Tuesday, August 29, 2006

WHAT did they know & WHEN did they know it (Prophecy in song)



Up From The Skies
Jimi Hendrix
ca 1968


I JUST WANT TO TALK TO YOU
I WON'T DO YOU NO HARM
I JUST WANT TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR DIFFERENT LIVES,
ON THIS HERE PEOPLE FARM
I HEARD SOME OF YOU GOT YOUR FAMILIES,
LIVING IN CAGES TALL AND COLD
AND SOME JUST STAY THERE AND DUST AWAY,
PAST THE AGE OF OLD

IS THIS TRUE?
PLEASE LET ME TALK TO YOU
I JUST WANT TO KNOW ABOUT,
THE ROOMS BEHIND YOUR MINDS
DO I SEE A VACUUM THERE OR AM I GOING BLIND?
OR IS IT JUST REMAINS FROM VIBRATIONS AND ECHOES LONG AGO
THINGS LIKE LOVE THE WORLD AND LET YOUR FANCY FLOW

IS THIS TRUE?
PLEASE LET ME TALK TO YOU, LET ME TALK TO YOU
I HAVE LIVED HERE BEFORE THE DAYS OF ICE
AND OF COURSE THIS IS WHY I'M SO CONCERNED
AND I COME BACK TO FIND THE STARS MISPLACED
AND THE SMELL OF A WORLD THAT HAS BURNED
THE SMELL OF A WORLD THAT HAS BURNED

WELL MAYBE, MAYBE IT'S JUST A CHANGE OF CLIMATE
I CAN DIG IT I CAN DIG IT BABY
I JUST WANT TO SEE

SO WHERE DO I PURCHASE MY TICKET
I WOULD JUST LIKE TO HAVE A RINGSIDE SEAT
I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW MOTHER EARTH
I WANT TO HEAR AND SEE EVERYTHING
I WANT TO HEAR AND SEE EVERYTHING
I WANT TO HEAR AND SEE EVERYTHING
YEAH
AW SHUCKS
IF MY DADDY COULD SEE ME NOW

8 comments:

Bob Gately said...

Hey, Ron...Great post ! Made me remember how I went way out in the avenues to meet Bill at KRUX studio to discuss getting Jimi on the air in PHX...I remembered that he almost cried that KRUX mgmt, the Meltons would not let him play any,"psychedelic music" on the station...He encouraged me to book Hendrix anyway cause the people would find him on their own...So, I did, with Barry Fey book him without even having a venue...Then we got a ASU frat to sponsor a performance in the mens gym...I went to Doug Southerland at KRIZ and promised him my whole radio budget of $800 if they would play," Are You Experienced?...Doug said, lets see if our music director, one, Pat McMahon would listen...Pat asked me where to drop the needle and I think I said , "Purple Haze"....He listened to several bars, pulled the disk off the turntable and walked around to the air booth and handed the platter to Steve Martin who was live, on air who went bug eyed and cued up. The next minute out came his announcement..."For the first time in Phoenix...Jimi Hendrix !"

We then went into the production booth and cut the first spots that would sell out the show in a matter of days. In the next book KRIZ went from third to first in the market puting KRUX in second. Soon after that Bill quit and with George started KCAC. Backstage, (locker room of the mens gym) I said to Jimi, 'Hey, when we booked you not one of the 34 stations in this town were playing your music, now there all over you...I want you to go out there and say thank you Phoenix for your support"..He looked up at me from tuning his guitar and said, "No sweat, Mr Gately". He was indeed the most lovely gentleman I met in my life as a RnR promoter.

freespeak@gmail.com said...

Superfly story, Bob. The Great Ones really are decent humans, aren't they........ often exceptional.

Ronco

Mariah Fleming said...

Bob,
What a delight to read your post and have my own memories come flooding back of that night.
I was at that concert only because I went with one of the guys at KRIZ. The place was SRO.
The vibe in the audience was electric. It was my first rock concert believe it or not.

