Rolling Stone Issue 66
Dated September 17, 1970. The Grateful Dead on the cover.
The article on the Dead is written from back stage at The Fillmore West. It references a bit of the groups history including the break with their manager in early 1970 only to find out later that the guy had been stealing copious amounts of money from them.
It also talks about the Workingman’s Dead album & how it was recorded in the space of 9 days. It was recorded amongst a bunch of personal & band turmoil & according to Jerry Garcia, the only solace the band could get during that time was in the studio, so it is pretty impressive that the album came out as good as it did.
The band members are all branching out into other ventures & broadening horizons. Jerry himself, has begun to play Nashville style country music, sitting in on pedal steel guitar with a new group that is calling themselves New Riders of the Purple Sage.
When the writer of the article finally leaves the floor of the Fillmore that night, the Dead had been onstage for 4 ½ hrs. & were still jamming, it was 1:30 in the morning.
Grace Slick & Paul Kantner are expecting a baby. Grace is looking for a nanny. They fully expect to name the baby God. God Slick.
John & Michelle Phillips are officially divorced. Michelle won a $10,000 settlement & $250 per month child support.
John Lee Hooker has a new album ready after two years. Backing him will be the guys from Canned Heat.
Don Everly of the Everly Brothers is planning a solo album, backed by members of the Burrito Brothers & Jim Keltner on drums from Mad Dogs & Englishmen.
Rita Coolidge’s first solo album is being backed by Stephen Stills & Booker T., among others. Rita is the famous Delta Lady sung about by Leon Russell.
Paul Rothschild, producer of The Doors, is in the studio giving life to the next album by Janis Joplin.
Christine Perfect has joined her husband John McVie as a new member of Fleetwood Mac. At the time, she can only tour with the band because she still has recording obligations with her other label.
Another off shoot of the John Mayall Blues Breakers has formed. The new band goes by the name of Mark-Almond.
Elvis is just wrapping up another of his extended stays in Las Vegas & is set to begin his first tour since 1958. First stop , September 9th in Phoenix.
Derek & The Dominoes are scheduled to begin their first US tour in NYC on October, 15th.
Stephen Stills was the only member of the original Buffalo Springfield to not be busted for drugs. Well, that came to an end on August 14th in a hotel in La Jolla Ca. He is under suspicion of being in possession of dangerous drugs. Released on $2,500 bond.
There is an interview with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. He & the band are pretty sure that the clean image they project is hurting them on sales & radio play levels. But, he claims it is partly their fault for not putting enough funk into the production of their songs.
He claims to prefer mono to stereo but admits it’s probably because he has hearing in only one ear, so he doesn’t hear stereo anyway.
For the first time they have used the moog synthesizer in the process of putting together songs for their latest album Sunflower.
He says that probably their best song was Don’t Worry Baby, but his personal fave has to be Good Vibrations.
After 5 years, 5 gold albums, & 4 gold singles for Atlantic records, The Rascalls have signed a new contract with Columbia. It is reportedly a $million deal, but no one is commenting. They are scheduled back in the studio in September.
In 1937, Blues songstress Bessie Smith was killed in a car accident. At the time she was buried in an unmarked grave in Philadelphia because her family had no money for a gravestone. That has now been rectified thanks to Janis Joplin who paid for a marble grave stone to be installed at the gravesite.
Ads for groups or albums this issue:
Lee Michaels - Barrel on A&M Records
Bob Dylan - Self Portrait (a 2 record set) on Columbia Records
Neil Young - After The Gold Rush available now on Reprise records & tapes
Charles Lloyd - Moon Man on the Kapp label
Love - Revisited on Elektra
The Band - Stage Fright for Capitol
Procol Harum - Home on A&M
The Stooges - Fun House on Elektra
The Firesign Theater - Don’t Crush the Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers on Columbia
The Beach Boys - Sunflower their debut for Reprise
Uriah Heep - Their Debut album is now available on the Mercury Label
Frank Zappa - Weasels Ripped My Flesh on Bizarre Records & Tapes
The Moody Blues - A Question of Balance on Threshold/London Records
The Band - Stage Fright
I am excited about Stage Fright, if not totally moved at this stage of the game. It is an amazing acquaintance, pleasant to be with, even if so far it does not amount to an event on my karma calendar. Later on it probably will. Glory is the operative word at this stage of the game & what this third album by the Band seems to lack is the glory of the previous two…John Burks
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Over across the tracks in the industrial side of Cream country lie unskilled laborers like Black Sabbath, which was hyped as a rockin ritual celebration of the Satanic mass or some such claptrap, something like England’s answer to Coven. Well, they’re not that bad, but that’s about all the credit you can give them. They have discordant jams with bass & guitar reeling like speed freaks all over each others perimeters yet never quite finding synch- just like Cream- but worse…Lester Bangs
Other albums reviewed:
John Cale - Vintage Violence
Otis Redding - Tell the Truth
Donovan - Open Road
John McLaughlin - Devotion
The Everly Brothers - Original Greatest Hits
Little Richard - The Rill Thing
John Stewart - California Bloodlines
Chuck Berry - Back Home
Miguel Rios - A Song of Joy
The Johnny Otis Show - Cuttin Up