Pioneering Producer and Vocalist Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Dies Aged 85

Pioneering Producer and Vocalist Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Dies Aged 85

American Blues Scene Staff

Lee “Scratch” Perry OD (March 20, 1936 – August 29, 2021)

Reggae and dub legend Lee “Scratch” Perry passed away on August 29 at Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Jamaica due to an unspecified medical issue. He was 85 years old. 

Born in 1936 in Kendal, Jamaica, Perry’s innovative figure looms large in the world of reggae, as his use of samples, echo, and reverb effects paved the way for other experimental artists and genres. Perry had been active as a producer and vocalist since the early ‘60s, when he started working with Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s groundbreaking sound system. And in the ‘70s he went on to produce iconic works by the Congos, Bob Marley & the Wailers, and Junior Murvin — as well as dub albums by his band the Upsetters. 

Credit: David Corio/Redferns

Perry collaborated with such groups as the Clash and Beastie Boys. Mike D took to social media, “We send the most love and respect we can to Lee Perry who passed today, to his family and loved ones and the many he influenced with his pioneering spirit and work. We are truly grateful to have been inspired by and collaborated with this true legend.”

Despite certain lows throughout his career, Perry churned out many solo albums. He was recognized by the Jamaican honors system in 2012, elected to Commander class in the Order of Distinction. The following year, he was awarded a Gold Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica.

Keith Richards once told Rolling Stone, “You could never put your finger on Lee Perry – he’s the Salvador Dali of music. He’s a mystery. The world is his instrument. You just have to listen. More than a producer, he knows how to inspire the artist’s soul. Like Phil Spector, he has a gift of not only hearing sounds that come from nowhere else, but also translating those sounds to the musicians. Scratch is a shaman.”

 

Ruthie Foster is Live Again

Ruthie Foster is Live Again

Cary Baker / Conqueroo

“We’re back! Out of the house and in the groove again! I’ve had some precious time with my family and even got in some songwriting and recording during the pandemic. I’m excited to be coming to a town hopefully near you!” – Ruthie Foster

The small rural town of Gause, Texas had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse known as Ruthie Foster to itself. Her vocal talent was initially elevated in worship services at her community church. Drawing influence from legendary acts like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, Foster developed a unique sound unable to be contained within a single genre. That uniqueness echoes a common theme in Ruthie’s life and career — marching to the beat of her own drum. Rolling Stone called her “pure magic to watch and hear.”

Ruthie will perform songs from her vast catalog including with a few new tunes, such as “Feels Like Freedom.”

Enthuses Ruthie, “We’re back! Out of the house and in the groove again! I’ve had some precious time with my family and even got in some songwriting and recording during the pandemic. I’m excited to be coming to a town hopefully near you!”

Her latest album for Blue Corn Music titled Live at the Paramount won the artist some of her most favorable accolades, including a 2021 Grammy nomination (her fourth to date) in the Best Contemporary Blues category. She also holds numerous Blues Music Awards, including an award this year in the Instrumentalist—Vocalist category.

2021 TOUR DATES

Sat., July 17  MILWAUKEE, WI Shank Hall 

Sun., July 18  EGG HARBOR, WI Peg Egan PAC

Wed., July 28  AMAGANSETT, NY The Stephen Talkhouse

Thurs., July 29  NEW YORK, NY  City Winery

Fri., July 30  BOSTON, MA  City Winery

Sat., July 31  PHILADELPHIA, PA  City Winery

Sun., Aug. 1  BETHLEHEM, PA Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks

Fri., Aug. 6  NORTH TRURO, MA  Payomet Performing Arts Center

Sat., Aug. 7  BROWNFIELD, ME Stone Mountain Arts Center

Sat., Aug. 14  WINTER PARK, CO Blues From The Top

Tues., Sept. 14  FREDERICTON, NB, CANADA  Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival

Sun., Sept. 18. PHOENIX, AZ  Musical Instrument Museum

Sun., Sept. 19 TUCSON, AZ Hotel Congress

Wed., Sept. 29  EUGENE, OR The Shedd Institute

Thurs., Sept. 30  PORTLAND, OR Alberta Rose Theatre

Fri.-Sun., Oct 1-3  SISTERS, OR Sisters Folk Festival

Sat., Nov. 6  Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Thurs., Nov. 18  LUFKIN, TX Pines Theater

Fri., March 18, 2022  Cayamo 14th Edition Cruise

For a compendium of Foster’s finest work, check her “This is Ruthie Foster” playlist on Spotify.

Jeff Slate & Friends: Bob Dylan 80th Birthday Concert

Jeff Slate & Friends: Bob Dylan 80th Birthday Concert

Lauren Leadingham

Jeff Slate & Friends live from Hill Country in NYC for the first show of 2021!

