What the World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love

What the World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love. I absolutely LOVED this! I heard it on LA AM radio ALL the time! I listened to KRLA, KHJ (Boss Radio) and KFWB all the time! I LOVED this. EVERY time I heard it, I was so moved! I had NO idea SHE wrote it til recently! Jackie DeShannon was a TRAGICALLY UNDERRATED songwriter and singer. 1965, heck, all the 1960s, esp with Brit Invasion 1962/63, music was AMAZING going into early 1970s!! You heard GREAT songs in EVERY genre, on your one fave station. BUT this should have been on top. Tells ya many just thought this a sweet, sappy love song. Her voice, the chorus, instrumentation, the worlds, the way it builds up, then a solo horn, just beautiful. Timeless...

Punk, Politics and POTUS Carter

Did POTUS Carter suppress punk? (DO NOT MAKE ME LAUGH). How political was early punk? Did punk influence or be influenced by politics requires investigating the mid-1970s. I wrote this because a Facebook pal asked me some questions about punk and politics for her college paper. It is obvious to me what people think NOW often is at odds what many of us were thinking THEN. I suppose if I posted this when I wrote it, I might have been invited to speak at recent events dealing with punk and politics. Oh well. Better now than never. What was the state of the music industry and politics during Carter? But it even means going back further, a decade earlier to the 60s. In 1964, the United States used the excuse, later proven to be a lie, that there was incident in the Gulf of Tonkin Bay in Vietnam. It justified are sending over troops in an all-out military action. Almost immediately, people began protesting the Vietnam war. Many agreed with Mohammed Ali, who famously said: “The draft is about white people sending black people to fight yellow people to protect the country they stole from the red people.” Political unrest on college campuses were an everyday occurrence. The music reflected that. John Fogerty singing with Creedence Clearwater, “Fortunate Son,” about not being born with silver spoon in his mouth. Therefore he would be eligible for the draft. Whereas the rich boys like Trump could get out of it because of questionable medical excuses like “bone spurs in the foot.” Country Joe and The Fish and their wonderful, “I’m fixin’...
Punk Music and Politics in 1970s versus 1980s

Punk Music and Politics in 1970s versus 1980s

People love to say I photographed punk of the 1980s. I always correct them. I photographed FIRST gen punk in the 1970s! They are DIFFERENT eras. I could write a book about how and why 1970s punk is VERY different than 1980s. If nothing else, we had more mass media coverage in the 1980s. MTV. Music videos. Much more, but that’s enough. Art develops differently when hidden from sight vs under the public’s constant scrutiny. I wrote this awhile ago and sharing now. Everyone has their own version of THEIR life history. This is mine, at least at the time I wrote it.  In the mid-1990s, LA-based Rhino Records released DIY, a several volume collection of Punk and New Wave music. They focused specifically 1976 to 1980. 1976 was a turning point because there were two major record releases which changed our culture. Patti Smith’s “Horses” and “The Ramones.” Patti performed her poetry in LA prior to releasing “Horses,” end of 1975. My first live punk show was Patti at the Roxy, January 1976. Then Ramones, August 1976, also the Roxy. The Ramones infamously toured in England on the Fourth of July, where they influenced both the Sex Pistols and the Clash. The Ramones’ appearances (returning in February 1977, with Blondie on the seminal Whisky double bill) and their recordings attracted and galvanized a few hundred people in Southern California area by spring 1977. 1976 saw the reopening of the Whisky, with competition a few miles east at the Starwood. An overview, “Riot On Sunset. How punk and new wave resurrected Hollywood’s legendary Whisky a Go Go in the...

Kent State DID NOT Give Birth to Punk!

WaPo posted the most ridiculous idea about Birth of Punk: Kent State. SMH. My posted response:

As someone known for extensively photographing first gen punk, including Devo and Rubber City Rebels, I can only shake my head at this thesis. Wanna tell it to the Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, Television and Talking Heads, performing in the early 1970s? Sex Pistols and the Clash were performing by 1976.

I just today received a new Clash book, with 10 of my photos, many never seen. AND a BIG shoutout at top of the credits. I have FAR more cred than this author.

Plus, Detroit and New York were FAR more influential and earlier. Iggy and the Stooges, MC5, Velvet Underground, New York Dolls, and a wide variety of garage bands (see Rhino’s Nuggets by Lenny Kaye, known for the Patti Smith Group). Plus even Glam/Glitter.

Plus, Devo and Chrissie Hynde were NEVER punks. (I am a HUGE Devo fan. They’ve used several of my photos in various projects, for NO money.) [Click TITLE to read WHOLE post]

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