a Baron of Keef

This image of Keef sums up Rock and Roll so totally. 
Impact, energy, joy. 
Baron Wolman captured the moment. 
As ground floor opportunities go, they don’t get much better than being asked by a 21-year-old Jann Wenner if you’d like to be part of something new. It was 1967, Baron Wolman was an experienced freelance photographer working in San Francisco and Wenner’s idea was a magazine he named Rolling Stone.
His images are on more than 40 album covers, he has authored photobooks on Woodstock, Groupies, The Golden Gate Bridge, and California from The Air, also he has been the subject of  a 2008 documentary .
After music photos he started an alternate-fashion magazine RAGS which ran for thirteen issues of which I still have four.  In one of them -
this photograph of Grace Slick (on the right) when she was a cheerleader at her California high school in 1954. Before rock and roll and probably defining why rock and roll was lovingly embraced by kids who were otherwise doomed to this style horror.and here is another photo, not because it is keef, but because it is great -
Photographer Jean-Marie Perier is a worthwhile googlesearch. He has worked since the 1960's in Paris and done Francoise Hardy a lot, with Brian Jones and Bob Dylan and the usual gang.


chill amp for chill axe

For every lawyer who has a Fender Strat on a stand in a corner of his office, 
now the bar refrigerator :


tumescent dirigible

Photo for illustrative purposes only ...  Bugs Bunny behind the drum riser, and yes fans, it's Monacomania -
Neal Preston a great photographer of rockstars took that top image and now has

Please DoYourselfAFavour and follow that link to the gallery for great satisfaction. 
Funny guys the LedZeps - did you know that a zeppelin is a semi-rigid blimp? 
*Goes off humming Kashmir* God I love Kashmir.


Rev. Frost is so cool

The iconic* and most worshipful Reverend Frost writes (possibly) from his musical manse in France that he has done another deal with the devil at the crossroads:
(*see witty pseudo-holy portrait which could only be better if the ciggy was setting fire to his hair for a total beatific aura)

HELL-HO Y'ALL ! A quick email to let you know that my new bloody cd, 'BLOODY WORKS', is out
 Ah go on, let's be honest here, it's my favorite so far... - 13 tracks (as usual), all by myself (as usual), on a beautiful digipack (as usual),
 the price is 10€ – Shipping Rate Included in Price / Worldwide Shipping - !
(MStacks thinks he has not reckoned on Australian customers)
Due to the economy crisis (haha), only 500 copies pressed - and thanks to our Spanish friends at RadioLux who did a full and exclusive stream of the new album, I had more than 50 pre-orders, so HURRY UP, when there's none left, errr there'll be none left ! This way please:
(Paypal or Secured Credit Card - if other payment, meet me in the church parking lot at midnight)
 So, thanks in advance for your support, and don't forget to Spread The Good Word ! YEAH !!!


vote early

Today at The Guardian - 'whistleblowers play a crucial role in keeping the "public reason" alive. Assange, Manning, Snowden, ... one should not exaggerate the softness of the US: true, the US doesn't treat prisoners as brutally as China or Russia – because of its technological priority, it simply does not need the brutal approach (which it is more than ready to apply when needed). In this sense, the US is even more dangerous than China insofar as its measures of control are not perceived as such, while Chinese brutality is openly displayed. It is therefore not enough to play one state against the other (like Snowden, who used Russia against the US): we need a new international network to organise the protection of whistleblowers and the dissemination of their message. Whistleblowers are our heroes because they prove that if those in power can do it, we can also do it.'
Update after the brawl: at http://vtr.aec.gov.au/SenateStateFirstPrefs-17496-NSW.htm
it is a sad look.  Three states had candidates and of their 9,978,000 registered voters,
64,658 gave the WLP their Primary Vote.
There has been great discussion of the negative effect of the Preferential Voting system, and the ballot paper being more than a human arm-span wide.   We get the government we deserve.  *sigh*


Muswell Hill billies

UPDATE 8th Dec 2013 1971 album Muswell Hillbillies has been rereleased and
  this interview with Ray Davies
is a tremendously satisfyingly and enjoyable read:
"You know, I lived in Surrey for a while," he says. "When my first marriage broke up my secretary who lived in Surrey suggested I lived down there because it would be an easier commute for her. I bought this house and immediately fired her. It was Cobham, I hated it. 
The best thing was my mum bought me three donkeys to keep the lawn down when I was on tour. One got run over and we buried it. When I left Surrey I put the others in a sanctuary but I kept looking after them, I used to go and talk to them. We only had the last one put down this year," he says. "I held him in my arms while he died, he was quite ancient …" 
Not quite sure how to respond, I say: "I don't know how long donkeys live?" "Oh," he says, "Donkey's years." Muswell Hillbillies (Deluxe Edition) is out now on RCA. Americana: The Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff by Ray Davies is out now. (Virgin, £18.99) Ray Davies - legend.

