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Bootleg album recreation

Flying Burrito Brothers & Ò The Gilded Palace of SinÓ with

San FranciscoÕ s Trainwreck Riders

Porn Stylist Tells All! Embroidered Nudes! Greensleeves

Exclusive interview with master tailor

Manuel Cuevas!

Gram ParsonsÕ Body Went Where? The Original Rhinestone Cowboy

Nudie Cohn! US $6.99 CANADA $8.99



Eco Options for the Modern Day Woman Agent Sewandso

gets kicked out of Further Confusion and poppies!


Issue 02 / 2009

Bootleg: album recreation Issue 02 / 2009

The Trainwreck Riders are:

The Flying Burrito Brothers took other alternative shots. This is our version.

Nestled in the sunny rural hills of the San Fernando Valley there sits a house affectionately nicknamed ‘Burrito Manor’, and unbeknownst to the inhabitants, it is about to witness the brilliance of ex-Byrd member Gram Parsons and the album that would be his swan song . . . The Gilded Palace of Sin.

Parsons holed up with Flying Burrito Brothers band member (another exByrd) in 1968 to pen and create a new sound what is often referred to as ‘cosmic American music’. San Fernando Valley, largely unpopulated at the time, was the perfect ‘country’ location for Parsons to focus on producing this album whose front cover outfits are infamous. The elaborate suits worn on the cover are the creation of Nudie Cohn the Rodeo Tailor. In all actuality, it really was Manuel Cuevas (Nudie’s number one tailor) who sat down with Parsons and company to help them conceptualize the fantastically embroidered and bedazzled suits. We did an in-depth interview with now-Nashville resident Mr. Cuevas because Gram Parsons was just one of the many famous musicians who passed his threshold. You can find it on page 58.

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photography by Kelly Nicolaisen make-up by Tahni Smith applique designs by Andrew Gilson + Linda Lagunas set design by Loid Mongoloid models are Andrew, Boof, Pete, and Steve ; Rose and Hollis.

This Bootleg feature brings to you the fine workmanship of both Nudie Cohn and Manuel Cuevas—two immigrants from opposite ends of the world but joined together to create a thoroughly American product. We also invited San Francisco band The Trainwreck Riders to do the honors of standing in for the original band and they agreed, stating that their sound is repeatedly compared to The Flying Burrito Brothers. The dazzling work of Nudie and Manuel is, of course, top secret but that never deters the Modern Seamster editors from trying it their way! With a combination of thrift store jackets, appliqué and traditional hand embroidery accented with crystal clear rhinestones, we came up with a version that anyone can do! See our Embellishments tutorial, page 62.

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Lead singer Pete was fond of train rider symbols, especially that of bindlesticks, inspired by Bozo Texino.

Andrew (lead guitar) is all about music (and The Meat Puppets) so we came up with cassettes . . .

Boof, the bassist, wanted a desert theme. We felt a bit prickly about that.

a transistor radio . . .

On a clear day, you can see forever.

Steve wanted something Californian so we gave him the ultimate: poppies. Illegal to pick but legal to wear.

A victrola with some 33 1/3 rpms. High technology!

The constellation. Out by the campfire, many a hobo have picked out the Big Dipper

The Golden Gate Bridge (on Steve) was inspired by a metal disc found in a warehouse.

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Our two lovely ladies: Rose (left) and Hollis (right)

Several people in SF swear they’ve seen UFOs or, flying sombreros.

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Issue 02 / 2009

Issue 02 / 2009 text by Louisa Celle

Ridin’ High! O

ur thanks to San Francisco band, the Trainwreck Riders (Andrew, Steve, Pete and Boof ) who so graciously agreed to pose for us. They were fantastic. Trainwreck Riders are a hard workin’ San Francisco band. Combining each members’ eclectic tastes into their own version of Rock & Roll, they tackle country ballads, punk rock blasts, or just good ‘ole pop hooks (often within one song), approaching the material with a respect for tradition and a consciousness for originality. This wide range of sound, along with a maturing sense of songwriting, is perfectly exemplified on their latest record “The Perch”, out now on Alive Records. Besides consistent gigging in the Bay Area, these riders hit the road quite often so keep an ear to the track to hear ‘em coming your way.

