Pat Thomas at Big Pink
Here are 30 bands that I’ve NEVER shared a stage or dressing room with – and I’m totally at peace with that:
1) Pavement 2) Thurston Moore 3) Bonnie Prince Billy 4) Kid Rock 5) Tool 6) Helmet 7) Fleet Foxes 8) Rem (after Bill Berry left) 9) Replacements . . . → Read More: 30 Bands I’ve Never Shared a Stage With, by Pat Thomas
Every couple of years, a new generation discovers folk singer/songwriter Jackson C. Frank – and gets all obsessive about him – similar to Nick Drake, Judee Sill, (and for reasons I’ve never understood) Vashti Bunyan – and yet, oddly not enough people do that with Sandy Denny. Anyway Frank is worth some obsessing – . . . → Read More: Jackson C. Frank – The Complete Recordings, by Pat Thomas
Blending the gospel with the secular; Dylan in New Orleans, November 1981: This show was recorded for a proposed live album, which was never issued (apart from “Heart of Mine”, which appeared on Biograph), Dylan scholar Paul Williams calls this “one of his most inventive tours”, and the setlist — which mixes songs from . . . → Read More: Bob Dylan – Stadiums of the Damned, by Pat Thomas
I had been a resident of San Francisco for all of 24 hrs when I strolled into a South of Market bar in October 1987 and spotted Chuck Prophet propping up a bar stool. I sat down, didn’t introduce myself, then started making comments and asking questions about the other members of Green On . . . → Read More: Chuck Prophet – Brighton 1993 Savannah, by Pat Thomas
I clearly remember Peter Holsapple and DB’s playing “Suspicious Minds” at Scorgies in Rochester, NY circa 1984 and Peter making an impassioned plee for folks not to believe all the myth and horseshit of Elvis and just dig the music – that made a strong impression on me. During that era doing an Elvis . . . → Read More: Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds Live 1973, by Pat Thomas
In New York City, a gig with Norwegian jazz singer Karin Krog joined by piano maverick Steve Kuhn for $14 is almost “free” – at Joe’s Pub on Wednesday September 30th, at 7:30 pm (one set only) – I think I may even roll into town for this. Click here for ticket info. Here’s . . . → Read More: Karin Krog – We Could Be Flying, by Pat Thomas
I’ve always preferred men over boys and women rather than girls, so when I heard this ‘adult’ version of the Jackson 5 bubblegum hit (recorded just a few months after young Michael took it to the top), I asked myself ‘why in the hell’ did Motown sit on releasing it for 34 years ? . . . → Read More: David Ruffin – I Want You Back, by Pat Thomas
At 8:20 a.m. on September 9, 1971 the Attica Prison riot began. At 9:45 AM on September 13, tear gas was dropped into the yard and New York State Police troopers opened fire non-stop for two minutes into the smoke. by the time the facility was retaken, 10 hostages (Nine of them Prison guards . . . → Read More: John Lennon – Attica State (LIVE) – Apollo Theatre – New York City, by Pat Thomas
This might be on Spotify but I went out and bought this 1974 unreleased album by the late Chris Wood on CD. Wood was the flautist and saxophonist of Traffic. Recorded just after the demise of Traffic in 1974, Vulcan was begun for Island records but shelved in 1978. The sessions featured contributions from . . . → Read More: Chris Wood – Vulcan, by Pat Thomas
Keith Moon – this wack-job changed my life – the hours I spent as a teenager listening to every note that came out of his drum set and trying to emulate his sound and style caused me to get kicked out of bands in high school, got me praised occasionally in more recent years, . . . → Read More: This Wack-job Changed My Life, by Pat Thomas
In the mid-70’s, my parents had a Volvo 122-S that they’d bought new in ’64. It was still running strong and had only an AM radio in it – which every 30 minutes seem to play this song during 1975-1976.
– Pat Thomas is the author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds . . . → Read More: Maxine Nightingale – Right Back Where We Started From, by Pat Thomas
Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs is the first ever “oral history” of the British folk scene with expressive quotes from Martin Carthy, Shirley Collins, the Watersons, Ashley Hutchings, Wizz Jones, Dave Swarbrick, June Tabor, Maddy Prior, Joe Boyd, Richard Thompson, Clive Palmer – utterly inspiring and essential.
– . . . → Read More: Oral History of British Folk Music a Must Read, by Pat Thomas
It was a “Cold wind in August” with Mick Ronson on guitar, Dr. John on piano – excellent live video footage from 1977.
– Pat Thomas is the author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975.
Recorded in the summer of 1969 at 1457 National Street in Memphis with Terry Manning on bass, Richard Rosebrough on drums, and Jeff Newman on steel guitar. Produced and engineered by Terry Manning (who had mixed Led Zeppelin III that summer at the same Memphis location). Manning and Chilton flew to LA with the . . . → Read More: Alex Chilton – Just to See You, by Pat Thomas
If 1970’s Journey in Satchidananda was a game changer for you – then prepare yourself for this obscure 1982 ‘cassette only’ release just out on CD. Alice Coltrane‘s vocals are ‘other worldly’ as if she made up her own language (in the form of Vedic Chants) – it’s a spiritual message drowned in a . . . → Read More: Alice Coltrane – Turiya Sings, by Pat Thomas
This 1971 combination [album] is a bit of a rocky road – the medley of “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” & “I Say a Little Prayer” is moronic, but you do get their version of the Brotherhood of Man’s 1970 hit “United We Stand”. There’s also some Randy Newman and Hoyt Axton . . . → Read More: Anne Murray, Glen Campbell – Let Me Be the One, by Pat Thomas
Garage rock in the 80’s and beyond was always very hit and miss for me – often miss. But when I heard this and saw MonoMan do it live – I thought to myself, this is “god-like.”
– Pat Thomas is the author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power . . . → Read More: Lyres – Help You Ann, by Pat Thomas
I recently had dinner with longtime Beach Boy Bruce Johnston – just happened to sit next to him and he was eating alone. 90 minutes of him honestly answering any question – he was egoless, sincere, with no axes to grind with Brian Wilson or anyone else. Given all the wacko shit he’s witnessed . . . → Read More: Beyond the Life of Brian, Beach Boys Article, by Pat Thomas
Starting in the early 70s, I’ve never had a casual relationship with The Who – just like I’ve never had a casual connection to my head, heart or groin. The Who always exemplified the visceral, mercurial, macho, homoerotic, thunderous, vulnerable side of rock music, they made me feel more alive reflecting my changing moods. . . . → Read More: Mark Blake – Pretend You’re in a War: The Who and the Sixties, by Pat Thomas
Easily the highlight from the mid-70’s “Brian’s Back” promotional campaign, this was done to celebrate the Beach Boys’ 15th anniversary and to promote their album, 15 Big Ones. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd play a pair of California Highway Patrol officers who burst into the bedroom of Wilson’s Bel Air home and force him . . . → Read More: John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd take Brian Wilson Surfing 1976, by Pat Thomas