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Serendipity means a “happy accident” or “pleasant surprise”; a fortunate mistake. Specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it. The word has been voted one of the ten English words hardest to translate in June 2004 by a British translation company. However, due to its sociological use, the word has been exported into many other languages. By Matthew Allen Baker It all began one Saturday morning, I was on my way to work with my brother still slightly buzzed from the previous nights festivities. I had enough gas to make it to work but something made me want to stop any way. Heading west on Voltaire I made a right on Sunset Cliffs and pulled into the 76 gas station.

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I walked toward the store and through the door with no Idea that my life was about to make a rather serendipitous turn. There were many people crammed into the tiny area by the cash register. It was almost my turn to tell the cashier how much and what pump, only one person remained between me and that goal. The first thing that struck me about this gentleman was his accent as he was engaging in polite banter with the clerk. I couldn’t help but ask “Where are you from? your accent sounds almost like a washed out Australian accent” “Not quite” he said “I am from England”. Damn I should have known having lived in England for about ten plus years, I must be slipping. He turned away back to the task at hand. “Twenty on pump two” he said and

then swiped his card through the reader. “Enter your pass code the clerk exclaimed.” Oh I am terribly sorry I have forgotten my password” and that’s when it happened! almost half conscious I confidently blurted “1776” The man did not respond but seemed to remember his password and then I also paid and exited the store. Upon walking to my vehicle I was accosted by the fore-mentioned bloke “You know I have to tell you you were right, my code is 1776”. “You know what is even more trippy” I said “That is mine too”. We both stood there tingling from the cosmic synchronicity. We chuckled for a while and I walked off. Wait a minute I thought, this must of happened for a reason, I have to get his number so we can hang out.


I made way back over to his silver grey Volvo. Once there he began telling me about the Ocean Beach Chronicle. “Would you like to help me with it ?”. “Absolutely” I said. Since that moment my girlfriend Cee Cee and I have been working feverishly on the Chronicle, bouncing creative ideas off one another like an inspirational kaleidoscope . To to hear Cee Cee’s experience with the chronicle see page 21 – ‘Cee Cee’s outro’

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The Ocean Beach Chronicle is brought to you by Quirky Publishing and is published every other month. Copies are distributed in Ocean Beach and the surrounding peninsula. Your comments, critique, submissions, letters, ideas and wot-not are most welcome. We’d love to hear from you, send lambasting letters etc to: Ocean Beach Chronicle online will be coming very soon. The Chronny Team: Celia Corral, Matthew Allen Baker & Trevor

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In 1973, just as The Dark Side of the Moon was about to eclipse the world, The OB Chronicle’s Trevor cornered Roger Waters and Nick Mason for a rare interview on a quite afternoon at The Joint on Newport Ave. The topics: Syd Barrett, Marcel Proust, “crumpet” on the road, and much more besides… Years ago, when Arsenal were an interesting football team, and I had the time, I used to go to see them at Highbury. An old acquaintance of mine from university used to meet me there, and this big tall geezer, who didn’t say much but who looked fairly familiar, often accompanied him. ‘Probably someone else from university,’ I thought. After about two years of nodding, I eventually asked him what he did for a living. “I’m a musician,” he replied. “Oh yeah, what sort exactly?” I riposted. “I’m in a group called The Pink Floyd,” he said, in much the same way that you might tell someone that you work for J Walter Thompson (the world’s oldest advertising agency). It was Roger Waters. Eventually I managed to screw up enough effrontery to ask for an interview. The only problem was that he had told Michael Wale in his book Voxpop that he couldn’t stand these people who asked where the group got their name from, and that seemed to me to be exactly the sort of question that I would want to ask, plus a few other not altogether trivial matters that hopefully he could clear up. We finally agreed to meet at his house, but when we arrived we were directed to The Harp a few blocks away. In conversation with Roger Waters, Pink Floyd’s bassist, and Nick Mason, Pink Floyd’s drummer, the following was gleaned… Where did you get your name from? RW: (groans) Oh no… you can make something up. Were you influenced by American bands, apart from the R&B stuff. For example, Interstellar Overdrive [from Floyd’s first album, 1967’s The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn] seems to me to have a very Velvet Underground feel to it? NM: We never heard much of that. RW: hat was nicked from Love wasn’t it? It was a cross between the theme to Steptoe and Son and that Love track on their first album, which I can’t remember. NM: I’d never heard any of those bands. Someone in the band had Authentic R&B Volumes I to III – lots of Bo Diddley – but we never heard any of the other American stuff… It was a complete amazement to us when we did hear them in the States. There was such confusion. People would come over and talk about those far-out West

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Coast bands like Jefferson Airplane and Sopwith Camel, a whole string of names, half of which were bubblegum groups. RW: And the others were country blues bands. But you were listening to Love, they were pretty unknown at that time. NM: We weren’t listening to Love. Peter Jenner was. We were listening to Cream and The Who, Hendrix. That was what turned me on to being in a band again. Was it true, as Jenner was quoted as saying at the time, that he got you to drop the R&B stuff? RW: No, that’s absolute rubbish. He had little influence over what we played at all. The idea that Peter Jenner steered us away from Roadrunner into a new realm of psychedelia is crap. As Syd [Barrett, Floyd’s original frontman] wrote more songs, we dropped others from the repertoire. But we went on doing Roadrunner and Gimme a Break and all that stuff for years. What was the UFO Club like for you? Was it as magical as legend now has it? NM: It’s got rosier with age, but there is a germ of truth in it, because for a brief moment it looked as though there might actually be some combining of activities. People would go down to this place, and a number of people would do a number of things, rather than simply one band performing. There would be some mad actors, a couple of light shows, perhaps the recitation of some poetry or verse, and a lot of wondering about and a lot of cheerful chatter going on. RW: Mind you, there were still freaks standing at the side of the stage screaming

that we’d sold out. NM: Actually, Roger, that was usually the other band. One night we played with a band called The Brothers Grimm, and that night at least, it was either the band or their lady friends. I remember that well because it hit hard. What about that other great legend, The Great Technicolour Dream [gig at Alexandra Palace, North London, 1967]? RW: Oh that was a joke. NM: That was the night we did East Dereham [in Norfolk] as well. RW: I’ll never forget that night. We did a double header. Firs of all we played to a roomful of about 500 gypsies, hurling abuse and fighting, and then we did Ally Pally… There was so much dope and acid around in those days that I don’t think anyone can remember anything about anything. What did you think of Pete Murray saying on Juke Box Jury that you were just a cult? RW: Now he didn’t say that. This is where my memory doesn’t play tricks, because it will always remain crystal clear. (Menacingly) He said we were a con. He thought it was just contrived rubbish to meet some kind of unhealthy demand. Well… the man’s an idiot. A fifth-rate idiot, and always has been. I remember David Jacobs – or maybe it was Pete Murray – saying, in tones of a magistrate, “I understand that there is a lot of this psychedelic stuff in America, but I very much hope that it doesn’t catch on here.” NM: That’s fantastic. That programme obviously had a great impact on people. The nice thing is that we can all remember it

after all these years, and see that they’ve all been made to look very stupid. RW: But both our first two singles [Arnold Layne and See Emily Play] were so bloody innocuous, there was nothing difficult about either of them. NM: But people still say that. You know: ‘I have to listen very carefully, and I can just about understand the music.’ You got hassled by the BBC a couple of times, didn’t you? RW: We had to change all the lyrics in one song [the B-side to Arnold Layne] because it was about rolling joints. It was called Let’s Roll Another One, and we had to change the title to Candy and a Currant Bun and it had lines in it like… NM: “Tastes right if you eat it right”. RW: No, they didn’t like that at all. Doesn’t that contradict the image of the underground band – that you agreed to change the line? NM: Christ, no. We were a rock’n’roll band, and if you’re a rock’n’roll band and you’ve got a record that you want to be Number 1, you get it played, and if they say take something out or whatever, you do it. In fact what you do is exactly what was done – you make as much press out of it as possible. You ring up the Evening Standard and say: “Did you know that the BBC won’t play our record because it mentions your paper?” RW: That line was changed to Daily Standard to appease the BBC, but nobody ever heard it because it was such a lousy record. You used to slag off a lot of your own records at the time. You once described It Would Be So Nice [Floyd’s fourth UK single] as complete trash, and added that anyone who bought it needed their head looking at. RW: (Laughing) I think that’s the truth. NM: It was an awful record, wasn’t it? At that period we had no direction. We were being hustled about to make hit singles. There’s so many people saying it’s important, you start to think it is important. Were Floyd gigs in the early days scary? NM: No, not really. We got jolly annoyed but we weren’t really scared. We just went on and on and on. We never said, “Damn this, let’s pack it in”. RW: Where was it that we actually had broken beer mugs smashing into the drumkit? NM: East Dereham, and the California Ballroom, Dunstable. RW: The California Ballroom was the one where they were pouring pints of beer on to us from the balcony. That was most unpleasant, and very, very dangerous too. How much were you getting paid for that? NM: Two hundred and fifty pounds, because we were a hit parade group and we could draw people. RW: Went down after that, though, to about a ton. NM: No. It never went down that low, Rog – maybe £135 once or twice. RW: Actually, I remember the worst thing that ever happened to me was at The

