Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Musical Myths

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Someone asked me at a party last weekend if I was ever going to resurrect Book of Kills for one "great last go-round". I said I didn't know. I will say I'm mulling it over. Not sure who'd want to play in the band considering the lack of places there'd be to play shows.

I should note that on this day in 1965, Bob Dylan recorded "Like a Rolling Stone" which is frequently cited as the greatest rock song ever. Al Kooper sat in on the session after conning his way into the studio, claiming he knew how to play organ (which he's almost never played before). His riffs on the song became a hugely influential trademark of the arrangement.

The legendary Monterey Pop Festival in California kicked off on this day in 1967. It remains, perhaps next only to Woodstock as the most famous and influential of all music festivals. Artists included Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Byrds, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel, and many others. Hendrix and Joplin gave career-defining performances that to this day remain the stuff of which myths are made.

On this day in 1972, David Bowie released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, still one of my fave records ever.

A couple famous people died of drug overdoses on this day, but I choose to accentuate the positive today.

"Everything worth doing starts with being scared."

"Records became much cruder in the last twenty years. Let's put it that way."

"Paul has more, I think, of a feel for the stage. Whereas I have it more for the notes themselves. I love record making and mixing, arranging, producing. That I love. I love to make beautiful things, but I don't like to perform."

-- Art Garfunkel