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Bumping into Geniuses [25 Aug 2008|01:12pm]

Rock journalist. PR guy for Led Zeppelin. Nirvana's manager. Good friend to Kurt and Courtney. Record company executive. These are but a few of the descriptions you might apply to Danny Goldberg, whose latest book, Bumping into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business, hits the bookstores next month. In addition to the appellations I've already dropped, among the many behind-the-scenes tales Goldberg tells are how he covered Woodstock when nobody else wanted to, when he talked Kiss into taking it all off (makeup-wise), and how he launched Stevie Nicks' solo career. What emerges is the profile of someone savvy enough to know that doing business is all about relationships—and that you can't succeed at either one at the expense of the other.

For our purposes here, Goldberg also writes about such Paul Nelson favorites as Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Ian Hunter (whom Goldberg now manages), and Neil Young. Most importantly, he writes about Paul.

Touching on Paul's five years at Mercury Records, when Goldberg was writing for Circus magazine, he also reflects on Paul's role in the Warren Zevon saga in a lengthy and loving chapter about the singer/songwriter's final years (Goldberg was head of Artemis Records and released not only Zevon's last three studio albums but also the fine tribute album, Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon). He also reflects on Paul's memorial service at St. Mark's Church on September 7, 2006.

What emerges is Goldberg's admiration for both Paul the man and Paul the writer. As he wrote for RockCritics.com shortly after Paul's death:
Paul was hopelessly miscast as a PR guy. He was literally incapable of hyping an album or artist he did not believe in and was always apologetic when he called about a Mercury artist.... Paul was far more likely to go into a track by track analysis of the latest Leonard Cohen album on Columbia than even to mention a mediocrity on Mercury. I don't know how he got himself into a position where he was able to sign the Dolls (not normally the kind of thing a PR person could do at record companies) but I suspect he just wore out his superiors. But he did enjoy the expense account that allowed him to take a long list of writers to La Strada and other Midtown restaurants.

Towards the end of Bumping into Geniuses, Goldberg realizes that "People like me were only valuable to record companies to the extent we could identify and sign commercial talent. And the way that the business world judged your talent for picking and signing and working with artists was not how smart you were, how much you loved music, how hard you worked, what skills you had, or what critics thought of your taste. To be taken seriously by the grown-ups you had to be associated with big hits. That was the coin of the realm."

Which pretty much sums up why Paul Nelson's record company career ended in 1975.

Copyright 2008 by Kevin Avery. All rights reserved.

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The Pink Floyd and Syd Barret story [25 Aug 2008|06:28pm]

 The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story

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Led Zeppelin - Danish TV 1969 [23 Aug 2008|03:39am]

 Led Zeppelin - Danish TV 1969
1)Communication Breakdown
2)Dazed And Confused
3)Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
4)How Many More Times
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7 поколений рок-н-ролла. Вторая серия.Art-rock [22 Aug 2008|07:45pm]



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A little announcement for this very interesting community! [19 Jul 2008|09:18am]

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Revenge Will Come [22 Jun 2008|02:40pm]

One of my all-time favorite records is 1982's Revenge Will Come, the debut album by a poet/songwriter named Greg Copeland. Produced by his good friend (since high school) Jackson Browne and released on the Geffen label, the album was at once critically embraced (along with Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska, David Johansen's Live It Up, and Lou Reed's The Blue Mask, it landed on Time magazine's best-of-the-year list) and commercially forgotten. It has never been released on CD.

A few years ago, preparing for my move two-thirds of the way across the country and looking for ways to lighten my load, I sold off most of my vinyl collection, saving only those records that either had some sort of sentimental value or which were yet unavailable on CD. Revenge Will Come came to New York City with me.

Imagine my surprise, then, in January of last year when I discovered, among the hundreds of cassettes Paul Nelson had left behind in his apartment, two tapes in particular: a promo copy of Revenge Will Come and an interview that he had conducted with Greg Copeland. Surprise tinged with a little bit of confusion because, to the best of my knowledge, Paul had never written about the album.

Recorded over the telephone in late August of 1982, Paul began by telling Copeland how much he admired the album—that it was thus far his favorite of the year. He also divulged to the young songwriter that, though he indeed intended to write about the album for Rolling Stone (where he'd been record reviews editor since 1978), he had just resigned from the magazine.

When I spoke with Greg Copeland earlier this year, he told me: "I remember the room I was sitting in when it happened. I remember talking to him, but I don't remember anything about what he said or what I said. Until you reminded me, I'd forgotten about it." 

