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    Rolling Stone Issue 88

    Dated August 5, 1971. Jim Morrison 1943 - 1971 on the cover.

    Jim Morrison a man who sang, wrote & drank hard as lead singer of the Doors has died - peacefully at the age of 27. Morrison’s death, despite (& because of ) strategic efforts on behalf of his wife Pamela & friends, was shrouded in mystery. He died in the early morning of July 3, but it was July 9th, two days after he had been buried in Paris, before his manager let word out to the American Press. So far, no marker has been erected in Paris, & no services will be held in LA. Doors Manager, Bill Siddons, says “there was no service, we just threw some flowers & dirt & said goodbye. There was no autopsy, because we didn’t want to do it that way. We wanted to leave him alone. He died in peace & dignity.”

    It is known that for two prior months he had a respiratory ailment & had been coughing up blood, but he seemed to have been on the mend. He awoke early in the morning on Saturday July 3, coughing up blood once again, but told Pamela that he was Ok & just wanted to take a bath. She found him later, still in the bath, dead. The death certificate listed cause of death as a heart attack. She filed his death certificate & referred to him as James Morrison, Poet.

    His death was two years to the date after the death of Brian Jones. Jim, Brian, Jimi & Janis all departed this existence at the age of 27.

    Random Notes

    Neil Young is out of action for a while due to back problems.

    Johnny Winters has reportedly checked himself into a mental institution, suffering from physical & mental exhaustion. He has fired his entire band. It has been 2 months since he got off the heroin.

    Grace Slick has recovered from her car wreck & the Airplane are back on the road again.

    Grand Funk has donated 2 new polar bears to the city of New York at a cost of $12,000.

    After performing in Boston, Emerson Lake & Palmer were surprised to find that someone stole Keith Emerson’s organ pedals. The band has just spent 9 straight months on the road playing America, The UK & Europe twice apiece. They feel as though they are just now beginning to get some critical notices for their music instead of being 3 superstar musicians. They are touring to support their album Tarkus. They are schedule into the Hollywood Bowl for an appearance for Bill Graham Productions.

    Folks all over the world are fighting & bidding for the movie rights to Tommy.

    Ads for groups or albums this issue:


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    Pete Seeger - Rainbow Race

    Curtis Mayfield - Live

    Hugh Masekela & The Union of South Africa

    Soft Machine - Fourth

    Allman Brothers - Fillmore East

    Album Reviews:

    Johnny Cash - Man in Black
    Mercy! Man In Black might simply be called message music & left at that, but the memorable thing about this album is that somehow, the message manages to survive & may in fact be hastening the day when Johnny can invest in a new wardrobe…Charlie Burton

    Ike & Tina Turner- What You Hear is What You Get
    The feeling of a soul review at it’s worst - namely that your sensibilities are being manipulated, against your will - comes across all to strongly on this album. On the whole it’s a pretty disappointing record. Ike & Tina sound like they have just come off 6 years on the road. Perhaps they could use a rest, this album certainly could…George Kimball

    Other albums reviewed:


    Joni Mitchell - Blue

    B. S. & T. - 4

    Loudon Wainwright III - Album II

    Tonto’s Expanding Head Band - Zero Time

    Ten Wheel Drive - Peculiar Friends

    Jerry Corbett -

    Nina Simone - Here Comes The Sun

    Albums Expected in the near future.

    Randy Newman is finishing up his latest at The Doors new 8 track studio.

    The Mamas & Papas are finishing their latest & then Cass will once again split the band.

    Joan Baez - Blessed Art

    The Who - Who’s Next

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    Rolling Stone Issue 89


    Dated August 19, 1971. Keith Richards on the cover.

