d iron out the rough spots, you know.”
CLASSIC ROCKERS GET GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
Some really big names in classic rock are up for some really big awards. Nominees for the 52nd annual GRAMMY Awards were announced Wednesday night and Metallica, AC/DC, Judas Priest and U2 were among them. AC/DC, Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood, U2, the Dave Matthews Band and Green Day are in the running for Best Rock Album while AC/DC, Alice in Chains, Metallica, Linkin Park and Nickelback are up for Best Hard Rock Performance. Meanwhile, the nominees for Best Metal Performance are Judas Priest, Megadeth, Slayer, Ministry and Lamb of God. Jeff Beck and Steve Vai are also nominated for a GRAMMY in the category of Best Rock Instrumental Performance. See who leaves with a trophy when the GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on January 31st.
CANADA TO PAY TRIBUTE TO NEIL YOUNG
As part of the festivities surrounding the upcoming Vancouver Winter Olympics, the city will hold a concert honoring their native son, Neil Young. The tribute show will include performances from Iron & Wine, Broken Social Scene, Ron Sexsmith and Joan As Police Woman. It will take place on February 18th and according to a press release, promises to dig “deep into Young’s massive catalog to illuminate hits and obscurities alike with magical pairings of song and singer.” Learn more at Vancouver2010.
RINGO STARR REMEMBERS HIS FIRST GRAMMY
On Wednesday night, Ringo Starr was on hand to help announce some of the GRAMMY nominations. So does the former Beatle remember his first GRAMMY nod?
(Cut #2) “I was five I think (laughs). Yeah, it was a long time ago. It was really weird I think at the time, but I have no like, ‘Wow, there’s the memory.’ You know what I mean?”
While Ringo isn’t up for any awards this year, he’s releasing a new album next month which he no doubt hopes will score some GRAMMY gold in 2011. That record is called Y Not and comes out on January 12th. Learn more at RingoStarr.com.
BUY DAVE STEWART’S VINTAGE GUITAR
Wondering what to get the Dave Stewart fan in your life for the holidays? Well how about the rocker’s rare vintage Gretsch guitar. Dave used the instrument during his days with Annie Lennox and The Eurythmmics and you can now bid on it and its case. Best of all, proceeds will benefit Stand Up To Cancer. The auction is being handled by Page Six Magazine and you can learn more about the guitar at NYPost.com/PageSixMag
JULIAN LENNON RELEASES SONG IN TRIBUTE TO LUCY
Julian Lennon hasn’t made music for over ten years but John Lennon’s son is back with a new album and a four-song EP that features the charity song, “Lucy,” which pays tribute to his childhood friend, Lucy Vodden, who inspired The Beatles’ hit “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Vodden died in September of complications from lupus and proceeds from Julian’s track go towards the Lupus Foundation, which works to fight the autoimmune disease. The Lucy EP hits shelves on the 15th and Julian’s new album, Everything Changes, is due out in the spring. Learn more at TheRevolution.com and hear “Lucy” at Billboard.com.
• John Lennon wrote “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” after seeing a watercolor that Julian did of Vodden.
BACHMAN AND TURNER GO INTO OVERDRIVE AGAIN
Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s Randy Bachman and Fred Turner have reunited to work on the title track of Randy’s next album, Rock N Roll is the Only Way Out. The guitarist spoke to Billboard.com about the song, describing it as “really rootsy, really AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, really fun, eager, hungry rock n’ roll.” If that weren’t enough Bachman and Turner plan to tour behind the effort, though dates haven’t been announced yet. When they do hit the road, they won’t be joined by the rest of their BTO bandmates and will have to consider what name they tour under since drummer Rob Bachman and guitarist Blair Thornton have sued to prevent the duo from promoting themselves as anything similar to Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Album and tour details will be announced at a press conference on Tuesday but the record is due out next fall.
AC/DC’S ARGENTIAN SHOWS FILMED FOR DVD
AC/DC played in Buenos Aires last night and they’ll perform there again tonight and Sunday night. According to 10Musica.com, all three shows at the River Plate Stadium will be filmed for a future DVD release. No further details on the disc have been released yet.
