Nothing like 1950's style guitar and trombone with jazz band to make me think of those slick James Bond movies. I heard they started out about some kind of detective or something but I never noticed the plot, after the first movie, anyway.
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Column: Through the past brightly (March 30) By Don Negus 20 hrs ago
We'll go walking out
While others shout of war's disaster
Oh, we won't give in
Let's go living in the past
-- Jethro Tull from “Living in the Past”
For those of you just coming on board, my columns are all about the past -- THE past in general and MY past in particular. Last week we revisited the Vietnam War protest era at Michigan State University in East Lansing. This week I decided to stay in roughly that same time frame but instead of tear gas and busted heads, I want to talk about the local music scene.
Music was vitally important to my g-g-g-genration, seemingly more so than to young people today. I could be wrong about that, I just know that back in the day, the release of a new vinyl (what else?) album by one of our favorite artists was a reason to celebrate. When one of our gang picked up a new record, a small crowd would gather for a listening party at their house, apartment or room, the latter, often being the notorious Avondale “Subterranean Arms.”
The Arms was an aging apartment complex a few blocks north of the campus. If you looked up “hippy crash pads” in the dictionary, there would probably be a shot of Avondale. I’m sure there were separate domiciles in the complex and an upstairs to the building my friends occupied but I never saw anyplace but the basement.
The “Subterranean Arms” featured a long dank hallway with a concrete floor, flanked on the left by five or six rooms for let. My memory is a little fuzzy (no, really?) but I think the rooms rented for under fifty bucks a month. As an added attraction, there was a community kitchen, bathroom and shower. What else did we need?
Several of my close friends rented rooms down there -- high school buddies Bach and Gabor come to mind. When Gabor bought the Beatles; “Abbey Road,” the usual happened. A group of us gathered around his record player and no one uttered a word until both sides had been played.
We were, of course, gobsmacked. The album was the Beatles’ magnum opus. No one said a word for several minutes, then we all responded with “Oh wow,” “Man,” “Far out” and “Outta sight.” I’m not kidding, that’s what we said. Reefer madness and Boone’s Farm apple wine were involved.
Gabor, or possibly the previous tenant, had constructed a “light organ” the size of a Volkswagen, in his room, mounted on one wall. This keditus was essentially, a panel of plywood, festooned with hundreds of multi-colored Christmas bulbs. It was all hooked up to the stereo system so that when the music played, different banks of lights flashed according to the different textures of sound. The result was a kaleidoscopic display of color and light. Impressive hippy technology undoubtedly inspired by . . . well, you probably know what inspired it.
I mentioned the music scene in East Lansing. What follows is a list of all the music I took in between 1969 and 1976. Those of you interested in this sort of thing might be impressed. The rest of you will be bored s**tless but it doesn’t matter, I get paid anyway.
This is in no chronological order, I yanked each memory, kicking and screaming from my overtaxed hippocampus. Here goes:
Simon & Garfunkel, Jethro Tull (twice), Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, the Dillards, Bruce Cockburn, Randy Newman, Taj Mahal, Tim Buckley (twice), the MC5 (three times), Dave Mason, Warren Zevon, Canned Heat, Fleetwood Mac (pre-Lindsey Buckingham, & Stevie Nicks), the Grateful Dead, Roger McGuinn (twice), Dave Van Ronk, Gordon Lightfoot, Louden Wainwright III (twice), West, Bruce and Lang, Leslie West & Mountain, Captain Beefheart, Jefferson Airplane, Rotary Connection, Chicago (twice -- even though they suck), Chuck Berry, Savage Grace, John Sebastian, the Faces, Leo Kottke, Michael Martin Murphy, John Mayall, Pearls Before Swine, Badfinger, the Moody Blues, Van Morrison, Spirit, Brownsville Station, Leon Redbone (I fell asleep), Martin Mull, Bryan Lee . . . whew!
I even picked up a couple BA’s along the way.
After ‘76, I probably saw a dozen or more major acts, Bob Dylan, the Who, etc., but that’s for another time when I need to fill 700 words.