To celebrate Bob Dylan’s milestone birthday, award-winning singer-songwriter/journalist Jeff Slate & Friends will perform at Hill Country Live! in New York City June 11th at 8pm EDT.

Whether you’re a Dylan buff or neophyte, Slate and his band offer something special for every kind of fan, playing beloved classics and songs from the vault. If you can’t attend, of course you can stream tonight’s show, which will be up for a week.  

Slate has been performing at Hill Country Live! since May 2014, when he made his debut with Dylan Obscura — exploring the Dylan songbook with Bowie/Lennon guitarist Earl Slick and Wings drummer Steve Holley. And prior to the 2020 lockdown, he returned to monthly shows which honored Tom Petty, David Bowie, and others — playing his own original music inspired by them.

His official site states that over the past decade Slate has been a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He is the co-author of The Authorized Roy Orbison, written with the late legend’s sons, and has written liner notes for albums by Orbison, the Small Faces, Shawn Colvin, for the Stax Records 60th anniversary reissue series, and for The Beatles’ 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

In 2018 Slate wrote the 10,000+ word essay included in Bob Dylan’s More Blood, More Tracks, the 14 edition of his long-running Bootleg Series. In 2019 Slate appeared onstage at the first World Of Bob Dylan conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, sponsored by the Bob Dylan Center there, where he interviewed and performed with The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn.

George Harrison’s Masterpiece, ‘All Things Must Pass,’ Celebrated With Suite Of 50th Anniversary Editions

George Harrison’s Masterpiece, ‘All Things Must Pass,’ Celebrated With Suite Of 50th Anniversary Editions

American Blues Scene Staff

“Even before I started, I knew I was gonna make a good album because I had so many songs and I had so much energy. For me to do my own album after all that – it was joyous. Dream of dreams.” – George Harrison

Recorded and released in the wake of The Beatles’ April 1970 dissolution, George Harrison’s landmark solo album, All Things Must Pass, is a fully realized statement by a bold and audacious artist. Produced by Harrison and Phil Spector, the 23-track All Things Must Pass stands tall a half-century later as an epic, ambitious expression of Harrison’s remarkable gift for sheer songcraft, powerful spirituality, and a celebration of both his inimitable individuality and unique camaraderie with his fellow musicians.

All Things Must Pass was an overdue artistic release for George as a songwriter and musician. The first-ever triple studio album, All Things Must Pass overflows with a voluminous range of ideas, musical styles, and influences, spanning rock ‘n’ roll, country, gospel, blues, pop, folk, R&B, Indian classical music, and devotional songs. Despite the album being wildly successful and Harrison’s affection for it, he would write in the liner notes for the 30th anniversary remaster, released in 2001, “I still like the songs on the album and believe they can continue to outlive the style in which they were recorded,” adding, however, “it was difficult to resist re-mixing every track. All these years later I would like to liberate some of the songs from the big production that seemed appropriate at the time”.

Decades in the making and lovingly crafted by the Harrison family, All Things Must Pass has now been completely remixed from the original tapes for a stunning suite of 50th-anniversary releases that fulfills Harrison’s longtime desire. Executive produced by Dhani Harrison, a product produced by David Zonshine and mixed by triple GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Paul Hicks (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, John Lennon), the new mix transforms the album by sonically upgrading it – making it sound brighter, fuller, and better than ever before.

Releasing August 6 via Capitol/UMe, All Things Must Pass 50th Anniversary Edition will be available in a variety of formats:

UBER DELUXE EDITION

Exclusive to GeorgeHarrison.com, uDiscover, and Sound of Vinyl, All Things Must Pass 50th Anniversary Edition will be available as a very limited Uber Deluxe Edition box set, which includes the album on 8LP (180g) and 5CD + 1 Blu-ray audio disc housed in an artisan designed wooden crate (approx. 12.4” X 12.4” X 17.5”). The collection explores the 1970 album sessions through 47 (42 previously unreleased) demos and outtakes, offering an inside look into the creative process. The Blu-ray allows fans to experience the main album in a high-res stereo, enveloping 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos mixes.

The crate contains two books, an elaborate and expanded 96-page scrapbook curated by Olivia Harrison, with unseen imagery and memorabilia from the era, handwritten lyrics, diary entries, studio notes, tape box images, a comprehensive track-by-track, and more; while a second 44-page book chronicling the making of All Things Must Pass through extensive archival interviews with notes is also contained herein. The elegantly designed book pays homage to Harrison’s love of gardening and nature. The book also contains a wooden bookmark made from a felled Oak tree (Quercus Robur) in George’s Friar Park. This truly unique box will also contain 1/6 scale replica figurines of Harrison and the gnomes featured on the iconic album cover, a limited edition illustration by musician and artist Klaus Voormann, as well as a copy of Paramahansa Yogananda’s “Light from the Great Ones” and Rudraksha beads, contained in individual custom-made boxes.