RINGO STARR REVEALS DETAILS ABOUT NEW ALBUM
On his Web site, Ringo Starr revealed details about his upcoming album, Y Not. In a video posted to the page, the former Beatle shows off what the record will look like, discusses the origins of the effort and includes clips of himself singing some new music. Check it all out at RingoStarr.com. Y Not hits shelves on January 12th.
• Paul McCartney collaborates with Ringo on the track “Peace Dream.”
• Y Not marks the first Ringo album that the singer also produced.
BECK & CLAPTON TO PLAY TOGETHER IN NYC, CANADA
Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton plan to perform three shows together in North America. The rockers, who took the stage together in Japan last February, will again collaborate this February when they play in New York on the 18th, Toronto on the 21st and Montreal on the 23rd. The pair is already scheduled to perform two sold-out gigs in London that month. At the shows, the former Yardbirds members will perform both together and apart. Tickets for the New York concert go on sale on December 12th while the Canadian gigs will be for sale this week. Learn more at EricClapton.com.
• Of the upcoming shows, Clapton said in a statement, “I’ve always considered Jeff Beck to be one of the finest guitar players around. He’s a friend, a great guy, and a truly gifted musician. We had such a fun time in Japan that it seemed natural to play again.
• Beck has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, while Clapton is the only three-time inductee.
• RELATED AUDIO: Jeff Beck describes why he does concerts like this (See Related Cut #1).
SEE DAVID LEE ROTH’S ART
David Lee Roth is not only a singer, he’s an artist too. The Van Halen frontman has uploaded a bunch of pictures of his artwork. Roth calls his pieces “authentic originals and incompetent imitations” and you can take a look at them at DavidLeeRoth.com.
• Roth has designed stage clothes, choreographed, orchestrated photo shoots and designed t-shirts for Van Halen.
NO MORE YES?
Rick Wakeman is no longer in Yes and he is pretty upset about the current state of the band. The group is touring overseas without singer Jon Anderson, who originally bowed out due to illness but now that he is better, hasn’t been allowed back in the band due to contractual issues with his substitute, Benoit David. Rick filled us in on what’s going on with Yes.
(Cut #1) “My personal opinion is you can’t have Yes without Jon singing. It’s like having Led Zeppelin without Robert Plant, The Who without [Roger] Daltrey, it just doesn’t happen. But what I think is very sneaky and what really annoys me is not, in the advertising, saying who is in the band. I mean, I’m just getting hundreds and hundreds of emails from people who’ve gone on to say, ‘Hey, we arrived there to see the Yes show. You’re not there, Jon’s not there, what’s going on?’”
So will there ever be a chance of the classic line-up hitting the road together? Probably not, as Rick explained.
(Cut #2) “It is upsetting and I think the tragic part of it is, I mean I think that Yes deserves, because we’re all getting on a bit, Jon’s in his mid-60s, everybody’s in their 60’s, and so things have to wind down and I think Yes deserved a really special and dignified wind-down and it’s not getting it. And now the classic line-up, I can’t see it ever working again.”
Fans can still get their fix of Rick Wakeman by picking up his new DVD. It’s the Hampton Court Palace performance from earlier this year of his 1973 solo concept album The Six Wives of Henry VIII. The disc is currently on shelves.
IS A KINKS REUNION IN THE CARDS?
The Kinks last played together in 1996 but recently, there have been rumors of a reunion. One hurdle the group will have to overcome first though is Dave Davies’ recovery. In 2004, the guitarist suffered a stroke and his brother and former bandmate, Kinks singer Ray Davies, filled us in on how Dave is doing.
(Cut #3) “I heard that Dave is doing some dates early next year which is great because there is always talk of The Kinks reforming to do some stuff. I said to him, because he got sick four or five years ago, and I said do some small dates first and he’s taken that advice. He’s doing some try-out dates, which is good.”