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Feathers Club in Ealing, which was a penny thrown at me, which made a bloody great cut in the middle of my forehead. I bled quite a lot. And I stood right at the front of the stage, glowering in a real rage, and I was gonna leap out into the audience and get him. Happily, there was one freak who turned up who liked us, so the audience spent the whole evening beating the shit out of him and left us alone. In around 1968, you were saying that you wanted to do a rock circus… NM: The circus was quite advanced in the organisation stage. We actually did have a big top but there was some fantastic reason why the tent people pulled out. RW: We got a bit of that feel at the Earls Court gigs last week. When we were setting up, I thought that it did look a bit like a circus with all these wires going into the audience. And the plane we used at Earls Court was very like those circus space rockets that people whip round and round in – it was silver and red and about six foot long, like a bloody great aluminium paper dart, flashing lights and smoke, amazing. What do you feel is the role of sound effects on albums? RW: Speaking for myself, I’ve always felt that the differentiation between a sound effect and music is all a load of shit. Whether you make a sound on a guitar or a water tap is irrelevant, because it doesn’t make any difference. We started on a piece a while ago which was carrying this to its logical extreme, or one of its logical extremes, where we don’t use any recognisable musical instruments at all – bottles, knives, anything at all, felling axes and stuff like that – which we will complete at some juncture, and it’s turning into a really nice piece. What’s the lowdown on all this science fiction stuff and space music? RW: Christ, I hardly ever read science fiction now. I used to read a lot but only occasionally now. I suppose the reason I liked to read science fiction novels was that they give the writer the chance to expound and explore very obvious ideas. Sticking something in the future, or in some different time or place, allows you to examine things without thinking about all the stuff that everybody already knows about, and reacts to automatically, getting in the way. Also, you get some bloody good yarns, and I like a good yarn. How does that relate to the description on your music as space rock? RW: Not very much. NM: That was a convenient tag. RW: Which was held over for so bloody long. People are still calling it space rock. People come and listen to The Dark Side of the Moon and call it space rock, just because it’s got moon in the title. The other thing that they do is say that we’ve gone from outer space to inner space, which is daft. We haven’t done many tracks that had anything to do with science fiction at all. It just depends on what you read into it. We did three songs, Astronomy Domine, Set The Controls… and Let There Be More

Light. Why did Syd Barrett leave – what’s the true story? NM: What true story would you like? Have you heard the one about how he threatened us with a gun? RW: That’s a good one. NM: Do you want the story behind the facts? What were your feelings about it? NM: We staggered on, thinking to ourselves that we couldn’t carry on without Syd, so we put up with what can only be described as an unreliable maniac. We didn’t choose to use those words, but I think he was. RW: Syd turned into a very strange person. Whether he was sick in any way or not is not for us to say in these days of dispute about the nature of madness. All that I know is that he was murder to live and work with. NM: Impossible… RW: We definitely reached a stage where all of us were getting very depressed just because it was a terrible mistake to go on trying to do it. He had become completely incapable of working in the group. NM: And it seemed his whole bent was on frustrating us. Yet you helped him on his solo album? RW: That was because – and I still believe this now – he is one of the three best songwriters in the world. What’s he doing now? RW: I don’t know. Not very much, that’s why we worked on the album. There was a great plan to expand the group, to get in two other geezers – some two freaks that he’d met somewhere or other. One of them played the banjo and the other played the saxophone. We weren’t into that at all, and it was obvious the crunch had finally come. One evening we went to UFO to do a gig and Syd didn’t turn up, so we did it alone and it was great. We went down well and we enjoyed playing together. Why didn’t you attend the [Dark Side Of The Moon] press reception at the London Planetarium? RW: Nicky and Dave and I thought that it was so daft that we tried to get it stopped, and when they refused to stop it, we refused to go to it. I think it was pathetic. NM: The intention was to have the Planetarium with a quadraphonic mix, which I would have been into, but there wasn’t a quadraphonic mix, there was only a stereo mix, and they’d got the most terrible speakers. I heard that it was stereo, not very well done, with cold chicken and rice on paper plates. RW: The only point of it was to make a really first-class presentation of a quadraphonic mix of the album, so that it was something special. We didn’t have time to do that, so we said, “You can’t do it.” But EMI wanted to do something, so they went ahead. Obviously we couldn’t stop them from doing it, but I thought it was daft. Final question: What would you say is the meaning of your music… No, I’m just kidding – let’s go and have a beer.

Celebrity Sightings in OB this Month Bob Marley at The Joint

Wednesday evening just as the Farmer’s Market was closing and the venders were packing up, I was overcome with a sudden urge for some cold unfiltered sake. I made my way to The Joint on Newport Avenue. Intoxicating aromas filled the air. Walking toward the bar I noticed a man with dreadlocks, sipping on a pint of what appeared to be an IPA. Living in OB, nothing at all was remarkable about this untill he turned toward me, instantly I recognised his distinctive profile, it was the one and only Bob Marley in the flesh, with an enormous smile on his face and a fat Mary Jane roll in his hand .

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Popped in to the Chameleon Hair Lounge to drop off some changes to there upcoming full page ad. Yvette and Jamie were all abuzz and giggling. They were so excited that they could barely form an intelligible sentence, the giggling turned to chuckles and I became aware of what all the fuss was about. Diana Ross had just stopped in for a Brazilian Blowout – one of the Chameleon’s specialties. She was on her way to a benefit concert at Humphries By The Bay to perform her smash hit ‘Touch me in the morning‘ They said the Diva was absolutely radiant, not to mention a fabulous tipper.

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Peter Faulk at Temana Cafe Word is that Peter Faulk popped into Temana Cafe last tuesday morning. He was on his way to Balboa Park. The television series ‘Columbo’ was on location shooting an action scene involving a clown, an elephant and a hot air balloon. Patrons were tickled to see the cult hero dawning his signiture khaki coat and black tie. They say he was in a rush, and after he recieved his large Americano, he left abruptly scratching his head saying “something’s bothering me”?

Rod & Britt at Chris’ Liquor Rod Stewart and his gorgeous swedish girlfriend, Britt Ekland were spotted at Chris’ Liquor buying multiple bottles of plonk. No idea why they were in town, but they sure seemed to be having a great time. Spot any celebs in town? Send info to: try and take snapshot!

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The interview took place at John Lennon’s and Yoko Ono’s temporary stay at ‘The House of Happiness’ on Etiwanda St in Ocean Beach – a house where Jimi Hendrix, Ringo Starr, and William Burroughs, among others, have stayed. But the house seemed as much John’s and Yoko’s as the Indian incense which took over the living room. The walls were covered with photos of John, of Yoko, a giant Sgt. Pepper ensign, Richard Chamberlain’s poster collage of news clippings of the Stones bust, the Time magazine cover of the Beatles. Cee Cee, Matt and I arrived at five on the afternoon of September 17, said hello to Robert Fraser, who arranged the interview, to John and Yoko, sitting together, looking “tres bien ensemble.” We sat down around a simple wooden table, covered with magazines, newspapers, sketch paper, boxes, drawings, a beaded necklace shaped in the form of a pentangle. I’ve listed a group of songs that I associate with you, in terms of what you are or what you were, songs that struck me as embodying you a little bit: “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” “Strawberry Fields,” “It’s Only Love,” “She Said She Said,” “Lucy in the Sky,” “I’m Only Sleeping,” “Run for Your Life,” “I Am the Walrus,” “All You Need Is Love,” “Rain,” “Girl.” Ah, yeh! I agree with some of them, you see. Things like “Hide Your Love Away,” right, I’d just discovered Dylan really. “It’s Only Love” – I was always ashamed of that ‘cause of the abominable lyrics you know – they’re probably all right. George just came and talked about it last night. He said, remember we always used to cringe when the guitar bit came on, when we did that blamm blam blam-blam-blam, we liked it but there was something wrong. And “She Said She Said” – yeh, I dug that cause I was going through a bad time writing then and so I couldn’t hear it, but then I heard it and so I dug it. “Lucy in the Sky,” all right. “Sleeping,” it’s like that. “Run for Your Life” I always hated, you know. “Walrus,” yeah, “Girl,” yeah, “All You Need Is Love” – hah, you know that’s sort of natural. The ones that really meant something to me – look, I don’t know about “Hide Your Love Away,” that’s so long ago – probably “Strawberry Fields,” “She Said,” “Walrus,” “Rain,” “Girl,” there are just one or two others, “Day Tripper,” “Paperback Writer,” even. “Ticket to Ride” was one more, I remember that. It was a definite sort of change . . . “Norwegian Wood” – that was the sitar bit. Defi-

What is Strawberry Fields? It’s a name, it’s a nice name. When I was writing “In My Life” – I was trying “Penny Lane” at that time – we were trying to write about Liverpool, and I just listed all the nice sounding names just arbitrarily. Strawberry Fields was a place near us that happened to be a Salvation Army home. But Strawberry Fields – I mean I have visions of Strawberry Fields. And there was Penny Lane, the Cast Iron Shore which I’ve just got in some song now, and they were just good names, just groovy names. Just good sounding. Because Strawberry Fields is anywhere you want to go. Actually I’ve just written a song which goes “I told you about Strawberry Fields/And you heard about the Walrus and me/Told you about the Fool on the Hill . . . ,” it’s amazing. In “Penny Lane,” you have the lines: “A pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray/And though she thinks she’s in a play/She is anyway.” Aside from the little kid’s quality of these lines, isn’t this what you’ve been saying recently? Paul had the main bit of that, but I remember working on those lines. It’s always been a bit of “She’s in a play, she is anyway heh heh” because you’re saying that again and again, it’s a game, man, it’s a game, but because you mean it, it’s all right, it’s ok. There’s all that in it. To us it’s just Penny Lane cause we lived there. nitely, I consider them moods or moments. I feel you in these songs more than in a song like “Michelle,” for example. Yeh, right, they’re me touch. Well the thing is, I don’t know how they’d work out if I recorded them with other people, it would be entirely different. But it’s my music with my band when it’s me singing it, and it’s Paul’s music with his band. Sometimes it’s halvey-halvey you know. When we write them together, they’re together. But I’m not proud of all of my songs. “Walrus,” “Strawberry Fields,” you know – I’ll sort of stick my name on them, the others are a bit . . . I think they’re more powerful. I heard that “Strawberry Fields” was written when you were sitting on a beach alone. Yeh, in Spain, filming How I Won the War. I was going through a big scene about song writing again you know – I seem to go through it now and then, and it took me a long time to write it. See, I was writing all bits and bits. I wanted the lyrics to be like conversation. It didn’t work, that one

