Τετάρτη, 28 Ιουλίου 2010

Ben Keith, Longtime Neil Young's Sideman and Pedal Steel Guitarist, Dies at 73

(read &  listen below for Ben Keith  &  Great Speckled Bird)
Ben Keith: 1937 - 2010
Bridge Benefit Concert 2008(pix right)

Ben Keith, Neil Young's long time band mate and friend, has passed away. Ben was 73.

Ben Keith, was a multi-talented musician who Neil Young first met in Nashville in February 1971 when Neil was recording the multi-platinum LP Harvest. Legend has it that Neil asked bassist Tim Drummond if he knew any pedal-steel players in town. Tim contacted Ben, who lived in town and off he went to the studio: "I didn't know who anyone was, so I asked, who's that guy over there?" and was told "that's Neil Young".

Neil Young often referred to Ben Keith as "Brother Ben".
Ben Keith, a longtime sideman for Neil Young, died earlier this month, according to Undercover.com.au. While the actual date and cause of death are still unknown, Keith was a revered session musician and producer who played pedal steel guitar on Young's classic album 'Harvest.' He was 73.

Keith got his start as a session musician in the late 1950s, playing on Patsy Cline's 'I Fall to Pieces.' He met and befriended Young when they both appeared on 'The Johnny Cash Show' and was recruited in 1971 for 'Harvest.' Keith continued to tour and record with the singer on albums as recently as 2009's 'Fork in the Road.'

In addition to his steady work with Young, the acclaimed pedal steel guitarist played in sessions for artists like Ringo Starr, Todd Rundgren, Warren Zevon, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, among others. As a producer, he produced Jewel's debut album 'Pieces of You,' which also featured Young collaborators Spooner Oldham and Tim Drummond. Keith was also a member of the Pegi Young Band and had reportedly been producing a second volume of songs for Jerry Lee Lewis' 'Last Man Standing.
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Ben (Benjamin) Keith (1937-2010) was born on March 6 1937 in Fort Riley, Texas, as Bennett Keith Schaeufele. An American pedal steel guitarist, from Bowling Green, Kentucky Ben worked as a session musician in Nashville in the late 1950s and 1960s. He is most famous for his work with Neil Young, both in stage shows and on albums
such as Harvest, "Journey Through The Past", "Time Fades Away", "On The Beach", Tonight's the Night, "American Stars 'n' Bars", Comes A Time, "Hawks 'n' Doves", "Old Ways", "Freedom",Harvest Moon, "Silver and Gold", Prairie Wind, "Chrome Dreams II", and the live albums "Unplugged" and "Road Rock Vol. 1". He played the role of "Grandpa Green" in the Neil Young feature length movie Greendale, released on DVD. He has also worked with Terry Reid, Todd Rundgren, Lonnie Mack, The Band, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Paul Butterfield, J. J. Cale, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Ian and Sylvia, Hungry Chuck, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray and Ringo Starr. He is also known as the producer of Jewel's debut album Pieces of You and as a solo recording artist. He toured with Crosby Stills Nash & Young on their 2006 Freedom of Speech tour. Ben passed away in July of 2010.
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Ben Keith
Great Speckled Bird

Great Speckled Bird was a pioneering country-rock band that originated in Canada in 1969. Ian and Sylvia (Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson), a well-known folk duo who rose to popularity in the early sixties, began making records in Nashville around 1968. Ian and Sylvia wanted to form their own band that played in a progressive country style. They formed Great Speckled Bird (there was no "the" in front of it), a group that was part of the country-rock movement that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Original members of the band were:
Amos Garrett, guitar; Bill Keith, steel guitar; Ken Kalmusky, bass and Ricky Marcus, drums. Ian and Sylvia were the lead vocalists and Ian played guitar. Sylvia sometimes played piano. One of the most interesting aspects of the group was that it was rarely recognized by the media by its correct name. Ian and Sylvia Tyson were so well-known as a duo that it seemed to be impossible to merge their identity into a country-rock band. All you have to do is take a look at the LP on Ampex and you will see their intentions for the group's name. It seemed the media was determined to reject the idea. This trend continues today in much of the reviews of the film Festival Express. If mentioned at all, the group is either referred to as "Ian and Sylvia and the Great Speckled Bird" or just as "Ian and Sylvia." Of course, Ian and Sylvia finally gave up on the idea with their Columbia LP You Were On My Mind when the recording artists were listed as Ian and Sylvia with Great Speckled Bird.

