Saturday, May 26, 2007


Damned if I'm not gonna need a ride to the TRAGIC SHITTY
Tuesday night to attend the Topper Price Open Mic Memorial Service at THE NICK
Tuesday night at 11 P.M.
My cell # is 205-239-5401


Look like I'll be taking off some time on Wednesday.

Hope to see some uv you old souls at The Nick Tuesday night.


P.S. Dis is damn sho', fo' real,
important to me!

Click here to listen to SALLY SANG,
a song I wrote the lyrics to after my Daddy died in September of '72.
Thank you Richard Burke & everybody else because it was the real thrill to hear it over The Net.

image courtesy of Birmingham Weekly
Click on the link to read a wonderful tribute to Topper and reminiscences from his many friends

from Will Kimbrough @

The great Topper Price has passed away.

Topper was the best harp player and blues singer with whom I ever shared the stage.

He was in the seminal Mobile, Alabama blues band—The Blues Band—like The Band, they had no use for fancy names, just a description that fit the bill.
Along with bassist Harold Floyd (who went on to Gatemouth Brown’s band), drummer Rat Connell—who was the original Bushmen drummer— and late lead guitarist Wick Larson (who had the Albert King guitar style DOWN and I do mean DOWN well before Stevie Ray hit the scene), they played the blues right: with fire and dirt and soul and most of all, economy. No noodling and showing off; just the throb and wail of Little Walter, Albert King, Muddy, Wolf, Freddy King played by long greasy haired south Alabama boys playing straight ahead blues with heavy duty attitude and authority.

They never recorded an album. Mark Pfaff used to have a several generations-dubbed cassette of a show from the old Thirsty’s in Mobile in the 70s. We covered several of their versions of songs like Albert King’s “Crosscut Saw” and an instrumental of Wick’s I learned note-for-note.

Later, Topper fronted his own bands, mainly around Birmingham. And anybody who made the nightlife scene in Birmingham knew Topper. Equal parts introspective bluesman and Mick Jagger flash, when Topper came onstage you paid attention.

Rest in Peace, Topper.

Friday, May 25, 2007

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Topper Price on stage @ Scott Boyer Benefit

Over 4 minutes of Topper @ Sloss Furnace

The Alabama Blues Project is extremely sad to report that Alabama bluesman Terry O'Neil "Topper" Price passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at his Southside Birmingham apartment at the age of 54. His passing is a tremendous loss to the Alabama blues community fans and musicians. Topper was a Mobile native, a real deal bluesman and staple of Alabama blues with a hard-hitting style of harmonica, vocals and songwriting. He was the ultimate bluesman, harp player, singer, bandleader and performer.

Among his many other credits are recording sessions with Dickie Betts of the Allman Brothers Band at Criteria Studios and many guest appearances with bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Albert Collins, The Band, The Radiators and Brother Cane. His own bands included Cowboy, The Convertibles and most recently, Topper Price and the Upsetters. Topper has also featured in many Alabama Blues Project showcases throughout the years.

During his career, Topper recorded two CDs. He released "Long Way from Home" in 1997 and later debuted "Nature (Part 1)". He recently finished a third album in his home studio that has not been released, tentatively called "Nature (Part 2)".

Topper is grieved by his fiance Kelly Casey as well as many close friends, fans and fellow blues musicians across the state. On Tuesday, May 29, The Nick in Birmingham is hosting a Topper Price open mic memorial with no cover charge, although donations are welcome. On Wednesday, June 27, The Nick will also host a Topper Price fundraiser to help cover cremation expenses, according to the Magic City Blues Society.

From the May 24, 2007 Birmingham News:

145 years later, Alabama gets flag back

Thursday, May 24, 2007
News Washington correspondent

WASHINGTON - The last time anyone from Alabama saw the flag of the 1st Alabama Infantry was when its own Confederate troops woke up for morning muster on a Mississippi River island off the Missouri shore on April 8, 1862.

In that day's surrender, Brig. Gen. Elazer Arthur Paine confiscated the 7-foot, red, white and blue banner as a trophy, and decades later, a Civil War historian would speculate only that the flag was still somewhere up North.

On Wednesday, Alabama got it back.

"Now, 145 years later, the flag that has been missing in action is finally coming home to Alabama," said Bob Bradley, curator at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

In an outdoor deaccession ceremony with the U.S. Capitol as a backdrop, two Nebraska congressmen and two Nebraska state archivists handed over the tattered battle flag to Alabama's own contingent of politicians and historians.