SUPER DELUXE EDITION

The Super Deluxe Edition box set, presented on 8LP (180g) or 5CD + 1 Blu-ray audio disc, explores the 1970 album sessions through 47 (42 previously unreleased) demos and outtakes. The Blu-ray allows fans to experience the main album in a high-res stereo, enveloping 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos mixes. The collection contains a beautiful 60-page scrapbook curated by Olivia Harrison, with unseen imagery and memorabilia from the era, handwritten lyrics, diary entries, studio notes, tape box images, a comprehensive track-by-track, and more. It also includes a replica of the original album poster.

All Things Must Pass will be released in multiple physical and digital configurations, including as a 5LP or 3CD Deluxe Edition that pairs the main album with the session’s outtakes and jams. The main album will be available on its own as 2CD, 3LP, or limited edition 3LP color vinyl. All versions are available for pre-order now.

“Since the 50th-anniversary stereo mix release of the title track to my father’s legendary All Things Must Pass album in 2020, my dear pal Paul Hicks and I have continued to dig through mountains of tapes to restore and present the rest of this newly remixed and expanded edition of the album you now see and hear before you,” says Dhani Harrison. “Bringing greater sonic clarity to this record was always one of my father’s wishes and it was something we were working on together right up until he passed in 2001. Now, 20 years later, with the help of new technology and the extensive work of Paul Hicks we have realized this wish and present to you this very special 50th Anniversary release of perhaps his greatest work of art. Every wish will be fulfilled.”

The All Things Must Pass sessions began just six weeks after the April 1970 announcement of The Beatles’ break-up. Two days were spent recording thirty demos in Studio Three at EMI Studios, Abbey Road in St. John’s Wood, London. The first day, May 26, saw Harrison record fifteen songs backed by Ringo Starr and his longtime friend, bassist Klaus Voormann, beginning with “All Things Must Pass.” The next day, May 27, George played an additional fifteen songs for co-producer Phil Spector. The All Things Must Pass Uber and Super Deluxe Editions collect all 30 of these remarkable demo recordings, including 26 tracks never before officially released and several songs that didn’t make the album like “Cosmic Empire,” “Going Down To Golders Green,” “Dehra Dun,” “Sour Milk Sea,” and “Mother Divine.”

The scope of Harrison’s songwriting remains breathtaking – his deeply personal introspection and striking wit are matched by the album’s boldly extravagant production. With its densely orchestrated textures and eclectic embrace of myriad genres, Harrison and Phil Spector’s groundbreaking sonic approach set a grand blueprint for countless artists to follow.

George had been stockpiling material for nearly half a decade, with a number of songs – including “Isn’t It A Pity” and the title track – rehearsed with, but not recorded by, The Beatles. Further songs evinced Harrison’s growing frustration over those preceding years, including “Wah-Wah,” the dramatic “Beware of Darkness,” and “Run Of The Mill,” the latter named by both George and Olivia Harrison as one of their all-time favorites.

Written by George while producing Billy Preston’s 1969 Apple Records solo debut but saved for his own album a year later, the glorious “What Is Life” highlights the artist at his most exultant. At the album’s heart were songs like “My Sweet Lord,” “Awaiting On You All” and the impassioned “Hear Me Lord,” each of which epitomized Harrison’s lifelong inner journey.

An anthem weaving a chant of the Hare Krishna mantra and “hallelujah,” “My Sweet Lord” proved a worldwide smash upon its November 1970 single release, making history as the first solo single by a former Beatle to reach #1 in the UK or the US. Inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame in 2014, the indelible anthem of spiritual and religious unity has remained one of the world’s most beloved songs, named among the “Greatest Songs of All Time” by both Rolling Stone and NME. Last year saw a limited edition clear vinyl 7″ of “My Sweet Lord” released by the George Harrison Estate in partnership with Record Store Day‘s Black Friday event on November 27, 2020 – the official 50th anniversary of All Things Must Pass’ original release.

Harrison’s close friendship with Bob Dylan begat two songs: the album-opening “I’d Have You Anytime” was co-written with Dylan, while the classic “If Not For You” was at the time an unreleased Dylan composition. The All Things Must Pass Super Deluxe Edition includes previously unreleased demo recordings of both songs as well as “Nowhere To Go” and “I Don’t Want To Do It,” another original Dylan song later recorded by George for a 1985 soundtrack but remains unrecorded by Dylan himself.