So if Dave’s dates go well, is a Kinks reunion in the cards? Ray told us his thoughts.
(Cut #4) “We’ll see about that. I think he just wants to see how this goes. He’s taking it a day at a time, which is a smart move. But the rest of us, I’ve played with the original drummer, I’ve done a few demos with him and I’ve done some recording with [keyboardist] Ian [Gibbons] and [drummer] Mick [Avory] and [bassist] Jim [Rodford], so we’re on top of it. I’d only do it if we had a direction to go in, a new musical… a new outlet as well as doing the old stuff.”
While fans hope for and wait for a Kinks reunion, they can go out and buy Ray’s latest album. It’s called The Kinks Choral Collection and includes new studio recordings and compositions of the band’s songs
GOSSIP: STONES TO TOUR NEXT YEAR
If you believe hearsay printed in British tabloids then listen up. A source claiming they’re quoting Ronnie Wood’s girlfriend told England’s The Sun that The Rolling Stones are planning a world tour in 2010. The insider told the paper’s gossip column that Wood’s ladyfriend is not supposed to talk about the trek since it hasn’t been finalized but she couldn’t resist telling a few of her closest pals. Not surprisingly, there has been nothing official released from the Stones’ camp.
HENDRIX’S “VOODOO CHILD” IS THE GREATEST RIFF
In a new poll, Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child” has been named the Greatest Riff of All Time. MusicRadar.com conducted a survey of five-thousand music lovers and Jimi’s 1968 classic got the most votes. Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was second followed by “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” “Layla” by Derek and the Dominos and AC/DC’s “Back in Black.” Tunes by Metallica, The Beatles, Nirvana and The Rolling Stones filled out the top ten. See the entire list at MusicRadar.com.
Paul McCartney Admits To Mills Mistake
Sir Paul McCartney admits that his follow-up wife Heather Mills was a big mistake.
McCartney’s marriage to Heather Mills is his biggest regret of the last ten years, he says.
The Beatles star - who has a six-year-old daughter Beatrice with the former model-and-charity-campaigner – admits if he could go back and change anything since 2000 it would be his union to Heather.
He said in an interview with Q magazine: 'I suppose the marriage has to be a prime contender for mistake of the decade. But I don’t want to down anyone.
'These things happen you know? But I tend to look at the positive side, which is that I have another beautiful daughter out of it.'
Despite the acrimonious divorce, Paul insists he has had a good time for most of the last ten years.
He said: 'I’ve managed to feel quite fulfilled this decade. If I hadn’t done my side project The Fireman I think I would wish I’d done that because it freshened ideas up for me.'
Paul, 67, also quashed rumours he would be retiring soon.
He revealed: 'I have too much fun. Why would I retire? Sit at home and watch TV? No thanks. I’d rather be out playing.'
Paul and Heather married in 2002 and divorced in 2008. The 'Yesterday’ singer had to pay his former spouse a £16.8 million settlement.
Eric Clapton tour announces U.S. concerts with Roger Daltrey
By Allison Reitz
North American audiences will get an extra dose of guitar master Eric Clapton in the New Year. Slowhand will be hitting the national tour circuit on an 11-date run that launches February 25 at Mellon arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The two-week itinerary is booked primarily for the East Coast and Midwest, ending with a March 13 show at Amway Arena in Orlando, FL. The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey will also be along for the ride as a special guest, opening each night's performance.
EXPERIENCE HENDRIX TOUR LAUNCHES IN MARCH
JIMI'S MUSIC PERFORMED IN CONCERT BY ALL-STAR LINE-UP
Experience Hendrix, the fourth edition of the biennial concert tour that features an all-star line up of music greats paying homage to the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix gets underway in early March of next year with special performances across the country.
