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  1. Okay, sure, so they're all sensational musicians & over the years have contributed to other people's recording sessions. Are there too many to count? I knew about this first appearance (from 3:20) but was completely surprised while watching the second music video (from 2:10 onwards).
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    Musician biography book recommendations

    Has anyone read Cash - the autobiography of Johnny Cash? Bought a copy based on a recommendation... I've only just started & so far I'm really enjoying this. As you'll imagine, based on his songwriting, Johnny Cash creates a compelling & interesting story of his life. Oh, man, he can write! This is someone with a vivid memory - he mentions how he remembers & plays songs he's only heard maybe once or twice 20 or 30 years ago. He certainly seems to have the same recall for his own experiences. "Inside me, my boyhood feels so close, but when I look around, it sometimes seem to belong to a vanished world." And he's positive & life affirming too, even though bad things happen - he seems resilient & insightful, not one to focus on despair & misery. (Though, I'm only a little way in.) He's sincerely thankful for his life in the world of music & generously praises other people. As Audrey Hepburn once said (elsewhere, no, not in Cash) : "You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him." Johnny Cash was smart & funny & engaging. "The airforce taught me the things every military service imparts to its enlisted men - how to cuss, how to look for women, how to drink and fight - plus one skill that's pretty unusual: if you ever need to know what one Russian is signalling to another in Morse code, I'm your man."
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    Dirty Knobs are in studio!!!

    ... Check Mike Campbell's Instagram because ... he says they're in LA making a record!!!
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    Dirty Knobs are in studio!!!

    ...& now Benmont's in there too!!!
  5. This is a clip from YouTube. As I mentioned in a recent post elsewhere, the fella in the hoody is a musician who uses his teaching & performing knowledge to analyse his favourite players / performances. Sometimes he's insightful. Sometime he pretty much just smiles and enjoys the show & gives some factual background. Which, ahem, fans are likely to know already. Given that, he has a quiet positive enthusiastic vibe - I haven't seen one where he rips critically into a performer, so if you want that, look elsewhere interested in watching Melinda? (spoiler alert) this is one where he's geeking out and enjoying the moment. So don't expect anything too deep. Having said that, as always, yes, their playing is a masterclass... amazed & impressed by just how much communication is going on between them all. And wow notice how well they're all controlling tempo and volume by creating rapt near-silence just before Benmont's solo explodes.
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    Two men talking (American treasure) lyrics

    As it's written above, the first verse doesn't make much sense if it really is Well, are youse gonna stand? Unless maybe... It might make more sense if we hear this as an old-style blues call & response. And if we do, then who's in the first verse & what's giving them their grief? We got two men talkin' right outside my door. Yeah. We got two men talkin' right outside my door. Said they made my boy a soldier. Sent him off to war. Said they made my boy a soldier. Sent him off to war. Well, are youse gon uh'stand? No, I can't say for sure. No, I can't. No, I can't say for sure. No, I can't. Military police on the front steps outside family's screen-door. They're saying the son's army unit is being deployed to a war zone. Maybe also, this is happening during compulsory military conscription, such as during the Vietnam War? They made my boy a soldier Emotional response within parents... trying to come to terms with this news. Understand makes more sense than just stand. So, full sentence might be: Well, are you going to understand? But with TP singing with an accent & fitting the words into the rhythm it begins to sound more like: Well, are youse gon uh'stand? Then sense of family being overwhelmed in grief & crying "No, oh no, no... I will never understand why my son has to go off to war" (Could easily be wrong, but kinda feels true for me.)
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    Two men talking (American treasure) lyrics

    We got two men talkin' right outside my door. Yeah. We got two men talkin' right outside my door. Said they made my boy a soldier. Sent him off to war. Well, are youse gonna stand? No, I can't say for sure. No, I can't. Well, I got one wheel turning. One that's off the tracks. Well, I got one wheel turning. One that's off the tracks. I can put all I own inside a paper sack. Well when the hard times come, you're gonna see who's got your back. Sure will. Yeah, I lost that good woman. Lord, she left me twice. Yeah, I lost that good woman. Lord, she left me twice. Well, I shoulda tried much harder. Tried to treat her nice. I used to be someone that I don't recognise. Ain't that true. Well, we got two men talkin'. Talking by the rule. Well, we got two men talkin'. Talking by the rule. Well, they put me down. And it hurt more than it showed. I heard one man laugh. Said "Brother, we tread a heavy load." That's right. ... Is my guess. Hope this helps you!
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    Photo of the Day IV: Don't it feel like Heaven

    Awwww.... love it! That's one happy smile (plus all the smiles on faces of Norwegian audience too!) Couple of days early for a holiday, but still... πŸ’˜ "Tom Petty performing with The Heartbreakers at the Palladium in New York on πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈJuly 4th 1980." Also, that one from earlier this week - image of yellow guitar from photographs for the Long After Dark album cover by Andrew Sackheim. (So they're all tidily in one thread for future reference πŸ˜€).
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    Echo in the Canyon

    Your Honour: 2 pieces of evidence to back this theory linking (a) Bruce Palmer, bassist from Buffalo Springfield & (b) Dancing Bear. 1997 Tom Petty gives brief speech, then at 1:20 members of Buffalo Springfield (except Neil Young) are graciously accepting their R&R Hall of Fame trophies. Tom passes Dancing Bear a trophy. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=53_AeMMfH6s Bruce Palmer recalls the day Buffalo Springfield met. Similarities to Dancing Bear become clear. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=waKSKKPZVrQ
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    Guitar straps

    Those are all cool. But, if you're touring off your first album & you can only take one strap:
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    A complete TP discography and videography?

