- “Kodak Ghosts” from Fully Qualified Survivor by Michael Chapman (1970)
Attention NYC readers: Anthology Film Archives will be screening the Sandy Bull documentary, No Deposit, No Return Blues on August 29th. The documentary was made by Bull’s daugher.
A cult hero revered in folk circles and beyond for his incredible ability to play seemingly any stringed instrument, Sandy Bull’s virtuosity was only matched by his technological curiosity and inclination towards experimentation, both in the studio and onstage. Often compared to contemporaries such as John Fahey and Robbie Basho, Bull’s music merges influences from the worlds of jazz, classical, Arabic, and Indian composition, yet always retains an immediately distinctive feel that comes across as both effortless and timeless. NO DEPOSIT, NO RETURN BLUES shines a light on Bull’s unconventional life, bringing forward many unknown stories, interviews with friends and admirers (Wavy Gravy, Hamza El Din, Bob Neuwirth), as well as long unheard recordings from different periods in his career. If you know Bull’s music you’ll want to see this film, and if his name is new to you then it will serve as the ultimate introduction.
More information on the screening can be found here.
Crisp morning tune.
I meant to post this last week, but somehow I didn’t get around to it till now. Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul and Mary fame, passed away last week.
The group collected five Grammy Awards for their three-part harmony on their most enduring songs. At one point in 1963, three of their albums were in the top six Billboard best-selling LPs as they became the biggest stars of the folk revival movement.
German duo of Claus Rauschenbach (guitars, kongas, percussions, vocals, harmonica, slentem) and Heinz Martin (electric guitars, flute, piano, vibraphon, schalmi, cello, violin, synthesizer) released their only album of mantra acid-folk/blues in 1972.
Been listening to this LP this evening while cleaning. This song (along with a couple others on the flip side) gets stuck in my head once every couple a months- definitely an odd LP. Downer avant country rock?