    The interview with Keith:
    Mick has just returned from his honeymoon, so the band is set to tour the states & get back into the studio for their next album.
    Keith says he used to get his ass kicked all the time while growing up, but when he began playing rock & roll all that changed .
    His first introduction to rock music was Bill Hayley’s Rock Around The Clock.
    He has known Mick since they were 5, but Keith’s family moved to a housing project when he was 10. They lost touch with each other, but accidentally reconnected for the first time a few years later on a train trip to London. Keith had just learned to play guitar & Mick had been singing with a few bands here & there, nothing special.
    They went to a new blues club in Cheltenham in 1962 to check out the scene & there was a guest guitar player that night named Brian Jones. They were blown away with the slide guitar Brian was playing.
    The 3 began to jam together, & found a drummer called Tony Chapman to whom Keith refers to as the worst drummer ever. But they asked him if he knew any bass players & he said he had a friend named Bill Wyman, so they asked him to bring Bill along the next time they jammed.
    The band finally got their first gig at The Ealing Club, but Charlie Watts had not yet joined the group.
    They finally met Charlie Watts at a gig when the Stones were one of 2 bands on the bill & Charlie was in the other. Charlie was knocked out by their set but told them they needed a new drummer. They told him, they knew that but they couldn’t afford him because he was already established & getting paid. But, even though they couldn’t pay him as much he told the other band he was quitting & joined Brian, Mick, Bill & Keith.
    He refers to Brian as a very sad & lonely man. He would try to get with Mick at the expense of Keith & then turn around & do the opposite. Brian, as far as Keith knew, had 5 kids with 5 different women. As the band got more popular & started to tour more, Brian got more & more fragile both mentally & physically, in fact even though everyone still thought of Brian as a Stone, he had quit the band just prior to his death. He confessed that he just couldn’t do the traveling any more. He was done. Mick Taylor had joined the band as Brian’s replacement but hadn’t even been with them for a week when they heard of Brian’s death. They still don’t know exactly what happened or how everything went down. Brian’s death is still a mystery.

    Random Notes


    George Harrison is planning a big concert in NYC to benefit Pakistani war refugees. Performers announced so far include Ringo, Ravi Shankar, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell & Bob Dylan.

    There is a new record out called Some Sweet Day, by Nigel Olsson’s Drum Orchestra & Chorus. Yep, that’s the same Nigel that drums for Elton John.

    The Jackson 5 have finished filming their first TV special with guest stars Bill Cosby & The Smothers Brothers. They are also set for an animated series to be aired on Saturday morning beginning in September.

    Linda Rondstadt will be recording her next album at The Troubadour in LA. Also scheduled for the same venue is Neil Young for two nights. Carole King will play the Greek Theater & Stephen Stills will bring his band & horns to The Forum.


    Mott The Hoople have been banned for The Royal Albert Hall. Not for something they did, but the hall doesn’t like the way rock fans act, so they are banning pretty much all rock acts.

    Attendance records at the Roadhouse formerly held by The Stones, were recently broken by ShaNaNa.

    There is a big article this time talking about Grand Funk Railroad…we find out:
    At this time they are the biggest American Rock act in History.
    They recently finished a tour where they played 6 nights a week, for 7 weeks & took home $50,000 every time they stepped on stage.
    They sold out Madison Square Garden for 2 consecutive nights. Played before 40,000 people in Tokyo, sold 55,000 seats at Shea Stadium in 72 hours, earning $304,000 for the night or $5,010 per minute. The only other band to sell out Shea has been The Beatles in 1965.
    Mark Farner rides a motor cycle because it doesn’t pollute as much & he lives on a ranch outside Flint Mi.
    Don Brewer, the drummer, is now 22 & still lives at home with his mother. He draws an allowance from GFR Enterprises, which is now valued at $22 million.
    Mel Schacher is the bass player & has a 22” waist. (by the way, prior to his current gig, Mel was Bass player for ? & the Mysterians..he joined just as the band was gaining recognition for the song 96 tears)
    Terry Knight is the producer who agreed to help the band out, after they got stranded in New England & had to sell their instruments to get home. His changes included telling Farner he needed to move around more on stage & the band had to crank up the volume.
    Regardless of their successes, the critics still hate them.

    Ads for groups or albums this issue:

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    Country Joe - War War War

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    Fleetwood Mac - In Chicago

    John Mayall - Back To The Roots

    Al Kooper - New York City

    Tom Paxton - How Come The Sun

    Album Reviews:

    The Allman Brothers- At Fillmore East
    On the strength of their 2 previous albums & a string of coast to coast performances, they have become known as “musicians, musicians,” a band’s band. In my opinion, the fact of the matter is that guitarists Duane Allman & Dickey Betts, organist-vocalist Greg Allman, Berry Oakley on Bass, & J.J. Johnson & Butch Trucks on drums are the best damn rock & roll band this country has produced in the past five years. And if you think I’m kidding you just listen to this album…George Kimball