In 1969 Bill Keith was replaced on steel guitar by Buddy Cage (As one of the New Riders of the Purple Sage) and Ricky Marcus was replaced on drums by N.D. Smart. They recorded their first LP, Great Speckled Bird, in Nashville that year. It was issued on the new Ampex label (Ampex A10103) produced by Todd Rundgren, and engineered by Charlie Tallent. On those sessions, David Briggs played piano and Norbert Putnam played bass. Great Speckled Bird had their own logo designed by Walt Kelly, the cartoonist who created the comic strip Pogo. An extremely limited edition of 25 prints of the character was made, each signed by the artist.

In January, 1970, Ian replaced Ken Kalmusky on bass with Jim Colegrove, reuniting him with N.D. Smart. This band toured the United States and Canada, playing concerts, clubs that included The Troubador in L.A., The Village Gate in New York, The Cellar Door in D.C., Mr. Kelly's in Chicago and various rock festivals. They appeared on The Johnny Cash Show (the show was episode 40, aired on November 11, 1970), played Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan and performed on the legendary Festival Express tour across Canada that summer.
This above picture is from Calgary, July, 1970, Festival Express,
Great Speckled Bird (with special guests), L-R: Buddy Cage, steel; Jerry Garcia, guitar; Ian Tyson, guitar; Jim Colegrove, bass; Delaney Bramlett, guitar; Sylvia Tyson, vocal; Amos Garrett, guitar.
(other screenshots see here)

On returning to Toronto from Festival Express the band opened the four-year run of the CTV weekly television series, Nashville North, which became The Ian Tyson Show. The first season of the series was aired in various markets in the United States in 1970 under the title Nashville Now.
In the fall of 1970, Jeff Gutcheon joined Great Speckled Bird to play piano on the television show. Amos Garrett left the group to join Geoff and Maria Muldaur's new band in Woodstock. Amos was replaced by Toronto guitarist, David Wilcox. The next member to leave was Buddy Cage, who left to perform and record with Hog Heaven, Anne Murray, and The New Riders of the Purple Sage. Buddy was replaced on steel by Ben Keith.
This group performed on The Ian Tyson Show for the next two years. In 1972 they recorded an LP for Columbia titled You Were On My Mind (Columbia KC31337). The same players in this band also recorded for Bearsville Records as Hungry Chuck.
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download the whole story of
Great Speckled Bird -(Ampex, 1969)
Great Speckled Bird - Canada's Country-Rock Originator1969
Ben Keith - Steel Guitar at the Cool Groove
Ben Keith  From Wikipedia
Ben Keith with Neil Young watch video, clips,
Neil Young Rocks Australia

Ben Keith has been member of Neil Young's band since the early 1970s. Here he is interviewed by Pauline Stroosnijder for Culttv, outside the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam, June 2009.

Ben Keith's last appearance with Neil Young at Bridge School Benefit 2009
Neil Young and Band
(Spooner Oldham, Ben Keith, Pegi Young, Rick Rosas, Karl Himmel)

Bridge School Benefit - October 25, 2009
Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, California
 Down by the River .
Never Forgoten!!!

"Comes A Time" To See you Again  !!

Danny Whitten - guitar
Comrie Smith - rhythm guitar
Ben Keith - pedal steel
Rufus Thibodeaux - fiddle
Jack Nitzsche - keyboards
Bruce Palmer - bass
Dewey Martin - drums
Nicolette Larson - backing vocals
David Briggs - producer
LA Johnson - videographer
Bruce Berry - roadie

Neil Young "Words" Nottingham 2009 (Ben Keith on pedal steel guitar)

neil young no hidden path Madrid Spain 2008

.. εζησε ..οσο μπορουσε λεύτερος ...!!
μια ζωή στο Δρόμο ...
Τεράστιο το έργο του ...
και ανάμεσα σ'αλλα ..
συνυπεύθυνος για κείνο το αξεπέραστο .... Θερισμό ενα φυλαχτό του Neil ..
που ξεκίνησε πίσω στα 1972 ..με το album ''Harvest''

για να συνεχίσει once again με το Harvest Moon 1992 ..
να περάσει στο Silver & Gold του 2000

μιά τριλογία ..
Οδοιπορικό / Κατάθεση ..
Προσευχή απο την ζωή !!!