It was a breezy day on Capitol Hill, so the frayed and delicate banner stayed in its special, acid-free box.

"If we unfurl it, we'll be running after little pieces," said Deb Arenz, the Nebraska curator who personally packed and carried the artifact on the commercial flight to Washington.

After some work in Maryland with a textile conservationist, the flag will eventually be displayed in Montgomery, along with the colors of two of the regiment's 10 companies, a rare combination in Civil War displays, Bradley said.

Unlike flags made from Southern ladies' silk dresses, the wool and cotton of 1st Infantry's flag will be easier to conserve.

After Alabama's delegation accepted the flag Wednesday, the ceremony moved inside a House office building, where gloved curators carefully unfurled it for photographers.

The seven stars in the upper corner represent the seven states that had seceded from the Union early in the formation of the Confederate States of America. It also has broad red and white bars patterned after the original Confederate national flag that had been raised in Montgomery earlier that spring.

The regiment was the first in Alabama allowed to add a battle honor to its flag. To commemorate the bombardment of Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island at Pensacola, the flag has the dates of Nov. 22 and 23, 1861, painted in gold along the bottom. It was carried into combat again at Fort Pickens on Jan. 1-2, 1862.

So how did the flag wind up in Nebraska?

The Union Army's Paine passed the souvenir to his son Phelps, also a military officer, who settled in Omaha after the war, according to Michael Smith, director of the Nebraska State Historical Society. The younger Paine was active in the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization for Union veterans.

Smith speculates the flag was most likely displayed on the wall of one of the GAR's community halls.

In 1949, the GAR's collections were transferred to the Nebraska historical society but the Alabama flag stayed packed away, unidentified, until last year when a national expert was consulted and talks with Alabama historians began.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., who said he is a member of the Civil War Preservation Caucus in Congress, caught wind of the decision to send it back to Alabama and organized the Washington ceremony.

"We are very delighted to be here today to share this piece of history with not only the people of Alabama but with the American people," Smith said.

Taking the hand-off were Ed Bridges, director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, Rep. Robert Aderholt of Haleyville and Rep. Terry Everett of Rehobeth. Everett specifically asked about the men of the 1st Alabama Infantry regiment and learned about half of them were from companies based in what is now his southeastern Alabama congressional district.

"It is a touch of history and one we shall cherish forever," Everett said.

Aderholt, who referred to the conflict as the War Between the States, said it was important to preserve history, both the positive and negative aspects.

"It's so important to making sure we have a nation where we know where we came from and what we can learn for the future," he said.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

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Hey y'all:

To see my g-great uncle's regiment flag on the front page of The News was wonderful!

He was my Great Grandpa Register's oldest brother.

I never knew my G-Grandpa Register but I knew my Great Grandpa Shepherd who was born in 1859. The first three years of my life I loved his lap. He was the only man in Dothan with facial hair and ear hair to boot!

Dear Editor:

So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made
up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the
Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren't being treated
the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr
Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of
immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of
Europe to come to the United States , people had to get off a ship and
in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on
their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold
laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made
English a primary rule in their new American households and some even
changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new
life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate
into one culture.

Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to
protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had
brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity. Most of their
children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along
side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy ,
and Japan .. None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought
about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans
Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were defending the
States of America
as one people. When we liberated France , no one in
villages were looking for the French-American or the German American or
Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried
flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would
have thought about picking up another country's fla g and waving it to
represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents
had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it
to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and

And here we are in 2007 with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same
rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a
different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a
guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I'm sorry, that's not
what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who
landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve better than that for
the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create
land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better
I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by
those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it
to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I
wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

(signed) Rosemary LaBonte

P. S. Pass this on to everyone you know!!!
I hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the nation!!

Ever onward!!


Now Here Are Some Truths

A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to
World War Two owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

"Very few people were true Nazis " he said," but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories."

We are told again and again by "experts" and "talking heads" that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace.

Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history.

It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals.

The hard quantifiable fact is that the "peaceful majority" the "silent majority" is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia comprised Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.

China 's huge population, it was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to
World War 2 was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel and bayonet.

And, who can forget
Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were "peace loving"?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.

Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from
Germany , they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.

As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts, the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Lastly, at the risk of offending, any of us who may doubt that the issue is serious and simply forgets such a message as this without possibly sending it on, may even contribute to the passivity that allows the problems to continue and expand. So, . . . may we extend ourself a little and send this on and on and on! Might we hope that thousands, even world-wide, may read, - think about it - and in turn send it on . . . .