George brought together a stunning roster of friends and fellow musicians to record All Things Must Pass, including Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann, and Billy Preston, along with Eric Clapton and his new American bandmates, Carl Radle, Bobby Whitlock, and Jim Gordon (soon to be known collectively as Derek and the Dominoes). Badfinger’s Pete Ham, Tom Evans, Joey Molland, and Mike Gibbons contributed additional acoustics and percussion. Phil Spector’s desire for multiple pianos, layers of acoustic guitars, and more drums saw the addition of Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley from Humble Pie, Spooky Tooths Gary Wright, Plastic Ono Band veteran and future Yes drummer Alan White, Traffic’s Dave Mason, Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker, and the in-demand horn section of Bobby Keys and Jim Price. Pete Drake, legendary Nashville session musician provided pedal steel guitar on several tracks. Arrangements for strings and horns came from longtime collaborator John Barham.

The original release of All Things Must Pass collected 18 songs over two LPs alongside a third LP – dubbed “Apple Jam” – showcasing four improvised instrumentals including a pair recorded as part of Derek and the Dominoes’ first-ever official recording session in June 1970. In addition, the “Apple Jam” disc includes “It’s Johnny’s Birthday,” sung to the tune of Cliff Richard’s 1968 hit “Congratulations” and recorded as a gift from Harrison to mark John Lennon’s 30th birthday.

The All Things Must Pass session tapes created in 1970 include over twenty-five hours of music on forty-nine 1” eight-track tapes, four 2” sixteen-track tapes, and forty-four ¼” stereo tapes. Richard Radford, Archivist for the George Harrison Estate oversaw the preservation of the tape collection, with the original analog multi-track and stereo tapes transferred to 192 KHz/24bit digital preservation copies.

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “the War and Peace of rock and roll” and “an intensely personal statement and a grandiose gesture,” All Things Must Pass was met by unanimous critical acclaim and spectacular commercial success, spending seven weeks at #1 on Billboard’s “Top LPs” chart and eight weeks atop the UK’s official albums chart (though chart records until 2006 mistakenly stated that it had peaked at #4). Currently certified 6x platinum by the RIAA, All Things Must Pass later received a 1972 GRAMMY® Award nomination for “Album of the Year,” while “My Sweet Lord” earned a GRAMMY® nod for “Record of the Year.” “What Is Life,” the album’s second single, also became an international hit, reaching the top 10 in the US and Canada as well as #1 in Australia and Switzerland.

Today’s launch is heralded with the official video of the previously unreleased and remixed “Run Of The Mill” (Take 36).

 

GEORGE HARRISON

ALL THINGS MUST PASS

SUPER DELUXE EDITION

(Capitol/UMe)

RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 6, 2021

TRACKLISTING

(5CD/BR)

Disc One (Main Album)

 

  • I’d Have You Anytime     
  • My Sweet Lord    
  • Wah-Wah 
  • Isn’t It A Pity (Version One)
  • What Is Life
  • If Not For You     
  • Behind That Locked Door  
  • Let It Down
  • Run Of The Mill
  •  

    Disc Two (Main Album Cont.)

     

  • Beware Of Darkness      
  • Apple Scruffs     
  • Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)      
  • Awaiting On You All
  • All Things Must Pass      
  • I Dig Love 
  • Art Of Dying      
  • Isn’t It A Pity (Version Two)
  • Hear Me Lord     
  • Out Of The Blue *  
  • It’s Johnny’s Birthday *    
  • Plug Me In *
  • I Remember Jeep * 
  • Thanks For The Pepperoni *
  • * Newly Remastered/Original Mix

     

    Disc Three (Day 1 Demos – Tuesday 26 May 1970)

     

  • All Things Must Pass (Take 1) †
  • Behind That Locked Door (Take 2)
  • I Live For You (Take 1)
  • Apple Scruffs (Take 1)
  • What Is Life (Take 3)
  • Awaiting On You All (Take 1) †
  • Isn’t It A Pity (Take 2)
  • I’d Have You Anytime (Take 1)
  • I Dig Love (Take 1)
  • Going Down To Golders Green (Take 1)
  • Dehra Dun (Take 2)
  • Om Hare Om (Gopala Krishna) (Take 1)
  • Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) (Take 2)
  • My Sweet Lord (Take 1) †
  • Sour Milk Sea (Take 1)
  •  

    Disc Four (Day 2 Demos – Tuesday 27 May 1970)

     