    Stephen Stills - 2
    What we have here friends is a fifth rate album by a solid second rate artist who so many lower-middlebrows insist on believing is actually first rate even in the prescence of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that he’s apparently begun to believe it himself, is evidenced by his audacity to indulge himself through 2 fifth albums in a row… John Ned Mendelsohn

    Emerson Lake & Palmer - Tarkus
    Tarkus records the failures of three performers to become creators. Regardless of how fast & how many styles they can play ELP will continue turning out mediocrity like Tarkus until they discover what, if anything, it is they must say on their own & for themselves…David Lubin

    Leo Kottke - Mudlark
    Needless to say, his instrumentals are in a class to themselves, whether it is flat picking, finger picking, or bottle necking. A presidential commission must be appointed to study the socio political impact of Kottke’s music. Get Mudlark before it is banned for being subversive…Carl Brauer

    Other albums reviewed:

    Valerie Simpson - Exposed

    The Byrds - Byrdmaniax

    Runt - The Ballad of Todd Rundgren

    Tim Hardin - Bird on a Wire

    Ian Matthews - If You Saw Through My Eyes

    Randy Newman - Live

    Memphis Slim - Blue Memphis

    Albums Expected in the near future.


    John Lennon, as yet untitled, scheduled for September release.

    Sarah Vaughan is in the studio for the first time in 6 years, for A&M, Quincy Jones producing.

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    Razorbacker,
    THanks, as always, for posting this great information.

    I have a question for you, as I know you're a big Country fan.
    I caught the first half of the Brooks & Dunn tribute last night.
    It looked like everyone was lip synching - especially the song that Reba did.
    Do you happen to know?

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by norealityhere;3911648;
    Razorbacker,
    THanks, as always, for posting this great information.

    I have a question for you, as I know you're a big Country fan.
    I caught the first half of the Brooks & Dunn tribute last night.
    It looked like everyone was lip synching - especially the song that Reba did.
    Do you happen to know?

    Thanks
    I don't think anyone was lip synching. In all honesty that is one thing that is verboten from Country artists. It's why you see so many off key performances from Taylor Swift & a few years back, Sara Evans had one of the worst vocals in Live show history. It wasn't lipped & wasn't auto tuned. With Country what you see is what you get.

    By the way, JHud & Carrie really showed how great a vocalist can be coming out of Idol. A great vocalist is a great vocalist whether they cut their teeth on Idol or in the bar rooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by razorbacker;3911666;
    I don't think anyone was lip synching. In all honesty that is one thing that is verboten from Country artists. It's why you see so many off key performances from Taylor Swift & a few years back, Sara Evans had one of the worst vocals in Live show history. It wasn't lipped & wasn't auto tuned. With Country what you see is what you get.

    By the way, JHud & Carrie really showed how great a vocalist can be coming out of Idol. A great vocalist is a great vocalist whether they cut their teeth on Idol or in the bar rooms.
    THanks much.
    That's good to know.
    I actually thought Taylor sang very well if that was live. I know many comment on her vocals. I happen to realy like her because she's such a terrific songwriter.
    I already expected that Carrie would sound terrfic. She has a beautiful voice.
    I didn't get to see Jennifer. I was probably turned to Bret Michaels on CA by then.
    Many thanks, Razor!!
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    Rolling Stone Issue 90


    Dated September 2, 1971. George Harrison on the cover.

    George has just held the concert for Bangladesh. Dylan sang Hard Rains Gonna Fall & Georges single Bangladesh will see all the profits go to help the Pakistani refugees. There were 2 separate shows that day & each had 20,000 in attendance. Ravi Shankar was the opener for both shows. Musicians accompanying George that night were, Clapton on guitar, Leon Russell on piano, Ringo & Jim Keltner both played drums, Billy Preston played organ, Jesse Davis also played guitar, & Klaus Voorman played bass. All 4 members of Badfinger played acoustic guitars, which almost nobody could hear. It is reported that at least $250,000 will go to the efforts in hopes of providing some relief to the families of the 500,000 that were killed in the flooding following an awful monsoon.

    Random Notes

    Jerry Garcia is a busy man with 4 new albums headed to the stands. 1) he plays guitar on an album with keyboard wizard Howard Wales. 2) he plays multi instruments on the first New Riders of the Purple Sage album, 3) a double Live album from the Dead is scheduled for September, 4) a solo Garcia album is also set.