The Davies Brothers.
No flies on them.



On the Saints Day for unrequited love, this wrencher given to us by David & Jimmy Ruffin.
Rod Stewart did it, and Joe Cocker, but Chris Farlowe's is my favourite version.
Play it over and over while drinking. That'll show 'em.

'As I walk this land with broken dreams
I have visions of many things
Love's happiness is just an illusion
Filled with sadness and confusion,
What becomes of the broken hearted
Who had love that's now departed?

I know I've got to find
Some kind of peace of mind

The fruits of love grow all around
But for me they come a tumblin' down.
Every day heartaches grow a little stronger
I can't stand this pain much longer
I walk in shadows
Searching for light
Cold and alone
No comfort in sight,
Hoping and praying for someone to care
Always moving and goin to where
What becomes of the broken hearted
Who had love that's now departed?

I know I've got to find
Some kind of peace of mind
I'm searching though I don't succeed,
But someone look, there's a growing need.
Oh, he is lost, there's no place for beginning,
All that's left is an unhappy ending.
Now what's become of the broken-hearted
Who had love that's now departed?

I know I've got to find
Some kind of peace of mind
I'll be searching everywhere
Just to find someone to care.
I'll be looking everyday
I know I'm gonna find a way
Nothings gonna stop me now
I'll find a way somehow
I'll be searching everywhere ...'



We all read the papers and accept most of it as true or accurate.
We also assume that a Queen's Counsel, engaged at a daily fee that could buy a car, would know what he was talking about.

This is not always the case.
This week the news subtitles imply that Colin Hay stole a tune.
From our reading of all the reports of the stoush over this charge, we give you quotes from published claims:

"Federal Court was told today 'the owners of the copyright should be entitled to royalties earned by MenAtWork for their 1980s smash hit" because - "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree is
a distinct and memorable Australian melody" ... 
NOT AT ALL. It is Welsh - an old song about blackbirds:
"Wele ti'n eistedd aderyn du?"

"based on the agreement under which the song was written, the copyright was actually held by the Girl Guides Association" ...  To the lyric maybe. Hay did not use the lyric.

"Kookaburra" was entered in 1934 into a competition run by the Girl Guides Association of Victoria, with the rights of the winning song to be sold to raise money "

"In court documents, Larrikin said 'Kookaburra' was written by Toorak college teacher Marion Sinclair in 1934 for a Girl Guides jamboree in Melbourne".

NOT quite correct either. Sinclair could not have had the 1934 jamboree in mind in 1932 when she wrote her lyric using the traditional Welsh melody.

Sinclair "signed over her copyright to the Libraries Board of South Australia in 1987, a year before her death, it said. In 2000, Larrikin/Festival took over the copyright in an agreement backdated to 1990".

* * * * *
So, Festival Records, buyer of the Larrikin label back-catalogue of traditional (non royalty) music,
claiming to own a traditional Welsh tune, the
lyricised winner of a 1934 contest which made it
the property of Girl Guides Victoria,
suing EMI Records as publishers of Hay's 1981 composition ... and 
the cheque, 
after The Lawyers Cut, 
will be sent to Old South Wales?.

A timeline we made from published claims by this case

1932, Marion Sinclair, put a kookaburra-themed lyric to a Traditional Welsh Folk melody (Anon.)
1934 it won a competition and became the property of The Girl Guides Of Australia.
1981, Colin Straw inserted a sample bar of this traditional Welsh melody into his 'DownUnder' composition ( note: melody not her lyric or their lyric)
1987 Marion Sinclair signed away to the Libraries Board Of South Australia) her right to her 'round' song (the one that became the property of the Guides).
1995 Festive records consumed the small Larrikin Records label.
2000 Festival/Larrikin "took over the copyright" ...

and all this legal carry-on over 2 bars of music.

The creative directors of every advertising agency know that 2-bars can be used without having to pay a royalty, so WTF?

Anyone reading headlines this week in Australia and in the international music trade mags, assumes from these headlines that Colin Straw is a plagiarist.

This is not the case, but will this be the outcome of the lawsuit?
May Mr. Straw, and good sense prevail.
Historically, musical copyright ceased 50 years from composition.
In 1956 rock-and-roll changed the nature of music and it's earning capacity.
All those hot songs in the free use public domain in 2006/7/8/9? - gee we don't think so, and sure enough, our the-PM John Howard embraced
a FreeTrade Agreement with the Bush USA which re-proscribed the deal as
"50 years from the death of the composer".
That gave them all some time to figure out how to hang onto their income from all those Chuck Berry songs he sold to his publishers for a flat $10 in 1959 anyhow.

In the event we, farking great Marshall Stacks are incarcerated for sub-judice,
1. we will finally have a fixed address,
2. be sure we will torture our captors by singing Stand By Your Man relentlessly.
Rock ON.