Unfortunately, Paul never wrote about Revenge Will Come—nor would he write much of anything else for the next seven years. His departure from Rolling Stone, combined with the upheaval that was his personal life, signaled the beginning of what his friend Michael Seidenberg calls "Paul's missing years."

The good news is that, twenty-six years later, Greg Copeland has recorded his sophomore album. "Now I'm back full circle," he says. "I work as a lawyer about half-time and write the rest of the time." The album is slated for release on Jackson Browne's label later this year. 

Copyright 2008 by Kevin Avery. All rights reserved.

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Perceiving the Doors [10 Jun 2008|07:24am]

Paul Nelson didn't write a lot about the Doors--and he only briefly met Jim Morrison--but what words he did put to paper were poetic, to the point, and unashamedly revealing of a critic yearning to understand not only the the band's music but the nascent and far from established new art form called rock & roll. For instance:

And Jim. To see him sing is like witnessing a man dangling in some kind of unique and personal pain. Watching Morrison come face to face with some ultimate truth in song can be truly frightening. The shrieks and screams come from a subconscious layer under the conscious artistry: Morrison is levels, not all of them pretty.


When I learned that the intense and talented writer and director Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion, Box of Moonlight, and his most recent film, Delirious, are among his best) is feverishly at work on a Doors documentary, I forwarded him Paul's rare writings about the group, the best of which is "Perceiving the Doors," a piece written for the long out-of-print songbook We Are the Doors. "What an amazing writer," DiCillo responded. "It is pretty astonishing. I particularly liked his analysis of the Doors' sound":

When they play, they seem to be held together by both terrific, almost terrifying, strength and by sheer nervous tension. They expand, contract, and the song is stretched like a live thing to a point of birth or breaking or both. The passion is always contained within the control. Ray [Manzarek] plays the organ like a holy man, his thoughts almost as visible as smoke, while Robby [Krieger] oozes out those slow, melted flamenco notes as if he were shaking them from a slow-motion guitar. John [Densmore] is all speed and power on the drums, a perpetual-motion machine. And Jim. To see him sing is like witnessing...

"It is close to my own view of what distinguishes the group," DiCillo continued, "but he writes extremely eloquently and with real, knowledgeable detail. I thought his review of the first album showed real perception." In fact, so alive was Paul's forty-year-old prose that DiCillo had a request: "Can you please pass my admiration on to him?"

I informed him that Paul had passed away in 2006. "I had no idea," he replied, "It touches me deeply. It has much deeper meaning now." 

Copyright 2008 by Kevin Avery. All rights reserved.

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[23 Jan 2008|04:36pm]

[26] Juno
[01] Ryan Reynolds
[04] Amy Winehouse
[03] Britney Spears
[06] Lindsay Lohan
[04] FM Magazine Photoshoot
[03] Spoon Magazine Photoshoot
[05] Fleetwood Mac
[04] The Smiths
[07] The Sopranos
[04] Heath Ledger
[09] River Pheonix
[02] Sundance Polaroids
[10] Text
[13] Democratic Presidential Candidates
[04] Other

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Girl, I'll Prove It All Night For You [21 Nov 2007|02:52pm]

[18] Bruce Springsteen

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hi [02 Nov 2007|04:23pm]

[ mood | lonely ]

Hello my name is Susan and I'm hoping someone will give me a miracle and help me out. I lived in Denver in the 60's and frequented The Green Spider Cafe. The managers name was Victor Long and we were close but lost touch over the years.I would love desperately to get in touch with Victor once again and hope that there is someone out there that knows him or knows someone who knows him or knows any info that can help me out. I am calling out hoping for a miracle and am truly appreciative to anyone who can help me. Thank you so very much.

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Rock & Roll Murder Mysteries [31 Oct 2007|05:05pm]

Patricia Kennealy Morrison, the woman who married Jim Morrison in a pagan ceremony, has a new book (she's written sci fi fantasy before) out--a rock n' roll murder mystery, set in the 1960's psychedelia Summer of Love period. The tunes! The clothes! The hair! The body count! It sounds like a lot of fun. She also has a live journal: pkmorrison. Here's the info about her book and how to order it.




The Rock & Roll Murders: The Rennie Stride Mysteries...by Patricia Morrison

Sex, drugs, rock&roll—and murder. A slightly different side of the Sixties.

She's a newspaper reporter whose beat is rock, not a detective, and her best-friend sidekick is a blond bisexual superstar chick singer, not a cop, but murder rocks their world, following them through the heart of the Sixties, from Haight-Ashbury to the Hollywood Hills, from the East Village to Abbey Road....