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

John Rainey Adkins & The Playground Rhythm Section
Clowning Back In The Day!

Text of BEAVERTEETH press kit put together by Dothan's DEAN ATTRACTIONS:

If you took five top studio musicians from Georgia, Florida and Alabama, what would you have? A sound that's sharp as beaver teeth.
And that's what they're called...Beaver Teeth

This unique group was bred by years of studio work and show tours. They have worked with Bobby Goldsboro, Billy Joe Royal, Roy Orbison, The Classics IV and others.

The NOW sound of the group is reflected through blues and ballads of the past, heavy rock, commercial pop, as well as much original material.

The well known John Rainey Adkins was formerly lead guitarist for the very popular Candy Men, Roy Orbison back-up band. Since them, he has been doing studio work in Atlanta, Ga. and Valparaiso, Fla. Having been successful as writer also, John Rainey has to be one of the most skillful and devoted musicians around.

David Adkins, John Rainey's little brother, plays practically any instrument. David is featured as the drummer for the group. Also a studio musician at Playground Studios at Valparaiso. David's versatility is one of the main factors that contributes to the amazing sounds of Beaver Teeth.

The bass guitarist, Kenneth Griffith, comes to the group from a recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

The multi-talented Lamar Alley, began playing at the age of six. Lamar sings and helps with the guitar work.

Larry Shell plays rhythm guitar, piano and performs vocals for the group. With a voice and writing ability to compliment, Larry has had several records of his own, as well as years of studio work in Valparaiso, Fla.

Beaver Teeth, promoted exclusively by DEAN ATTRACTIONS, has the experience and versatility needed to perform all of today's music. Their sharp sound is guaranteed to satisfy!

for more information contact:

301 North Cherokee Avenue
Dothan, Alabama 36301
Phone 205/ 794-4719

Hey y'all:

Lots uv exciting stuff happenin' in ZERO, NWFL!

Jimmy Dean has shared his reminiscences of John Rainey Adkins with us.

My old Young Junior Baby Criminal & Dusy Street buddy,Frank Tanton,
has sent us the link to his new myspace site where you can hear cuts from his new album he's put together with Richard Burke & Robbie Gay.
Make damn sho' you stop by Frank's myspace site to listen to his music and view his magnificent collection of vintage guitars & amps!


Jim Lancaster of Playground Recording Studio in VP
was kind enough to lend us some images of John Rainey and Dothan's DEAN ATTRACTIONS press kit for BEAVERTEETH.

Ken Babbs was nice enough to send us Paul Krassner's
scathing review of the recent History Channel documentary
THE HIPPIES entitled
& we get to make a special announcement concerning our favorite book & author, THE HEEEY BABY DAYS OF BEACH MUSIC by Waycross, Georgia's own Greg Haynes.

& last but not least a Miami cat from THE LIMESTONE LOUNGE
shares his memories of THE CANDYMEN & THE JAMES GANG:

It's been a while since I looked up Limestone records. I've had a stroke and had to undergo a Quad Bypass but I'm doing well now. I couldn't help but notice the activity that's been going on about the Par Tee Lounge and the bands that played there in the 60's. Especially The James Gang and The Candy Men. Both great bands. In case you have forgotten, I was the lead guitarist in The Minute Men. We played the Par Tee three different times opposite the Blue Beatles ,The James Gang and The Bangs. Unfortunately at that time, we were having drummer problems and couldn't manage to find one who fit and shared the same musical goals as my brother Donnie and I. When The Bangs went back to college their drummer, Terry Sermons joined us. Terry was one of the best solid rock drummers I ever worked with. I think The Bangs may have been the link between Stu Kaufmann and Buddy Buie who handled both The James Gang and The Candy Men.
What I find hard to understand is there is no mention of The Bangs and no longer a mention of The Minute men in any of the posted emails(?). The James Gang were pros and should have gone on to great things. Somewhere I have a copy of Georgia Pines which should have been a National chart topper. Johnnie,(I'm sorry I can't recall his last name), the lead guitarist was a prodigy on guitar. Very young at the time, as I recall just 17 or 18 and could play circles around any local Miami picker at that time. He played a double neck Moserite guitar, 12 and 6 string. Oh, by the way, unless I'm mistaken, the other club that is mentioned in some of the emails where the Blue Beatles played in south Miami was the Bird bowl Lounge,( a bowling alley).
As you know, The Minute men had our share of local success and came very close to a hit record with "I Won't Lead You On" but also had enough disappointment and heart aches in the 8 or so years we played the South Florida night club circuit to last a lifetime! Still, I wouldn't change a minute of it. Nice to talk to you again. Remember "The Minute Men"!
Terry Wetzel"

Hope y'all are doing fine. Last night I attended my son Christopher's high school graduation in Coleman Coliseum. About 450 graduates with a crowd of about 10,000 & I walk into the hall as the processional is still in progress and the first person I got to see walk out onto the floor was my little boy Christopher. He was one happy man!
It wuz so kozmic!
My eyes followed him right to his seat so I was able to focus my attention upon him during the entire event.