First published 2009, republished 2010 on the day the verdict went againts Mr Hay. This is a dreadful miscarriage of the law, by people operating at their level of incompetence.


Knickers, Nick.

What a far cry it is from the early performing days of the revered Mr Nicholas Cave, (when his promoters pleaded unsuccessfully with the shocking but influential COUNTDOWN TV show, for a chart-enabling appearance)
that now he just seems to be everywhere.
At one stage, a Boys Next Door ligger had actually become the editor at the Australian Women’s Weekly, that bastion of median media-ness, and I truly expected to see a cover story on him.
I have been vindicated in my own opinion, by reading the brave James Valentine One-Trick Nick, which says
'Nick Worshippers grew up and became rock critics and festival directors and magazine people and anytime they could they got Nick a gig.
If Nick brought out a recording it was always five stars. If Nick wrote a film, it was incredible. Would Nick mind if we set a ballet to his music? Could Nick curate something for us, write a forward, could he sculpt something?
Then we can write about it, and put Nick on the cover of our magazine and show once again how cool we are, because we get Nick Cave'.
Overland magazine published The Monarch Of Middlebrow by Anwyn Crawford who says it all for me, better than I could myself:
'it is largely this ubiquity that makes me despise Cave and his work now with the passion that perhaps only a former fan can muster. I can still listen to The Birthday Party and find Cave’s sordid fantasies of woman-pie, kewpie dolls and six-inch gold blades stuck ‘in the head of a girl’ exhilarating and disturbing in equal measure. It hasn’t taken fifteen years for Cave’s misogyny to dawn on me, but at least in 1981 no-one was trying to cover over his sexual obsessions with the tasteful drapery of redeemed Christian, reformed addict, doting father and national icon'.
At Crikey.com's design blog the discussion was about clothes, one pair of very tight blood-red knickers you saw above. These were photographed by ex-Melbourne-Punk-Scenester, now as world famous as Annie Leibovitz - Polly Borland,
in tight close-up at the very seam of their reason for existing, and
as a result, censored by eebay (the hypocrites who bank secretively in Suisse).

Despite the eloquent opinion of Sophie Cunningham –
'The image takes the old adage that sex sells though that, in itself, isn’t the problem to my mind. What I’m not keen on is that it’s an incredibly passive and vulnerable image that invites imagined violation and is a bit of a ‘fuck you’ to women who want to buy the book. I’d also note that it gets tiresome that in the old ’sex sells’ line, it’s usually women’s body’s who do the selling, and disembodied bits of them at that' ...
being printed right there on Crikey for all commentors to read, my pal Bwca Brownie was flamed for daring to suggest Emperor Cave wears as little as the poor bloodied Bunny.

Recently at a bloggers house I saw his Leonard Cohen DVD documentary where N.E.Cave is asked for his opinion (see? he is everywhere) and mentions being impressed that a girl in his country home town had a Cohen album (this must have been prior to 1976 and she probably bought the LP mail-order from where I worked at Dr.Pepper's Records in Collins Street.) and that it had influenced him for life.
I thought at the time The Real Story is That Girl In Warracknabeal.



HE was born on the 9th
He said of
"I think it was the best thing I've ever done".
dear Dr. Winston O'Boogie.


The Art of Chris Farlowe

Rhythm and Blues was the music of
Sixties MODS, and the soulful
Farlowe got as close to the black heart of R&B
as any white-boy could.
The Art of Chris Farlowe was released December 1966.
on Andrew Loog Oldham's incestuous IMMEDIATE Records label.
When we weren't at our typing jobs in the Melbourne CBD, or
dancing in our Prue Acton mini-dresses at The Catcher* and The Thumpin' Tum*,
we were drinking cheap cider and playing that Farlowe vinyl into onion rings.
These are the tracks that epitomise 1967 for me:
Side 1
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
We're Doing Fine
Life is But Nothing
Paint It, Black
Cuttin' In
Open the Door to Your Heart
Out of Time.
Side 2
North South East West
You're So Good For Me
It Was Easier to Hurt Her
(co-written by Jerry Ragavoy who also wrote Stay With Me Baby, one of The Great R&B songs of all time)
I'm Free
I've Been Loving You Too Long
(this track has great rock-cello backing)
Reach Out (I'll Be There)
Ride On, Baby

We LOVED this album (still do).
You can find YuToobs of Farlowe and be rewarded.
We knew nothing about him at all back then, beyond the liner notes, except that it seemed the most wonderful music and people who could ignore it, mystified us.

*The Catcher (In The Rye) 471 Flinders Lane Melbourne, uber-hip Mod hangout with Members, founded by photographer Ron Eden and Graham Geddes.
*The Thumpin' Tum 50 Lt.Latrobe St Melbourne, founded by Ken Moate and Ken Minogue and was ultra-hip while they ran it in the 1960's. There was no better place or time to be a teenage girl.


