July 3: TEN YEARS AFTER/ MC5/ STALK FOREST GROUP @ STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY yes again, TEN YEARS AFTER this. time there was a method to my madness as I actually longed to see the MC5 again and my partner did not care for their music at all but loved TYA. The Stalk Forest Group, later to become Blue Oyster Cult would open. Ours was the late show “scheduled” for 11 PM and about 11 o’clock I heard the opening tune for Ten Years After from inside the arena and I knew we were in for a “long” night. At about 1 AM the early show exited. By 2AM the late show crowd entered the gym, our seats were first row. While Stalk Forest was uneventful, The MC5 opened with Ramblin’ Rose and took no prisoners. It was so hot in the gym from the summer air and the MC5 certainly added to the temperature. TYA did their typical TYA set, nothing new, nothing added and I was growing bored of their act. We exited about 6 AM and my ears were ringing. (My MC5 Stony Brook ticket stub is posted on their website, more on that later)
ON THE SHELF: FOLLOW THE MUSIC: THE LIFE AND HIGH TIMES OF ELECTRA RECORDS IN THE GREAT YEARS OF AMERICAN POP CULTURE by Jac Holzman and Gavan Daws (First Media 2014) This book is written in oral history style following topics while basically remaining in a chronological fashion. It starts off in Greenwich Village 1950’s as most folk rock tales do. JAC speaks about his love for early folk music, and jazz, and how by age 19 he was thrust head first in the recording business. This was a time for him, as an independent, he was only concerned with the long player (lp) as opposed to the singles market, totally unique in the business. Through out the book we meet folks who were involved with THE DOORS, LOVE, JUDY COLLINS, CARLY SIMON, PHIL OCHS,TIM BUCKLEY and others who help develop the artists on ELEKTRA RECORDS and how this small independent company became a giant in the business.
MY LITTLE KNOWN FUN FACT THAT I LOVE: While not being able to get The Lovin’ Spoonful for $10,000, JAC HOLZMAN went to LA, found LOVE and signed the band the next day for $5000 CASH, which Arthur Lee demanded. The next day Arthur Lee arrives with a gold Mercedes 300 which he paid $4500.00, he also bought a harmonica, he gave the other band members $100.00 each. What a sport.