The definitive tome on the Sun Ra galaxy, Omniverse – Sun Ra, expanded and republished!

Originally published in 1994, with a $100 price tag (which has risen dramatically since, on internet auction sites), Omniverse is the quintessential reference guide for anyone interested in navigating the oft confusing spaceways of Sun Ra’s interstellar influence. The chronological discography alone, should be worth the price of admission. Available in the US, any day now,  via http://www.forcedexposure.com/home.html , though not currently listed.

http://artyardrecords.co.uk/shop/

 

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Happy birthday to everyone’s favorite employer of gold leaf, Gustav Klimt

Stay gold, Gustav.

Kim Fowley: The AMAZING Ugly Things interview

Thanks to Mike Stax for posting this to the internet, in the light of Kim’s passing. Even if you think you have no interest in him, this interview is an engrossing and hilarious read. With Kim going a mile a minute, the interview format is largely moot. Every story is merely a touching off point for Kim’s vast experiences. Names aren’t so much dropped, as bombed, and these are BIG names. Additionally, interviewer Mike Stax is able to wrest out some info on Kim’s lesser known productions, for the true Fowleyphile.
http://ugly-things.com/kim-fowley-sins-secrets-of-the-silver-sixties/

and how did I forget this gem in my previous post?

R.I.P. Rock and Roll Genius, Kim Fowley

Kim Fowley, has, as a solo artist, songwriter, producer, impressario, etc., been involved in what seems an endless assortment of hit, novelty, cult and totally obscure recordings, dating back to 1959. His immense discography includes work with, get ready for this… Paul Revere and The Raiders, Cat Stevens, The Seeds, The Mothers Of Invention, Slade, Soft Machine, Doug Sahm, Warren Zevon, Gene Vincent, The Byrds, ELP, Kiss, Alice Cooper, The Modern Lovers, Kris Kristofferson, Leon Russell, The Quick, and, of course, The Runaways. That is not even the tip of the iceberg for Fowley related recordings. He had an uncanny knack for being at the forefront of Rock and Roll movements (Surf, Garage, Psyche, Glam, Heavy Metal, Punk, etc) and was a vital participant in those scenes, appearing everywhere a buck could get made or a groupie would get laid.

With a career so long and varied, Fowley has alotta stories, amazing stories, and boy howdy can the man spin a yarn. Mike Stax’s, Ugly Things magazine, published an exhaustive interview with Fowley, where the name dropping stories were so totally out of control that everyone still clamored for more. Enter Norton Records publishing wing, who released the first part of his autobiography, Lord Of Garbage, last year. I’ve yet to acquire a copy but have zero hesitation in giving it the highest recommendation. As a performer or storyteller, the man never fails to entertain.
http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Garbage-Kim-Fowley/dp/0965977765







Kim being Kim

Outrageous: Kim Fowley from DANGEROUS MINDS on Vimeo.

Kim digging through some of his vinyl collection…

Check out the personalized “Robert Loves Kim” Runaways t-shirt that Robert Plant sports while hanging with Cherie Currie and Joan Jett
robert plant runaways