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verse was sort of ludicrous really, I just wanted it to be like [John sing-talks] “we’re talking and I just happen to be singing” – like that. And it was very quiet. But it was written in this big Spanish house, part of it, and then finished on the beach. It was really romantic – singing it too – I don’t know who was there. There have been a lot of philosophical analyses written about your songs, “Strawberry Fields” in particular . . . Well, they can take them apart. They can take anything apart. I mean I hit it on all levels, you know. We write lyrics, and I write lyrics that you don’t realize what they mean till after. Especially some of the better songs or some of the more flowing ones, like “Walrus.” The whole first verse was written without any knowledge. And “Tomorrow Never Knows” – I didn’t know what I was saying, and you just find out later, that’s why these people are good on them. I know that when there are some lyrics I dig I know that somewhere people will be looking at them, and with the rest of the songs it doesn’t matter cause they work on all levels. Anything. I don’t mind what they do. And I dig the people that notice that I have a sort of strange rhythm scene, because I’ve never been able to keep rhythm on the stage. I always used to get lost. It’s me double off-beats. In “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” what about an image like “newspaper taxis”? That was a Paul line, I think. In a lot of them you’ll get so far. You’ve lumbered yourself with a set of images and it’s an effort to keep it up. Pop analysts are often trying to read something into songs that isn’t there. It is there. It’s like abstract art really. It’s just the same really. It’s just that when you have to think about it to write it, it just means that you labored at it. But when you just say it, man, you know you’re saying it, it’s a continuous flow. The same as when you’re recording or just playing, you come out of a thing and you know “I’ve been there” and it was nothing, it was just pure, and that’s what we’re looking for all the time, really.

The Beatles seem to be one of the only groups who ever made a distinction between friends and lovers. For instance, there’s the “baby” who can drive your car. But when it comes to “We Can Work it Out,” you talk about “my friend.” In most other groups’ songs, calling someone “baby” is a bit demeaning compared to your distinction. Yeh, I don’t know why. It’s Paul’s bit that – “Buy you a diamond ring, my friend” – it’s an alternative to baby. You can take it logically the way you took it. See, I don’t know really. Yours is as true a way of looking at it as any other way. In “Baby, Your’e a Rich Man” the point was, stop moaning, you’re a rich man and we’re all rich men, heh heh, baby! It’s a bit of a mocking song, then? Well they all get like that a bit, cause there is all that in it, that’s the point. As we write them or as we sing them that happens you know. And in different takes just the inclination of your voice will change the meaning of the lyrics, and that’s why it’s after we’ve done them that we really see what they are. By that time the weight’s on it. Songs like “Good Morning, Good Morning” and “Penny Lane” convey a child’s feeling of the world. We write about our past. “Good Morning, Good Morning” I was never proud of it. I just knocked it off to do a song. But it was writing about my past so it does get the kids because it was me at school, my whole bit. The same with “Penny Lane.” We really got into the groove of imagining Penny Lane – the bank as there, and that was where the tram sheds were and people waiting and the inspector stood there, the fire engines were down there. It was just re-living childhood. You really had a place where you grew up. Oh, yeah. Didn’t you? Well, Manhattan isn’t Liverpool. Well, you could write about your local bus station. In Manhattan? Sure, why not? Everywhere is somewhere.

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In “Hey, Jude,” as in one of your first songs, “She Loves You,” you’re singing to someone else and yet, you might as well be singing to yourself. Do you find that as well? Oh, yeah. Well when Paul first sang “Hey, Jude” to me – or played me the little tape he’d made of it – I took it very personally. Ah, it’s me! I said. It’s me. He says, no it’s me. I said “Check, we’re going through the same bit.” So we all are. Whoever is going through that bit with us is going through it, that’s the groove. Was “Hey, Jude” influenced – perhaps unconsciously – by mantras? No, it’s nothing conscious – you mean the repeat at the end? I never thought of that, but it’s all valid, you see. I mean we’d just come back from India. But I always related it to some early Drifters song or “You’d Better Move On” or Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me” or “Send Me Some Loving” – it has that feeling. Does “Tell Me What You See” have the same singing-to-myself feeling to you? Not consciously, no. I can’t remember, it’s way back. As soon as you mention that I just remember running down the stairs at EMI and we went into the middle-eight, because there wasn’t one – that’s the picture I get. I’d have to hear it to get the rest of it. Otherwise it’s just an image of the day I worked on it, what I went through, what I was going through at the time. Probably paranoia. It usually is the case – lost paranoias. In the Magical Mystery Tour theme song you say “The Magical Mystery Tour is waiting to take you away.” In “Sgt. Pepper” you sing “We’d like to take you home with us.” How do you relate this embracing, come-sit-on-my-lawn feeling in the songs with your need for everyday privacy? I take a narrower concept of it, like whoever was around at the time wanting to talk to them talked to me, but of course it does have that wider aspect to it. The concept is very good and I went through it and said, “Well, ok, let them sit on my lawn.” But of course it doesn’t work. People climbed in the house and smashed things up, and then you think, “That’s no good, that doesn’t work.” So actually you’re saying, “don’t talk to me,” really. Do you write your music with instruments or in your head? On piano or guitar. Most of this session has been written on guitar cause we were in India writing and only had our guitars there. They have a different feel about them. I missed the piano a bit because you just write differently. My piano playing is even worse than me guitar. I hardly know what the chords are, so it’s good to have a slightly limited palette, heh heh.

nicate with him. Both of us were always uptight, you know, and of course I wouldn’t know whether he was uptight, because I was so uptight, and then when he wasn’t uptight, I was – all that bit. But we just sat it out because we just liked being together. What do you feel about India now? I’ve got no regrets at all, cause it was a groove and I had some great experiences, meditating eight hours a day – some amazing things, some amazing trips – it was great. And I still meditate off and on. George is doing it regularly. And I believe implicitly in the whole bit. It’s just that it’s difficult to continue it. I lost the rosy glasses. And I’m like that, I’m very idealistic. So I can’t really manage my exercises when I’ve lost that. I mean I don’t want to be a boxer so much. It’s just that a few things happened, or didn’t happen, I don’t know, but something happened. It was sort of like a [click] and we just left and I don’t know what went on, it’s too near – I don’t really know what happened. You just showed me what might be the front and back album photos for the record you’re putting out of the music you and Yoko composed for your film Two Virgins. The photos have the simplicity of a daguerreotype . . . . Well, that’s because I took it, I’m a ham photographer, you know. It’s me Nikon what I was given by a commercially minded Japanese when we were in Japan, along with me Pentax, me Canon, me boom-boom and all the others. So I just set it up and did it. Originally, I was going to record Yoko, and I thought that the best picture of her for an album would be her naked. I was just going to record her as an artist, we were only on those kind of terms then. So after that, when we got together it just seemed natural for us, if we made an album together, for both of us to be naked. Do you think Yoko’s film of you smiling would work if it were just anyone smiling? Yes, it works with somebody else smiling, but she went through all this. It originally started out that she wanted a million people all over the world to send in a snapshot of themselves smiling, and then it got down to lots of people smiling, and then maybe one or two and then me smiling as a symbol of today smiling – and that’s what I am, whatever that means. And so it’s me smiling, and that’s the hang-up of course because it’s me again. But I mean they’ve got to see it someday – it’s only me. I don’t mind if people go to the film to see me smiling because you see it doesn’t matter, it’s not harmful. The people that really dig the film . . . The idea of the film won’t really be dug for another fifty or a hundred years probably. That’s what it’s all about. I just happen to be that face.

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It’s too bad people can’t come down here individually to see how you’re living. Well, that’s it. I didn’t see Ringo and his wife for about a month when I first got together with Yoko, and there were rumors going around about the film and all that. Maureen was saying she really had some strange ideas about where we were at and what we were up to. And there were some strange reactions from all me friends and at Apple about Yoko and me and what we were doing – “Have they gone mad?” But of course it was just us, you know, and if they are puzzled or reacting strangely to us two being together and doing what we’re doing, it’s not hard to visualize the rest of the world really having some amazing image.

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What did you think of Dylan’s “version” of “Norwegian Wood”? (“Fourth time around”). I was very paranoid about that. I remember he played it to me when he was in London. He said, what do you think? I said, I don’t like it. I didn’t like it. I was very paranoid. I just didn’t like what I felt I was feeling – I thought it was an out and out skit, you know, but it wasn’t. It was great. I mean he wasn’t playing any tricks on me. I was just going through the bit.

You and Dylan are often thought of together in some way. Yeh? Yeh, well we were for a bit, but I couldn’t make it. Too paranoic. I always saw him when he was in London. He first turned us on in New York actually. He thought “I Want To Hold Your Hand” – when it goes “I can’t hide” – he thought we were singing “I get high” – so he turns up with Al Aronowitz and turns us on, and we had the biggest laugh all night – forever. Fantastic. We’ve got a lot to thank him for. Do you ever see him anymore? No, cause he’s living his cozy little life, doing that bit. If I was in New York, he’d be the person I’d most like to see. I’ve grown up enough to commu-

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The Legendary Country Western tailor to the stars — Nudie Cohn. Nudie suits have been worn by just about everyone who is anyone in the world of Country/Rock music. Simply put, he made Country cool with his one-off original creations that bedazzled a long list of diverse celebs– John Wayne, Gene Autry, George Jones, Elvis, Cher, John Lennon, Ronald Reagan, Elton John, Robert Mitchum, Pat Buttram, Tony Curtis, Michael Landon, Glenn Campbell, Hank Snow, Porter Wagoner, Hank Williams Sr., and groups such as, America, Chicago, ZZ top, and the Flying Burrito Bros (Gram Parsons’ “Gilded Palace of Sin” suit is considered the Sistine Chapel of Nudies). To own a Nudie is to own something special; collected by fashion and music hounds alike– Dwight Yoakam, Ben Harper, Lenny Kravitz, Perry Farrell, Jeff Tweedy, and other A-list Rockers of today keep the Nudie flame burning, and even inspired a few of them to create their own line of signature clothing. The man behind the amazing rhinestone-studded, handembroidered suits was none other than Mr. Nudie Cohn– arguably, the larger-than-life 5-foot-7 Russian Rhinestone Cowboy is the most influential and innovative fashion designer and tailor to ever bless the world of Country music. And he couldn’t stop at clothing– he put his Midas Touch on everything around him– especially his customized fleet of Nudie-fied GM cruisers that he used to promote his LA based Nudies Rodeo Tailors shop on Lankershim Blvd. Of the original 18 cars, the whereabouts of only 9 are known today.

