Paul McCartney to Jim Capaldi: „Now they can sue us.“

Jim Capaldi and Rene Tinner, the Swiss Sound Engineer visited Paul McCartney. Jim wants to know how Paul got all the Beatles recordings for the Anthology, because some of them were never officially available as records before. Pirated copies. Paul „from the internet“. Laughing. „Now they can sue us“ – the nice idea that the thieves can now sue those who took back their property makes for quite a refreshing serenity.

Jim Capaldi? Wonderful songwriter, unfortunately deceased. He wrote for Traffic „The low spark of high heeled boys“ – Reebop Kwaku Baah plays here. In 1983 he recorded the beautiful Masimba bele with Stefan Krachten and Helmut Zerlett at CAN Studio. Reebop, who by the way could cook real soul food, died in the same year at Christmas in a Stockholm studio.

Say it in broken pieces

SAM0 1979 Foto Gerard Pas

Feedback to  „This is SAMO©..“: less cryptic, I should report, the request  embarrass me. The story behind the Spanish words is complex. Over the years I always thought less of the then 18 -year-old boy who read to me when I was 21 and had very, very short hair. We played „if I had a flying carpet , I would fly to… Called him SAMO©, the name he let himself be introduced to me by his friends. Jean I spoke incorrectly, like jeans without s, never learned french in school. That SAMO with his real name, and long hair surprised the art world, I did not notice. My inner picture of him looked like Gerard Pas photographed, almost a boy. Traveled with the suitcase. 1982/83 worked  in London, lived in Dave Stewarts home, in Crouch End, which is a strange coincidence. Dave later bought Basquiat paintings.  I guess Dave does not know, that SAMO© stayed in his living room. Renè Tinner, carried the case in Paris and St.Gallen. A list of persons who did it too, I guess would name the German „Geniale Dilletanten“ scene and Swiss Art-Director`s, gentlemen, a dying race I guess. Nobody knew then, that SAMO was Jean-Michel Basquiat. 1986 back in NYC for 3 weeks, with Tita Giese, to present the plantation project „Wild Park Avenue“ I stayed at Arleen`s Place, Broomestreet, SAMO lived around the corner, I did`nt knew.

History and dust Georg *18.08.1929 † 04.04.1969

Scan 2                                                                                                                                                              Six he was, when Pauline, his jewish mom took her life, thirtynine he was, when he hang himself on Good Friday, ten I was then, he was my dad. Magdalena Gross, daughter of Isaak Gross and Rahel Matzner, his grandma. Rahel was born in Oświęcim and died before these little Austrian came to power. That and that her family had a Liqueur distillery give`s me some pleasure.

The Shock of the New….in 2 varieties

Kunst Crash Kurs. Eine  wunderbare TV Dokumentation von 1980 von Robert Hughes + BBC + Time-Life-Film.  8 teilig und sie sind wunderbar anzusehen, eine Art Crash Kurs in Kunst. The keyword of the century: Modernity…..gemeint kann da nur sein, das 20. Jahrhundert.

Juni 2013: Bei Youtube leider nun für Deutschland gesperrt, anyway von Robert Hughes gibts Video Lessons about Art fast wie Sand am Meer.


A a different kind of shock: Robert Hughes, Art Critic NYT, about the Basquiat Retrospektive, Whitney 1992„…a parody of a funeral rite performed over a slender talent encased in a sarcophagus grossly to large for it…The life was so sad and truncated, and the art that came out of it so limited, that it seems unfair to dwell on either. Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?

Encore? A Disaster

Basquiat`s sensibility, insofar as he can be said to have any, was that of an untrained and unruly adolescent wise only in his instinct for self display as a means of self-advancement… I´ve seen subway-car grafitti that was a lot more interesting than this stuff.“ Hilton Kramer, New York Observer.


TV-Party Dokumentation auf youtube

Must see: Fab 5 Freddy, Kid Creole, Walter Steding, SAMO alias Jean-Michel Basquiat, Debbie Harris, Tuxedomoon, Blondie……

Brilliant documentary on the revolutionary public access punk rock cable TV show from New York City – In 1978, two revolutionary trends emerged in New York City, public access cable TV and punk rock. These two phenomena came together spectacularly in Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party. O’Brien recruited his pal Chris Stein, the guitarist of Blondie, as his co-host, fellow Factory kid Walter Steding as leader of The TV Party Orchestra, and underground film director Amos Poe as director and the rest, as you’ll see, was history. Hipsters tuned in to follow the antics of the TV Party gang and such guests as Iggy Pop, David Bowie, P-Funk’s George Clinton, The Clash’s Mick Jones, Kid Creole, Klaus Nomi, as well as performances from acts like Tuxedo Moon, the Brides of Funkenstein, Alex Chilton, and more.

Burnt Friedmann und Jaki Liebezeit, Lieblinge für Ohren

Burnt und Jaki in Ljubljana Foto: Harry Rag

Höre auf Youtube alle Beiträge der beiden. Wow, bin hin und weg, so wunderhübsch, richtig ungehört, bin ganz aus dem Häuschen, freue mich auf das nächste Konzert, dann düsen Renè und Eva los. Ganz großes Merci an Harry Rag für das Bild. Ganz riesengroßes Merci an Jaki und Burnt. Auf bald, wir freuen uns.