  • Run Of The Mill (Take 1) †
  • Art Of Dying (Take 1)
  • Everybody/Nobody (Take 1)
  • Wah-Wah (Take 1)
  • Window Window (Take 1)
  • Beautiful Girl (Take 1)
  • Beware Of Darkness (Take 1)
  • Let It Down (Take 1)
  • Tell Me What Has Happened To You (Take 1)
  • Hear Me Lord (Take 1)
  • Nowhere To Go (Take 1)
  • Cosmic Empire (Take 1)
  • Mother Divine (Take 1)
  • I Don’t Want To Do It (Take 1)
  • If Not For You (Take 1)
  • † Previously Released

     

    Disc Five (Session Outtakes and Jams)

     

  • Isn’t It A Pity (Take 14)
  • Wah-Wah (Take 1)
  • I’d Have You Anytime (Take 5)
  • Art Of Dying (Take 1)
  • Isn’t It A Pity (Take 27)
  • If Not For You (Take 2)
  • Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine) (Take 1)
  • What Is Life (Take 1)
  • Beware Of Darkness (Take 8)
  • Hear Me Lord (Take 5)
  • Let It Down (Take 1)
  • Run Of The Mill (Take 36)
  • Down To the River (Rocking Chair Jam) (Take 1)
  • Get Back (Take 1)
  • Almost 12 Bar Honky Tonk (Take 1)
  • It’s Johnny’s Birthday (Take 1)
  • Woman Don’t You Cry For Me (Take 5)
  •  

    Blu-ray Audio Disc (Main Album Only; Surround, Atmos, Hi-Res)

     

  • I’d Have You Anytime
  • My Sweet Lord
  • Wah-Wah
  • Isn’t It A Pity (Version One)
  • What Is Life
  • If Not For You
  • Behind That Locked Door
  • Let It Down
  • Run Of The Mill
  • Beware Of Darkness
  • Apple Scruffs
  • Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
  • Awaiting On You All
  • All Things Must Pass
  • I Dig Love
  • Art Of Dying
  • Isn’t It A Pity (Version Two)
  • Hear Me Lord
  • Out Of The Blue
  • It’s Johnny’s Birthday
  • Plug Me In
  • I Remember Jeep
  • Thanks For The Pepperoni
  •  

    For more information and other configurations go to GeorgeHarrison.com

     

    50th ANNIVERSARY CREDITS

    Executive Producer: Dhani Harrison

    Product Producer: David Zonshine

    2020 Re-Mixed & Produced in Stereo & Atmos by: Paul Hicks Design

    Creative Director: Dhani Harrison

    Book curated by: Olivia Harrison and Rachel Cooper

    Art Direction: Darren Evans

    Archive Research: Don Fleming, Richard Radford and Ryan Williams

     

    Pre-order George Harrison All Things Must Pass 50th Anniversary

     

     

    Watch: Artist/Activist Rachel Garlin’s Video For Title Track ‘The State That We Are In’

    Watch: Artist/Activist Rachel Garlin’s Video For Title Track ‘The State That We Are In’

    Mixtape Media

    ‘The State That We Are In’ out June 25

    Artist, athlete and activist Rachel Garlin will release The State That We Are In on June 25th. Produced by Jonny Flaugher (The Weepies, Dan Bern, Joshua Radin), the EP includes four originals and a singular version of Clapton’s classic “Layla.” Garlin recorded The State That We Are In in remote collaboration with producer and bassist Flaugher, drummer Michael Jermone (Better than Ezra), and flute player David Ralicke (Beck) among others; the EP was mixed remotely with Veronica Ferarro (Emily Saliers) in Paris. 

    The State That We Are In is the follow up to Garlin’s 2020 LP, Mondegreens. Garlin wrote the title track for The State That We Are In in the weeks leading up to the election when her songwriting naturally flowed toward topics like voting justice and climate change. “I wrote it in solidarity with everyone who’s been pushing for change while trying to stay balanced during the difficulty of the pandemic,” says Garlin.

    “Toward the end of the song, there’s a reference to Vice President Kamala Harris’s ‘I’m speaking’ refrain from the debate: ‘we’re not tired, we’re not despairing, not resigned / we’re not counting on the roof to fix the leak… and we are, we are, we are gonna speak.’ The song is a reminder that we’re not stuck in the state that we’re in. It’s temporary, and we can actively affect the next state that we create. Music can be a part of that.”

    Bay Area filmmaker Dan Foldes directed the video for the title track, which follows Garlin through urban and rustic landscapes in her hometown of San Francisco. 

    A lifelong athlete and former Division 1 basketball player at Harvard, Garlin stepped up to a new challenge this year by competing in Season 13 of the NBC sports show American Ninja Warrior. The obstacle course show asks athletes to perform various stunts while activating strength, agility and a sense of balance. Learning the sport for the first time this season, Garlin realized it requires a lot of the same skills needed to be an indie musician — flexibility, improvisation, resilience and a sense of adventure.

