Picture Book: Scenic Views
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Berry Oakley & Duane Allman, July 1971.
Today marks the 39th anniversary of the death of Duane Allman. On October 29, 1971, the Allman Brothers Band were at their creative peak, recording tracks for Eat A Peach which already promised to be a critical and commercial leap forward. But the day ended in tragedy: Duane had just visited the band’s “Big House” in Macon, Georgia, to wish his bandmate Berry Oakley’s wife a Happy Birthday.
Memorial to Duane Allman on a roadside embankment outside of Vicksburg, Mississippi.
He was riding his motorcycle back home when he was forced to swerve after a truck turned in front of him. His bike slid beneath the truck and he was critically injured — he died after more than three hours of emergency surgery. Duane Allman was just 24 years old. Today we remember him for his tremendous talent and his influential playing which helped create “Southern Rock.” R.I.P. Duane. More pics after the jump.
At the start of the 1970s, Led Zeppelin had achieved a staggering Mount Olympus-level of success that very few bands enjoy in their lifetime. Their Atlantic contract had given them unprecedented control over their career, and sales of their first two albums were through the proverbial roof. They had become the number one touring band in the world. By the end of April 1970, after playing nearly two-and-a-half hours each night on a brutal 27-date North American tour, they were beyond exhausted and Robert Plant’s vocal cords were so thrashed that his doctor warned of permanent damage unless he rested his voice. They had also been spat on, had guns drawn on them, and were heckled at airports and on planes. For their next album, Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page wanted a break from the madding crowds, in order to slow things down enough to be able to compose acoustic sides influenced by many British folk artists they both loved. Their recuperative rural retreat, a remote 18th-century Welsh cottage named Bron-Yr-Aur — where they spent nearly a month without electricity, heat or running water — later became part of the band’s mythic folklore. Read an in-depth look at Led Zeppelin and Bron-Yr-Aur after the jump.
Photos of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Beach Boys in their swim attire. Do you have any good classic rock stars in swimsuit pics? Send ’em over to whenyouawakela at gmail dot com for The Bathing Beauties: Part Two!
There’s been a bit of a Rolling Stones and Gram Parsons theme this week so I figure I’ll just continue right on it with it. Here are photos of Gram Parsons, Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg’s 1969 trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Thanks to The Selvedge Yard for originally posting these photos. The Selvedge Year is an amazing photography site where I swear you’ll end up spending hours perusing all of the different albums. I recommend his photos sets “When There’s Nothing Else To Lose, And Nothing Left But The Wind...”, which features photos of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and many others on their motorcycles, “Photography of William Gedney | An American Archive, Kentucky“, which features photos from Kentucky in the 1960s and 1970 and “The Ultimate Retro Sexy Man Caves“, which…well…I think the title says enough. More Joshua Tree photos are after the jump.
Kinfauns was the bungalow-style house, located in Esher, Surrey, England, where George Harrison lived from 1964 to 1970. It’s the place where Harrison, Lennon and their wives retreated during their first LSD experience in 1965 and where, in early 1967, George Harrison, Patti Boyd and Klaus Voormann were so inspired by the book Tantrum Art that they painted the outside of the house in psychedelic patterns. Kinfauns was also the place where, after a stay at the Maharishi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India in the spring of 1968, the Beatles recorded a number of demos of tunes that they had written while in India. The demos, commonly referred to as the Kinfauns Demos or Esher Demos, feature a number of tunes that would eventually make it onto the White Album. They also feature early versions of Paul McCartney’s “Junk”, which would later appear on his 1970 solo record McCartney, and John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” (then called “Child of Nature”), which was released on his 1971 album Imagine. Years after Harrison moved away, Kinfauns was demolished and a new two-story home was built in its place. Check out more photos of Kinfauns, compiled by my good friend Bryan Thomas, after the jump.
MP3: Beatles- Child of Nature (early version of Lennon’s Jealous Guy) (Kinfauns demo)
MP3: Beatles- Mother Nature’s Song (Kinfauns demo)
MP3: Beatles- While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Kinfauns demo)