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Michael Jackson Michael joined me on the patio at Shades in Ocean Beach. Thank goodnesss it was early afternoon and the place was quite. Michael couldn’t look less incognito if he tried.

Trevor: Michael, your fans want to know your ideas about a first date! MJ: On a first date, I like to bring a girl over to my house for a barbeque and a swim, especially on a warm summery evening! I know that some chicks get mad if you don’t take them somewhere fancy and spend alot of money on them on a date, but I’m not interested in those kinds of girls. I want someone who I can feel comfortable with just sitting and talking to, or sharing a fun, casual time with! I’m not sayin’ that we wouldn’t ever go out. I love to go out to movies, concerts, and restaurants, but I think it’s important to know one another on a first date, and you can’t if you go to watch somethin’ all night! Trevor: Are you a ‘gentleman’ on a date? MJ: I never gave it much thought. Opening doors for girls is something that I just do automatically without thinking, like scratchin’ my head when it itches! When you’re taught all your life to do polite things for girls, you just can’t forget it! It’s second nature to you, like breathing or tapping your feet to music!

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Trevor: How do you feel about kissing on a first date? MJ: I can dig it! I think that if you dig a chick enough to ask her out, you’re crazy if you don’t want to kiss her. And, if she accepted the date, she likes you and probably wants to be kissed. So, I couldn’t think of any reason why you shouldn’t! I think I’d like to wait ‘till the end of the date before I kissed her, though! I think most girls are afraid you’re comin’ on too fast if you kiss them right away. But, if I could tell that chick I was with was just waitin’ to be kissed, I wouldn’t mess around wastin’ time! I’d take her in my arms, bend her face back to rest on the back of her seat, and slowly lean toward her, gazin’ into her eyes and talking in a slow, smooth voice. Then, I’d press my lips against hers, gently at first, then harder and harder until we’re both lost in a soul kiss of true love. Trevor: How do you feel about honesty between a guy and a girl? MJ: I think that bein’ honest with one another is important when you’re gettin’ serious with a chick, and don’t want to have her goin’ out with other guys. You have to be loyal and true to one another, or your love will never last! But, when you’re dating lots of chicks, and the chicks you date go with other guys, honesty isn’t so important. Don’t

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get me wrong, though! I don’t think lyin’ to someone is ever a good or a smart thing to do! But, as long as you haven’t made any promises to each other, you have the right to keep some things for yourself! For instance, if you’ve been dating a chick on and off and she dates other guys, and she asks you where you were when she phoned your house and didn’t get an answer, I don’t think it’s any of her business to know you were out with a different girl! I don’t think I have the right to pry into her life either! Trevor: What would you do if you fell in love with a girl who was going steady with someone else? MJ: Well, if I knew from the beginning that she was going with another guy, I probably wouldn’t date her, no matter how much I wanted to! But, if I didn’t know she was going steady, and I found out after I fell in love with her, I think I’d be pretty mad! Even if I thought that she didn’t do it to be cruel, and was just too scared to tell him her true feelin’s, I think I’d tell her in a kind, understanding way, to figure out what she was gonna do, and come back after she’d done it. Trevor: Michael, what do you admire in others? MJ: I admire people who are really dedicated to their music and to entertaining people! That’s why I admire Sammy Davis Jr, and hope to be like him when I grow up! He’s a super professional, who puts a spell over his audience like some kind of magician. Singin’ and dancin’ his heart out to give his audience a thrill they’ll never forget. It takes many years to get like that, and that’s my goal. Trevor: What is the one thing you dislike in a person? MJ: I guess it’s conceited, snobbish people that really bother me! Some people are very egotistical, and think they’re better than everyone else! They’re always talkin’ about themselves, and can’t listen to you when you’re trying to tell them something about yourself. They keep looking around to see if someone’s lookin’ at them, instead of looking directly at you, listening to what you’re sayin’! It’s like talking to a stone wall. When I meet a chick like that, I just turn off right away! Trevor: Here’s a hard question - what one thing in your personality would you change if you could? MJ: Well, my Mom says that I’m a procrastinator, which means that I put off things I don’t want to do. I know that it’s better to get things out of the way as soon as you can, like cleaning your room, or doing your chores but sometimes I have a hard time gettin’ around to them and keep putting them off!

Fave movie: The Great White Hope Fave instrument: drums and piano Fave group: The Supremes Fave sports: swimming and basketball Fave TV Show: Hawaii 5-0 Fave clothes: wild print shirts, caps, and bell bottom pants Fave J5 Song: I’ll Be There Fave Male Singers: Sammy Davis Jr and Lou Rawls Fave Female Singer: Diana Ross Fave saying: Right on! Fave clothes for girls: Shar lookin’ pant suits (heaven forbid) Fave vacation spot: Yosemite National Park

MJ Tidbits

Height: 4’11 Weight: 80lbs Fave colors: orange and red Fave food: barbeque beef sandwiches (he’s changed just a bit) Fave drink: milk Fave desert: apple pie Fave hobby: drawing Fave animals: dogs and horses

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Steven Lombardi 2012 was interesting year for SLA’s multidiscipline practice, designing and building a wide range of projects that range in scale & use from Last Wave, 11’ high sculpture made of recycled surfboards, to a 400 meter long Transit Station in Kuwait. Steven’s first Modular House in Ocean Beach was completed , which comprises of two homes using a panelized cement board and floor to ceiling glass doors that disappear into the walls, both homes use passive technology for heating & cooling. New “off the shelf” lighting fixtures [interior& exterior] debut at $18.50 material cost. Modular House will be featured in “New Villas” out of Shanghai by Shanghai Junyu Culture later in 2013. A hybrid foundation system [stem wall & concrete mat] was also completed for Tower One the first of four vertical steel towers [100% off the grid] popping out of the landscape in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. The Triangle House in Point Loma, received a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects, at the annual AIA Design Awards in San Diego for 2012. And the Niagara House, also in Point Loma, was featured in a new Book from Hong Kong, Housing 101 by Deszigns. 2013 is full speed ahead, with Chateau Beau Solile beach/cliff house [not your typical Chateau] roof being topped off , this house sports a glass circular elevator rising out of a cantilevered steel staircase or “stairway to heaven” and a vanishing edge pool pouring into pacific ocean & sunset. Steven’s favorite surf spot at south garb overlooks Beau Solile, his most ambitious design to date. EL Do’s floating kitchen was just completed at the La Jolla Shores House which was built in 1958 and has undergone major interior and exterior surgery. Exterior gardens and private “outdoor rooms” were created to expand this low profile / big space concept. On the boards include, expansion to Dennis Conner [sailing legend] home in Point Loma… Last Wave 2 or Islands is on exhibition at Mod Matter in Little Italy…. Including “Octopussy” new lighting fixtures for residential and commercial also on exhibit

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up close and personal By Kimberly Rotter


cean Beach has its fair share of takeout and taco shops. For something different, I recently dropped in to O’Bistro, 4934 Voltaire Street. The first thing you might notice is the permanently enclosed patio, still slightly open air but cozy with propane heaters. True to its O.B. roots, O’Bistro is a place where you can enjoy alfresco dining all year round. The interior is small, featuring a lovely dark wood service bar and only 3 or 4 tables. The patio seats a couple dozen more. Colors are warm and relaxing and the atmosphere is friendly and invites you in. More elegant than formal, it is a place you won’t want to dash away from. Loveseats invite guests to sit and relax.

The menu has tasty, original recipes for familiar dishes like fish tacos, Cobb salad, Margarita pizza or an honest, old-time burger. You’ll discover fine-tuned selections like pecan crusted Rainbow trout or Farfalle with shrimp. A breakfast menu is available until 2pm daily. Sushi and dinner are available after 5pm.

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cheese steak with a generous slice of Key lime pie, and was blown away by its deliciousness. Like any food critic who aims to give her reader a fair and objective opinion about a restaurant, I sampled other dishes includFriday, 1973, at the bar at O’Bistro in Ocean Beach: Farrah Fawcett, in a black cashmere sweater over black leather pants, both by Calvin Klein, and Trevor with the OB Chronicle, in old white t-shirt and jeans by Wallmart, await the arrival of Steve Rubell, the owner of Studio 54. Although he has been keeping a very low profile, Steve agreed to interview his good friend Farrah for us. Another good friend Ryan O’Neal drops by for coffee.

Trevor: How are you?