    1997 Surf-N-Burn by The Blue Stingrays (surfer riding a wave) 2014 You Should Be So Lucky by Benmont Tench (Benmont playing a grand piano)
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    A complete TP discography and videography?

    A bakers' dozen plus one (the 4 hour Runnin' Down A Dream) of documentaries focusing on Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. πŸ’˜ When you search in YouTube for this, there's a marvelous collection posted by Allyn Kessler. Definitely a good place! There are also other documentaries where they appear or contribute their opinions, such as the excellent Sound City by Dave Grohl and the recent Elvis:The Searcher. There are also extended interviews, which are very similar in scope to documentaries. Anyway. 1983 Heartbreakers' Beach Party by Cameron Crowe (Crowe credits Tom Petty for giving him his start in making movies. Highlight = how The Waiting grew & developed. Rob Reiner said that the footage of TPATH coming off stage & losing their way backstage - finding a tennis court, stairs but never their dressing room - inspired him when creating the "Hello Cleveland!!!" scene in Spinal Tap.) 1985 documentary for Southern Accents. (Driving around Gainesville & playing music in the Florida sun on their hotel roof) 1987 Rock Israel (Touring Egypt & Israel with Bob Dylan and Roger McGuinn.) 1988 Traveling Wilburys (magical images of Bob, George, Jeff, Roy & Tom having so much fun creating their first album) Bunch of Videos and Other Stuff (Heartbreakers goofing around at various times) 1991 MTV Rockumentary 1994 Going Home (Mike Campbell's pig casually walks past Mike as he's being interviewed) 1995 God Bless Our Mobile Home 1995 400 Days / Dogs Have Wings tour 199 Behind The Scenes - making the soundtrack for She's The One (... only 15 mins or so) 2007 Runnin' Down A Dream 2010 Mojo album (....only 15 mins or so) 2010 Classic Albums series: Damn The Torpedoes. (This is brilliant!!! Watch this, if you're at all interested in how musicians & engineers create & record music in the studio.) Mike Campbell talking about some of his most beloved guitars (in total this is about 90 mins)
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    A complete TP discography and videography?

    hi Jay, so...maybe I remembered this image...
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    A complete TP discography and videography?

    Good question. Dunno, who knows... maybe the guitar is actually yellow 🎸 & so what I misremember seeing is an image with all the red filter removed? 1996 Cash Unchained (Johnny Cash, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) Johnny Cash & guitar case leaning against a wall of timber planks thanks!
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    A complete TP discography and videography?