Featured artists who will be performing music written and inspired by Jimi Hendrix include some of the best known and most respected artists in contemporary rock and blues including Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brad Whitford (of Aerosmith), Doyle Bramhall II, Ernie Isley, Living Colour, Double Trouble’s Chris Layton, along with bassist Billy Cox. Cox, who first befriended Hendrix when the two were in the 101st Airborne Division of U.S. Army, played in both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys and performed with Hendrix at such landmark festivals as Woodstock and the Isle of Wight. Cox commented, "It's a thrill for me to play Jimi's music for audiences now as it was in the 1960s. The Experience Hendrix tours have shown how timeless this music really is." Joe Satriani remarked, "I finally get to pay tribute to my hero the right way, on stage with an amazing, once in a lifetime, line up of musicians!" Sacred Steel featuring Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi and David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos are also performing on selected Experience Tour dates.
Various combinations of these music greats will be performing Jimi’s signature songs including “Purple Haze,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return), “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Little Wing” and “Red House.” As has been the case with previous Experience Hendrix tour incarnations, special guests are expected to sit in at many of the dates making the concerts all that much more memorable for both new and veteran Hendrix fans. Past special guests have included Paul Rodgers, Buddy Guy and Carlos Santana.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, a veteran of several Experience Hendrix tours remarked, “Jimi Hendrix’s music has really inspired to push the limits of my own music. He didn’t observe any boundaries musically. He was an amazing player and a tremendous showman so I incorporated some of his showmanship in what I do.” As far as having been part of the Experience Hendrix touring phenomenon, Shepherd noted, “It touches you on the inside and gets you fired up.”
The Experience Hendrix Tour is presented by Experience Hendrix, LLC, the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James A. “Al” Hendrix, Jimi’s father, entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix. Earlier this year, Sony Music Entertainment’s Legacy Division and Experience Hendrix entered into a worldwide catalog licensing venture to make all of Jimi’s extraordinary music, including classic albums, never before heard archive recordings, and filmed concerts available through all forms of media.
Launching on the west coast, the month-long tour will bring the troupe of players, each a headliner in his or her own right, to concert venues in major U.S. markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis and Atlanta.
Notes Experience Hendrix Tour producer John McDermott, “The line-up for this tour reflects the breadth of Jimi’s ongoing influence that reaches down through the generations. The guests that have been attracted to participate are enthusiastic about the proposition of performing with their counterparts. That mindset underscores the fact that the Experience Hendrix tour is all about musical camaraderie and the recognition that Jimi Hendrix, undeniably, casts the longest shadow in the realm of great music and great musicians.“
Janie Hendrix, CEO of Experience Hendrix noted, "Everyday, we see how Jimi's musical legacy continues to transcend generational and cultural boundaries. This tour is our way to give a live concert experience that reflects the genius of his unifying spirit. Part of our mission is to share Jimi’s music with audiences of all ages and these tours continue to play a key role in fulfilling that vision. As my brother said, “We want our sound to go into the soul of the audience, and see if it can awaken some little thing in their minds.. ’cause there are so many sleeping people…”
Experience Hendrix Tour 2010 dates follow
(Tickets now on sale)
March 4 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theater (1)
5 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheater (1)
6 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint @ Hard Rock (1)
7 - Mesa, AZ - Ikeda Theater (1)
9 - Fresno, CA - Table Mountain (1)
10 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater (1, 2)
12 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy (1, 2)
14 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre (1, 2, 3)
16 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater (1, 2, 3)
17 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theater (1, 2, 3)
18 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater (1, 2, 3)
20 - St. Louis, MO - Fox Theatre (2, 3)
21 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater (2, 3)
23 - Akron, OH - Civic Theatre(2)
24 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre (2)
25 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theater (2)
27- Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre (2)
1 = David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas appearing
2 = Sacred Steel featuring Robert Randolph appearing
3 = Susan Tedeschi appearing
For more information, visit www.jimihendrix.com
BBC - Spencer Davis in song and story
'The Last Waltz- (DVD) Re-Viewed' - a mini-Randt by Rand Crook
I am compelled to write in response to my latest viewing of the DVD of Martin Scorsese's 'The Last Waltz,' certainly one of rock-n-roll's finest documents of perhaps its most mysteriously brilliant and uniquely American band's final concert. (however Canadian) Thank you Dad for reviving my interest in doing so.
