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News and Nuggets: guides to '60's music / Ikon Story / Grateful Dead / The T.H.E. / 60's Museum...
The Latest in '60s Garage Band Happenings
By Mike Dugo, 60sGarageBands
(more articles from this author)
2002-06-11
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"'No matter what disagreements have taken place over the past few years,' says Dead historian Dennis McNally [whose authorized Dead bio, A Long Strange Trip, is due this summer], 'nobody has forgotten they're a family, and this is a family reunion.'"

*Borderline Books has created CD-ROM versions of three of their indispensable guides to '60's music: "Tapestry of Delights- A comprehensive guide to British music of the beat, R&B, psychedelic and progressive eras 1963 - 1976; Fuzz Acid And Flowers - A comprehensive guide to American Garage, Psychedelic and Hippie Rock (1964 - 1975); and Dreams Fantasies and Nightmares - From Far Away Lands - Canadian, Australian and Latin American Rock and Pop 1963-75. Each title is burnt onto professionally finished/packaged CDR with the latest information from the 'Online Library' of the Borderline website. [They'll be] fully searchable, and with much faster access than the on-line versions." I was sent a sample copy, and cannot rave enough about it! Instead of flipping though my outdated book version, or having to access the website online, I now have all the information available at my fingertips via my desktop. It's not a stretch to state that I reference it daily, and there's no doubt that anybody that regularly checks out The Lance Monthly will find these a valuable source for all their '60's rock related questions. And one more thing . . . the CD-ROM allows for updated entry downloads. The CDs are graphically pleasing, and with all the features of the website, including indexes, compilation listings, and links. The search function alone makes it indispensable. HIGHLY recommended. Check out www.borderlinebooks.com for ordering information.

*Sundazed's next batch of releases--scheduled for June 4th--include some interesting sounds for '60's music lovers of all tastes, including: Bob Dylan - "Another Side Of Bob Dylan," originally released in June, 1964; Curt Boettcher - "There's An Innocent Face," a solo album from 1974 by the Millennium / Ballroom maestro; Dotti Holmberg - "Sometimes Happy Times," 17 unissued cuts by former GoldeBriars vocalist from 1966-1970; Chad & Jeremy - "Before and After" and "Of Cabbages and Kings," two albums by the British Invasion duo from 1965 and 1967, respectively; and perhaps the release of most interest to readers of this column, Love Generation - "Love and Sunshine: The Best Of The Love Generation," 25 tracks recorded in the '60's by the California pop-psych band that would become the voices behind many Partridge Family recordings. And - available a week later on June 11th - is the 1967 eponymous album by Gandalf, Peter Sando's group's psychedelic classic. For more information, visit www.sundazed.com

*Coming soon from Frantic Records is the "Ikon Story." According to label honcho Joey D., "The 'Ikon Story' is coming out in late summer. It's all Sacramento garage bands from 1964-1966. Other than the Shondells' song on TEENAGE SHUTDOWN, none of the songs have ever been booted or released. The two-sided single by Madd, Inc. will blow your mind!" Definitely gonna be one to pick up.

*Dionysus Records is in the planning stages for an EP featuring the recorded output of the Preachers of "Who Do You Love Fame." The label is working with bandleader Rudy Garza. Included will be the three singles that the group released under the name of the Preachers, as well as a fourth single the band recorded but released under the name of John English III.

*Gear Fab's "Psychedelic States: New York Volume One" is now available, and the label is currently prepping Volume Two. Bands tentatively scheduled to be included are the Chain Reaction, Cavemen, Overtones, U.S. Stamps, Hatchetmen, Strawberry Pie Lounge, and an unreleased track by the Thrashing Butterflies of Divine Happiness! Swing by the label's newly designed website for updates: www.swiftsite.com/gearfab

*A new DVD to keep an eye out for is "Big Brother & the Holding Company: 900 Nights." Released by Pioneer Home Video, "this new documentary chronicles the complete story behind the group that started as a local San Francisco Blues Band, moved to the psychedelic sixties sound, and launched the short career of Janis Joplin. While much of the documentary covers Joplin and her obvious skyrocketing fame, the film covers all of the founders, where they are today and their feelings towards Joplin." Included are "interviews with founders Sam Andrew (Joplin's lover for a while), Peter Albin, James Gurley and David Getz.The recent interviews recall the group's beginnings before Joplin joined, as a local band that got so big they needed a new singer. Enter Joplin with mixed blessings from some of the members; James Gurley, who was the spotlight, is still is resentful of Joplin in some ways. Interestingly, none of the band members recall their first meeting of Janis the same way, as clearly shown in the interviews." Highlights include rare footage of the band "culled from old television broadcasts and from D.A. Pennebaker's footage of performances at Generation Club and Monterey Pop."

*In other Bay area news, rollingstone.com reported that "despite tremors of infighting since the death of Jerry Garcia, the remaining members of the Grateful Dead--singer/guitarist Bob Weir, drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart and bassist Phil Lesh--will reunite for the two-day festival Terrapin Station: A Grateful Dead Family Reunion, August 3rd and 4th in East Troy, Wisconsin. In addition to reprising their post-Dead unit, the Other Ones (which will also feature guitarist Jimmy Herring, and keyboardists Jeff Chimenti and Rob Barraco), for the first time since 1995, each of the Dead members respective solo projects will also perform: Weir with Ratdog, Kreutzmann with the TriChromes and Lesh with Phil Lesh and Friends. Longtime Dead lyricist Robert Hunter will also perform. 'No matter what disagreements have taken place over the past few years,' says Dead historian Dennis McNally [whose authorized Dead bio, A Long Strange Trip, is due this summer], 'nobody has forgotten they're a family, and this is a family reunion.'"

