Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Last Call

As I near the end (in other words, perhaps within a couple months) of the Archives Project (I'm now capitalizing the "P" as well), it won't be long before I wrap the album folders up and turn my full attention to the visual media that I intend to include. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of BOK/KR/F+W photos and I have no intention of including more than a fraction of them. I would also estimate that I have in my possession perhaps 15-20 hours of live performances. Again, I will include only a few excerpts of those videos. Sadly, though a few shows by the Karl Rove exist, the sound accompanying them is abysmal (for some reason, Karl Rove recordings almost always had horrid sound) so if I were to include one or two in the Project I'd have to somehow dub in a better sounding recording. At one time I had the software to do that sort of editing but no longer so I'm not sure if I'll even include any KR video. I'll only put at least a couple on if I can somehow manage to do some creative dubbing.

On this day in 1970, four students from Kent State University were shot and killed by members of the National Guard during what an anti-war demonstration. The deaths inspired Neil Young to write "Ohio", one of his better songs. "Ohio" was composed not long after Young saw pictures of the incident in LIFE Magazine. He and his band, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, recorded a suitable live take in only a few run-throughs, had the song mastered and pressed to vinyl shortly after, and issued it as a 45 (single) on May 21, just three weeks after the massacre. A number of American radio stations refused to play the controversial tune, though so-called underground FM stations of the day did air the song.

"When people start asking you to do the same thing over and over again, that's when you know you're way too close to something that you don't want to be near." -- Neil Young