I love DVD's because of their added value. You have the narrative experience of the film itself and then the extra bonus goodies like audio tracks and "making of" films and retrospectives. This DVD is chock full of these and what a pleasure. Robbie Robertson's and the director's comments were so full of contextual shading and backstory. Great for filmmakers like myself who are always looking for clues and insight into the creative process.
Scorsese comes across like a groupie/nerd who desperately wanted to be a rock star but became a director with heavy musical sensibilities insteaad. I empathize. He is a history buff with great technical and considerable human communication skills and affability. I too refer to myself as a frustrated musician come filmmaker. Cinema production employs all the arts.
It is befitting that The Band gave to Scorsese a Fender Stratocaster for his very own at the conclusion of the film. Making this film he was able to "jam" with the musicians with his extensive and elaborate set-ups, fancy lighting schematics, Hollywood designers and various top-shelf cinematographers. The names of the cameramen were like a who's-who of the industry; Kovac, Narita, Zigmond and Chapman, to name a few. Oh and it helped greatly to have such a luminous array of musicians as subjects to photograph. They were all colorful and dynamic performers all chosen very specifically for the occasion. Dylan, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, The Staple Singers and all of them brought something special to the one-time event. Other
oddities like poets Michael McClure and Lawrence Ferlinghetti rounded the show out. It was a smorgasbord of rock and roll culture for sure.
And Thanksgiving dinner for 4,000 hippies prior to the show, complete with orchestra for dining and dancing? Chandeliers hanging elegantly in the ceiling of the Winterland arena casting glowing lights on the fortunate below. That's not how I remember the old skating rink where as a sixteen year old a year later I rocked out to the Grateful Dead. It was pretty funky, but intimate. Enchanting.
What struck me the most was the profundity of the performances of Rick Danko, the second guitar player next to Robertson, and Levon Helm, of The Band. Richard Manuel's awesomely nuanced vocals were often not filmed according to complaints about the film from Helms, who insisted later that Roberton's production tended to favor himself and present the rest of the Band members as simply his back-up musicians. But such raw tenderness was best exhibited when Danko sang in that whiny falsetto "the gambler says read em and weep..And the sun..don't shine ...any more... and the rain falls down ..on my door!" Or when Helms sang his ass off while smacking the drums on the opening song of the film (and the last song of the show) "My biggest mistake was loving you TOO Much! I Tried to do my best...Please don't do it, don't ya break my heart!" You can feel an authenticity of emotion, a vulnerability, that cuts right through. Even Eric Clapton confessed that when
he first heard The Band play he instantly wanted no more of his music in his band Cream, feeling suddenly that Cream's music "just wasn't him."
All those guys in the band were great singers with great songs. But when it was time for classics such as 'The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down' something greater happened. It is a narative beyond the normal scope of emotion, beyond your basic themes of lost love and betrayal: it is a song of wrenching historical pain from wounds still not completely scabbed and fallen away, not yet sompletely healed maybe. You can feel that railroad track being tore up again by the Union Army or the worthlessness of the confederate money, the dispeair of a culture turned upside-down and inside out by WAR. You can almost smell the dried blood below the feet of Virgil Cain. Defeat is not glamorous or spandex rock-n-roll. Damned great band, The Band was.
'The Weight' and 'I Shall Be Released' ooze with grief from some other time and place, some forgotten battlefield where a mother cried for a week for her lost teenage son. You can hear it. How do they sing sad songs without welling up and gushing with tears? Its a special gift to sing the songs of pain, to recite the words of loss.
The darkly lit interviews were shot at George Lucas' place at night because he was shooting 'Star Wars' during the day. Levon Helms sheds interesting light on the genesis of modern rock music from traveling shows. His timeless, tobacco chewing, backwoods image is set against his keen elloquence to an almost eery effect.
The 35mm film resolution is solid and phat, in a word or two.
The director explored his subject affectionately, curiously. He asked questions like a child almost. For all his cleverness he cannot crack the code of the rock-n-roll musician, so he compromises- with cameras.