I am a cheese steak fanatic and gave O’Bistro’s version a try. Without doubt, it is the best cheese steak sandwich on the West Coast. The freshly baked bread, very lean sliced sirloin, warm and gooey Fontina cheese, balsamic onions and mushrooms grilled to a symphony, and spices blended to my personal preference of “kick,” were absolutely delicious. Flavorful, not heavy. Desserts are rich, delectable handmade treats. Homemade, right in the kitchen. Nothing is bought in bulk from an outside vendor. I decided to follow up my

ing the hot spinach and artichoke dip (which pleases with an unexpected zippiness), the chilaquiles and eggs (prepared with soft tortillas), the St. Louis-style pork ribs (the kind that make you want to lick your fingers), the lobster bisque (creamy heaven) and the double-dipped bittersweet chocolate mousse. O.M.G.! Breakfast is about $7 to $10. The average lunch is $8 to $12. $10 to $24 for dinners. O’Bistro is child-friendly. They happily accommodated my 2-year old with a kid’s drink and a generous cup of fresh-cut fruit. O’Bistro only serves organic coffee. The variety may change now and then, because the proprietors are on a never-ending quest for freshly-roasted, bold-tasting, organic fair-trade coffee. O’Bistro has a wonderful history, loyal long-time employees, and husband-andwife owners who are intimately and genuinely concerned with the keeping O.B. a very special place to visit. Stop in. 4934 Voltaire Street 619.223.2202

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Farrah Fawcett: I don’t feel well. You know, quite honestly I tried to call Steve to say I had laryngitis, but I couldn’t find him. (Steve Rubell Arrives) Farrah: Hi, Steve! How are you? Steve Rubell: I was up all night last night. Calvin (Klein) is here. Farrah: I didn’t know where you were staying. Steve: So you came back from New York and got the cold? Farrah: Yes, on the plane. Steve: You know how long we sat? We came in right on time and then they had no berth for the plane. That plane was just the craziest. Vitas (Gerulaitis) was on it, Farrah: Is he coming out for the party, too? Steve: Yes. He’ll be at the party.

Trevor: Are you giving a party? Am I Invited?

Steve: No, Sandy Gallen and Dolly Parton are giving a Pre-Christmas party and we’re supposed to wear red, white and green; it’s a midnight party that begins at ten o’clock., and NO, you are not invited! Farrah: Nobody told me red, white or green until this morning and I’m saying to myself, “Red, white, green - what do I have?” Steve: You must have something white. Farrah: Summery whites. Maybe just a poinsettia in my hair. Steve: What happened this year? What was that all about? Farrah: It was the engagement. Everybody went crazy. Ryan actually gave me a ring three days after we met just because he liked me, and since then the press has made a big fuss. It actually started out because they said to me, “Let us see the ring you lost in Europe.” I had lost it and then found it on the Fabergé jet. It’s gotten all out of proportion. Steve: You’re not wearing it today. Farrah: Because I’m wearing pearls and gold. Steve: So the next day there was this article on Farrah and Joe Namath and they made a big deal about it - I guess because they were in towels.

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Agnetha Fältskog

By Trevor 29 August 1973 Agnetha Fältskog is not easy to get hold of for an interview. The whole world’s press can agree with that. Recently the world press gathered outside her villa on Lidingö after the divorce. The begged to get an interview. But nothing helped. Agnetha wanted to be left alone. She doesn’t think that she has very much to say. But she is also a naturally shy person, which makes her avoid journalist who often asks not so very important questions, she says. So why she agree to give me an interview I don’t know. Maybe I just happened to ask her at the right time. Or maybe it was because she just happened to be in Ocean Beach. For the first time she talks about her childhood, her upbringing, how she got her breakthrough, how ABBA was born, love and divorce. Her own way of expressing herself shows what an insecure and searching person she is. She has been through a difficult crisis, but now she sees the light at the end of the tunnel. So the picture of a very much alive fellow human being who is plagued by guilt and wants to stand on her own emerges. There’s one story that wasn’t included in this interview. I can tell it here. It says alot about what a modest person Agnetha Fältskog is: Agnetha and I decided on the phone to meet at Mother’s Saloon on Bacon Street. Somewhere we got our wires crossed. I ended up at Tower Two on Santa Monica while Agnetha was waiting at Shades also at the end of Santa Monica. It too me half an hour to realize the mix up. During that time Agnetha had called my house and asked my friend why I hadn’t shown up. My friend said I left a long time ago and that I’m usually very punctual ( She lied!) - I thought he had forgetten about me, said Agnetha. But that’s OK, I’ll wait a little longer. Forget about a world famous celebrity! Forget a dinner with Agnetha Fältskog! the knock-out bird from Abba! I was astonished when I heard about her reaction. I didn’t dare to believe that she would still be there. But she was - when I came running, out of breath. I could name at least 50 other celebrities who would have left the

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restaurant after five minutes if the reporter didn’t show up. But that’s how she is, Agnetha Fältskog. So far from a diva as could get. Trevor – You have just been through a crisis in your private life. How do you cope when something like that happens? Agnetha - I have some security in my self. When a problem occurs I just want to go home to my parents. I’m so glad they are still around. I think them a lot, and my childhood. It’s there everything starts, isn’t it? I grew up in Jönköping. My dad is an administrator at the electricity

company, my mother is a cashier at Konsum (a food store), but when I and my sister were young she was a stay at home mom for several years. Trevor – How was it at home? Agnetha- It wasn’t a quiet home exactly. Everyone talked with each other. Dad - a real joker - was something like a entertainmentdad for the whole town. He wrote New Years’ shows and played the piano. Mom is also musical. Early on I developed a taste for entertaining. When I was a teenager I toured with a dance orchestra and sang, I wrote my own songs which were successfull. I had a lot of freedom. But of course I had to be responsible. I had to be punctual and not stay out too long. At the same time I worked in an office. I was the girl on the switchboard. It didn’t give me much, just a feeling of being an outsider. When the phone wasn’t ringing I was thinking of what to do with my life. I was a dreamer and fantasized a lot, but at the same time I realized that I had to get an education. But the music got in the way. A boyfriend broke up with me and I wrote a sentimental song called “Jag Var Så Kär” (I was so in love). Trevor – And then the adventure started? Agnetha- The band leader’s wife knew the rock singer Little Gerhard (Karl Gerhard Lundqvist) in Stockholm. The orchestra decided to send him a tape with some songs. We really wanted to make a record. I got a personal reply, which was positive. I couldn’t belive it at first. That’s how convinced I was that I would never amount to anything. It resulted in a recording at the Philips studio in Stockholm, but not with “my” orchestra. Dad came with me and held my hand. I was more nervous than I have ever been. I was shaking and my mouth was dry. We recorded and released two singles which was unusual for a debutant. My idol at that time was Connie Francis. They said that I sounded a bit like her. “Jag Var Så Kär” became a hit. The adventure had started. Trevor – How was ABBA formed? Agnetha - ABBA was formed out of love, you could say. Björn and I was in love. And so were Benny and AnniFrid. We all were in love and excited especially when we worked together. We became world famous, but that doesn’t mean anything to us. We are Swedes and Swedes are firmly planted on the ground. Björn and I lived together for three years, then we got married. We had been married for seven

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years when we divorced. It didn’t end abruptly. It was a long process. But ABBA didn’t have anything to do with it. We would have divorced even if we didn’t work together. We developed in different directions and the problems started. I felt like I didn’t have any freedom in the marriage, locked in. We just fell out of love and we annoyed each other until we decided to live apart. Trevor – Why? Agnetha - There’s something weird about being married. You devote all your time to your partner and you forget about your friends. After a while you feel locked in and you wonder what has happened. You haven’t grown as a person and you start to panic. Can I make it on my own, will I destroy it for my children? What do I want to do with my life? Is the grass greener on the other side? Your conscience haunts you, as well as your fears for the future. Agnetha- When Björn and I reached that level we contacted a psychologist, quite like you go to the doctor if you are physically ill. Nothing strange about that. But the tabloids made a big deal of the fact that we were seeing a psychologist and even insinuated that I had an affair with him. Trevor – Was that just a lie then? - A divorce is something terrible to go through. But it’s even worse to be subjected to the tabloids lies in articles where they present them as the truth. You’re powerless. It doesn’t help if you appeal to them to be left alone. There are some magazines that writes exactly what they want and they use you to increase sales. So now you had crisis meeting within ABBA? - Once we had decided about a separation this naturally led to meeting within ABBA. What will a divorce mean to ABBA? We all agreed that it wouldn’t have to mean anything. We were going to go on as usual and now we’ve been doing that for six months. And it works fine. Trevor – When will ABBA split up? Agnetha- If ABBA splits up it will not be because of internal love affairs, it would be because Björn and Benny don’t want to write songs anymore. It takes a lot of strength, they worked, isolated for weeks every time they write something new. It’s only reasonable that the inspiration will disappear eventually. Trevor – How do you spend your free time? Agnetha - I spend all my free time with my children. Linda is 6 years old, Christian 1. We play, go for walks, go to Skansen, listen to music. The children are the most important in my life. It’s important to get enough sleep. That’s not always the case when you have small children. If I only get four hours sleep the following days is completely ruined for me. Trevor – Have you received a lot of letters (from the fans)? Agnetha- A lot of letters comes, not least from abroad, after our divorce. The writers are upset about what has happened, they want to comfort and help. I think it’s amazing that so many people can get so involved just because I’m a singer. Some of them wonder if we’re getting back together. But I’m afraid that will not happen. We have hurt each other so badly, so many things have been said. Trevor – Why are we so careless about love? By the way, Is it possible to live without love? No, I can’t. Trevor – What did Stikkan Anderson say when he got to hear about your divorce? Agnetha- Stikkan became really sad when I told him that it was decided. He was also worried about ABBA, but mostly he was sad for me and Björn. Trevor – And what were you thinking? Agnetha- I wonder how attractive a single mother of two really is? I don’t think it’s very easy. I question my whole existence. But within my music, I’m strong. But I don’t write lyrics anymore. The reason for that could possibly be that I think that life itself is like a schlager lyric. Trevor – Are you happy now? Agnetha- It has said in the papers that I’m happy after the divorce, that I’m jubilant and active within the Women’s right movement. That is not true. I had that article read to me before it was published and I approved it. But I have a weakness: I want to please everyone. That’s why I didn’t ask them to remove that. Agnetha- Happiness, what is that? I can wake up one morning and feeling really excited... And in the evening I can be prepared to go and hang myself. Happiness only exists in the moment. Happiness is writing music. Sometimes I get