    These same skills also apply to Garlin’s activist work in San Francisco where she spent the quarantine cultivating poetry, social action, and compassion in her community. Mentoring young songwriters at Sunset Youth Services and performing regular Sidewalk Sessions (playing music from the edge of her garage alongside neighbors, friends and her own wife and three kids) she caught the attention of the Chronicle and former Rolling Stone editor, Ben Fong-Torres on his MoonAlice radio station. 

    With her vintage Gibson J50 guitar, Rachel devoted the month of February to writing a new song each day and sharing the creative process–spontaneous and vulnerable—during an interactive process with fans across the country. She now hosts a weekly livestream concert called Swing & Release (Wednesdays at 4pm PT) where she weaves together songs and stories related to her work as an artist, athlete and activist in her own community and beyond.

     

    Don’t miss Rachel:

    June 20th  –  Burren Pub  –  Sommerville, MA

    July 2nd  –  Blueberry Hill  –  Goshen, VT

    July 29th  –  Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3  –  New York, NY 

     

     

    Connect with Rachel Garlin: Official | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

     

    ‘Rock’s Backpages’ Podcast Releases 100th Episode in Advance of Site’s 20th Anniversary

    ‘Rock’s Backpages’ Podcast Releases 100th Episode in Advance of Site’s 20th Anniversary

    American Blues Scene Staff

    ‘Rock’s Backpages,’ an ever-expanding collection of primary-source full-text articles from the music and mainstream press from the 1940s to the present day — along with a collection of exclusive audio interviews — celebrates 100 episodes and 20 years!

    Founded in the fall of 2001 as a way to archive music journalism, the subscription-based rocksbackpages.com has become the largest online database of its kind, with almost 45,000 articles from publications like Creem, Trouser Press, Rolling Stone, New Musical Express, Melody Maker and MOJO, and dozens being added to the site each week. The site also contains more than 700 audio clips from interviews with musicians and music industry people that had never been previously available to the public. In advance of crossing the two-decade mark, its accompanying podcast, also named Rock’s Backpages, has reached a milestone of its own with the release of its 100th episode this week. It is available to listen for free on all major podcast platforms.  

    Rock’s Backpages podcast started as a way to shed light on the articles and audio clips added to the site every few weeks in a 10-20 minute conversation between editorial director Barney Hoskyns and chief archivist/production director Mark Pringle. With the addition of marketing/communications manager Jasper Murison-Bowie, the podcast quickly expanded into a one hour plus format that includes guests (usually, but not limited to journalists) on every episode telling personal anecdotes about their lives in music.

    Guests have included former music writer-turned-rockstar Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys (episode 63) telling the story of how he was so nervous when he interviewed Marc Bolan of T. Rex in 1975 that he didn’t turn on his tape recorder (Bolan did it for him), and Disc and Music Echo reporter Caroline Boucher (episode 94) recounting Richard Branson’s attempt at signing Captain Beefheart to Virgin, and botching it by mentioning his intention of also signing Beefheart’s nemesis Frank Zappa. One of the more notable stories to come out of Rock’s Backpages podcast early on was NME journalist Keith Altham (episode 21) describing the time he spent traveling from the UK to the Monterey Pop Festival with Jimi Hendrix and how he convinced the soon-to-be legend to set his guitar on fire, arguably altering the course of popular music.

    “From the beginning we wanted it to be personal,” says Jasper Murison-Bowie. “We wanted it to be a conversation addressed to an individual listener on friendly terms with an eavesdropping style. It’s great to see how far we’ve come. We started getting guests on and that’s been super. A hundred episodes later, here we are having a good laugh.”

    Listen to the 100th episode, in which the podcast’s power trio wish a happy 80th birthday to contributor Keith Altham, express their deep appreciation for his support over the past 20 years, and discuss three of his 450 pieces on RBP. They also talk a bit about the Black Keys, R.L Burnside & the North Mississippi hill country blues sound that inspired the Keys’ new Delta Kream album. Clips from a 1991 audio interview with Donald Fagen prompt conversation about The Nightfly, the Rock & Soul Revue, and the all-round greatness of Steely Dan.

