Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Fixing Stuff

I've spent a goodly amount of time trying to fix various bookofkills.com typos, inaccuracies, misspellings, and the like that folks have alerted me to over the past few months. I'm pretty slow in addressing the corrections...I admit it. I'm sure there are plenty more that I have yet to get to, but I'm trying. If you see something that needs my attention, please let me know.

I'm also (very very slowly) trying to add some more Fear + Whiskey and Karl Rove tracks something people have bugged me about for years. That's harder than it might seem since after the computer crash that occurred on the PC I'm typing on right now (not a Mac, mind you but a freaking HP) a few months ago I lost quite a few digitized live recordings that I'm trying to re-locate in their original formats.

There's a new (brief) interview on the interview page. As far as photos of BOK's Little Grill concert go, though I've had three people send me phone videos of parts of the show, I haven't gotten any photographs. I posted one screen capture, but that's it for now.

On this day in 1995, Sterling Morrison died of cancer. He was just 53. 

"When I talked with Joe Nick Patoski, he said, 'What do I think the future of rock ‘n’ roll music is?' And I said, 'Whatever’s being played by garage bands today.' And I believe that! It excludes so much. What does a garage band have to do with ELO? Nothing. ELO doesn’t exist. What do they have to do with Fleetwood Mac? Nothing. The whole joy of rock ‘n’ roll music was anybody could play it if they wanted to. But the ’60s fouled that whole thing up. Everybody decided to get good and they pursued virtuosity. The thing that ruined music was virtuosity – competence – as an end in itself. It means nothing. It was a very terrible thing."

"Anybody who needs Bob Dylan to tell him which way the wind is blowing is a serious mental defective. See, I go back to: How well can you hear the words in a rock ‘n’ roll song? Listen to Rolling Stones records. The words are mixed so far back that they are non-important. If you’re going to rock music to learn something verbally rather than physically or viscerally, then you’re in a sad shape, baby. Death to me – and one of the reasons I wanted to stop playing – was when when we had to start doing these giant sit-down things where you stood on the edge of the stage and you’d look at people sitting down, gazing up reverently." -- Sterling Morrison (1980 Sluggo interview)