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Unwanted Accompaniment ... how best to handle? 20 Replies

Started by Jud Hair. Last reply by Jim Yates Jan 26, 2015.

Can Anyone Else Relate 4 Replies

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette. Last reply by Lon Milo DuQuette Dec 30, 2014.

Is Open Mic in Some Ways Harder than a Straight Gig? 17 Replies

Started by Jud Hair. Last reply by Rusty Day Dec 26, 2014.

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Comment by Jim Yates on July 9, 2014 at 8:34am

Phil, I doubt that my parents would have understood or appreciated it either, but I was living with folks who did appreciate it at the time.

Comment by Phil Manuel on July 9, 2014 at 8:23am
Probably right, Jim. Never had the poster, my parents would not have understood it, they barely liked me listening to "underground" music, as it was called in those days. The poster was commentary on the commercialism in the music business. We probably need that poster reprinted for kids today.
Comment by Michael McBride on July 9, 2014 at 7:54am

George Q: I think you have to upload your audio file to a hosting service like SoundCloud, and then place a link to it here on the comment wall.

Comment by Jim Yates on July 9, 2014 at 7:37am

No doubt the drunk/high fan was referring to the famous Frank Zappa Crappa poster that many of us had on our bathroom doors in the sixties.

Comment by Phil Manuel on July 9, 2014 at 6:42am
In the movie "Blow Up" Jeff Beck appears in a scene where he does the "smash me guitar" bit, and in the movie "Sweet and Lowdown"', Sean Penn trashes his gypsy guitar. I'd agree, Jud, it makes me sick to watch that type of "showmanship". I guess not having much of discretionary budget, and a feeling of attachment to my instruments keeps me from ever wanting trash them.

For some artists, the audience feels like they need to see the "show", and the artist sadly accommodates them. I remember going to a Frank Zappa concert, some drunk/high fan called out, "hey, Zappa, $#it on stage!", as Zappa was rumored to perform some non-musical antics during performances back then. I don't know if the rumors were true or not but I was relieved when Frank responded, "I came to play music, man, why did you come here?", and went on to play more great music.

I prefer performance of music as an art, and art, but never much cared for "performance art".
Comment by Jud Hair on July 8, 2014 at 4:16pm

Pete smashing his J-200 on Letterman --->

Comment by Jud Hair on July 8, 2014 at 4:14pm

Edward/Phil ... at least Townshend didn't smash that one like he did on Letterman a few years ago. That sort of made me sick when he did that. I'm a big fan of Pete and The Who, but that sort of destructive excess is a turnoff to me.

Comment by George Quinn on July 8, 2014 at 3:57pm

Michael M: As far as posting The Brady Dirge, I'm assuming it's possible to post just the audio file (mp3), but I've never looked into it.  Think I will...after I watch that Pete Townsend clip Ed suggested.  

Comment by Michael McBride on July 8, 2014 at 1:24pm

Thanks for sharing the video, Ed. That's an excellent version.

Comment by Michael McBride on July 8, 2014 at 1:16pm

George Q: Congratulations on your successful open-mic performance. I know from experience that going back after a layoff is often harder than going out the first time. Too many expectations to overcome. I'm glad you had a good time. I'd love to hear The Brady Dirge. Is it posted anywhere? ~Michael


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