Jesse Sublett (jessesublett) Mon 21 Jun 04 08:58
Ah, yes, re the Taylor vs Graham confusion -- Well, Larry Taylor was still more influential to me because he's the guy I copied a lot and I still find myself warming up on those old boogie riffs, tho I could never do much slap-bass technique, and the sounds on those Sly Stone records are so strangely, though wonderfully, mashed together, I doubt I was able to sort the riffs out. Like I said, I had a tin ear for a long time. No, Ed, I don't have a deal on the Overton Gang book though I should probably force myself to adopt a deadline. I've had a hard time writing up a proposal to try to sell the book because 1., I'm not very good at that sort of thing and 2., I've been busy promoting & finishing up the biz on Never the Same Again, and also researching the Overtons. I want to explore a lot of angles to the Overtons and the sixties, and I'm not sure where it's going to end up, so it's hard for me to express that in a proposal. I think I've exercised my demons by writing Never the Same Again, though I don't think I've fully exorcised them. That is, I seem to have let them really run free for a while, until they settled down a bit, I got to know more about them than before, and now they're still around but not quite as menacing at the moment. So I guess I've learned a little more about how to live with them. I don't have quite as much of the contradictory feelings about the death penalty, and I don't think I would've arrived at that place without writing through my various psychic dilemmas. I think about the trauma I've lived with for the last 20-something years and how it's affected me, then I see the daily headlines lately -- beheadings, war, genocide, etc. -- and I wonder what all this mass trauma and super-publicized trauma is doing to everybody out there. It scares me a little. Another way in which this experience has affected the way I look at life is that I have a renewed appreciation for those intense years between your teens and thirties. For a long time, that part of my life was either a blur or the memories were suppressed because of my grief or it was just too close to full appreciate. Now that I've been able to go back with less pain, and to gain a little objectivity, I can better appreciate the drama, the risks, the stupidity, the depth of experience, etc., that you go through during those years. I'm thinking of high school and college, and young love, the early experimentation with drugs and sex and rock n roll. I'm also thinking of the promise and tragedies of the late sixties and early seventies, too. These days are pretty eventful, but I don't know that they compare to the roller coaster we were riding between Vietnam, the assassinations, riots, marches, Great Society changes, the new freedoms, and all that. When I became able to think about those times again without freaking out, it was very nice because those were great times, exciting times to be alive. That extends to the latter part of the seventies and early eighties, too. I'm proud of the things we accomplished and I value the experiences we had, just like the so-called Greatest Generation feels proud of the way they saved the world during WW2. I guess I wound up coming back to a riff I've used a lot, but that's how I feel, and I don't mind repeating it.
Berliner (captward) Tue 22 Jun 04 01:32
Very well put.
Jesse Sublett (jessesublett) Tue 22 Jun 04 11:04
Thanks. Even though I feel singularly inarticulate lately, and I'm not sure why. Hope things go well with the NPR dude this afternoon. When you only get a few minutes under the spotlight (or the audio byte), it's gotta count. I know the game, I know you've gotta get your pitch in, but it's hard sometimes. Had a funny call yesterday. Somehow, perhaps through an off-hand remark by Billy (the Skunks' drummer) that it might be a cool idea, we ended up on the bill of a show here in Austin on July 11th called LEGENDS OF AUSTIN ROCK, featuring Krackerjack, Van Wilks Band, Too Smooth, and in error, the Skunks. Now, I have always wanted the Skunks to be considered as one of Austin's true legends. Don't get me wrong. But nobody thought to consult me about this gig! The timing is bad, since we will just be getting back from Paris a couple of days before, and I haven't been able to get in touch with Jon Dee for weeks. He was in Europe with the Resentments, and solo tours, then touring with John Hiatt, solo I presume. Anyway, the NPR dude is here so I gotta go. Keep rockin and if you get that new Hives CD before I do, send it to me right away!
Jesse Sublett (jessesublett) Tue 22 Jun 04 13:12
For those of you in the Austin area, I'll be appearing on the KLRU program AUSTIN NOW on Friday at 12 noon & 9 PM, repeating Sunday June 27 at 5 PM. Host Tom Spencer does the interview and it will also feature visuals from the book & photos from the grand Skunks/Jesse Sublett photo archive.
Jesse Sublett (jessesublett) Tue 22 Jun 04 13:16
I forgot to mention, earlier, when we were talking about Larry Taylor in Canned Heat, that Mark Andes was the original bassist in that band. You probably knew this already, Ed, but I did not until a year or two back when I was at Mark's house and saw the records on his walls. Damn, that guy has been around! I remembered seeing him in Spirit, yes, but that was later, and of course I knew he was in Heart (though I somehow dodged that particular medicine ball), and I have seen him play with Jon Dee many, many times. Nice guy and a great player, but it's hard to visualize him playing in a boogie band. On the other hand, folks who know me probably don't think of me as having boogie roots, either.