    Meanwhile, NRPS, are making their first concert appearances in Southern California bringing their Country flavored rock to The Palladium.

    The Stones have filed a lawsuit against their former manager Andrew Oldham accusing him of signing a secret deal to deprive the group of royalties.

    Contrary to previous reports, Atomic Rooster have not broken up.

    Rumors are that Chicago will be releasing a 4 album live set from their Carnegie Hall stand.

    Blood Sweat & Tears are trying to convince Paul McCartney to produce their next album.

    Robb Royer has split from Bread, to be replaced, at least temporarily by long time LA Session man Larry Knechtel.

    Due to back problems, Neil Young is once again cancelling concert appearances.

    James Brown has left King Records after 13 years to sign a new 5 year deal with Polydor.

    Warner Brothers have dropped Liberace & Tiny Tim. But they have new albums scheduled from Alice Cooper, John. D Loudermilk, John Sebastian , & Moby Grape.

    Paul McCartney has formed a new group to back him on record & in Live shows. The group includes wife Linda, former Moody Blues member Denny Laine on guitar & drummer Denny Sewell. The are in the studio getting the first album together. No word yet on what the band will be named.

    Homer, of Homer & Jethro fame has died of an apparent Heart Attack at the age of 51.

    Ads for groups or albums this issue:

    Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks - Where’s The Money?

    The Allman Brothers Band - Live at Fillmore East

    The Moody Blues - Every Good Boy Deserves Favor

    The Guess Who - So Long Bannatyne

    The Who - Who’s Next

    Steeleye Span - Please to see the King

    Pink Floyd - Relics

    Album Reviews:

    The Who - Who’s Next
    Regardless of what you may have been lead to believe, this album is neither the realization of Pete Townshend’s apparently aborted Hollywood dream, the greatest live album in history, nor “shudder” a rock opera. It is an intelligently conceived, superbly performed, brilliantly produced & sometimes even exciting rock & roll album. Despite a degree of calculatedness, that would prove fatal to a lesser group, this album ranks right up there with David Bowie, Black Oak Arkansas, Crazy Horse, Procol Harum & Alice Cooper as the best of 1971...John Ned Mendelsohn

    Soft Machine - Fourth
    When I got tired of Soft Machine’s third, I kept playing it anyway, as background music for painting the house, filing papers, just anything. Soft Machine likes to mix the instruments together which gives their recordings & stage performances a trance like quality. Fourth may not turn out to be more valuable than Third, if not as endlessly listenable, because it’s highlights are so high, & promise so much more than the mere repetition of past successes…Bob Palmer

    Other albums reviewed:

    Leonard Cohen - Songs of Love & Hate

    The Flying Burrito Brothers

    The MC5- High Time

    The Youngbloods - Ride The Wind

    Pharoah Sanders - Thembi

    Jimmie Webb - And So On

    Jackie DeShannon - Songs

    Gary Burton & Keith Jarrett

    The Flying Machine

    Albums Expected in the near future.

    Donovan is preparing his first for the Warners label.

    Laura Nyro with backup vocals from LaBelle

    Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway are working on a new one together.

    Groups on Tour:


    John Baldrey, Butterfield Blues Band, Canned Heat, Judy Collins, Elton John, Fanny, Kris Kristofferson, Led Zeppelin, Tony Joe White, & The Who

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    Live at Fillmore East is one of my favorite albums. I think it ranks up there with the top albums of all time.
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    This is the first time I noticed this site. I love reading about all the oldies most I recognize. I've been following a new artist Donald Braswell. Saw him a couple years ago on AGT. Went to his concert in Kerrville, TX he is great. Also, saw his PBS special, loved his version of Sam Cooke's "Change Is Gonna Come". Over the top good looks and beautiful voice too. He will be performing at Carnegie Hall in Dec, hope to be there. Anyone interested in this guy just type Donald Braswell in Google search he has dozens of videos. Most of the new singers I've never heard of and most sound the same. I love all the oldies wished their individuality type talent would come back. Thanks for all the info on this site I totally enjoyed everything you nice people wrote and appreciate all the time you put into it.

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    Rolling Stone Issue 91


    Dated September 16, 1971. The Incredible Hulk on the cover.