a melody stuck in my head after I’ve gone to bed. Then I get up and sit down at the piano. But usually these melodies don’t measure up. The music that is good enough I have to struggle to get to. It’s hard work. But it’s some sort of happiness just the same. It’s also hard to find inspiration since I hardly ever hear any good music. If I turn on the music radio I’m disappointed. They seem to talk more. Melodiradion sucks! Trevor – Do you feel unconcentrated? Agnetha- Periodically I feel very unconcentrated. I never have enought time for my own music. ABBA takes most of my time and the children. Sometimes I have thought of staying at home. But I also want to do something else, otherwise taking care of the children would absorb me. And I’m lucky enough to have a nanny, a friend really, who helps me with the children, she has been with us for a year and half now. Trevor – Are you active within the Women’s rights movent? Agnetha- I have nothing to do with it I really don’t understand it or what it is for. Female liberation is good. But it mustn’t be exaggerated. Aren’t we equal enough now? If I understand the Women’s right movement correctly they want total independence. And there is no such thing. We all depend on each other. Trevor – Do you believe in love - despite everything? Agnetha- Yes. Love between man and woman and between people. Trevor – The guys they must be chasing you? Agnetha- Now - after the divorce - the guys are chasing me. I get flowers and tickets. But I’m very carefull and I won’t fall easily. Living together is so complicated. If I fall in love again I will be very careful with that love. At the same time I know it’s impossible to find a perfect scheme for your love life. Crisis will appear eventually. The reason being that you never really know another person and that the daily routine within a marriage contains a lot of traps. Trevor – A marriage contract - is that for you? Agnetha - Marriage contracts are unrealistic. You don’t sit down and tick off each others good and bad qualities on a form before you get married. A marriage is like a white piece of paper, which can be filled with scribblings. Trevor – Are you interested in power? Agnetha- Through success you gain power. But I’m not interested in a power position. It pains me when people see me as a star, when they can’t interact with me naturally. I notice that they are tense, so I get tense. Though I think I have learned to make it easier for them. I myself aren’t impressed with anyone. I’m a person who is driven by emotions, I act and judge others very much from how I feel. I have tried to get over my failed marriage for a long time now. I’ve been working with myself. And in the process I have developed a sense where I can see if someone has been through a divorce. It leaves irreverseable marks, it’s in the atmosphere around that person. Trevor – What do you reach with your intuition? Agnetha - Mostly it’s used to feel if a song will be a hit or not. But I’m also that kind of person who can turn around on the runway from a flight. - The more I fly, the more anxious I get. I think it’s challenging higher powers and I always say a prayer just before start or landing. I would prefer to stay on the ground. But we do travel around the world quite a lot. I enjoy it, for a while. Then I want to get home to the children, the kitchen zink, the jeans, the spaghetti bolognese. I prefer the simple life over the life in luxury, I have difficulty to feel like a millionnaire. Our money mostly gets invested in real estate and other things and then the taxes are huge - so we never really see the money. Trevor – Are you still living in the villa? Agnetha - I intend to stay in the house on Lidingö that I and the children moved to when we decided to break up. Its location is a little to visible, but I will get help to get a fence up to avoid people looking in. Trevor – And ABBA’s island - what will happen to that? Agnetha - I will leave ABBA’s island in the Stockholm archipelago for good. But the others will continue to be there just like before. The island never really meant that much to me. It’s nice to be there when the weather is nice. But that’s not always the case and then you only feel isolated. You have to depend on boats to get there and back and I only drive them into the bridge. I just cannot learn how to dock the boat.

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Jumping Jackie

Jackson 5 At Home

“Shoot... Shoot!... I got him, you cover him, don’t let him pass.” I was walking up the pavement to the Jacksons’ house as I heard these words, and my heart quickened. The voices belonged to Jackie, Marlon and Jermaine, and I hoped they were only playing cops and robbers, but two things made me anxious - their serious tone and the suspicion that the three were just a bit too old to be playing cops and robbers. I approached the fence, peered cautiously over the top of it, and there was Jackie, just about to shoot - a basketball through the hoop! He must have heard my sigh of relief, because he paused and looked over his shoulder. “Well, hey, look guys... it’s Pat!” And with that he dropped the ball and came bounding over, with his brothers close behind. He went to the gate and opened it, and as I struggled over, Jackie flashed me a broad grin, and asked, “What’s happenin?”

Jackie is 20, Tito 17, Jermaine 16, Marlon 14. They sing some, and play guitar. Michael, the lead singer, is twelve. They are brothers, and taken together they add up to the Jackson Five, a group that in hardly more than a yearhas become the biggest thing to hit Pop Capitalism since the advent of the Beatles. They had four hit singles in 1970, two more already this year, four albums, with all ten releases selling in the millions, and one (I’ll Be There) already well over 4,000,000. Teen-age girls besiege their home for autographs and sometimes faint when they sing. They have their own magazine, a quarterly in which fans can revel in a whole issue devoted entirely to the Jackson Five and read things like “Michael’s Love Letter to You.” Stores now bulge with Jackson Five decals, stickers and sweaters. A Jackson Five hair spray and a Jackson Five watch are planned, as well as a television cartoon about their lives. Despite this commercial hoopla, the group manages to be one of the best soul bands in the country. It is also part of the most likable and natural family ever to survive the pressures of teen-age stardom. So Correspondent Timothy Tyler discovered on a recent visit to the Jackson Five in Los Angeles: First of all, they are really the Jackson twelve or 13, depending on whether you count Sister Maureen, who lives in Kentucky. There are the parents, Joe and Katherine, and Cousins Johnny Jackson and Ronnie Rancifer, who play drums and piano respectively, Sisters Janett, 4, and Latoya, 15, and Little Brother Randy, 8, who is getting ready to join the group. They all live together in a massive twelve-room stucco-modern house on a large lot guarded by an electric gate out in Los Angeles’ sprawling San Fernando Valley. The place is mammoth, flanked by a guesthouse, playhouse and servants’ quarters. But there are only six bedrooms so that Michael—culture hero though he is—has to triple up with Randy and Marlon, and the other brothers are forced to share too. The Jackson fortress wraps itself around a pool; it has walkways and plants growing all around; there is a basketball half court, badminton court, an archery range and, inside, a pool table in a sunken rec room and a den that looks like a cross between a motel lobby and the foyer of a Sunset Boulevard record company. The walls are plastered with platinum records (each signifying $2,000,000 in sales) and various other trophies the boys have picked up. For furniture, there is a bar, a stereo with big speakers and leatherette couches. The place is almost totally impersonal, the fiercest personality around being without a doubt Lobo, a German shepherd trained to eat anything, black or white, that’s squeaky and carries an autograph book. The family’s closest friends have to wait outside in their cars in the parking lot and call up to the window, “Is Lobo O.K.?” The kids hold the raging beast down, inside the house, until a split-second before the visitor comes in the front door. Then Lobo is allowed to rush out the back door, a tornado of bristles and snarls, in a vain (hopefully) attempt to race around the establishment and up the front steps in time to rip the pants off whoever is going in the front door. The kids wander around the place, not exactly at home but definitely in control of the situation. Michael, with the loveliest, fullest, twelve-year-old Afro you’ll hope to see, has the history of the group down pat: “We all started singing together after Tito started messin’ with Dad’s guitar and singin’ with the radio. It was Tito decided we should form a group, and we did, and we practiced a lot, and then we started entering talent shows, and we won every one we entered, and then we did this benefit for the mayor [Richard Hatcher of Gary, Ind.], and Diana Ross was in the audience, and afterward we was in the dressin’ room and Diana Ross knocked on the door, and she brought us to Motown in Detroit and that was it.” He is taken aback when you question him beyond this, because that’s as far as his training takes him. But he responds well enough. Yes, Mother Katherine had played clarinet in high school, but she wasn’t much of a musical influence. Father Joe, who also sports a natural and who as a youth had sung and played guitar with a local group called the Falcons, set more of an example. The whole family, Maureen on piano, would sit around the house through

DOUBLE HEARTBEAT “Well, what’s happening right now is my heartbeat has leaped to about twice its normal rate. I know you’ll just have another laugh at me, but I thought you lot were, well with all those noises about “shoot”, and “cover him”. I thought maybe there was a burglar or someone in your garden!” Jackie looked at his brothers, and they looked back in surprise - for about two seconds! Then they all joined in a good laugh at my expense and I must confess, I joined them. After they calmed down a bit, Marlon and Jermaine went back to the basketball court and Jackie walked me over into the shade. We sat down on a wooden bench, and as I readjusted myself, Jackie wondered what brought me to Los Angeles. I told him, “I came especially to talk to you! You’re the oldest Jackson, and we’ve had so much post about you, what you’re doing, and what you think about the J5’s fantastic success, and a lot of other questions as well!” “The way you say I’m the “oldest Jackson” it makes me feel like about 40! But of course; you’re right. And I do feel a sense of responsability. “The others always tease me about being “Big Brother”, but it’s important that someone is a kind of link between ourselves, our parents and the people who manage us. So I’ve been going to business school, trying to figure out how things work. “But it’s not just business I’m interessed in (as if Jackie had to tell me!) I’ve also got somethin’ else up my sleeve. I’m studying piano, and composition. I’m hoping that, pretty soon we’ll be recording some of the things I’ve written. “Who knows? In time maybe we’ll do something like the Who did in ‘Tommy’. There’s no reason now why pop groups can’t try and do more serious kind of music, you know - like operas and symphonies.” I had a suddent vision of Jackie on a stage, in front of a hundred musicians, with a baton in his hand, ready to direct opera. When I told Jackie this, he laughed. “Not likely! I wouldn’t figure to leave the group... Wow, I’d have to leave my family to do that! Any plans I have are for ALL of us.” “What sorts of things would you like to write your music about?” I asked. Jackie leant forward and began to explain, and I could tell by the serious expression on his face that he was concerned. “You know, one of the things that worries me the most these days is the way people are getting hung-up on things.” KIND OF THINGS “But Jackie, what kind of things?” “I mean things things. You know, like possessions. It’s probably hard for you to understand, Pat, ‘cos you’re English, but things are all so, well, warped here now. I mean, everybody is so keen on having two cars, and two houses, it makes me sick. So I think I’d like to write something about that, and some other things.” I went inside then, with Jackie and we joined his parents and brothers for a glass of lemonade. But I really couldn’t get over my short and really serious chat with Jackie. Who would think, watching him smilling and dancing on the stage as he and his brothers sing, that he could be that serious as well. I guess you figured it out too, huh? That’s right : the girl that wins Jackie’s heart will have to be quite a woman. Any volunteers?