Alive Records: For more information about the Trainwreck Riders check out their MySpace page:

Gram Parsons was hired as a jazz pianist for the popular band The Byrds in 1968. During this time Parsons and bassist Chris Hillman clashed on everything except their mutual love for country music. When not arguing, the two discussed the possibilities of forming a band that would fuse the spirit of country music with the attitude of rock and roll. Hillman left The Byrds shortly after the departure of Parsons and the two reunited in Los Angeles, sorted out their personal differences and made plans to form their dream band. Parsons “borrowed” the name Flying Burrito Brothers from his former band mate Ian Dunlop (then in the International Submarine Band); and by adding bassist Chris Ethridge and steel pedal guitarist Sneaky Pete Kleinow, they settled in the San Fernando Valley in a rented house they christened “Burrito Manor”. During this time they would eat, sleep and breathe the “country” lifestyle. Parsons, known for his dedication to appearance, had the band outfitted with custom sequined suits from the famous Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors and unlike any suit Nudie had ever made, these were emblazoned with pills and naked women. Parsons’ own suit was covered in embroidered marijuana leaves adding a not-so-subtle touch of rock and roll to the familiar country outfits. The Nudie suits were featured on the cover of their album The Gilded Palace of Sin. The album was released in 1969 to no promotion by label A&M. Despite critical acclaim the album only reached #164 on the Billboard Charts. The band toured across North America developing a cult following in artists like Keith Richards and Bob Dylan. Parsons embraced his popularity with his rock heroes and started to delve deeper into the drug culture and rock lifestyle. According to Chris Hillman, Parsons became less interested in recording with his own band and more focused on hanging out with his new friends, The Rolling Stones, “He was getting into a lot of drugs and—well, you know the story. . . . He just went headlong in the direction of physical abuse and it was an area where I just couldn’t help him at all.” Parsons was kicked out of the band towards the end of 1970.

Gram Parsons Gram Parsons continued to battle with drug and alcohol addiction while trying to revive his career. Over the next few years he traveled with the Rolling Stones and took on Emmylou Harris as his protégé. He toured North America billed as Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels and released the album GP in 1973 yet unfortunately, it proved fruitless and the album was deemed a commercial failure. Beginning in the late ‘60s, Parsons began a love affair with the Joshua Tree National Monument and would often spend weekends tripping on acid while wandering the desert with friend Phil Kauffman. In September of 1973, before he was about to embark on another tour, he decided to take what proved to be his final trip to Joshua tree. His body was found by then girlfriend Margaret Fisher after overdosing on morphine and alcohol. What followed his death has taken on legendary status as one of the most bizarre stories in rock and roll history. Gram Parsons’ body vanished as it was waiting to be loaded into a plane heading for his family’s Louisiana home. Months before, during the funeral of musician Clarence White, Parsons drunkenly informed Phil Kauffman that when he died he wanted to be cremated at Joshua tree. So as any level headed guy would do, Kauffman and a friend managed to borrow a hearse, fool airport security with false paperwork and steal Parsons’ body. Upon arriving at Joshua tree Kauffman poured five gallons of gasoline on the coffin and threw a match inside igniting a huge fireball. The two were arrested a couple days later and fined $700 dollars as there were no laws at the time regarding stealing dead bodies. 60% of Gram Parsons body was burnt as a result and the remains were returned to his supremely pissed off family and interred in New Orleans. Years later, The Gilded Palace of Sin would still prove to be a cult hit. Although having not been re-issued until 2000 it was listed as #192 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of ‘The 500 Greatest Bands of All Time’ in 2003. The Flying Burrito Brothers went on to release several more albums over the years; none of which generated any notable interest.

Goin’ home

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