    Random Notes

    George Harrison is finishing up the Bangladesh album with Phil Spector producing.

    The Everly Brothers have just signed a long term deal with RCA.

    Just signed to Warner Brother, Alan Toussaint & Dionne Warwicke (she recently added the “E” to her last name on the advice of an astrologer).

    Warner Brothers does not have any viable big time singles artists on their roster. So to rectify that, they have just signed Goldie Hawn in hopes of her being that singles artist for them.

    George Whitsell, Greg Leroy, & John Blanton, have joined original members Ralph Molina & Billy Talbot as the newly reformatted Crazy Horse.

    For the first time ever, American Airlines had a Live performance on a flight from LA to NYC. Frank Sinatra Jr. backed by a 9 piece band performed in the coach lounge.

    A new single from Freda Payne, entitled Bring The Boys Home, has been banned from American Forces Vietnam Radio Network. Sited as the reason a phrase that says “ Everybody ought to lay your weapons down.”

    King Curtis, soul saxophone player was stabbed to death in NYC on Aug. 13th. He was 37.

    There is an article this issue on the Moody Blues. They seem to be as rich as The Beatles, but they are much more organized. They have just formed Threshold Records to handle their releases. They hired publicist Gerry Hoff to run Threshold. Gerry may best be remembered by being immortalized by The Stones in the song West Coast Promotion Man.
    Their latest album Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, was a 5 month extravaganza in the studios, an almost unheard of length at that time.
    They refer to their stateside following as : “ I reckon we are thought of as a middle of the road liberal fairly acceptable group. Everybody’s fourth favorite as they say.”
    The one word to describe the band they keep hearing over & over from critics is pretentious. They don’t agree, but there isn’t anything they can do about it without coming off as pretentious. Even their album cover art work was referred to by one critic as pretentious.

    Ads for groups or albums this issue:

    The Move - Message From The Country

    Savoy Brown - Street Corner Talking

    Free - Live

    Charlie Daniels - his first ever album is now available on Capitol.

    Brewer & Shipley - Tarkio

    Bill Withers - Just As I Am

    Album Reviews:

    Kris Kristofferson - The Silver Tongued Devil & I
    Kristofferson is a very talented man. He’s worked hard & waited long, & it looks like his time is here. This is one of the better albums to be released this bleak year, & one that has the capability of reaching an awful lot of people. Try it…Alec Dubro

    John Denver - Poems, Prayers & Promises
    John has trouble with sincerity, he’s loaded with it. He’s also corny as Kansas in August, full of enough tiresome platitudes about sunshine, & feelings & giving peace a chance to render a good many of his compositions as too McKuenesque. What he also is, surprisingly enough, is a very solid good timey singer who is at least talented enough to be forgiven some of his trespasses. This is the best he has done since leaving The Chad Mitchell Trio….Janet Maslin

    Moody Blues - Every Good Boy Deserves Favor
    If you’re still listening to your old Moody’s albums there isn’t a reason in the world that you won’t like this one. They’re still the Sistine Chapel of rock music…Stu Werbin

    The Guess Who - So Long Ballantyne
    The best way to approach this album is to expect little either revolutionary or adventurous & to allow yourself to be surprised by whatever gracefully shocks your ears. Who knows, you might even come to like this album as much as The Best Of The Guess Who…John Koegel

    Other albums reviewed:

    Jack Bruce - Harmony Row

    Happy & Artie Traum - Double Back

    John Cale & Terry Riley - Church of Anthrax

    Fairport Convention - Angel Delight

    Taj Mahal - The Real Thing

    Albums Expected in the near future.

    John Lennon - Imagine street date Sept. 7th

    The Doors - a posthumous Morrison album is being readied. Working Title - Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine

    Atlantic Records is ready to release albums by Dr. John, Eric Clapton (a history of), Livingston Taylor (produced by Jon Landau), a live album by the Velvet Underground (without Lou Reed) & first releases on Asylum by both Laura Nyro & Jackson Browne.

    Acts on Tour:

    The Allman Brothers, John Baldrey, Capt. Beefheart, Blood Sweat & Tears, Butterfield Blues Band, Chicago, Alice Cooper, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Everly Brothers, Elton John, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Poco, Leon Russell, & John Sebastian.


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