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July 30, 2014

   Well, here's something I would never have predicted: I landed on the pages of our competitor, Wild West in the current issue.

Johnny Boggs interviewed me last March while we were both at the Tucson Book Festival and he said it was for Wild West magazine and I said, "Well, I'll believe that when I see it."

   Well, not only did they run it, but it's a very nice piece and I'm accurately quoted. Plus, they gave a plug for my art website and the True West site. Amazing. A very classy move on Eric Weider's part (he's the owner of the Weider Group that owns Wild West and several other history titles).

   Chose ten paintings and drawings for the Powerhouse Museum show. All are featured in "The 66 Kid." Drove them down to Michael Feldman's Frame & Art Shop on Glenday at noon today. Here's a sneak peek at one of them:

Eye On The Sky (Division Doubletruck, pages 17—18), 24 X 18:, gouache

Still cleaning and filing. Found some groovy stuff in the garage a couple days ago:

Rolling Stone October 25, 1973 issue

   Read with interest the Gram Parsons obit which gave some of the sordid details of how two of his roadies kidnapped his coffin from Los Angeles International Airport then took the body out to Joshua Tree and burned it. They told the authorities they were off duty hearse drivers and they "had a girl all ready someplace to f**k them out of their mind; so they played that out to the guy." It actually worked and they signed with the name "Johnny Nobody." Allegedly, they were peeved because Gram's stepfather [Robert Parsons] had arranged a funeral in New Orleans and didn't invite any of Gram's band friends (that would be the dudes who kidnapped the body). Other little gems from the article: Mick Jagger allegedly wrote "Wild Horses" for and about Gram Parsons. Aslo, the cops didn't know what to charge the body snatchers with, but one of them called it "Gram Theft Parsons."

By the way the issue is 80 pages, with covers, and it sold for 75 cents. it really is much closer to New Times than the slick mag it is today.

Matching Rolling Stone covers: one from the U.S. and the other from Argentina

"Eve!" he called and I sat with him as he ordered round after round of tequila. I think it must have been Gram who introduced Sauza Commemerativa {sic?) into rock & roll because Gram always knew quality when it came to f**king yourself up."

—Eve Babitz, as part of the obit commentary

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Comment by Marcus Huff on July 31, 2014 at 5:55pm

Back when Rolling Stone still had a pair.

Comment by Sue Cauhape on July 31, 2014 at 11:14pm

Can't wait to get my copy of "The 88 Kid." Love the postcard.

Comment by Ed Wager on August 1, 2014 at 9:03am

They share the feeling that"Good Vibrations" are contagious.

While there is a little different beat on "Route 66"

"The 66 Kid", it's looks like sweetness

No lime required

“Dance as though no one is watching you,
Love as though you have never been hurt before,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
Live as though heaven is on earth.”

― Souza

Comment by anthony martin on August 1, 2014 at 10:41am

  Sue,

    I believe thE 88 Kid was Liberace. ;)

Comment by Bob Boze Bell on August 1, 2014 at 10:48am

Ed, I met Hal Blaine in the early nineties when I was doing the morning radio show on KSLX. He is, of course, a famous session drummer and he moved to Arizona and was playing at Harold's of all places, in a Country band, just for grins, as he put it. He told me how he played drums on most of the Beach Boy songs and that Dennis was too busy chasing girls. I never quite believed him, but there he is, front and center, playing drums on "Good Vibrations." Thanks.

Comment by Jim Brake on August 1, 2014 at 11:48am

Congrats on Wild West Mag BBB, good on them. I just love that cover of Rolling Stone, I had never seen that one. It just happens I'm a fan of Gram Parsons music. Grams road manager Phil Kaufman was behind that episode! He is a friend. He wrote a book about his adventures with Gram called "Road Mangler" Johnny Knoxville played the the role of Phil in the movie Grand Theft Parsons. :) Phil a great guy and folks might run into him at one of his book signing. Here he Phil in 73 with Gram, Emmylou Harris, and friends. And another of Phil in 2014 with country artist Jamey Johnson.

Comment by Bob Boze Bell on August 1, 2014 at 11:52am

Yes, Phil's photo is in the article! I took the mag home for safe keeping yesterday, but I'll bring it back in and post a photo of the page. Thanks for sharing. Legendary guys. Sort of the gunfighters of my era. Ha.

Comment by Murray A. Gewirtz on August 2, 2014 at 8:42am

For those who think that Wyatt Earp was a "jerk," here's a parody of the theme song of the "Wyatt Earp" TV program. It does not reflect my own views of Wyatt, who, though no plaster saint, was, in my opinion, more on the side of right than his cow-boy/rustler/outlaw enemies:

     Well, he cleaned up at Faro,

     With fines and with pimping,

     And sometimes he wound up in jail.

     He puffed up his story

     with goodness and glory,

     And that's what we call a "tall tale." 

      [Chorus:]

      Quite a jerk; quite a jerk,

      Dour, vindictive and cold.

      He blew his own horn

      To look like a hero,

      But the real, honest truth wasn't told.

   

    At the O.K. Corral fight

    He killed a few cowboys,

    And later he killed several more.

    His motives were rotten,

    Which won't be forgotten

    By those who recall Western lore.

      [Chorus]

   

Comment by Jim Holden on August 2, 2014 at 9:02am

My oldest Son, who is one of the sound guys for the current Justin Timberlake Tour, recently commented to me about how the "roadies" and such have changed from those days.  Now with all the technology they are mostly engineer types, who need a lot of knowledge and competence to set it all up correctly.  And apparently JT REALLY wants it all to work correctly.  Not that there isn't still a little of the old wild times, but it's certainly a different environment from the old 60's "Gunslinger Days".  

Comment by Sue Cauhape on August 2, 2014 at 9:04am

Sorry Anthony, the hand-eye coordination is a little off lately.

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