Category Archives: Music

Long Lost Fillmore Concerts Online Radio

Vintage Radio is broadcasting boomerific (the good stuff) concerts taped by Bill Graham at concerts he promoted in the late 60’s/early 70’s at the Fillmores and elsewhere. (I’m currently listening to Clapton scream a ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ solo from October 1968 show at Oakland Coliseum that’s ripping my heart to bits.

Graham taped thousands of live performances and stored the tapes in the basement of the BGP headquarters.

These tapes and the concerts they captured lay dormant until the Bill Graham archive was acquired by Wolfgang’s Vault (Bill Graham’s given first name was Wolfgang) in 2003.

The playlist for the last hour:

Bob Dylan and The Band
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
01/30/1974 Madison Square Garden

Sunshine of Your Love
10/04/1968 Oakland Coliseum Arena

Cold Blood
I Just Want To Make Love To You
06/30/1971 Fillmore West

The Allman Brothers Band
Don’t Keep Me Wondering
01/29/1971 Fillmore West

The Grateful Dead
Uncle John’s Band
04/27/1971 Fillmore East

Delaney & Bonnie
Don’t Know Why
12/29/1970 Fillmore West

I’m A Man
11/21/1968 Fillmore West

Bruce Springsteen
03/02/1973 Berkeley Community Theatre


“In the Edges ” on Sundance

If you are of a certain age and a certain crowd then you’re supposed to worship Werner Herzog. I am and I don’t. Sorry.

Sundance channel started showing a documentary (hang on) that depicts the making of the music for a Herzog documentary called “Grizzly Man.” The documentary about the music for Grizzly Man is called “In the Edges: The Grizzly Man Session” and is directed by the guy that produced the Grizzly Man.

None of which would be very promising except for one thing: Edges rocks.

The star of Edges is Richard Thomson an amazing musician who does his best to basically ignore the random ramblings of Herzog to do what’s right and create a stunning backdrop for Grizzly. The write up for the film says:

A group of musicians, including legendary guitarist Richard Thompson, improvise a musical accompaniment while watching the film and create a lyrical original score.

Which is only mainly bullshit. For the most part when the ensemble is playing they are reading from music stands and following the exact same harmonic structure without any other queues. So, yea, they were given leeway, but that’s not quite what “improvis[ing] a musical accompaniment while watching the film” means to me. There are times when this happens (the most impressive when a cellist and bassist are doing exactly that to a fight scene between two bears) but I’m not convinced that doesn’t happen often on smaller movies that use musicians the caliber of Thompson. (I wonder how much more “composing” went into “The Hot Spot” for instance.)

For all of Herzog’s rambling (remember, I am not a fan) every important word, gesture and sound comes from Thompson. He even gives this documentary its title when he says: “Music is the edges.”

The bottom line: forget what you might think about Herzog, or existential hippies, or country folk guitar, or self-congratulating exploitive “documentaries about the making of documentaries” — In the Edges is a great, honest look into the workings of some awesome musicians plying their trade at the top of the field.