the ‘60s and sing on weekends, Joe providing the chords on guitar. Tito got the idea they should be a formal group when Michael was only six. Tito was playing guitar, and Jermaine learned bass— on Tito’s guitar at first, there being no money for a real bass. Then came the bass amps and speakers, and there wasn’t enough money left to buy any more instruments, so the cousins were enlisted, more for their set of drums and their piano than for their musical talents. Singing songs like the Temptations’ I Wish It Would Rain and My Girl, or Smokey Robinson’s Going to a Go-Go, they began making tours to Chicago, Arizona, New York and Boston. The family made most of these trips in their Volkswagen bus, with a second van for equipment. The kids just remember all the snow and all their weekends and school holidays being spent in motels and strange arenas. Says Marlon: “We would do a show somewhere Sunday night, we’d get home at 3 in the morning, then we’d have to get up at 8 to go to school. That was rough.” Things have eased up in some ways. But it’s still remarkable that they’re as big as they are, considering that their concert and recording schedules, TV appearances and the creation of a new series of J-5 animated cartoons all have to be worked around school and homework. The Buckley School (in Sherman Oaks, where all five of them go) makes allowances, and a social worker-tutor travels with the boys wherever they go, but show biz is still a schooling handicap. But then again, the boys, who; get only a small allowance each week, aren’t subject to the pressures of traveling grown-ups —you know, wasting time with those worthless chickies on the road, migraine headaches, creaking bones, drugs and alcohol—instead, they unwind nightly with pillow fights and card games, Scrabble and Monopoly. Motown Magic. But neither their schooling nor their music has really suffered from their schedule. Seeing the boys together, you begin to realize how hard they’ve worked to get good. Some of their stuff is certainly a product of “that Motown magic,” as Motown publicists put it, meaning Motown President Berry Gordy and Songwriters Fonso Mizell, Freddy Perren and Deke Richards, who wrote Love Child for the Supremes. The tunes they are given are good black pop, the rhythms authentic rhythm and blues. But it takes some kind of private and personal magic for a twelveyear-old like Michael to sound convincing in a lyric like this:

Let me fill your heart with joy and laughter. Togetherness, girl, is all I’m after. Whenever you need me, I’ll be there. Musically, they’re all really just getting started. Michael plays drums. He says he is learning piano too. “It’s not hard. You just have to put your mind to what you doin’; that’s all there is to it.” Marlon says in his soft child-voice that he’s a dancer, and Jermaine adds that Marlon is known around the house as “Las Vegas” because of his prowess with cards. It turns out that Jermaine is a poet, and that he and Michael (Michael does everything) draw pictures of people. Jackie likes to recall how 16 girls fainted in Cincinnati when Jermaine was doing his solo in I Found That Girl. When he ad-libbed, “Won’t you take me with you?” the girls apparently confused the concert with a gospel response meeting, broke out in sweats and screamed, “Yes!” and then keeled over. It’s still a bit too chilly to swim just now, so after a little basketball the kids settle down to a game of pool. “I’m good on my trampolin,” Michael remarks. “And I’m good at pool.” “Not as good as me,” says Jermaine. Back home in Gary, says Tito, “We all played Little League, and we all hit home runs during the series. We were always the best at everything.” Somehow it sounds neither phony nor swellheaded —merely the truth.

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The Revolt of the Cockroach People

Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity’s Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce’s Ulysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force.

By Oscar Zeta Acosta, Marco Acosta The further adventures of “Dr. Gonzo” as he defends the “cucarachas”– the Chicanos of East Los Angeles. Before his mysterious disappearance and probable death in 1971, Oscar Zeta Acosta was famous as a Robin Hood Chicano lawyer and notorious as the real-life model for Hunter S. Thompson’s “Dr. Gonzo” a fat, pugnacious attorney with a gargantuan appetite for food, drugs, and life on the edge. In this exhilarating sequel to The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, Acosta takes us behind the front lines of the militant Chicano movement of the late sixties and early seventies, a movement he served both in the courtroom and on the barricades. Here are the brazen games of “chicken” Acosta played against the Anglo legal establishment; battles fought with bombs as well as writs; and a reluctant hero who faces danger not only from the police but from the vatos locos he champions. What emerges is at once an important political document of a genuine popular uprising and a revealing, hilarious, and moving personal saga.

The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle By Beatrix Potter When little Lucie realizes that she’s missing

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I arrived at Elton’s Pont Loma home while Paul and Elton were still making their way there from the center of San Diego in Elton’s Rolls Royce. Mrs. Dwight dusted me down and made me a nice cup of tea and continued dusting the gold discs in the bathroom while Mr. Dwight, dressed in mechanics’ overalls, cleaned the swimming pool. As soon as they arrived Mrs. Dwight dusted down both Paul and Elton until she spotted the small package in Harrods wrapping that Elton had under his arm. “What have you gone and bought now Reg?” “I told you the accountant told us to spend money Mum! It’ll only get taxed if not, anyway, it’s only a little Rembrandt sketch, cheap at $36,000!” “Oh well, I suppose I’ll find somewhere to put it”, sighed Mrs. Dwight, unwrapping the Rembrandt, and dusting it. “... I’ve no idea where exactly though, the bathroom’s already full of your gold discs.” Elton John is speedy, little and formerly Reg Dwight of Pinner, Middlesex. With recently shorn hair he looks like a friendly bespectacled cocoanut. Anything one says or thinks about him as far as music is concerned has to include his other half Bernie Taupin, the cat who writes all the lyrics for the duo’s songs. The music these two produce mostly speaks for itself, but two tracks heard last week from the new album are best described as mind-fuckers, the best of their type to be recorded in months. I mean it. What seems to hang some people up when they talk about Elton John’s music is the amount of influences that are so easily apparent in all his work. He happily owns up to being influenced strongly by everybody. Really, everybody. He dedicates one track on each album he records to the Stones, “Because I really dig them and I suppose because I do quite a good cod Jagger voice.” He does too. The rest of the similarities are far too numerous to name but if you listen with half an ear it’s possible to hear Feliciano, James Taylor, Neilson, Randy Newman, Simon & Garf. and so many others that the list becomes not only improbable, it gets boring. Listen hard and there isn’t anyone you don’t hear at one time or another. Not that it matters too much, the music is obviously derivative but who’s isn’t? Mostly it’s just f**’in’ good music. Dick James, as has no doubt been mentioned before, was the guy who

first realised the staggering potential of Lennon & McCartney and became their publisher. Now that guy is no fool. He is now big daddy for Elton John, and John operates from DJ House in New Oxford Street outwardly unperturbed by the whole straight music publishing house atmosphere that pervades every walnut/ contemporary desked office. He speaks with real love and respect of both the Guvnor D.J. and the other DJ Jeff Dexter; he plays, or has played Radio One gigs with serious enthusiasm but describes his ideal gig as “somewhere like the Roundhouse where people listen.” He is not contradictory, simply open and honest. He emits waves of exuberant confidence when you talk about his future, and even more important, so does everyone involved with his records, his songs or his live performances. It’s infectious. I talked to him because I think that along with his lyricist he will possibly become the finest, and almost certainly the most popular songwriter in England, and eventually the world. America is already beginning to clamour in typical stateside fashion for his records, and the day after we talked he was leaving for a tour over there. Reg Dwight was very, very excited about it but Elton John was cool. His beginnings are valid if less relevant than his present scene, so we began by tracing his frustration from the time he stopped being an organist and became part of a formidable writing team. We were put on a retainer of ten pounds a week and expected to write dozens of hits for people like Engelbert thingummy which for a time we tried to do. Just about that time a guy joined DJ from EMI. Dee Brown, and he’s just about revolutionised this place since he’s been here. Well one day he says to us that we were writing crap, and we knew we were so we sulked for a while, I mean crap is crap. Eventually he told us to go away and do whatever we wanted and we did. Since then we have vowed never to write songs for anyone but ourselves and we haven’t. Oxfam asked us to do a thing which we did, but apart from that it’s been music for me to sing. Most of the stuff that has been covered has been diabolical. “Brainchild” have done one of our songs, who are they anyway, and that’s awful; Rod Stewart has done “Country Comfort” on his new album (Gasoline Alley, still worth getting anyway.) and we’re really pissed off about it. He sounds like he made it up as they played. I mean they couldn’t possibly have got farther away from the original if they’d sung “Campdown Races”. It’s so bloody sad because if anyone should sing that song it ought to be him, such a great voice, but now I can’t even listen to the album I get so brought down. Every other word is wrong. It’s so frustrating man ‘cos all anyone has to do is ring up the office and there are file copies of all our songs in the desk and they are welcome to have the lyrics. Silver Meter (Micky Waller’s terrible band) have done about four of our songs on an album that’s out in the states and they are all the bloody same, so wrong,