The subtle light changes were all cued in advance, but one would never have known without the extra audio track of the dvd to explain. On this line of that song a certain lighting look occurred. The low lighting angle was like the old Hollywood films of the thirties. The constant movement of the camera into Emmy Lou Harris' face on 'Evangeline' as if she were the subject of the song itself. And such an angelic voice has she. The push into the antique abalone inlaid accordian squeezed so beautifully by Garth Hudson, who made the rest of the band pay him for lessons in order to agree to join them. The wooden instruments were shrouded in foggy timelessness.
Neil Young fit right in with 'Helpless' while Joni Mitchell's 'Coyote' 'You just picked up a hitcher..prisoner of the white lines of the freeway.." was nothing short of absolute musical genious. Dylan almost fades into the background of my memory with the newness with which the others astonished me. Dylan too saw The Band as something mighty special but didn't want to be filmed too much in order not to compete with his own movie 'Renaldo and Clara' coming out at the time.
It has taken years for me to grasp the immensity of the music of The Band, and surely the attempt is not over. Griel Marcus wrote an entire book, which I loved, about the making of their 'The Basement Tapes' lp. They were an enigmatic force of culture beyond trend and fashion.
"See that man with the stage fright ..just standing up there giving it all his might. He got caught in a spotlight..and when he gets to the end.."
Rick Danko sang from the depths of his own huge soul. Prophetic, deeply touching sound. How old are these guys, anyhow? It seems, very old indeed. Wise.
The hours of the show went on and on. The long jam with Ringo's clunky beat went on and on. Clapton broke a string but recovered before it was over.
Muddy Waters brought weight to the show that no other could. His inflections on 'Mannish Boy' 'I'm a Maaaaaaan' just brought down the house. "Full grown lovers man." On the other hand, I didn't care so much for Ronnie Hawkins, who belted out 'Who Do You Love?' But with Muddy Waters there, what was he thinkin? Clapton played Bobby Bland's 'Further on up the Road' and Dr. John tinkled the keys with his New Orleans honky-tonk sound dressed in a pink ruffled shirt, mojo necklaces and a great hat.
I recall Ferlinghetti doing his twisted version of The Lord's Prayer called 'The Loud Prayer' for our camera in 1989 for a German TV show special, just like at The Last Waltz. Radical, in your face stuff, in the San Francisco tradition. He was proud of that. He is a UNC Tarheel alumn too, for what its worth. Michael McClure freaked everyone out with his old english verses from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Gibberish basically.
He was also the subject of another German TV piece I shot at his house in Oakland in which he performed his poem with the line 'Oh Lord Won't You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz' made famous in song by Janis Joplin. The audience at the Winterland must've been dumbfounded with the poetry and wordplay.
The message was clear though. The road is no way to live, for them anyway. So, why not go out with style? Look at Janis and Jimi and Hank Williams and on and on. Robbie Robertson said very adroitly regarding the ultimate value of The Band's Last Waltz...to paraphrase..
"To close one thing in order to open another!"
I like that.
Thanks again, Dad. Please pardon the formality.
THIS DAY IN MUSIC HISTORY - DECEMBER 7
In 1964…Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown while he was on a flight from L-A to Houston. He decided soon after to stop touring with The Beach Boys.
In 1968…The Beatles self-titled double album, often referred to as The White Album because of its cover, topped the British album charts.
In 1973…Fleetwood Mac manager Clifford Davis declared that he owned the rights to the band’s name and assembled a second Fleetwood Mac to tour around the country. After a lengthy legal fight, the second Fleetwood Mac changed its name to Stretch.
In 1973…Paul McCartney & Wings released the album Band on the Run.
In 1984…Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil crashed his ‘72 Ford Pintero in Redondo Beach, California. His passenger, Nick “Razzle” Dingley of the band Hanoi Rocks, was killed. Neil was later found guilty of vehicular manslaughter.
