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News and Nuggets: Rock Video '60's Project / Gants / Barb Anwari / Cavestomp / The Knightsmen / Northwest Rock & Roll
By Mike Dugo, 60sGarageBands
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2001-03-12
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*The ROCK VIDEO '60'S PROJECT is finally a reality. Ben Chaput from U-SPACES has worked tirelessly in digging up and documenting '60s band appearances episode guides from such TV Shows as "American Bandstand," "Upbeat," "Where The Action Is," "The Smothers Brothers Show," "Shindig," "Hullabaloo," "The Ed Sullivan Show," and more. The scope of the project is huge: to list all known TV/Film appearances by '60's rock acts (with an emphasis on garage and psych bands), and to document the known surviving footage. Ben has created a web site devoted solely to this project, though it's still in its infant stages. To check it out, visit http://members.aol.com/RockVideo1/ROCKVIDEO60s.html . This is a project that I have been involved with since inception, and that I will continue to support 100%. Please check it out. All contributions are welcome.

*Vince Montgomery, bassist for the Gants, one of the best U.S. bands from the '60s, passed away in late January. The reunited Gants have been very favorably reviewed by all those lucky enough to have seen them play recently. Vince was 54 years old.

*Barb Anwari is currently writing a book on Mainstream Records and the "psychedelic series" of albums that Bob Shad released, c. 1965-1972. If you're interested in sharing information, please contact Barb at: anwari@earthlink.net . I'll do my best to provide current information on the book's progress as it nears completion.

*The Dead Flowers web site, http://members.aol.com/Shake6677/DFjaggededge.html, has a nice interview with the Jagged Edge, Art Steinman's '60's garage band from Brooklyn. During the course of the interview, Art revealed that the band will have an 8-song EP released in the Spring by whom else? - Sundazed Records.

*Cavestomp is hosting a special event on Saturday, March 31 at The Village Underground in New York City. Appearing will be Question Mark & The Mysterians, Richard & The Young Lions, and special guest David Aguilar of The Chocolate Watchband. The event will be hosted by Lenny Kaye of 'Nuggets' fame. For more information, visit: http://www.cavestomp.com

*Thanks to a report on the Monkees Alert Newsgroup, Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones, and Peter Tork will soon team with Lou Pearlman, the brains behind the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, and O-Town, to re record new versions of "I'm a Believer," "Daydream Believer," and "Last Train to Clarksville" (other reports identify songs being re recorded as "I'm Not Your Steppingstone" and "Valleri"). The new versions will apparently be released on Pearlman's Trans Continental label.

*On January 19, members from some of the best garage bands from Southern Florida reunited at the Admiral's Inn for "PolKats Reunion 2001." Among the musicians performing were Jim Stafford, Kent LaVoie (Lobo), Bobby Braddock, Carl and Jesse Chambers, Jon Corneal, Jim Carlton, Bruce, Buddy and Joni Canova, and Joe Spann. Bands represented by these musicians included the Legends, the Dynamics, the Rumors, the Flying Burrito Brothers, the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, the Candian Rogues, Ron & The Starfires, and We The People! Look for an interview in next month's Lance Monthly with Carl Chambers, from Ron & The Starfires and a later version of We The People. To read more about the reunion, please visit: http://www.dizzyrambler.com The site, managed by Carl, includes FANTASTIC downloads of many rare garage band songs by Carl's bands including a live 1969 medley by We The People.

*The Knightsmen, who currently bill themselves as the "Best '60's Band in Indiana," have a new CD out entitled, "Fossilized: '60s Hits, Volume One" on the MusicSaurus Productions label. The CD contains 14 new recordings of classic '60s songs, including tunes by the Byrds and Beatles. Apparently, the Knightsmen formed in the mid 1960's, and were named the winners of the Battle of the Bands in Indianapolis during the summer of 1968. For more information, visit: http://knightsmen.tripod.com/indiana/ Be sure to check out the Photo Archives. There are some fantastic shots of the band at a Battle of The Bands event. The Lance Monthly will have the full scoop on the Knightsmen in an upcoming issue...

*Thanks to Efram Turchick, I'm happy to be able to report the next few batches of Sundazed releases: "Toward the end of March, we've got some killer instro surf sounds, courtesy the Belairs ('Volcanic Action' CD, with lots of early unissued tracks!), Jerry Cole ('Wild Strings,' the 2nd BeatRocket 180 Gram LP), and Hal Blaine (re-ish of 'Deuces, 'T's,' Roadsters, and Drums" with more cool unissued tracks). Not to mention batch two from our Euphoria! Jazz imprint (five jazz CDs in all). The following month: Sundazed goes psychedelic, with three West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band CDs ("Part One," "Volume 2," and "A Child's Guide to Good & Evil"), Wendy & Bonnie's "Genesis" on CD, "Return to Mu," (new recordings), JK & Co.'s "Suddenly One Summer" CD/180 Gram LP, Captain Beefheart's "Safe As Milk" (180 Gram LP), and "Sanctuary III" by the Byrds on 180 gram vinyl. Whew! Please note that the psychedelic releases still might be moved around a bit on the schedule." To keep an eye on these releases, visit http://www.sundazed.com

*"Northwest Rock & Roll: A Television Documentary" is moving closer to completion. We first reported on Craig Kelly's and Gary Crow's noteworthy project early into production, and there is now a web site available that will track and update the film's progress. To read more, link to the site from Sammy Carlson's Regents' web site at http://www.theregents.net

*WEB SITE WATCH: Special thanks to Jason Mata for sending this link in, but to hear an interview conducted in South Vietnam in '67 or '68 with one of the Electric Train ("Try Harder" / "Through Winter and Sunshine" acetate that has been released on the "Best of Moxie, Volume Two" CD), visit: http://swc2.hccs.cc.tx.us/rmorecook/bigredone.html The interview is with three troopers that formed a Vietnam Jazz band. It's a short, but great and historical vintage interview from the '60s. Special Thanks to Barb Anwari, Carl Chambers, Ben Chaput, Jason Mata, and Efram Turchik.


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