so totally wrong. Dorothy Morrison has done “Border Song” as a single in the States but I still don’t know of anyone that has done one of our numbers that has made me stop and say yeah, you know. You would think someone would be able to get it together and get our lyrics right. Spooky Tooth’s “Son of Your Father” was an abortion, it makes me very upset when people just can’t be bothered to do things right. “Lady Samantha” was our first record and although it’s been deleted now is still gets lots of plays and requests etc. The first album “Empty Sky” was low budget to say the least, we recorded it in the little four track studio downstairs. The stereo was a con, anyone who bought it as a stereo album was definitely conned. I still get asked to sing “Lady Samantha” at gigs and I wrote it over two years ago now, along with “Son of Your Father” and “Country Comfort”. The newest stuff is getting much funkier, which is more like I want it to be. It’s taken a long time to be able to write the sort of music we want to without starving. The music papers in the States said some really nice things about us, and now that the album is released over there it’s done 30,000 in the first week and gone to 72 in the charts which is very pleasing. I haven’t had any real chart success in England, in fact I’ve really just been a Radio One hype. Radio One have just seemed to like all the stuff we’ve done which is OK in some ways but in others it’s a drag. It’s really held us back if people hear a new Elton John record they don’t just say “Yeah a new Elton John record, nice” they seem to start raving about it you know, and the people who might buy the record don’t dig that too much; I certainly don’t. I’d rather like to be someone like Leonard Cohen or Joni Mitchel who just disappear and occasionally produce beautiful records. I don’t want anything to do with the big fame bit. I like doing gigs but basically I’m a very quiet guy and I’m just as happy listening to other people’s music as playing our own. I’d like to keep writing and making records now and then, that’s all. I’m very happy with the new album, much more the way I want to come over, the last album was a little too soft and too orchestrated for me. Paul Buckmaster is arranging for us again and he is just totally amazing. He’s doing the most incredible things with straight session musicians. Half the time I just don’t believe it. He has them all hitting their violins for three bars and they all love it. He is really freaky and very good. I’m so pleased that he’s doing our album. I’m just happy producing songs as we are, even with all the influences, ‘cos I don’t give a shit for anybody. We have a completely free hand with all our stuff and I couldn’t work any other way now. I don’t have to do anything that I don’t like. You just have to refuse things and be firm. At the moment I’m still struggling to get rid of this image that media like Radio One has built up for me, you know, people think that I’m all cuddly and lovely and beautifully popstarrish. I’m not, really I’m not.”

The OB Chronicle ‘DOGUMENTARY’ Karma Carisma Corral De los Angeles Guteras Rodreges Karmelita Monsone, A.K.A Karm, may look like a Bernese mountain dog, but she is in fact a mixed bread of unknown origin. She was first spotted in a camp ground at K58 in Baja California. Celia Corral A.K.A OB double Cee fell in love with this little ball of fur, Karma was so small that she easily fit into her hand which was a good thing because that made it that much easer for her to be smuggled across the U.S border. She made the journey in the glove box of Cee Cee’s 1971 Volkswagen bus, but like many of her country folk, Karma is forced to live in the shadows as she patiently awaits amnesty. That does not stop Karma from having a good time though, fluent in seven languages, including Cantonese and Swahili, she easily assimilates with her brothers and sisters on Dog beach. She loves to swim in the San Diego river and is an incredible athlete that represented the U.S in the 2004 ‘Doglimpics’, competing in both the 400m and 600m doggy paddle, unfortunately her shaky immigration status was called into question and Karma was denied her chance at gold. Never daunted, Karma continues her training and awaits vindication. Calling Ocean Beach her home town, Karma is no stranger to fun. If you dont see her at dog beach, on Newport Ave or at the Noodle House, she is probably on tour. Karma’s motto is “You scratch your back, and I’ll scratch mine.” Q. What is your dog’s name? Karma Carisma Corral De los Angeles Guteras Rodreges Karmelita Monsone Q.How did your dog get their name? It was either tequilla or karma, we chose the latter. Q.what is his/her best attribute? Her smokin hot abbs Q What is your dog’s worst attribute? Her puter dreads Q What is your dog/s favorite band? The Grateful Dead Q How would your dog save the world? One wag at a time Q What is your dog’s favorite beer? A Pacifico with lime by day and Negra Modello by night. Q What is your dog’s favorite flower? A Scarlet Begonias Q What is your dog’s favorite food? Ranchos Carne Asada Burrito, extra Guacamole What is your dog’s favorite quote? “Don’t tell me this ain’t got no heart, you just gotta poke around” Send a photo of your dog and answer the same questions to be included in our next ‘Dogumentary’ email: Special thanks to Kevin Bray for the inspiration to start this column.

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The OB Sound Smokey Hoof Oh Jam Bands, where art thou? You bands that JAM seem to be going the way of the Dodo bird. Good ones just aren’t around, or are they? While we music enthusiasts do appreciate a bands hard work. We appreciate a well composed piece and syncopated notes, but whatever happened to exploring a new place on a tightrope of trust between you and your band mates? Walking that plank, where one misstep may lead to a new expression, but one well timed improvised step can lead to an emotional connection that can make even the biggest non-believers morph into preachers of auditory expression. Luckily, San Diegan’s rejoice, OB plays host to one of the true few, Smokey Hoof. Smokey Hoof is a cosmic force that has been actively jamming since 2010 . Three of the members Bruce Biederman (vocals, guitar), Joe Felix (bass), and Brandon Keith (drums) got together covering Phish tunes in the local group Trout. Soon after, the group went away from playing covers. Songs were written, the dice was rolled and Smokey Hoof was formed. Through a great stroke of luck, the band added Daniel Nielsen of Psychic Vacuum and former legendary player of The Electric Wasteband

whose velvety vocals, tenor sax, and flute dance within the matrix of sound. These eclectic, tall marsupials jam and they jam in spaces that most bands rarely have the marbles to go. Though they jam with the free-wheeling style of a riverboat gambler, one shouldn’t lose sight of how well-written and wide-reaching the songs are. Whether you’re a dancing hippy, animal enthusiast, biker, head-bobber, traveler, toker, joker, stock broker... there’s a song and sound for you. They use animalistic metaphors as a spirit guide to express a journey. Destinations include New Orleans, Outer Space, and even Genesee Ave. These songs flourish with improvised staccato texture, spacial awareness of instruments, and soul that bring listeners that like Phish, The Talking Heads, and The Grateful Dead. Catch Smokey Hoof as it performs locally at venues such as Winstons and Mother’s Saloon. It’s a trip worth taking.

The Homesick Hitchers What’s coming up?

The OB Chronicle recently caught up with bass player Jeff Clemetson who plays with the new, OB local bluegrass band The Homesick Hitchers to talk about the band’s roots and what is on the horizon.

Our next show is Aug. 7 at The Harp - one of our Hump Day Hoedowns. We’ve got a few other shows in OB in the works but I don’t want to really talk about those until they are finalized. We will likely do our CD Release Party in OB sometime in the Fall so stay tuned for that. (We will do our best here at the Chronicle to keep you informed of upcoming shows, but you can also “like” the band’s site on Facebook for information on where they will be playing, just do a search for the “Homesick Hitchers”)

Who is in the band? How did you all meet?

Well... The Homesick Hitchers are myself Jeff Clemetson on bass, Brent Gutzwiller on banjo, Tyler TenBrock on guitar and mandolin, and John Blackwood on guitar and dobro. Brent and I have been playing together for five years or so and have always wanted to do something bluegrass oriented together and have just never really found the time until recently. I have played in a band called Ten Mile Tide from the Bay Area for 10 years and Brent has played in a band called Pushin’ Rope for the last few years and we’ve always been really busy with those projects until recently so we made time to get serious about this project and started looking for other pickers to play with. We met Tyler and John through a Craiglist ad. Tyler is a great guitar player and mandolin player who recently graduated from the music program at Chico State, which is also my Alma Mater. And John is great guitar and dobro player from Texas who currently goes to school at SDSU after serving in the Navy - he also plays in another local band called The Desolators.

Where have you played?

We started playing out a few months ago and we’ve played some pretty fun shows so far. We opened for my good friends Poor Man’s Whiskey from San Francisco for our first show ever at Winston’s here in OB. We’ve also been playing a fairly regular gig at The Harp on Wednesdays that we call the Hump Day Hoedown. We’ve played at our friend Cy’s brewery in PB, Amplified Aleworks, a few times as well as The Tiki House. Last month we played a really fun show with our friends the Dead Winter Carpenters at The Griffin and had a really great turn out.

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So you have a release coming out?

Describe your style of music.

I don’t know if I have a good definition of our sound, other than to say we are a band that starts at traditional bluegrass and goes from there. We only play acoustic instruments, but our influences are pretty diverse which brings a pretty wide spectrum into what we do. I come from a jamband sensibility that wants to glue everything together in a very patient, melodic way - allowing music to breathe in the moment. Brent is very much a traditional bluegrass banjo player - he likes the fast, super-tight, hard-hitting bluegrass. Tyler has a degree in jazz performance, so he brings a lot of pure improv into the mix. John grew up in Texas and has the heart of a pure honky tonk player. All of that is going on, but blending at the same time. It’s been really fun watching this whole sound unfold.

Yes. We tracked twelve songs in early Spring at my house in La Mesa. My friend John Morales, who also plays drums in Ten Mile Tide (as well as another band called Dad’s LP’s), engineered and is currently mixing down the project. It’s going to be a self-titled album - The Homesick Hitchers. The way we did the recordings - gorilla style, setting up a house as a studio gives the album a real raw feeling that captures where we were at as a band at the moment we recorded. A lot of the songs were being written during the recording session, which was only over four days. We already have enough material for a second album, which shows just how energized we are about this project.

Any last thoughts?

Yes. We’d like to thank all the folks who’ve come out to see our shows and support us and we’d like to invite more of the great people of OB to come see us when we play here in town. I lived in OB for five years, after living all over the place and touring constantly with bands, and I’ve always felt OB is one of the best communities I’ve ever been blessed to be a part of.

Gratefully interviewed by Jeff Deck

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Spoilers The Pink Floyd Interview is an abridged version that first appeared in Zigzag 32, 1973. Elton John was interviewed by Paul Gambaccini and John Coleman which was published in August 1973 in NME. The John Lennon Interview is from the November 23 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. The Michael Jackson Interview is from Star Magazine, 1973. Just ‘avin a nostalgic giggle.

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