Back in the spring of '72 the place was called Memorial Coliseum & I was manning the gate that led down to the front of the stage at a Jethro Tull concert. The floor was full so the gate was closed. Christopher's mother showed up and wanted me to let all her friends in [the friends happened to include Bob Weston & Bill Caldwell]
I said, "No!" & she shook those little play pretties at me & said,"PPPPPPPPPPPPPPlease!"
& as they say the rest is history!
The Good Lord works in mysterious ways, his wonders to behold!
Christopher showed his enthusiasm by pumping his fist in the air when his name was called and pumping it again when as walked off the stage with his diploma. For old Dad it was right up there with him receiving his Eagle Scout badge and his Vigil Honor.


Jimmy Dean's Reminiscences of John Rainey Adkins

John Rainey Adkins' group was first known and Spider and the Webs. I used to sit on his doorstep and listen to them rehearse and go next door and buy
Picayune cigarettes for John Rainey. One of their first gigs was on a flat bed trailer at the bowling alley here in Dothan. "Spider" Griffin left for Texas, and after a while Bobby Goldsboro joined the group. Buddy Buie started booking shows, and one in Dothan starred Roy Orbison. As the Webs's manager, he put them on the show backing up Orbison. They got the job as Roy Orbison's road band after that show, which was I think in '60 or '61.

After a few years, Bobby struck out on his own and the group tried out several different singers for a while. In '63 or '64, John Rainey got into a squabble with Roy about something---he told me it was because he didn't like flying, which made little sense since Roy's tour bus stayed in John Rainey's driveway when they were off. Anyway, John Rainey came back to Dothan and restarted the Webs--the other group was no longer using the name--with new musicians except for Amos Tindall, the Webs' original bass player. Amos decided to quit music for the second time, and John Rainey started teaching me their songs (I was in school and had been playing bass in a local band).

The day I graduated from Dothan High School, I took over as bass player in that version of the Webs. But John Rainey had patched up his disagreement with Roy by then, and he left to go back on the road. Buddy Buie, the original Webs' manager, was also manager of our group. After a few months, he took our singer, Wilbur Walton, Jr., and me, and put us with three musicians from
Birmingham, Alabama, and named our new group the James Gang. This was in October of 1964, before the other group with Joe Walsh was formed. We had several regional hits in the South, including Buddy and John Rainey's song, "Georgia Pines."

About this same time, the Orbison backup group, with John Rainey on guitar, Paul Garrison on drums, and Bill Gilmore on bass, hired a keyboardist we all called "Little Bobby" Peterson. After several attempts at finding a singer, they hired Rodney Justo of
Tampa, Florida, singer of a Florida group called the Mystics. They became the Candymen. Robert Nix joined them in 1966 (I think) on drums. Little Bobby got drafted, and Dean Daughtry took over on keyboards.

Our group, the James Gang, burned out in 1970, and by that time John Rainey was back in Dothan playing with a group he had formed with his younger brother David, working in clubs and as studio musicians at Playground Studio in the
Florida panhandle. In May of 1972, he hired me as bass player. The group was called Beaverteeth.

Dean and Robert Nix were in
Atlanta working as studio musicians at Buddy's new studio with Barry Bailey, J. R. Cobb, and Paul Goddard. Rodney Justo joined them and they became The Atlanta Rhythm Section. Rodney didn't stay with them for long. The next thing we heard was that he was working for B. J. Thomas. In the spring of 1973, he called John Rainey and said B. J. needed a backup band, so that is how we got that job. B. J. came to Dothan and we rehearsed a couple of weeks at my father's warehouse, and we hit the road right after that.

