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Friday, 31 May 2013

Paintings by Grace Slick to be shown in Healdsburg




Based on her tempestuous rock-star career as lead singer for Jefferson Airplane in the 1960s, no one would expect Grace Slick to be shy or demure, even at age 73.
And sure enough, she isn’t.
“I’ve lived a good life,” she said by phone from her Malibu home. “Now I’m an old broad.”
In her second career as an artist, Slick produces paintings just as colorful and provocative as her songs. She’ll appear Saturday, May 18, at the Norcal Modern Gallery in Healdsburg, which is hosting her “Once Upon a Time” exhibit.
Read on...

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This is a poster that I have been using for some years in my day-job; the Director of The Centre for Fortean Zoology. However, in light of recent events...


I was driving back from Brighton with Dave B-P at the beginning of the week when I suddenly had a thought. In the light of my meeting with Mick Farren the poster could (and indeed should) be adapted...

MERRELL FANKHAUSER REVIEW


Artist: Merrell Fankhauser
Title: Area 51 Suite
Genre: Space Pop
Release Date: 4th March 2013
Label: Gonzo Multimedia

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It has been several years since Merrell Fankhauser released new studio recordings (he has released several compilations and DVDs over the years as well). Rockin and Surfin was a 2004 release that I recall enjoying immensely so it came as no surprise that I had a similar experience listening to the latest release Area 51 Suite. Keep in mind music fans that Fankhauser has been getting it done in the recording studio since the 60s and has overcome health issues and every other obstacle thrown in his way to continue to entertain us all. There are two versions of the release available, the CD and the CD/DVD which features music videos and interviews with people from the ET and Sci-Fi community.

This collection of tracks is referred to as space pop. A lot of it as one would suspect if you are familiar with Fankhauser’s work, is influenced by surf. The subject matter is about space and extraterrestrials but I would classify most of this recording as instrumental with wide range of influences coming together at once to form this hybrid of the referenced “space pop.”

The first and title track “Area 51” effectively creates an air of mystery and intrigue. Certainly that was the intent so mission accomplished and a great way to open the curtain to the show. “Signals From Zoran’” which is also an excellent track, takes a page out the surf-instrumental book. The following track “Stardazed” is slower bluesy like ballad that puts you in a starry eyed mood and just may have you looking up at the sky wondering who is out there watching us. “Bimini Road” which is an underwater rock formation near North Bimini Island in the Bahamas, is very appropriately a surf-blues number that takes you on an underwater adventure. Instrumental music, if it is very good, takes little time to create a picture of the track title in your mind, here again Fankhauser succeeds.

“Shadow People” is a very picturesque instrumental that brings those people in the shadows to life. The music flows along and rocks its way into your psyche making it inevitable that you start thinking about unexplained phenomena and people on this earth that we have no knowledge of or why they are here. It one of the more complex and changing tracks that takes things to another musical level for the artist. Then to switch things up yet again “Cocktails In Space” is entirely different than all the previous tracks and it includes a segment where a flute comes in giving it new age feel and texture.

When “Crash Landing” comes at you with a synthesizer depicting a spacecraft coming your way and Merrell’s guitar kicks in it forms a spy thriller surf sound that keeps you hooked throughout. This track was the one that reminded a lot of his previous surf-instrumental work. Many of the tracks begin with a spacey laser or craft landing like sound to make sure you are staying with the overall Area 51 Suite theme.

The biggest treat for old and new fans will be Fankhauser’s most prolific track “Calling From A Star.” I go back to 1999 with Merrell and that is when I first heard this amazing track. The title says it all and his voice is exceptional, backed by perfectly placed instrumentation. I don’t think he could have recorded a better track in his long and influential career. Every track offers the listener something different and even though the premise is visitors from outer space you will hear the diversity of an artist on display at every turn. Surf, space, pop, rock, blues, and country, just about every main genre, gets superb coverage on this eclectic slice of musical excellence.