And so it went.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
Joe Koff And Cary Silkin Talk ROH Running Madison Square Garden, Will ROH Run There Again? By Ross Kelly | April 02, 2019
"To now be in The Garden and to be able to walk out to our Jethro Tull music and to be able to sit ringside and watch this incredible card…" Silkin said before reminiscing about all of the other sporting events and concerts he's witnessed at MSG.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
I don't know if anyone remember this... I met Camillla last summer, and whitin three seconds I was head over heals in love with her... Well, she isen't really in love with me, but I se her every day, and that's enough for me... She knows how I feel about her, and she has become one of my best freinds... I'm okay with that... I strongly believe that if you really love someone you set them free... She's actualy here right now, sleeping over... Just sleeping, nothing else... Another wonderful day in Denmark!
"You have a box that says Ian Anderson, and another box that says Jethro Tull, but inside both boxes it's the same old cornflakes" - Ian Anderson
futureshock: Here's wishing everyone persistent health! Times are getting more optimistic! Activism is UP, and fear of getting involved in important issues, is dropping faster than the Vegas odds on Trump being elected again. Cheers!
Jun 7, 2020 23:10:01 GMT
maddogfagin: Thanks futureshock - hope you're ok likewise
Jun 8, 2020 15:01:16 GMT
stormsongs: Hi. Newbie, first time here as I have a question I can't get an answer to......I have a vivid memory of buying Lifes a Long Song in 71 and it had a gatefold sleeve....but I can't find any evidence of that or a copy with that sleeve...
Jun 12, 2020 14:25:44 GMT
maddogfagin: Welcome to the JT Forum stormsongs. Not seen a UK Life is a long song gatefold sleeve but there's no doubting they may have been some overseas releases issued this way.
Jun 13, 2020 6:14:41 GMT
futureshock: So, IF you are musical yourself, what are you doing with the CoronaCoda lockdown experience and maybe extra personal time available to find or create more music, or explore instrument playing? How has dealing with musicians changed? Gigs? Spinoff ideas?
Jun 14, 2020 23:01:49 GMT
maddogfagin: Listening to a lot of concert recordings via CD and finding some great music on youtube which I've never heard before. My days of playing guitar are behind me these days due to my damn fingers not wanting to work properly.
Jun 15, 2020 6:37:05 GMT
steelmonkey: Would you like to hear a perfectly constructed, note,rhythm,lyrical and atmosphere piece of Tull perfection? Yes? Try 'Saboteur' on 'Under Wraps'. Flawless.
Jun 22, 2020 21:05:43 GMT
maddogfagin: Under Wraps is an often maligned album by a minority but to the majority it stands amongst the finest of their eighties output. A great album.
Jun 28, 2020 6:43:28 GMT
steelmonkey: Under Wraps is sui generis. Strong everything. Something(s) about it amaze and astound with each listen.
Jun 28, 2020 19:30:42 GMT
steelmonkey: Double work shifts in surging hospital to allow 2 week vacation soon...miss my friends in the Tull treehouse but back soon. Breaks at work have gone the way of the dinosaurs.
Jul 8, 2020 3:29:26 GMT
piscesguy: It looks like someone else has taken my moniker piscesguy and added the name jack prentiss to it. That's okay but I cannot locate an earlier post I had left now. Does anyone know how to resolve this? thank you
Jul 9, 2020 19:09:58 GMT
maddogfagin: Please see my PM to you.
Jul 10, 2020 6:41:59 GMT
steelmonkey: I prefer Scorpios, Leos, Taurases( Tauri?), Cancers and Capricorns but Pisces on the bubble of all right.
Jul 10, 2020 20:52:34 GMT
maddogfagin: So what's wrong with us Aquarians then. I'm gonna write to your President and complain
Jul 13, 2020 13:26:20 GMT
steelmonkey: I go on binges of long forgotten ( Jefferson Airplane, CSNY, Humble Pie), Overlooked releases ( Zappa, Prince, PIL) and just plain musical vitamins ( Traveling Wilburys, Pink Floyd) and then remember life is short and I should revert to all Tull all day.
Jul 19, 2020 22:29:08 GMT