In 1993…Despite protests, Guns N’ Roses said that their cover of Charles Manson’s “Look at Your Game, Girl” would stay on the album The Spaghetti Incident? Royalties from their recording would go to the son of a Manson family victim.
In 1997…Bob Dylan received the Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award from President Bill Clinton.
In 1999…Jennifer Lopez denied tabloid reports that she insured her body for a billion dollars. But Lopez admitted it was a good idea.
In 1999…The Eagles held a press conference to announce that their first Greatest Hits package had become America’s best-selling album. Glenn Frey said, “I hated popularity contests when I was in high school, and I hate them now.”
In 2002…Police were called to a Philadelphia Guns N’ Roses concert after the band failed to appear and the show was abruptly cancelled. Two people were hospitalized from the resulting furor and G N’ R’s tour was called off completely the following week.
In 2003…Whitney Houston summoned police to her home in Alpharetta, Georgia, alleging her husband Bobby Brown hit her in the face during an argument.
In 2003…Ozzy Osbourne told the Los Angeles Times that his stuttering and physically unstable condition was caused by a cocktail of prescription medicines. Osbourne was put on an array of tranquilizers and amphetamines to combat depression after his wife was diagnosed with cancer.
In 2003…”Godfather of Soul” James Brown and country star Loretta Lynn received lifetime achievement awards at the Kennedy Center Honors. LL Cool J said Brown, “made it possible for me, a black kid from Queens, to stand in front of a president and say, ‘I’m black and I'm proud.’”
Monday, December 7th
Tom Waits (singer) is 60
- Born in Pomona, California
Hoyt Axton & Ringo Starr - "No, No, Song"
Lennon Talks About The Beatles Getting Back Together in 1973
Mark Knopfler & Chet Atkins - Instrumental Medley
Booker T & the MG's - green onions
Marilyn Monroe doing what?
"Rock Band" Yoko Ono
Angel From Montgomery Bonnie Raitt & Rickie Lee Jones Live Aid 1985
The Beatles - The Floral Hall film investigation
The Beatles - Coliseum, Washington, DC - 11.02.1964
Sonny Boy Williamson - Nine Below Zero
Big Mama Thornton ft. Buddy Guy - Hound Dog
The Beatles - Some Other Guy (Live at the Cavern, 1962)
The Beatles- She Loves You - 1963
Boris Karloff sings Monster Mash on Shindig! Recreated!!
Sonny Boy Williamson:Your Funeral and my trial
Favorite Records./Musicians (1-50)
- Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland
- Beatles: Sgt. Peppers
- Beatles: White Album
- Led Zeppelin: 1
- Rolling Stones: Let it Bleed
- Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
- Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street
- Led Zeppelin: 2
- Beatles: Revolver
- Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced
- Grateful Dead: Live '72
- Cream: Disraeli Gears
- Beatles: Abbey Road
- Big Brother/Janis: Cheap Thrills
- Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers
- Jeff Beck/Rod Steward: Faith
- Jimi Hendrix: Axis Bold As Love
- Grateful Dead: Anthem to the Sun
- Miles Davis: Bitches Brew
- Traffic: first one
- Doors: first one
- Rolling Stones: Satanic Majesties
- Ten Years After: Cricklewood Green
- Spirit: The Family That Plays Together
- Cream: Wheels of Fire
- Stepenwolf: first one
- Jefferson Airplane: After Bathing at Baxters
- Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour
- Traffic: Dear Mr. Fantasy
- Greatful Dead: Aoxoxo..