Did I see you down
With your mother in so much pain?
I was almost there
at the top of the stairs
With her screamin' in the rain.

Did she wake you up
to tell you that
It was only a change of plan?
Dream up, dream up,
let me fill your cup
With the promise of a man.

Did I see you walking with the boys
Though it was not hand in hand?
And was some black face
in a lonely place
When you could understand?
Did she wake you up
to tell you that
It was only a change of plan?

Dream up, dream up,
let me fill your cup
With the promise of a man.

Will I see you give
more than I can take?
Will I only harvest some?

As the days fly past
will we lose our grasp
Or fuse it in the sun?

Did she wake you up
to tell you that
It was only a change of plan?

Dream up, dream up,
let me fill your cup
With the promise of a man.

(From 1972 album ''Harvest'')

"Natural Beauty"

On the roller coaster ride
That my emotions have to take me on
I heard a newborn baby cry
Through the night.
I heard a perfect echo die
Into an anonymous wall
of digital sound
Somewhere deep inside
Of my soul.

A natural beauty should be preserved
like a monument to nature
Don't judge yourself too harsh,
my love
Or someday you might find
your soul endangered
A natural beauty should be preserved
like a monument to nature.

You had so much
and now so much is gone
What are you gonna do
With your life?

What a lucky man.
To see the earth
before it touched his hand
What an angry fool
To condemn.
One more night to go
One more sleep
upon your burning banks
A greedy man never knows
What he's done.
A natural beauty should be preserved
like a monument to nature
Don't start yourself too short,
my love
Or someday you might find
your soul endangered

A natural beauty should be preserved
like a monument to nature.
Went to the rodeo today

I saw the cowgirls
lined up on the fence
A brand new Chevrolet
A brand new pair of seamless pants.

We watched the moment of defeat
Played back over on the video screen
Somewhere deep inside
Of my soul.

A natural beauty should be preserved
like a monument to nature.

( From 1992 album ''Harvest Moon'')

'' Silver & Gold ''

Workin' hard every day
Never notice how the time slips away
People come, seasons go
We got something that'll never grow old

I don't care if the sun don't shine
And the rain comes pourin' down on me and mine
'Cause our kind of love
Never seems to get old
It's better than silver and gold

I used to have a treasure chest
Got so heavy that I had to rest
I let it slip away from me
Didn't need it anyway.
So I let it slip away.
I don't care if the sun don't shine
And the rain comes pourin' down on me and mine
'Cause our kind of love
Never seems to get old
It's better than silver and gold

I don't care if the sun don't shine
And the rain comes pourin' down on me and mine
'Cause our kind of love
Never seems to get old
It's better than silver and gold
in a young girl's town

(From 2000 album '' Silver & Gold '')

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Πέμπτη, 22 Ιουλίου 2010

R.I.P. Forminx's singer Tasos Papastamatis passed away at 72 ! «Έφυγε» ο τραγουδιστής των Forminx Τάσος Παπασταμάτης.


Απο το Nostos Music
του Λευτέρη Κογκαλίδη, διαβάσαμε:

Πέμπτη, 22 Ιουλίου 2010

Προχθες το μεσημερι ο γραφων δεχθηκε δυο τηλεφωνηματα από την Αθηνα με τα θλιβερα νεα του θανατου ενός τραγουδιστη που λατρεψε η νεολαια της δεκαετιας του 60 και ιδιαιτερα της Θεσσαλονικης

.Ο Τασος Παπασταματης,η χρυση φωνη των «Φορμιγξ»,εσβησε για παντα…

How cold your fingers were remember and it was just our last September είναι καποιοι στιχοι που η ευαισθητη,τρυφερη,βελουδινη φωνη του ερμηνευσε μοναδικα.

Τον Απριλιο του 1964 η νεολαια στο Θεατρο της Εταιρειας Μακεδονικων Σπουδων,στην παρθενικη εμφανιση τους στη Θεσσαλονικη αποθεωνε τους Φορμιγξ και τον Τασο Παπασταματη.αι τα επομενα χρονια στην «Ρεμβη» και στο «Πουσυκατ» η κοσμικη Θεσσαλονικη ρεμβαζε η κινουνταν ρυθμικα ακουγοντας τον γλυκυτατο τροβαδουρο.