We were backstage, where my date insisted we go hang out to meet Hendrix before the show. So I met Jimi Hendrix briefly (that's stretching it, my date introduced me and I was so shy I barely said two words.) Hendrix seemed sweet and very humble, a man of few words, looked to be kind of in awe of the whole thing that was happening around him. Intense. Focused on the task ahead.
In my few moments around him, there was a definite "light" around him, an energy that was truly unforgettable.

He was an unpretentious guy, wasn't he? Was he as unimpressed with his own 'persona' as it seemed? The word 'gracious' comes to mind
about him that night. It must have been such a rush to get him played on KRIZ for him and for you guys who made it happen. But of course, mine was just a teen age girl's impression of Hendrix. It was a great night, and put Tempe on the map as far as cool stuff at ASU as I recall, thanks to you.

I was deeply bummed when I went to his grave and saw that it was covered over with "sex, drugs and rock and roll" type grafitti, just like Jim Morrison's was. Somehow it seemed more fitting for Morrison's to have that "get high till you die" sort of stuff scrawled all over his tombstone.

You mentioned Steve Martin. I also remember knowing Steve for awhile though he wouldn't remember me I'm sure. I can well imagine your description of Martin's pop eyed infectious enthusiasm when he dropped that record on the turntable. It sounded like the whole studio was going nuts...those are precious memories, I'm really glad you remember that day so well.

Martin had a record 'library' in a little room at his house (in the Maryvale area if I recall correctly) that rivaled Andy Olson's current one. He was a kind, decent and hilarious guy. I've always been glad for him that he made it in radio too.

Thanks for jogging my memory and bringing a sweet blast of joy into my day. Keep on writing!

Bruce Frank said...

Hey good choise Ron... Hendrix had such a great perspective... I was at that ASU concert he did... thanks Bob... now its coming back to me... and make mine Rum if you please...
Hey whats the chance of loading that up with a skinny MP3 file of the song... Ive had it in my head all day... along with 'Why do people run from the rain' by Sons of Chaplin.
Bruce
PS Bob were you involved with the Blind Faith Concert?

Jimmy said...

You asked for it, Bruce, you got it:
http://www.archive.org/audio/xspf_player.php?collectionid=kcac3
Copy and paste the above URL into a new window to play Jimi Henrix's "Up From The Skies" and a short excerpt (all I could find) of the Sons of Champlin's "Why Do People Run From The Rain."

Bob Gately said...

Sorry, no Bruce, wish it had been...The next show after Hendrix was, I think, The Cream (Third night, first US tour) at Phoenix Star Theater that totally pissed off Buster Bonoff. I loved it. Does anybody remember if it was Condello that opened the show or was he the opening act for The Mothers ?

Yeah Mariah...thanks for sharing your evening with Jimi....Indeed he was a wonderful soul, and is a delightful memory. You should have seen the staff at
Sabas that afternoon when I took Jimi, Noel and Mitch to buy some cowboy clothes...They had only heard about Hippies and didnt believe it when we walked in....After the boys spent over $800 on dude duds one of the Sabas walked us to the door and said, please, come back soon. Ha ! An yes, that was a very electric evening, they were playing the Shrine in LA the following Wednesday and ddid our kick butt show like it was a rehearsal...Footnote, the next night in Tucson next to nobody came to the show...Barry Fay always said that we were the only guys that only made $58.00 on a Hendrix show....But hey, we did have some.. Fun !

Bob

Bruce Frank said...

Ohhh fucking Great... I'm on my my... a rum and coke and some good toons.
Thank You Lord
Take me now....
Bruce

Bruce Frank said...

Bob... Condello must have opened up for Zappa cause i i saw Condello too... and talked to Frank before the show and got this pic...
Well dam i can't paste it in this window... how do you post pics?
Anyway, Dan already posted it i think a while back.
Ummm did you say only make $58... we were the only group that could do a concert for $58... LOL Yipy Ki Aaaay
Bruce