At the iconic Smilin Buddha Cabaret and Restaurant in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside, legendary punk rock photographer bev. davies (sic) shows the photos in her recent “(Return to the) Scene of the Crime” exhibit featuring photos taken at his landmark venue between 1979 and 1983.
Dave uncleweed Olson — with attorney Lindsay Lazlo Bailey — asks about her process, the stories behind photos, anecdotes about the subjects and flashbacks about the shows.
Plus, they discuss:
* various parenting tips and stories with heavy metal warlords (Bruce Dickinson, Lemmy Killmister, Dee Snider)
* ideas for a book of bev’s photos (form, cost, etc)
* the history of her remarkable calendars with Nardwuar
* some friends who’ve died (RIP Dave Gregg, Brain Goble)
* hollandaise sauce and skateboards ramps
Note: As a fan and supporter of bev’s work, i’ve also interviewed her (along with new-school photographer and activist Kris Krug) at Northern Voice in a talk called “Building a Scene — Rock n Rock Photos” and another interview to appear soon.
“One of the early presidents of the Berdoo Hell’s Angels was Bobby Zimmerman. On our way home from the 1964 Bass Lake Run, Bobby was riding in his customary spot – front left – when his muffler fell off his bike. Thinking he could go back and retrieve it, Bobby whipped a quick U-turn from the front of the pack. At that same moment, a Richmond Hell’s Angel named Jack Egan was hauling ass from the back of the pack toward the front. Egan was on the wrong side of the road, passing a long line of speeding bikes, just as Bobby whipped his U-turn. Jack broadsided poor Bobby and instantly killed him. We dragged Bobby’s lifeless body to the side of the road. There was nothing we could do but to send somebody on to town for help.” Poor Bobby.
One point, it’s Mudhoney who were the influential band. Pearl Jam were on the tail end of the musical epoch later called “grunge” and while successful and endearing were hardly influencers to the scene.
Briefly, it was Mark Arm and Steve Turner’s band Green River (which also included members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard who later went on to Pearl Jam after Mother Love Bone) along with pals, The Melvins (also featured Mudhoney’s Matt Lukin) who paved the rock highway from old logging towns like Aberdeen then Olympia then Seattle… and taught young Kurt Cobain how to make the super fuzz noise.
Pearl Jam were relatively late to the game and formed as a new project after the demise of MLB’s singer. While they kept their cred by (trying to) stick it to Ticketmaster, PJ were a major label stadium mainstream success rather than sell-out-proof artists like Mudhoney who constantly dig things their way and turned down major label money (note: singer Mark Arm is the shipping clerk at Subpop HQ to this day).
I’ll be going for sure but wanted to point out the brilliance of Mudhoney who never really got (nor sought) the credit they deserve. I’ve seen them a dozen times over the years and they are unbelievable to witness.
Koolant, sitting in the Bob Marley hot seat singing with the legendary Wailers featuring “Family Man” Barret, speaks about the joy of singing reggae music for people around the world. He recounts growing up in Jamaica learning the music and mentions the beauty of the Komasket location and audience. Plus peaceful warrior troubadour Fred Penner sings about our right to be free and happy.
Musical interludes feature “Redemption Song” from The Wailer’s Saturday night performance and “Right to be Happy and Free” by Fred Penner from Sunday jam tent performance. Part 5 in a series from Komasket Music Festival.
Renegade musician Ken Giles recounts stories about backwoods huckleberry pancakes and picking with the Beaver Bottom Boys with Uncle Weed backstage at Komasket Music Festival near Vernon, BC. He also tells about hijinks ensuing when moose hunting en route to recording sessions, hijinks with Merry Pransters and Hunter Thompson, and the importance of living a life worthy of original songs.
Musical interlude by Wolf Child and the Cowboy Bandits recorded Sunday. Part 4 in a series from Komasket Music Festival.
WolfChild and the Cowboy Bandits, is a Smithers BC band, we have been playing local regional gigs for four years. Rockin Blues dance music, and also some great love songs, saxaphone harminica, slide guitar, we get you up on the floor and sometimes tables dancing, we have played festivals, pubs, weddings, benifets, legions, private parties, We are currently recording our first cd @ Chesslatta Records in Prince George BC and will release it in June this year!!! We are grateful to our fans and friends for thier awsome support, We have recieved a grant from the Smithers Arts Council and waiting for one from the Canada Arts Council. !!! So send us some positive vibes so we get this grant
Australia’s organic electronic band Oka talks with Uncle Weed backstage at Komasket Music Fest to discuss trips across Canada, the perils of equipment damage, psychology of jamming, global nature of music, combining ancient and modern instruments and keeping it all together — plus the happiness of the lovely locations and the power of community and the tubes. Featuring Oka’s DidgeriStu and drummer Zappa.
Musical interludes feature jams Oka‘s Friday night closing performance. Part 3 in a series from Komasket Music Festival.