Ο τραγουδιστης,που τοσο αγαπηθηκε,πεθανε μονος του,όπως ζουσε,σε ένα διαμερισμα της Αθηνας,ξεχασμενος,με ελαχιστα εως καθολου χρηματα κι επιβιωνε χαρη στο ενδιαφερον ελαχιστων φιλων μουσικων.Χθες εγινε η κηδεια του στην Αθηνα..

Ψυχρο κι αδικο τελος γι αυτόν τον υπεροχο τραγουδιστη και ανθρωπο.Καλο σου ταξιδι,Τασο.

ΠΗΓΗ :Λ.Κ. (nostos-music
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Απο τις ειδήσεις του STAR CHANNEL 23/7/2010:
Νεκρός επί ένα μήνα στο σπίτι του θρύλος του ελληνικού τραγουδιού

Σε προχωρημένη αποσύνθεση βρέθηκε μέσα στο ίδιο του το σπίτι νεκρός ο γνωστός τραγουδιστής Τάσος Παπασταμάτης, ψυχή του θρυλικού συγροτήματος Forminx. Εικάζεται ότι επί ένα μήνα βρίσκονταν νεκρός ο τραγουδιστής που έκαιγε καρδιές στην διάρκεια της δεκαετίας του ’60, που έφυγε μόνος και ξεχασμένος και συνοδεύθηκε στην τελευταία του κατοικία από μόλις δέκα άτομα, μεταξύ των οποίων ήταν οι Βαγγέλης Παπαθανασίου, Τέρη Χρυσός και Νίκος Μαστοράκης.

Μαζί με τον Παπαθανασίου και τους Σωτήρη Αρνή, Κώστα Σκόκκο και Βασίλη Μπακόπουλο, ο Τάσος Παπασταμάτης ήταν συνιδρυτής των Forminx, ενός συγκροτήματος που έκανε ταινία και με τον Θόδωρο Αγγελόπουλο. Η μεγαλύτερη επιτυχία του ήταν το «Τζερόνιμο Γιάνκα» που ακούγονταν σε όλα τα κλαμπς της εποχής. Μετά τη διάλυση του γκρουπ ο Παπασταμάτης ακολούθησε σόλο καριέρα ως τραγουδιστής ορχήστρας σε κρουαζιερόπλοια, ξενοδοχεία και καζίνο, ενώ πολλές ήταν οι τηλεοπτικές του εμφανίσεις στην τότε ΥΕΝΝΕΔ.

Όπως αναφέρει η εφημερίδα «Espresso», ο Τάσος Παπασταμάτης έφυγε από τη ζωή μόνος και ξεχασμένος μέσα στο ίδιο του το σπίτι. Κατά την εκτίμηση των ιατροδικαστών, παρέμεινε το άψυχο σώμα του εκεί για ένα μήνα περίπου. Για αυτό και βρέθηκε σε αποσύνθεση. Εντοπίστηκε όταν γείτονες διαμαρτυρήθηκαν για την έντονη δυσοσμία που εκπέμπονταν από το σπίτι του...
23/07/2010 11:56 : ΠΗΓΗ : (Star Channel News)

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The Forminx in shakin 'n twistin harmonies.
From The greek film "O Thodoros kai to Dikano", 1962.

Απο το Avopolis 25/07/2010 :
«Έφυγε» ο τραγουδιστής των Forminx Τάσος Παπασταμάτης.

Πέθανε στα 72, ολομόναχος στο διαμέρισμά του στη Κυψέλη, ο τραγουδιστής Τάσος Παπασταμάτης, των FORMΙNX, του δημοφιλέστερου ποπ/ροκ γκρούπ στην Ελλάδα μέχρι σήμερα.

The Forminx - A Precious White Rose

The Forminx 1962 ~ 1967 :
Vangelis Papathanassiou - organ, Vasilis Bakopoulos - rhythm guitar, Sortiris Arnis - bass, Tassos Papastamatis - vocals, Kostas Skokos - drums, Nikos Mastorakis - guest songwriter.