Seamlessly blending the fictional with the real: the stars, the bands, the music, all the excitement of the most incredible decade of the last century...

Full of rockworld dish and attitude, created by someone who was not only there for it but who made some of it happen herself, and who actually remembers it...

And with murder to sit in and jam.

It is a time when things are happening that have never happened before...when artists like Jerry Garcia and Janis Joplin and Mick Jagger are doing stuff onstage that people never dreamed of when listening to Perry Como...when rock is the hottest thing on the planet and the people who make it their life and love and work are the coolest people you could ever hope to meet.

The time when it was all NEW: the music, the hair, the clothes, the drugs, the sex, the politics, the revolution in society that stopped a war and changed the world.
A time often imitated, always envied by those not lucky enough to have been there for it, certainly never surpassed...and now with a body count!

Over the course of the series, which will run from 1964 to around 1972, smart, tough, pretty rock writer/social commentator/amateur crime-solver RENNIE STRIDE will move back and forth between
San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and London.

Everywhere she goes, it's the heart of rock and roll: classic scenes like Woodstock, Monterey Pop, the Fillmores East and West, the San Francisco ballrooms, the Greenwich Village rock and folk clubs, LA's Whisky A Go-Go and Troubadour, England's tiny blues dens and huge pop festivals.

As notorious for her affinity for and proximity to foul play—the "rock albatross", as she only half-jokingly calls herself, a murder magnet always around for, or connected to, a string of music-biz murders and counterculture crimes—as she is famous for her journalistic talent and style and personal dash, Rennie is not only a hip rockworld Miss Marple but the friend of dozens of other Sixties movers and shakers, real and fictional: musicians, painters, photographers, clothes designers, record company execs, other writers.
(And the lover of some of the rock deities who are making musical history.)

First up:

Ungrateful Dead: Murder at the Fillmore...

It's March 1966 in
San Francisco. Not quite yet the Summer of Love.
Instead, it's the Springtime of Murder. When up-and-coming rock singer Prax McKenna is busted for being at two murder scenes, one of which takes place at that temple of rock, the newly opened Fillmore Auditorium, her best friend, newspaper reporter Rennie Stride, resolves to find the real killer and spring Prax from the slammer. What nobody expects, least of all Rennie, is what happens next...

Patricia Morrison is a retired rock critic and editor, the author of The Keltiad science-fantasy series and "Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison", and was married to rock star Jim Morrison.

Ungrateful Dead: Murder at the Fillmore is available NOW from lulu.com


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[30 Sep 2007|01:39pm]

[11] Bruce Springsteen

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[02 Aug 2007|05:01pm]


{36} Led Zeppelin
{7} Led Zeppelin Lyrical icons
{12} Steven Tyler





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[28 Jun 2007|08:25pm]

[ mood | tired ]

I dunno if this type of thing is allowed buuuut~

my name's Kaz and I'm from NYC. My music taste kind of bounces about from Bowie to Nirvana to Janis Joplin to Guns N' Roses, so I guess I cover a little of each decade... I kinda feel like the love child of Janis Joplin and the whole line up of The Sex Pistols. As far as dislike of music... I don't have any strong convictions. And the only one I have tends to get me many belligerent comments so I'll keep that to myself, haha.

Anyway, this is a great community and I wanted to say "Hi". So... hi.

P.L.E. (peace love & empathty) KAZ

Oh. P.s., it's the 40th anniversary of The Summer Of Love. For any New Yorkers, the Whitney is doing an exhibition on Psychedelic art until mid September that looks really cool.

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[25 Jun 2007|02:02pm]

[01-27] M.I.A. + 2 banners
[28-45] Gwen Stefani
[46-68] Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses, Bret Michael, and Van Halen - For the The 80's Hair Metal Icon Festival
[69-76] Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
[77-90] Text/Lyric icons [HP, Bruce Springsteen]



[15 Jun 2007|05:34pm]

[01-18] The Beatles
[19-40] Bruce Springsteen [PLUS 3 banners and a wallpaper]
[41-47] Bob Dylan
[48-49] David Bowie
[50-59] Neil Young
[60-80] Amy Winehouse [plus 3 banners]


[10 Jun 2007|10:18pm]

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[21 Feb 2007|12:12am]

Ehm, so, nobody has posted in this community for a while.

Whats going on??
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Helen Reddy [06 Jan 2007|12:36pm]

I realised there wasn't a community for one of the greatest performers of the 70s, so I made one. Check it out!

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