Willie Nelson is God.
5 wives, 2000 songs, one hell of a legend.

I was saddened to read that his longtime stage manager died recently.
Poodie Locke led most of the audience and The Highwaymen on foot back to the Melbourne Hilton after their show at the Laver Arena and treated us like old friends.
A big guy.
This big: both of the Nelson crew buses had signs that said “Poodie’s on the other bus.”

If you laughed at 'Willie is God' above, you might benefit from
viewing a DVD of Edge Of Darkness -
and which featured his song
Time Of The Preacher sung drunkenly
by the 2 protagonists in a climactic scene.

The Edge Of Darkness was British excellence, so of course
it is now enduring a re-make Stateside - make sure you get the original.

Eric Clapton, who used to be God, did the music for the series and also performed it live (follow that final link for the story).

And here's a story from GodWillie:

A kid asks his mama, "How come you're white and I'm black?" And she says, "Honey, from what I can remember of the party, you're lucky you don't bark."

The link above to 'greatest show ever' quotes a reviewer -

"Edge of Darkness is a masterpiece.
It is one of those very rare television creations so rich in form and content that the spectator wishes there was some way of prolonging it indefinitely” ...

and that's how I feel also about Mr Willie Nelson, who is now 75 years on.


Most Under-rated Band In Rock History?

A US Country-music blogger I fell over via a profile at Norm Geras
(Emeritus Professor, cricket tragic, and Country music-maven) is
Setting The Woods On Fire.

STWOF asks his: "highly intelligent readers: Tell me, in your opinion,
what rock band (not artist)
suffers the injustice of having the widest gap between
Factor A (Actual Quality & Influence)
Factor B (Level Of Recognition & Acclaim)? "

I think for this we have to separate the UK, USA and UStralia.
We immediately think of our favourite song that did not lead to a 50-album career.
Mine for the UK would be The Zombies, and for the US I would nominate Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels for the Under-dog.

The Americans at STWOF however, think in terms of their 'British Invasion', and I was thrilled to see them acknowledge the fabulous and legendary Ray Davies
(but who cannot qualify for this survey since he has been inducted into the RRHoF).
A STWOF commentor mentions our GOBetweens, but imho they are over-rated here,

The Dingoes are about to get into the ARIA HoF so that's them sorted, and
maybe a lot more of the acts on this list should have been rich and famous, and
I wish the brilliant DUFFO was a band so I could nominate him instead of settling on

TAMAM SHUD - a Sydney group which
included the brilliant Richard Lockwood.
Yes I saw them live - at
a Happening (with Ellis D Fogg strobe-lightshow for full atmosphere)
at Paddo Town Hall in 1969, and many many times after.

anybody wanna remind me of a another Aussie musical inju$tice?


Maximum R'n'B

I bought this record when I was a teenager. The right age for hearing it in 1965. I LOVED it. I saw The WHO at Festival Hall in the mid-1970's. They were still smashing stuff. And everything about Keith Moon was so very special. God Bless his soul, he probably smashed up Rock'n'Roll Heaven.There is a DVD titled WHO's Next which will tell you why and how The WHO were so damn good. Mod boys. MAXIMUM R&B.


It's all over now

The Glimmer Twins react to news that
Allen Klein, accountant, died 4 July 2009

His first client was the soul music star Sam Cooke, who was unable to get royalty payments from his record company, RCA. Klein succeeded in releasing the monies owed to Cooke and soon established a corporation to own the rights to Cooke's future recordings.

By the mid-1960s, he had set up ABKCO (Allen and Betty Klein Company), as a holding company for the recordings and songs he controlled.
In 1965, The Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog-Oldham suddenly sold the group to Klein, without consulting them, and Klein then renegotiated the group's contract with Decca Records in London.
He persuaded the company to part with $1,250,000 in advance royalties, arranging for the money to be paid to one of his own companies, through which he later bought the rights to many of the Stones' early recordings.

"The Rolling Stones suffered perhaps the greatest loss from their involvement with Klein. Through their dealings with him, the band lost all control over the copyrights to both their recordings and publishing produced between 1962 and 1971 -- including some of their most popular material, such as the songs Satisfaction and Jumping Jack Flash. Despite a lawsuit brought against Allen Klein by the Stones, this condition
that includes recordings from this time period."
In 1991 it reissued a collection of recordings produced by Klein's friend Phil Spector - it was through Klein that Spector produced the Beatles' 1970 album Let It Be.

ABKCO retains the rights to numerous 1960s recordings and to more than 2,000 songs, by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Sam Cooke, Ray Davies and others. Read this blunt assessment of Mr Evil by The Daily Mail, bless 'em. Klein -