 From 1965 to 1967, they were The Shadows of Greece. They filled concert halls with screaming fans, all dying to hear something similar to what they knew was going on in England and the USA. The fans wanted their own Beatles experience, and The Forminx gave it to them. Vangelis knew at an early age that for the Greek band to be successful, they needed to sing their hits in English. They were even able to get their music sent to the UK and the USA, and had singles pressed in those countries. Vangelis was in a great position. He had one of the few Hammond organs in Greece during that time. He did a lot of side work. And so he grew apart from the band and eventually formed his own Papathanassiou Set.

The famous Greek director Theo Angelopoulos began a documentary film on the band,
The Forminx Story, that was never fully realized. I wrote to him recently and he responded that the print has been lost and unlikely to be found. Perhaps Nikos Mastorakis has a copy, and that gives me some hope that we might see this rare footage. In case you happened to run across a roll of film in a Greek warehouse that has this footage, would you write to me?
 [Thanks to John Pear for the scan of the Australian 7" of "Jeronimo Yanka", to Andreas Rallis for the scan of "Jeronimo Yanka" Greek multicoloured 7" and the label variation of "Love Without Love", and to Peter Althammer for the scan of the one Greek reissue 7" of "Jeronimo Yanka".]
Source :  (http://vangeliscollector.com/music_forminx.htm)

Σαν γκρουπ κυκλοφόρησαν από το 1962 έως το 1966, έντεκα singles με μεγαλύτερη επιτυχία το ‘Jeronymo Yanka’ που πούλησε 90.000 αντίτυπα το 1965, όπου έγινε και η αφορμή να μπούν εξώφυλλο στο αμερικάνικο μουσικό περιοδικό CASH BOX ανταγωνιστικό τότε του BILLBOARD.
Τα μέλη ήταν : Tάσος Παπασταμάτης [τραγ]

Βαγγέλης Παπαθανασίου [πιάνο]

Βασίλης Μπακόπουλος [κιθ]

Σωτήρης Αρνής [μπάσο]

Κώστας Σκόκος {ντραμς]

Θέμος Πέτρου [κιθ]

Οι συναυλίες τους προκαλούσαν υστερία, όπου έπαιζαν, με κορυφαίες στο θέατρο Κεντρικό της Αθήνας, στο θέατρο της Εταιρίας Μακεδονικών Σπουδών και στο Palais de Sport της Θεσσαλονίκης, όπου απέναντι σε 8.000 νέους σε κατάσταση αμόκ χρειάστηκε η επέμβαση της αστυνομίας, για να διαφύγει το γκρούπ μετά το τέλος της συναυλίας.

Η εποχή τους καταγράφηκε σε ντοκιμαντέρ απο τον σκηνοθέτη Θόδωρο Αγγελόπουλο, όπου όμως ποτέ δεν προβλήθηκε, και η αυθεντική κόπια αναζητείται έκτοτε στη Θεσσαλονίκη.

Δύο χρόνια μετά ο Παπαθανασίου έφτιαξε τους Aphrodite's Child.

Οι FORMINX είναι το συγκρότημα που ξεκίνησε την ελληνική ποπ/ροκ σκηνή και που έβαλε τα θεμέλια για την δημιουργία χιλιάδων συγκροτημάτων στην Ελλάδα εδώ και 48 χρόνια.

Ο Παπαστάματης βρέθηκε σε προχωρημένη αποσύνθεση, αφού ο ιατροδικαστής εικάζει ότι είχε πεθάνει 15-30 μέρες νωρίτερα.
Στην κηδεία του ήταν μόλις 10 άτομα, μεταξύ αυτών όλα τα μέλη των FORMINX.

Κείμενο: Χάρης Καββαδίας
ΠΗΓΗ :  avopolis

The Forminx - Until The End

 Οι FORMINX πηρξαν το γκρουπ που εριξε τον σπορο για την δημιουργια της εκρηξης των συγκροτηματων στην εγχωρια σκηνη,ενω παραλληλα αποτελουν το πρωτο συνολο που στις συναυλιες του σημειωθηκαν πρωτογνορες εκδηλωσεις υστεριας

The Forminx  a look at the music of Vangelis Papathanassiou
Tassos Papastamatis a look at the music of Vangelis Papathanassiou
The Forminx on You Tube
και ενα σπουδαίο αφιέρωμα απο τον Φώντα Τρούσα

The Forminx - Say You Love Me
Photographs  (1) from their  music awards record company and Catherine Gesar,
 (2) from the grand concert Mamouth, (3) Mpakopoulos playing billiard,
(4) from their appereance in German TV,
 (5) Ultra Rare Pictures from the Unreleased Movie "Toubles" (Adventures With The Forminx)
Directed ByTheo Aggelopoulos & Kostas Lixnaras
(6) from  Vangelis Papathanasiou , birthday's Party 26 March those years.