*According to Davie Allan of Davie Allan & the Arrows fame, "we're in final negotiations with Curb Records for a 24-track retrospective CD." We'll provide updates as available. The Arrows were also scheduled to perform a show on May 24th with Sky Saxon & the Seeds (having last played with them in 1967!), but had to cancel. Plans are to reschedule somewhere down the line.

*Mike Shapiro of William Penn & His Pals (see the November 2001 issue of The Lance Monthly) confirmed via email that he is "releasing (a William Penn & His Pals) CD myself with a possible deal with Misty Lane for the EP. I have the licensing taken care of from Fantasy and am looking around for clean copies of a few songs. That is the hang up. I have found them but we need them transferred to computer. I have Okays from everybody including Gregg Rolie." The CD should include the band's complete recorded output, including unreleased songs. We'll keep you updated on the progress as we learn more.

*The T.H.E. (check out the December 2001 issue of The Lance Monthly) reunion went off without a hitch in April. According to Karl Sjodahl, "Our band got together last month in Charlotte, North Carolina, for some recording and a live show. We did a twenty-five minute set on Sunday, April 21st, as a special feature at The Double Door Inn, one of the best local blues clubs. It was a lot of work, particularly moving the Hammond B3 and Leslie around, but it was also a lot of fun. The main four guys (Mark, Tom, Jeff and I) were all there. 'Little Don' Schenk couldn't break away from his business obligations in Cincinnati, so my sister Carolyn filled in on third vocals (and percussion). She sounded so good that we wondered why we had never tried it before. We got a few decent recordings at the live show; including 'Good Guys Don't Wear White,' which may make it onto the CD we're assembling. The rest of the recordings also went well. Several of the guys now have digital recording setups, so we can work together even when we're in different cities. The work we did here was on a ProTools 24-track desktop digital recording system. The tracks sound better than anything we've done for years, even in the studio. The biggest difference this time is that we made sure all the equipment (Guitars, amps, B3, Leslie, Microphones, mixers, etc.) was up to our standards. With a few more overdubs and some mixing, we'll be ready with the CD." For more on the reunion, visit http://home.earthlink.net/~karl256/THE2002/index.html

*In keeping the momentum of "Renegadesmania" rolling, guitarist and "Little Boy Blue" writer Terry Slocum has started a Tonto and the Renegades group at Yahoo. To join, swing by http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RenegadeMania : Drummer Tom Kirby is also a member. Along with recollections from the pair, the group features many GREAT photos of the band. Be sure to check it out!

*Richie Unterberger's upcoming book on the '60's Folk Rock explosion, titled "Turn! Turn! Turn!: The 1960's Folk Rock Revolution," has been expanded to a two-volume set. According to the author's website, "'Turn! Turn! Turn!" covers the birth and growth of folk-rock through mid-1966; its companion volume, tentatively titled 'Eight Miles High,' will cover folk-rock from mid-1966 through the end of the 1960s." In addition to providing information on folk rock heavyweights such as the Byrds, Lovin' Spoonful, and Buffalo Springfield, the book promises to cover lesser known acts such as the Blue Things. And Chapter 7 of the first volume will detail how "uncounted teen garage bands all over the United States [made] folk-rock and folk-rock-influenced records in the mid-1960s." Backbeat Books will publish both volumes. For more information, check out http://www.richieunterberger.com

*George Pedersen provided me the following update on the '60's Museum: "First, we (have) the web site running, and the voting working for the Sixties Museum Hall of Fame. The site will continue to grow from the preview state. We continue to seek a permanent site for a 2003 opening. We received a donation of thousands of Vietnam pictures, some of which we will duplicate and sell copies of. All proceeds from these sales will support our Electronic Living Memorial, which will be a permanent multi-screened, electronic memorial to those who fought and died in Vietnam. It will contain photos, movies, letters, home movies, etc. of Vietnam and its service men and women. We are getting great support for this part of the museum. Secondly, we are having our museum benefit and Cellar reunion September 14th. We want to raise money and awareness of the museum. Featured will be some of the Cellar's best, including Jimy Rogers and The Mauds. Also at the benefit, we will present Paul Sampson, the founder of the Cellar, with the first annual Hall of Fame recognition, for his major influence on the '60's. We are still negotiating a location. Third, we seek and need those yellowing and fading items people have in drawers and attics, that tell the real story of the Sixties. We want the behind the scenes items, and unpublished pictures, that show life in that decade. Please donate. Fourth, Jimy Rogers kindly donated numerous posters and photographs of The Mauds in their early years, pictures of the cellar, and other concert posters and photos to the Museum. This is a great addition. Our first full exhibit on our web site will be this collection. It is too great not to share with Sixties Lovers. We just got listed in the search engines, and the response is incredible." To check out the photos on the web, or to contact the Museum in order to arrange a donation to this very worthwhile cause, visit www.60smuseum.org

SPECIAL THANKS to Davie Allan, Joey D. / Frantic Records, Rudy Garza, Lee Joseph / Dionysus Records, Tom Kirby, Tim Livingston / Sundazed Music, Roger Maglio, George Pedersen, Mike Shapiro, Terry Slocum, Karl Sjodahl, and Ivor Trueman.


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