This is a solid release and I have to say one of Merrell Fankhauser’s most exceptional releases in his career. He has made some great music over the years and this gives us all a reminder once again of his importance to the history of rock music and how his capabilities to entertain have not waned. His candle is still burning brightly and Area 51 Suite gives you a one way ticket to the stars. Don’t you give up hope down there; they are coming back again…

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Area 51, Calling From A Star, Crash Landing

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Founder MuzikReviews.com

May 11, 2013

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Tracks:
Tracks:
1. Area 51
2. Signals From Zoran
3. Stardazed 
4. Bimini Road 
5. Catalina USO 
6. Crash Landing
7. Aliens In The Mist
8. Shadow People 
9. Cocktails In Space
10. Lost Continent Blues
11. Alien Talk
12. Calling From A Star

Disc 2
 1. Area 51 
2. Vitina Marcus: Interview
3. Alien Talk
4. Dr. David Jungclaus: Interview
5. Out on the Desert
6. The Little A'le'inn 
7. Beyond The Rainbow
8. Calling From A Star


Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck


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MICK FARREN AT ROCK'S BACK PAGES

Mick FarrenMick Farren was born on a wet night at the end of World War II and has been complaining prolifically about it ever since. For the duration of his professional career, he has divided his time between music and literature, although with certain digressions into psychedelic agitprop, like editing the underground newspaper IT, and defending both his liberty and the comic book Nasty Tales at a protracted obscenity trail at the Old Bailey.


His tabloid heyday as a commentator on popular culture was in the 1970s, when he was part of what is now called (by some) the NMEgolden age, during which time he helped explain punk to people who still thought Rick Wakeman had merit. The next decade found him in New York City where, among other adventures, he drank more than was good for him, wrote TV columns for the Village Voice, a monthly rant for Trouser Press, a number of books about Elvis Presley, eight science fiction novels, the cult hit The Black Leather Jacket, and the off-Broadway musical The Last Words Of Dutch Schultz.
Since here in the twenty-first century, Farren, for the most part, writes only about performers who are either dead or born well before 1960, you won't find him in too many of the current rock magazines. His major output now comes in book form, either as works of non-fiction, as the endless stream of decidedly odd neo-gothic novels that flows from his computer, or as the occasional - and even more odd - CD of his music and poetry, usually with his floating rock & roll crap-game, The Deviants.

CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: Chris Squire stage clothes (Part Three)

We continue with excerpts from the online catalogue of a Music Memorabilia Auction in Stockport, Summer 2013. Part One can be found HERE Part Two can be found HERE




YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x long black handmade coat designed by Andres, very detailed with black velvet, silver satin, black fringing, applique designs, metal studs (many rusted), embellishments including a black fur tail on the back. The coat was worn by Chris Squire when touring with 'Yes' to include the opening night of the 90120 tour along with many other nights on this tour. The satin is stained and showing rust marks from the metal studs but otherwise a stunning stage outfit. Also included is 1 x pair of black jogging sweat trousers with fringing, velvet trim and stud detail. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate:

£1,000 - £1,500



YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x long blazer in iridescent blue designed by Andres and worn by Chris Squire when touring with 'Yes' in the late 70's and early 80's (picture shows him wearing at 1980 concert in Canada). Some slight staining and a rubbing damage from guitar strap on the back (left shoulder) but otherwise good condition. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate:

£500 - £700




YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x long blazer in gold and green striped lurex fabric, some rubbing from guitar strap to the left shoulder but in good condition. Worn by Chris Squire when touring with 'Yes'. Pictures show him wearing the jacket on tour in 1980. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate:

£500 - £700


YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x cream muslin fabric tunic designed by Andres with shawl collar and black & grey ribbon detail to the front, worn by Chris Squire when touring with 'Yes', there is staining to the lower front, back and sleeves. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate:

£1,000 - £1,500

CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: Chris Squire stage clothes (Part Two)

We continue with excerpts from the online catalogue of a Music Memorabilia Auction in Stockport, Summer 2013. Part One can be found HERE
http://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/omega-auctions/catalogue-id-2880485



YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x long taffeta kimono style coat in kingfisher blue with multi coloured design to the back and beaded embellishments with silver collar & sleeves. Worn by Chris Squire when touring with 'Yes' and in good condition. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate:

£1,000 - £1,500



YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x pleated cape designed by Zandra Rhodes in orange printed satin with an American Indian feather design. Also includes green satin trousers. Worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes" and in very good condition. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so... More

Estimate:

£1,000 - £1,500
YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x beige woven and embroidered waistcoat with brown velvet pocket detail, the lining and back are tan satin. Worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes" and in very good condition. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate:

£400 - £600

YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 3 piece stage costume to include mid grey velveteen moire tailcoat with watered silk trim with waistcoat and matching velveteen trousers. Slight rubbing from guitar strap to left shoulder. Worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes" in late 70's - pictures feature Chris wearing the clothing in 1977 and 1979. In very good condition. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate:

