Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

End of an Era & God Bless


I was reading an email late last night from a friend who was reminiscing about the little scene that swirled around Book of Kills back in the '90s and 2000s when I suddenly realized that I've yet to upload the 1994 Angel Toot Boy album SONGS FOR A GONE WORLD! Perhaps the most adventurous (and undoubtedly the most divisive) piece of music I ever made, it WILL be the next CDBaby upload. Since it's all ready to go, it shouldn't take long for it to be available. If you've never heard it...well, you gotta hear it.

On this day in 1969, the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, and the Flying Burrito Brothers played at the Altamont Festival in California. If you're a knowledgeable fan of rock and roll, you know what happened. If you don't know what happened, you're probably not as knowledgeable a fan of rock and roll as you think you are. Lots of rock historians and critics like to say that the '60s "died" on this day, but I'm pretty confident in saying that the '60s expired after a good long ten year run on October 17, 1973.

There's a new song on the audio page.

"They said Altamont was the end of an era, which more or less is true. It coincided with the way things rise and fall. Everything does that. Look at the Roman Empire. Sometimes it takes two years, sometimes it takes 500. Everything is born, rises and then dies." -- Grace Slick