Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills


Big day in rock and roll history.

On this day in 1953, one of rock's greatest vocalists, Robyn Zander, was born.

On this day in 1967, Pink Floyd began work on "Arnold Layne" and "Candy and a Currant Bun".

On this day in 1969, The Beatles with Billy Preston began work on "Get Back".

On this day in 1971, George Harrison became the first ex-Beatle to enjoy a number one single with "My Sweet Lord" from his absolutely brilliant first solo album ALL THINGS MUST PASS.

The vastly under-appreciated Terry Kath inadvertently killed himself with what he thought was an unloaded gun on this day in 1978. Hist band Chicago (originally known as The Chicago Transit Authority) would never recover from his loss and became more or less a (quite successful) soft-rock band. I still really like the first two Chicago albums, particularly the first one.

On this day in 1988, Nirvana recorded their famous 10 song demo with Jack Endino producing. SST owner Jonathan Poneman heard the tapes and offered the band a chance to record a single. The rest, as they say, is history.

   "[Creative people] have to confront doubt and rejection. And yet they have to persist in spit of that, because they believe strongly in the value of what they do. This can lead to psychic pain, which may manifest itself as depression or anxiety, or lead people to attempt to reduce their discomfort by turning to pain relievers such as alcohol.

   "I've been struck by how many of these people refer to their most creative ideas as 'obvious'. Since these ideas are almost always the opposite of obvious to other people, creative luminaries can face doubt and resistance when advocating for them. As one artist told me, 'The funny thing about your own talent is that you're blind to it. You just can't see what it is when you have it. When you have talent and see things in a particular way, you are amazed that other people can't see it.' Persisting in the face of doubt or rejection, for artists...can be a lonely path." -- Nancy C. Andreasen