- Animals: Love Is
- Pink Floyd: Ungamunga
- Miles Davis: In a Silent Way
- Tim Buckley: Blue Melody
- Tim Leary/Jimi Hendrix: You Can Be Anyone
- Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow
- Doors: Soft Parade
- Joe Cocker: first one
- Ravi Shankar: Monterey
- Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet
- George Harrison: All Things Must Pass
- Doors: Strange Days
- Jimi Hendrix: Cry of Love
- Weather Report: I Sing the Body Electric
- Doors: Waiting for the Sun
- John Coltrane: My Favorite Things
- Grateful Dead: first
- Zappa: Hot Rats
- Traffic: Low Spark of High Heel Boys
- Jethro Tull: Aqualung
Favorite Records/Musicians (50-100)
- Tim Buckley: Greetings From LA
- Allman Brothers: Live At the Filmore
- Mahavishnu Orchestra: Birds of Fire
- John Mclaughlin: Love, Devotion and Surrender
- Santana: first
- Pink Floyd: BBC
- Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy
- Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys
- Miles Davis: Bitches Brew Sessions/Another Bitches Brew
- Grateful Dead: (live from the 80's)
- Crosby Stills Nash and Young: deja vu
- Bob Dylan: Subterenean Homesick Blues
- Tim Buckley: Happy Sad
- Weather Report: second
- Santana/McLauglin: Love, Devotion and Surrender
- Bob Dylan: Hwy 61 Revisited
- Derek and the Dominoes: Layla
- David Crosby: If I Could Remember My Name
- Mahavishnu Orchestra
- Jimi Hendrix: Rainbow Bridge
- Led Zeppelin: III
- Pink Floyd: Shine on You Crazy Diamond
- Miles Davis: Live-Evil
- Grateful Dead: live 90's
- Beatles: Rubber Soul
- Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain
- Jimi Hendrix: Cry of Love
- Moody Blues: In Search of the Lost Chord
- Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour
- John Mclauglin: My Goal's Beyond
- Santana: Welcome
- Country Joe: Electric Music
- Pink Floyd: Pompei
- Moody Blues: Tomorrow
- Who: Tommy
- Stevie Wonder: Talking Book
- Jimi Hendrix: Midnight Lightning
- Frank Zappa: Us and Them
- Quicksilver: first one
- Spirit: Fresh Garbage
- Mothers of Invention: Only in it for the Money
- Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs and Englishman
- Bob Dylan: Another Side Of
- Cream: Fresh
- Yes: first
- Who: Live at Leeds
- Rolling Stones: High Tides
- Tim Buckley: Safronia
- King Crimson: Court of Crimson King
- Paul Butterfield-East West
- Jean Luc Ponty: Enigmatic Voyage
- Miles Davis: Seven Steps
- Shawn Philips: Faces
- Byrds: Notorious Bird Brothers
- Steppenwolf: Monster
- Raphael; Music to Disapear In 2
- Buffalo Springfield: Retrospect
- Neil Young: first
- Beatles: Let it Be
- Pink Floyd: Meddle
- Neil Young: Everybody Knows this is Nowhere
- Allman Brothers: Eat a Peach
- Frank Zappa: Apostrophe
- Miles Davis: Big Fun
- Neil Young: Zuma
- Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
- Doors: Morrison Hotel
- Soft Machine-first
- Grand Funk Railroad: Closer to Home
- Jefferson Starship: Blows Against the Empire
- John Luc Ponty: Tales of...
- Blind Faith
- Neil Young: Harvest
- Jefferson Airplane: Volunteers
- Eric Burdon and War
- Rolling Stones: Between the Buttons
- Jefferson Airplane: Bless Its Pointed Little Head
- Cream: Goodbye
- Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
- Who: Who's Next
- Quicksilver: first
- Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young: 4 Way Street
- Tim Buckley: Happy/Sad
- Lauro Nyro: Christmas and the Beads of Sweat
- Spirit: Ice
- Shawn Phillips: Colaboration
- Rolling Stones: Only Rock and Roll
- Mahavishnu Orchestra: Inner Mounting Flame
- Pink Floyd: Animals
- Traffic: Last Exit
- Stevie Wonder: Talking Book
- Pink Floyd: Obscured by Clouds
- Jean Luc Ponty: Cosmic Messenger
- Steve Stills: first
- Bob Marley: Exodus
- Pink Floyd: Saucer Full of Secrets
- Traffic: Shoot Out at the Fantasy Farm
- It's A Beautiful Day: first
- Pete Townsend: Who Came First
- Mothers of Invention: Freak Out
- Doors: LA Woman