The Story About The Lost Movie
(Adventures With the Forminx)
Directed By Theo Aggelopoulos & Kostas Lixnaras

Πάνω απο 45 χρόνια έμειναν θαμένα στα συρτάρια, ξεχασμένα απο το χρόνο, τα τραγούδια που οι Forminx, για την μια και μοναδική ταινία που γύρισαν , το "TROUBLES"
(Adventures With the Forminx) - σημαδιακό σε τίτλο για τους μπελάδες που είχε το film, πρίν , στην διάρκεια του γυρίσματος και μετά !
Ξεκίνησε να το σκηνοθετεί ο Θ.Αγγελόπουλος που τράβηξε μερικά χιλιόμετρα φιλμ ...όλο πόδια
και με ενα σενάριο που ξαναγραφόταν κάθε μέρα!
Την ταινία τελείωσε ο Κώστας Λυχναράς !

Κανείς δεν ξέρει τι έγινε μετά, στο μοντάζ και την απόπειρα να βγεί στο cinema !
Κανείς εκτός απο τον παραγωγό,δεν την εχει δεί !

Τα 8 κομάτια δεν κυκλοφόρησαν ποτέ σε βινύλιο ή cd,γιατί δεν ήταν στο συμβόλαιο των Forminx με την δισκογραφική τους εταιρεία την MUSIC BOX HELLAS.
Τα Ανακάλυψε ο γωστός παραγωγός του Ραδιοφώνου
και  για δεκαετίες συνεργάτης της ΥΕΝΕΔ  - ΕΙΡ - ΕΡΤ,
και σ'αυτόν χρωστάμε την παρουσία τους ,
στην ιστοσελίδα του Νίκου Μαστοράκη

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The Videos & Memories  Below
Dedicated to the lovely memory of Tasos Papastamatis !!

May God Rest His Soul !!

A Real & Original Teenager of Early Greek Sunshine Flower Power Hippie Pop Music !!
Groovie Hippie Shake!

Aliki (Alice)Vougiouklaki in smooth shake.
Scene from the greek film "Ah! Afti i gynaika mou" (1967).
Music By Mimis Plessas

The Forminx was a '60's Greek pop band that would have no place in the GEPR except for one reason: it was Evangelos Papathanassiou's first band. (Just look at these guys ... are they a bunch of Buddy Holly wannabees or what?). Of course, he's better known as Vangelis. The Forminx had a hit single in 1965 and disbanded in 1966. They didn't release any albums during their active years, but there was a later release of archival material as listed in the discography. They mostly performed at parties and never got paid much. After this band broke up, Vangelis formed Aphrodite's Child and began to explore more progressive waters. By way of warning, don't buy one of these albums just because Vangelis is on it without knowing what you're getting into first. This is '60's pop, not prog. -- Fred Trafton www.gepr.net

The Forminx - The Singles (From the Friendly Blogger : Psych Spaniolos)
Greek  rock sixties
gold tv (Nikos Mastorakis)

Shakin' In Athens Night Time 1963 ~ 1964
Tony Pinelli : Shake Per Sempre

take a look : Greek Sixties Sunshine Flower Power Pop :1 2 3 (Garage Hangover)

Scene from the greek film
"The Blue Pearls" (1966-1967).
In the movie film star Zoe Laskari appears to be singing "Crazy Girl," but in reality the voice heard belongs to Aleka Kanelidou. Music Mimis Plessas

Wild Wild  Greek Late sixties shake groove !!!!!
Scene from the greek film "Mia Ellinida Sto Xaremi",1971.
Dancers :Vangelis Seilinos & Mary Ioanidou Music : Mimis Plessas

Zoitsa Kouroukli & The Storms (On The Bass Guitar The Youngest Demmis Roussos
 and Lucas Sideras on Drums, pre Aphrodite's Child
May I Suppose that the guitarist is Argiris Koulouris?
 (In the opening credits that's how they referred) .