    ABOUT THE HOSTS OF ROCK’S BACKPAGES PODCAST:

    Barney Hoskyns Editorial Director

    A writer and editor for over 30 years, RBP co-founder Hoskyns is also the author of many books, including Hotel California: Singer-Songwriters and Cocaine Cowboys in the LA Canyons, the Tom Waits biography Lowside of the Road, Trampled Under Foot, an oral history of Led Zeppelin, and Small Town Talk, a history of the music scene in Woodstock and Bearsville. A former U.S. correspondent for MOJO, Hoskyns has contributed to Vogue, GQ, Rolling Stone, Spin, Harper’s Bazaar, Uncut and many other titles. Thoughts of Chairman Barney can be found (and books bought) at barneyhoskyns.com

    Mark Pringle Chief Archivist and Production Director

    RBP co-founder Pringle has a chequered past including a stint as a musician with mid-’80s retro soul outfit Hot House; graphic designer; portrait photographer. In 2003 he curated Yes Yes Y’all, an exhibition about the first decade of hip hop (’72-’83) and, these days, when he’s not covered in 50-year-old newsprint (it never dries) he now plays Free Rock™ with drummer pal Tom Fenner.

    Jasper Murison-Bowie Marketing and Communications Manager

    Jasper has written about jazz, funk and electronic music for Under City Lights and The Playground. While studying philosophy at University College London, Jasper hosted a radio show, Making Waves, about the genre future bass, which ran for three years. As a saxophonist and pianist, Jasper has played in venues including the Adelphi Theatre, the Bishopsgate Institute and Camden People’s Theatre. In 2015, he held a residency at Tredwell’s restaurant in Covent Garden, playing jazz and freely improvised music. He has also spent some time behind the decks at clubs in Oxford. His photography, writing and music can be found at jasperbowie.com.

    070 Shake – No Enemies lyrics

    [Hook: Shake070]
    I’m just trynna get it on my own
    And I don’t wanna waste another day
    Feeding off this energy
    Keep it all one hunned we
    Ain’t gotta have no enemy, no
    All I know is get it on my own
    Sometimes I gotta wash the pain away
    God I love my Hennessy
    Keep it all one hunned we
    Ain’t gotta have no enemies no

    [Verse 1: Phi]
    Maybe we could all get money and relate to each other
    An OG told me
    Real men get it, don’t take from another
    And don’t wait on another
    I don’t need no favors
    Man I’m straight with my brothers
    Love to drink with my brothers
    Get to the bank with my brothers
    Young nigga coming out straight from the gutter
    Know that it’s about the bread and the butter
    But all I’m seeing is guns and them roses
    Why do my people keep losing our soldiers
    We ‘posed to get it and spread out the culture
    Boss up my nigga and live like a owner
    This for my niggas that’s setting they goals up
    I can’t wait til we go up
    This is just the beginning
    Stay to myself because nigga we winning
    But I got love for my niggas that’s getting it
    I do not move with no malice
    Trynna keep all of my balance
    Sometimes it could be a challenge
    I’m racking up on the mileage
    I’ve been so long on this road
    So far from home
    I’m just a young Rolling Stone
    Started with nothing
    I made them decisions
    How could you hate this persistence
    I mean we came from a distance
    Gotta be free and maintain on the mission
    If they ain’t talking that mean they ain’t listening
    All of my niggas is focused and ready to get it
    You know we ain’t lacking and slippin’
    We on it and winnin’
    And all of you niggas gon’ feel it

    [Hook: Shake070]
    I’m just trynna get it on my own
    And I don’t wanna waste another day
    Feeding off this energy
    Keep it all one hunned we
    Ain’t gotta have no enemy, no
    All I know is get it on my own
    Sometimes I gotta wash the pain away
    God I love my Hennessy
    Keep it all one hunned we
    Ain’t gotta have no enemies, no

    [Verse 2: Shake070]
    When it’s on the road
    Who gon’ run for us, yeah
    Then would you get up out the [?] for us
    We need the niggas with the joints for us, yeah
    We grindin hard
    Shit is real right now
    Shake take a sip, sip, sip
    They say have a nice trip
    You’ll be boolin on the rip, rip ohh
    We was on the floor right now
    Man I’m really feeling low right now
    And she thinking ’bout the stove I know
    I love the distraction
    Destruction
    Dysfunction
    Erupting
    I’m running from something so cunning
    It’s nothing
    I’m bugging me to take my luggage
    And leave out the country like Paris
    It’s stunning
    I know I would love it
    So neat it’d be numbing
    I ask you don’t bug me, yeahh
    I ask you don’t bug me, yeahh
    Can you just respect the fact that I come and go
    You got to accept the fact that you’ll never know
    We want to surprise them more so we lay low
    So we lay low

    [Hook: Shake070]
    I’m just trynna get it on my own
    And I don’t wanna waste another day
    Feeding off this energy
    Keep it all one hunned we
    Ain’t gotta have no enemy, no
    All I know is get it on my own
    Sometimes I gotta wash the pain way
    God I love my Hennessy
    Keep it all one hunned we
    Ain’t gotta have no enemies, no