    Well obviously you have a fine & sensible goal! Hmm, you do have a lot of years to consider...your guys were actively involved in creating a lot of music... Depends on how completist you feel like being. If you (or anyone else reading this now or in future) are new to their work, you'll be able to access most but not all of these albums via streaming services like Spotify. Or via people with good musical taste. Ask around. Then if you like it (& you surely will) you can start investing in your collection! Unfortunately for second-hand buyers, people don't discard these readily, so you can't find them in bargain bigs / crate digging very easily. Maybe you'll find the occasional Greatest Hits, but it was their biggest seller! How about "session work" - musical contributions by Heartbreakers appearing on other people's albums? For example Benmont's career-long involvement in recording... Tom Petty's involvement in creating other people's albums, such as for Del Shannon, or Roy Orbison's last album or the one he produced for Hillman in 2017? How about songwriting by Tom Petty & Mike Campbell that they didn't record themselves - that other bands covered? or songs they wrote & contributed to musically, but for someone else, eg Mike Campbell's award-winning best-selling Boys Of Summer with Don Henley? Okay, while you're thinking about all that, I'll jot down a list of studio albums. Not counting the unreleased mythical stuff like Wildflowers ! Sob! Also not alternate reality... albums they-should-have-created-but-didn't (like Mindbender suggested by Redford Cowboy) This doesn't gain me any specialist geek points though. . Let me know which ones I've missed. (Spoiler... I checked after I wrote the list. Yeah, oops, I missed 2... Last DJ a big favorite of mine & Echo, of which I like some & am trying to admire more. I didn't get all the dates, but, hey, I had them in correct order. If I get a list like this significantly wrong, though, my friends & family know it'll be first warning sign of Alzheimer's / not enough sleep. πŸ˜€) 1976 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (TP, bullet belt & leather jacket) 1978 You're Gonna Get It (smoky blue cover of whole band) 1979 Damn The Torpedoes (red / pink with TP & Rickenbacker that was next off production line after George Harrison's) 1981 Hard Promises (TP in music shop or TP's face bleached out in black & white) 1982 Long After Dark (TP & yellow guitar or TP & guitar saturated in a red light filter) 1985 Southern Accents (oil painting Veteran in a New Field, which hangs in the Met in NY) 1985 ...live... Pack Up The Plantation (TP & guitar in full flight wearing planet suit on stage) It's live - but I include in list of studio albums as they compiled songs from different events & mixed it quite carefully. 1987 Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) (composite face created by strips from photos) 1989 Full Moon Fever (TP & guitar against coloured background) though I do love the photo of TP lounging in Campbell's cluttered garage which was the draft cover for Songs From The Garage 1988 Traveling Wilburys volume #1 recorded after FMF 1990 Traveling Wilburys volume #3 (there is no volume #2) 1991 Into The Great Wide Open (oil painting of houses on a winding country road) 1993 Greatest Hits (image of band - now airbrushed to lose a cigarette & lighter) 2 version, includes either duet Stop Dragging My Heart Around or cover For What It's Worth. Edit - Oops "Something In The Air" Thunderclap Newman not "For What It's Worth" Buffalo Springfield. 1995 Playback box set (stack of tapes on white background) 1994 Wildflowers (brown cover of 4 small photos including a pointing hand) 1996 Soundtrack of She's The One (mainly yellow, with actors from film) 1999 Echo (sorrowful-looking people in a wild flower field. Tom, Mike, Benmont & someone else) 2000 Anthology Through The Years (TP in striped shirt) 2002 Last DJ (image of hair...TP's hair? hair model stunt double?) 2006 Highway Companion (rocket, astronaut & monkey) 2007 Traveling Wilbury collection (a couple of extra songs) 2008 Mudcrutch #1 (faceless hipster man with bushy beard like Pa from Laura Ingalls Wilder books) 2009 Live Anthology (shades of tan & brown - TP & guitar inside a logo circle) 2010 Mojo (black, white & red writing with photo of band as a ribbon along top) 2014 Hypnotic Eye (fuzzy lines in red & green, similar to magic eye puzzles) 2016Mudcrutch #2 (two bear cubs circling each other) 2018 American Treasure (black & white image from a lithograph of a photo of TP) 2019 Best Of Everything (TP staring directly into camera in 1977 (or 1978?), airbrushed to lose cigarette dangling from hand).
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    Echo in the Canyon

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    Echo in the Canyon

    From Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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    Words on Take The Highway: Live!

    Oh no - blocked? What about this one? Nice sharp focus / high resolution.
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    Words on Take The Highway: Live!

    Tom Petty as the cat in the hat... You are funny! 🎩 Maybe Mike's the gator in the hat? 🐊🎩Actually, Benmont, now, consider, he's cool cat in hat too. πŸ†πŸŽ©Oh no! We need more animals for this to work!!! I'm kind of glad that while they had many peaks in popularity & songs were part of zeitgeist, they never flew too close to the sun like poor old Icarus (myth, not band). Or let ambition get out of control. Or created hype without substance. So they retained their mojo over a long career & are still much loved. Like people say - TPATH's part of the soundtrack of our lives. Never seemed anywhere near falling into that too-popular situation where (for some bands) it seems everyone owns an album for 6 months before turning on a band & start hating them or finding them cheesy / embarrassing...Not naming names!! For some bands, as those metal gods Spinal Tap say: fine line between clever & stupid.
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    Words on Take The Highway: Live!

    Sigh... Peace Sunday Committee Benefit show... that would be golden.
  21. Reading this obituary about Dave Bartholomew's amazing life in the musical world of New Orleans. πŸ’“πŸ’• https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jun/24/dave-bartholomew-taught-the-world-to-rock-n-roll-fats-domino Question... Says he began with a debut record in 1947. "Bartholomew continued to work as a producer and band leader - once Domino began touring the world it was Bartholomew who lead his magnificent band - but, by the late 1960s, had cut back on his workload. He had over 4,000 song-writing credits and some of these proved extremely lucrative." How does someone clock up 4000 song-writing credits in 20 years? That's uh... 20 years x50 weeks... 4 songs every week for 20 years. Even if it's 4,000 spread out over entire working life, it's still a lot. Or does this include getting "points" for songs he produced or was involved with when working as A&R man? Anyone have any insights? I'm puzzled.
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    Random Thoughts Thread

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    Echo in the Canyon

    Awww will there be a quiz question on critically evaluating & listing (in appropriate order) all musical criticism & journalism too?
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    Echo in the Canyon

    This song is always welcome in my speakers / earphones. Not sure I've ever shortlisted 10, 25, 100 bands as such... I like the way JakobDylan explored this as musicians "linked to Laurel Canyon in some way"... Guess if I absolutely had to choose, I'd start with core of all musicians appearing in The Last Waltz & Concert for Bangladesh & Concert For George & work outwards from there... Okay, sure, also musicians appearing on Hidden Treasures. Happy to assume overall it's (a) Heartbreakers followed by (b) all the others.
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    Echo in the Canyon

    Will there be a quiz at end of term?
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