We worked with B. J. until the summer of 1975, when he hired new management with whom we didn't get along. We came back to Dothan, and our singer, Charlie Silva, was found to have cancer and had to quit. John Rainey called Rodney, and he came up from
Tampa and became our lead singer. We played clubs until the end of the year, but at this time disco music was replacing the Southern rock I had enjoyed so much, so I quit music for good in February of 1976. They hired another bass player and carried on for a couple more years, even putting out one or two albums, but it didn't work and Beaverteeth folded.

John Rainey and David joined a country band that played around for several years, then John Rainey went to work at a music store in Dothan. Charlie Silva lost his battle with cancer, Rodney Justo went back to
Tampa, and I went into the advertising business as a commercial artist, also in Dothan. John Rainey and I stayed in touch---I freelanced as a political cartoonist, and he liked to do cartoons too, so often he would call me at midnight to talk about my latest cartoon. He is the one who called me and told me Roy was dead. A year or so later, somebody else called me and told me John Rainey was dead.

I was a pallbearer at his funeral, so I suppose we were friends to the end.

James L. (Jimmy) Dean
Dothan, Alabama, USA

Hippies on the Hitler Channel
by Paul Krassner

The History Channel recently presented a two-hour documentary
titled Hippies. It was a blatant slur on countercultural history. I
had been interviewed for a few hours and was dismayed to see that the
one quote they used--beginning "It was fun"--immediately followed a
scene of police indiscriminately beating young demonstrators at an
antiwar rally. You'd think you were watching the evening news. The
program was partially sponsored by AARP--a crude attempt by that
front for the insurance and pharmaceutical industries to reach the
aging baby-boomer market.

I asked a couple of fellow participants for their reactions.


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Ken Babbs, sidekick of Ken Kesey in the roving band of Merry
Pranksters: "The show sucked. Zane [Kesey's son] said he was
ashamed to have had anything to do with it. Disinformation--that
picture of a bus, calling it the Ken Kesey prankster bus--I suppose
it doesn't do any good to point out that it is not Further but
someone else's bus, for as time goes on, whatever anyone portrays as
reality works just fine, for anyone who was there is probably dead by

And Carolyn Garcia aka Mountain Girl, former wife of the
Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia: "Peter Coyote deserves to get stoned in
public for participating [as narrator] in this bash-fest. He was
obviously forced at gunpoint to read the script. Could more negative
terms be found? I must have turned it off five times. If I had
known the bias of the piece I would have abstained. I hate being
blamed for Manson and riots and people bleeding. What a nasty raft
of crap."

"What can I say?"
asks free-lance video-maker Lance Miccio.
"Hippies by the Hitler Channel. It was not what I had hoped for. I
feel like the guy in
Pulp Fiction who said it best: 'We went into
this with the best of intentions.' Then Samuel Jackson shoots him in
the knee. I am sorry to all of you who allowed me into your life so
the History Channel could present you in such a slanted,
misunderstood view. My deepest apologies to all."

How did it happen that his footage was morphed into such a
hodge-podge of prejudicial propaganda? Executive producer Scott Reda
saved money by not having a director, and his editor who had to tell
the tale was not qualified to. Reda fired anyone who objected to his
cost-effective vision of what the hippies were about. He was
supplied with an overabundance of first-hand information from those
who were there, yet he chose to ignore or manipulate it into a
stereotypical hatchet job about those filthy hippies.

"Although Scott was alive in the 60s,"
a member of the crew
told me, "I think he did two '50s and went right into the '70s."

According to Scott Reda, "At first the film was going to
mimic the book Hippie--very light, from 1965 to 1970 or '71--but the
network kept saying, 'We know about that, we know about that, we know
about that.' Literally at our 15th draft, they said, 'Tell us
something we don't know.' "

In his hometown Pennsylvania paper, the Express-Times,
feature writer Tony Nauroth says, "Through intense below-the-skin
research, Reda emerged with the film's dark direction--fewer flowers
and more drugs; lost children fumbling their way around the predatory
jungle that the Mecca of hippie life, Haight-Ashbury, had become."

A reporter sent me this e-mail: "My real concern is the
rewriting of the history of the '60s. Young people taking to the
streets and demanding an end to the war. The pursuit of social
justice and equality--for blacks, Hispanics, women, gays. A
profound rejection of puritanism in all its forms. The invention of
a new and freer journalism. A flowering of the arts. Yet the
prevailing narrative is that the era was at least misguided, if not
downright disastrous. Those of us who were briefly in fashion back
then are now portrayed as dangerously naive dupes."