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Tue 22 Jun 04 17:41
Wow, I had no idea that Mark Andes had been in those other bands. I figured Spirit was it - and though it was one of my favorite bands recordingwise, I never saw Spirit play. Jesse, I'm wondering if you remember a band called The Water Brothers from the Vulcan daze? They were a favorite of mine, had a lead singer with a large head and massive TEETH. I'm also wondering if you have had a chance to play with Ike Ritter. I met Ike through my buddy Sam Garrett; they had both played with the Bizarros, and later played some gigs together as The Papaloti Brothers. Ike was in dang near every Austin band back then... Shiva's, Hub City Movers, Ramon Ramon and the Four Daddyos, El Molino, the Bizarros... and later he played with Lucinda when she was here, and with Calvin Russell. He was also incredibly funny. Otherwise, I'm all out of serious questions. What I really want to do is direct...
Jesse Sublett (jessesublett) Tue 22 Jun 04 20:59
Yes I liked the Water Brothers a lot, though I can't remember a thing about them. Hip name for the time. Never played with Ike Ritter, but I did see him in all those bands, except for Lucinda & Calvin. I wouldn't mind directing, but they gotta let me write the script, too. I think I'm outta serious answers, too.
Jesse Sublett (jessesublett) Tue 22 Jun 04 21:09
I take that back. I may have plenty of serious answers tomorrow. Tonight, however, I'm probably done for. You knew, I assume, that Mark Andes plays with Barbara K, the female 1/2 of Timbuk3?
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Sun 27 Jun 04 08:55
Didn't know that. Is she still in Austin?
Berliner (captward) Sun 27 Jun 04 10:57
Yup, but I believe Jesse, Lois, and Dashiell are on their way to London for the first times in their lives. Bon voyage, y'all!
Jesse Sublett (jessesublett) Sun 11 Jul 04 13:07
We're back. The trip was super-fine. Actually, Lois lived in London for some months in 1977, but it was the first time across the pond for Dashiell and I. Edinburgh was unreal. I kept thinking Avalon, as in Bryan Ferry... It didn't hurt that I'd watched Quest for Arthur on History Channel a couple of weeks ago. I could've spent another couple of hours in Edinburgh Castle, but Lois & Dashiell have a much lower tolerance for historical immersion than I do. We climbed Arthur's Seat, the vocanic outcropping in the shape of a resting lion that is visible from most of the city, as is the castle itself. And we walked and walked, for 2 and half days, around the city, taking it in. They have some nice coffee shops there, and some good pubs. London was swell. We hit some of the main highlights, including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London, and two Indian restaurants in tiny Twickenham (out of 13) that served us the best Indian food by far we've ever had. We had a pint of Guiness in the White Swan with Nick Lowe, and drove down to Portsmouth to crawl around the historic ships HMS Victory & Warrior, and saw the preserved hulk of Mary Rose, then drove out to Petworth to the Bryan Ferry concert only to learn at the gate that he had cancelled due to laryngitis! Bummer. Paris was grand. We tried to balance Lois' need for shopping with an attempt to hit some of the big historical sites -- Eiffel Tower, a boat trip down the Seine, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and Musee Picasso -- which was almost worth the trip by itself. I'm speechless, really. Maybe it'll all filter out and make sense in a few weeks. Now we're back in SUV-land and it's hot and we're jet-lagged. The cats missed us. Class of 78 is rehearsing for a gig at Hole in the Wall on July 16, prior to my signing at Barnes & Noble Arboretum on July 18. While we were gone, there was an NPR show called Day to Day that ran a pretty good story on me & the book by Steven Cuevas. You can download the audiofile at http://www.npr.org/features/feature.php?wfId=3160007 cheers, jesse
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Sun 11 Jul 04 14:42
Sounds like a great trip. What's Nick Lowe up to?
Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (cdb) Tue 13 Jul 04 12:19
Sheesh, Jesse, you took in a LOT in a short time. No wonder you're speechless!
Jesse Sublett (jessesublett) Fri 16 Jul 04 13:37
Nick has a new CD coming out and will tour in the fall. Fortunately he'll play Austin at the Parish, formerly the Mercury, one of the better sites on 6th street. He's looking good, has a steady girl, and seems quite happy. Another friend of Jake's we met at White Swan was Neil Purvis, who wrote the last couple of James Bond films, and the upcoming one as well. That was a thrill, meeting a James Bond connection. I'm not being facetious, either. We were at Musee Picasso when Ed called to say he didn't think he'd be able to make it for dinner. Regrets! Didn't have a lot of money left over to throw around on purchases, but I did manage to find my number one item, a copy of the French translation of James Ellroy's The Cold Six Thousand, which is retitled American Death Trip. Pretty neat. The French always change the titles -- well, almost always, it seems -- and some of their choices do seem odd, though I do like ADT. Mike Connelly's Chasing the DIme was changed to Darling Lili, but my favorite is one of Pelecanos' recent book, published as THE FUNKY GUNS. !!! Shoulda got that one.
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Tue 20 Jul 04 15:38
So many books, so little time!
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