£800 - £1,000

YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x long sleeved tie front green silk shirt by Andres with gold painted flower detail on the left front and right sleeve, worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes" and in good condition. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate:

£300 - £500


YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x 3/4 length beige gabardine coat with peach satin lining, worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes" and in good condition. Provenance: Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate:

£600 - £800


YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x black tailcoat and trousers with black satin collar and 6 button trim, worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes" and in good condition. Picture shows Chris wearing coat at Wembley in 1978 Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate:

£800 - £1,000


YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x black evening jacket designed by Andres with Chinese design in yellow, orange & green, worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes" and in good condition. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate:
£1,000 - £1,500



YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x tunic designed by Andres with kimono style sleeves in cream crespon georgette with satin decoration detail in purple and blue, some staining from guitar strap across the back and some discolouration to the front neckline but a striking piece in good condition. Worn on 1976 tour as featured in picture. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate:
£1,500 - £2,000

YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x purple satin shirt with front ties and reverse decorated with a sequined butterfly & coloured glass pink and purple stones, with cut out design in crepe and also including purple satin trousers. Some rubbing and staining from guitar strap and also discolouration and minor to the sleeve and crepe material. Worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes" - images show Chris wearing this on the 1972 "Closer To The Edge" tour. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate:

£3,000 - £4,000


YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x black and silver lurex tunic designed by Andres and worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes". Picture shows Chris wearing the tunic on 1984 tour. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate:
£500 - £700
YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x long satin & crepe tunic in bold red and green stripes with matching scarf and red satin trousers with ruched ankles, worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes". Picture shows Chris wearing the tunic on stage in the mid 70's. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.
Estimate:
£1,000 - £1,500

CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: Chris Squire stage clothes (Part One)

As regular readers will know, each week we post some item of rock music memorabilia which is vaguely on-topic to a band on Gonzo Multimedia, and leave pictures of it online for all the most fetishistic collectors to salivate over. I don't think that we have ever come close to this, however. These are excerpts from the online catalogue of a Music Memorabilia Auction in Stockport, Summer 2013.
http://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/omega-auctions/catalogue-id-2880485







YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x white cotton 'Doctor' coat with red cross printed on the right hand side and 'Doctor' on the reverse, worn by Chris Squire when touring with 'Yes', some staining but otherwise good condition. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate:
£800 - £1,000

YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x long sleeved black silk shirt with beige & rust floral design, worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes" and in good condition. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.

Estimate
:
£300 - £500


YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x long sleeved red crepe satin shirt, worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes" and in good condition. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.
Estimate:
£200 - £400


YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x long sleeved lilac crepe shirt, worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes" and in good condition. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.
Estimate:
£200 - £400


YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x long sleeved green and cream striped rayon shirt, worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes" and in good condition. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.
Estimate:
£200 - £400



YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x black satin waistcoat with overlay of silver holographic paper to the front and collar with rubbing and wear in places, worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes". Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.
Estimate:
£300 - £500




YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x tunic designed by Andres in natural coloured satin with velvet detailing and decorated tail feature on the back in red, purple and green, includes natural satin trousers (not Andres), worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes". Great shot of Chris wearing this in the late 70's. Some staining and running of dye on the sleeves and upper back but otherwise a stunning stage outfit. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.
Estimate:
£2,000 - £2,500





YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x tunic designed by Andres in red satin silk with stunning embroidered detailing and metal studs (some are missing and the remainder are damaged but can be removed as they are hand sewn onto the garment, some marking also from guitar strap to the left shoulder). Also included are green satin trousers with Chinese embroidered detail worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes" during 1977. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.
Estimate:
£1,000 - £1,500


YES - CHRIS SQUIRE - 1 x tunic designed by Zandra Rhodes in blue printed satin with a feather design and scallop detail to the sleeves and hem. Worn by Chris Squire when touring with "Yes" and in very good condition. Provenance: Mr Squire kindly gifted his tour wardrobe from the 70's & 80's to his young grandchildren . It has been decided to place them into auction, so that fans of the of the band can purchase a piece of their tour history. Letter of provenance provided with each lot.
Estimate:
£1,000 - £1,500

 

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