Music : Kostas Klavas &  lyrics Nikos Mastorakis 
From the greek movie "Na Zei Kaneis H' Na Mh Zei",1966

1.And for the End  ?  The Forminx 1963-1966
 or a Guide To Look Back in Tyme
2.Searchin' For The Incredible Greek Sixties
(The Birth Of Greek Pop & Rock '64~'73)
3. see here for : The Forminx - The Complete Singles
(Forminx CD singles, buy here)

4.The Forminx Lp  & 45''  (1976 Pan Vox Reissue)

5. the final big surprise here, The 8 Lost & Unreleased Tracks ,
for the Unreleased Movie ,"TROUBLES" (Adventures  With The Forminx)
A Film Directed By Theo Aggelopoulos & Kostas Lixnaras
6. και μιας και μιλάμε για τα ελληνικά sixties , να κάτι πολύ σπάνιο :
The Nico Mastorakis Tape We Five 1966 (Seagull 1978).
του Νίκου Μαστορακη ηχογραφημένη εκπομπή στην Νέα Υόρκη το καλοκαίρι του 66
(We Five feat Vaggelis papathanasioiu - Percussion Galore
Loubogg - She is cool
The Forminx - Until The End)
στην εταιρία : Seagull
..Enjoy!!!   &   Peace !!!

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Τρίτη, 20 Ιουλίου 2010

Chappaqua 1966 - A Film Directed by: Conrad Rooks (independant film)

Conrad Rooks' film a fascinating relic of psychedelic era

"Chappaqua': A drug odyssey from 1966
" SFGate"

Chappaqua (1966) was written and directed by Conrad Rooks and is the semi-autobiographical account of his attempt to pull himself up out of a pit of drug/alcohol addiction.
The film includes appearances by counter-cultural icons Allen Ginsburg and William S. Burroughs and musical performances by The Fugs, Ravi Shankar and Ornette Coleman.
 At the end of this scene featuring The Fugs, that is Conrad Brooks rolling around amidst the crushed sugar cubes.

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the sequence for the 1966 film "Chappaqua" by Conrad Rooks. 


Chappaqua,a cornucopia of ascendant hipness,the meridian of Beat & Hippy,a year zero 1965 personal oddessy of Conrad Rooks

Chappaqua,a cornucopia of ascendant hipness,the meridian of Beat &   Hippy, a year zero 1965 personal oddessy of Conrad Rooks,mapped out by a hip crew including Robert Frank &   David Larcher...
You need to see the full length film,but here's a taster

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CHAPPAQUA Conrad Rooks 1966 independant film Trailer




1966 - Directed by: Conrad Rooks -

Starring Jean-Louis Barrault, Conrad Rooks, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Swami Satchidananda, Moondog, Ornette Coleman

Semi-autobiographical story of Conrad Rooks, who travels to France to undergo a drug-withdrawal cure. Flashbacks to the beginings of psychedelia in San Fran.

Written, Directed, Produced, and Acted in by Conrad Rooks. A true Beatnik cult classic. Swami Satchidananda was the first Swami to ever be brought to America, by Conrad Rooks himself. The United States was in turn introduced to Yoga and to the Eastern philosophies of Spiritual Healing. Conrad knew Andy Warhol before Andy knew Andy. And Conrad was integral part of the beat movement. He could be found in the coffee shops of Greenwich village long before it was hip or "Far Out". He grew up in New York city, but lived in India for years,traveled the Globe and met some very unusual characters.

One must applaud this Filmmaker for having the perseverance and foresight to recognize that America was heading in to a very twisted and "trippy" period, one of the most unusual times in American History for sure. He invested all of his own money, yes it's true, NO other investors, unheard of today, for So many obvious reasons, did all of his own stunts, and somehow cast the icons of the beat generation to "act" in this movie. Ravi Shankar, Allen Ginsberg, And William S. Burroughs to name a few, what a cast indeed. He then proceeded to lead the viewers into this strange and hallucinogenic world where everything was psychedelic. Strange, interesting, and definitely warped, see it for yourself, you will be sure to be left "speechless

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Psychedelic Jazz sequence from Chappaqua (1966)

"Chappaqua': A drug odyssey from 1966
Conrad Rooks' film a fascinating relic of psychedelic era

source :
Revel In New York : http://current.com/1ms144c

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Κυριακή, 18 Ιουλίου 2010

Back to the ol'good time - The Lost Jems!!!






























































































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