    [Outro: Shake070]
    I’m just trynna get it on my own
    We was on the floor right now
    Man I’m really feeling low right now

    GoldLink – Pray Everyday (Survivor’s Guilt)

    [Hook]
    Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
    Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
    Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
    Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam

    [Verse 1]
    Hold my black nina in the sky shoot it high
    Maybe hit an angel watch it fall down, fam
    Free the whole posse, free the guys
    All my life been addicted to the pussy that’s my vice, yeah
    Drinkin’ drinkin’ drinkin’ all my problems
    I don’t need nobody, I just need my bottle that’s for certain
    Put the pussy on the pedestal
    I don’t got no industry friends, cause I’m rude
    So I told myself

    [Hook]
    Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
    Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
    Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
    Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
    Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
    Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
    Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
    Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam

    [Verse 2]
    Momma pray everyday, head straight
    Kept my head right, round my whole state
    You know you gon’ have to keep a bad bitch
    You know that the younger niggas look at you
    Ride with a nigga, yeah they feel you
    Cactus for my Citron, know I had to
    But the music business think that you gon’ take our chance nigga
    Pass Kanye, and be the man, cool
    DC, yeah you know they fucking proud of you
    Wilding out, shout out Luciano, yeah we’re fine now
    Out this motherfucking, prolly be up in the White House
    White bitch talking ’bout she love her niggas blacked out
    From the north than begin the south
    Went to Penthouse suite from sleeping up on momma couch on momma house
    And momma gave him momma slave and now her son is getting paid
    And papa was a rolling stone now his son on Rolling Stone
    And all I said was shit

    [Hook]
    Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
    Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
    Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
    Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
    Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
    Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
    Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
    Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
    Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
    Keep the haters, keep the demons, keep the haters
    Keep ’em, keep ’em

    [Outro]
    Lord I pray for wealth and power over all these motherfuckers
    For the DMV to reign for many moons
    Fuck these rappers. Fuck these labels
    Fuck these bitches. Fuck these bitches, you hear me
    They killed my nigga and I pray for revenge
    Control me and use me the way you would allow me to
    Amen

    Good Charlotte – I Just Wanna Live

    I need an alarm system in my house
    So I know when people are creepin’ about
    These people are freakin’ me out (these days)
    It’s getting hectic everywhere that I go
    They won’t leave me alone
    There’s things they all want to know
    I’m paranoid of all the people I meet
    Why are they talking to me?
    And why can’t anyone see?
    I just want to live
    Don’t really care about the things that they say
    Don’t really care about what happens to me
    I just want to live
    I rock a law suit when I’m goin’ to court
    A white suit when I’m getting divorced
    A black suit at the funeral home
    And my birthday suit when I’m home alone
    Talking on the phone
    Got an interview with the Rolling Stone
    They’re saying, â??Now you’re rich, now you’re famousâ??
    Fake ass girls all know your name and
    Lifestyles of the rich and the famous
    Your first hit aren’t you ashamed
    Of the life, of the life, of the life
    We’re living
    I just want to live I just want to live
    Don’t really care about the things that they say
    Don’t really care about what happens to me
    I just want to live
    Stop your messing around boy
    Better think of your future
    Better make some good plans boy
    Said everyone of our teachers
    Look out, you better play it safe
    Never know what hard times will come your way
    We say, where we’re comin’ from
    We’ve already seen the worst that this life can bring
    Now we expect it everywhere that we go
    All the things that they say
    Yeah we already know
    I just want to live
    I just want to live
    Don’t really care about the things that they say
    Don’t really care about what happens to me I just want to live

    Leon Russell – If The Shoe Fits

    Can you get us in free
    My girlfriend and me
    We like the songs, but we hate to pay
    Can I have your guitar
    Can I ride on your car
    Can you give me a role to play

    Can I have an autograph
    Can I sit in your lap
    Are you really into witchcraft like they say
    Can I follow you home
    Can I use your telephone
    Can we crash here for just a few day
    We’re from Rolling Stone so it’s okay

    Oh, What was your name
    You’re someone I’ve seen
    Has anyone said that you look like James Dean
    Can I sit in your lap
    Can I give you the clap

    Can we rap but don’t have much to say

    Can I have your guitar
    Can I ride on your car
    Can you give me a role to play
    Can I follow you home
    Can I use your telephone
    Can we crash here for just a few days
    We’re from Rolling Stone so it’s okay, Ah ha!

    Can you do a benefit
    Have you got any shit
    Have you made your peace with Jesus yet today
    Would you like to be a monk
    C’mon lets go get drunk
    Do you think Paul McCartney is okay
    Can we crash here for just a few days
    Ah, we’re from Rolling Stone so it’s okay