But we can be grateful to other voices for presenting the
positive side of this story, such as San Francisco Chronicle
columnist Mark Morford:
"The hippies had it right all along. All this hot enthusiasm
for healing the planet and eating whole foods and avoiding chemicals
and working with nature and developing the self? Came from the
hippies. Alternative health? Hippies. Green cotton? Hippies.
Reclaimed wood? Recycling? Humane treatment of animals? Medical
pot? Alternative energy? Natural childbirth? Non-GMA seeds? It
came from the granola types (who, of course, absorbed much of it from
ancient cultures), from the alternative worldviews, from the
underground and the sidelines and from far off the goddamn grid and
it's about time the media, the politicians, the culture as a whole
sent out a big, wet, hemp-covered apology."

As Stephen Gaskin writes in an introduction to a revised
version of his 1970 book, Monday Night Class:
"I consider myself to be an ethnic hippie. By that I mean
that the ethnicity I grew up with was such a white bread, skim milk,
gringo experience that it wasn't satisfying for me. It had no moxie.
Now, being a hippie, that's another thing. I feel like the Sioux
feel about being from the Lakota Nation. I feel like Mario Cuomo
feels about being Italian. It makes me feel close with Jews and
Rastafarians. I have a tribe, too. I know that the hippies were
preceded by the beatniks, the bohemians, the free-thinkers, Voltaire
and so on, back to Socrates and Buddha, but the wave of revolution
that spoke to me was the hippies. And rock'n roll lights my soul and
gives a beat to the revolution."

The spirit of that revolution continues to flourish,
celebrated in such annual events as the Rainbow Gathering, Burning
Man, and Earthdance.
We are still agents of change.

Paul Krassner's essay
was brought to you courtesy of old padnuh, BABBS @

To have seen a spectre isn't everything. And there are death masks
piled high, one atop the other, clear to heaven. Commoner still are
the wan visages of those returning from the shadowy valley. This
means little to those who have not lifted the veil.
-- Neal Cassady

Congratulations go out to Greg Haynes for his book
being awarded the Bronze Medal for
Popular Culture in the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards!
Greg shares the Bronze Medal with Hunter S. Thompson who received
the award posthumously for his book GONZO.

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Real progress has now occurred on the John Rainey Adkins Tribute page on myspace.

I only met John Rainey a few times so I don't have much to say about our relationship other than to say he was a genuinely warm person but many of you went to Highland [I assume he went to Highland], Young Junior & Dothan High with him. By his senior year in high school his cafeteria table at DHS had to be the center of rock 'n roll in Dothan, Alabama DURING THE DAYTIME.

Jimmy Dean has shared his memories of John Rainey with Paul Vidal over in France and Paul has created a superb and exciting page for John Rainey and THE CANDYMEN

Today I blogged some of Buie's reminiscences but we need more comments from people like Goldsboro, Daughtry and John Rainey's brother David.

I'm shooting this to Goldsboro's organization but some of y'all could pick up the phone and tell him he ought to allow himself to be interviewed about his relationship with John Rainey.

In my opinion the vinyl LPs
THE CANDYMEN & CANDYMEN BRING YOU CANDY POWER will definitely be reissued in CD simply because the demand will force somebody to make a move.

Y'all help me get the word out, please.


left to right: Dave Robinson, Amos Tindall, Bobby Goldsboro, John Rainey Adkins, Gerald Hall

top to bottom: John Rainey Adkins, Bobby Goldsboro, Amos Tindall, Dave Robinson

left to right: "Little Bobby" Peterson, Bill Gilmore, Robert Nix, John Rainey Adkins, Rodney Justo

left to right: James "Bubba" Lathem, Jimmy Dean, Fred Guarino, John Rainey Adkins, Wilbur Walton Jr.

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left to right: Jeff Cheshire, David Adkins, Rodney Justo, Larry Hunter, Mike Turner, John Rainey Adkins

Please check out our John Rainey Adkins Tribute Page.

We've now started posting blogs. The latest one will link you to four clips of John Rainey backing Orbison in '65 on Dutch TV.

We've also posted and labeled 23 photos of John Rainey during his career with The Webs, Roy Orbison's CANDYMEN, B.J. Thomas and BEAVERTEETH.

We still don't have music but that's coming soon.

RR....that brings back some wonderful memories....
i can't believe Roy,
John Rainey,and Bill Gilmore are gone....I miss em.
That video brought tears to my eyes. Time marches on.

John Rainey On Dutch TV in '65 with ORBISON

Click to see & hear John Rainey Adkins & Robert Nix perform with Roy Orbison on a 1965 Dutch TV show!

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