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Leo K. / Blog

Plus Pheme / Cathedrals

This is a rehearsal recording with my CRAVALLERO-Boys (incl. false start, etc) from 2013. I like to release the thing now, cause this is our way to protest against killing in the name of religion...

Lookin' back on some of my musical background...

40 Years ago, in November 1974 Deep Purple released with „Stormbringer“ their second Album within 9 months. On this album, the soul and funk elements were much more prominent than before on „Burn“, so the reaction of critics was ambivalent. As some of you may know, the spoken words by David Coverdale at the beginning of the title track just prior to the first verse are the same backwards dialogue that Linda Blair's character utters in the „Scandal“-Movie of the year, „The Exorcist“, but anyway: The Album went „Gold“ in the U.S. in 1975, though most of the fans think about it as „the beginning of the end“. It was the times of Stagnation of the Rock-Scene, some of the „big“ bands like ELP or Yes stood shortly before some hiatus for more than a year, others worked out Album after Album for their target-audience… In New York there was something on the move those days that later would become famous as the punk-movement. The then unknown singer Patti Smith had with the single „Hey Joe / Piss Factory“ her first release. „Hey Joe“ was conceived to be a Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, whose Version of the song was an Anthem of the Hippie-Generation, but it became self-driven by the then current Patty Hearst – Kidnapping. The granddaughter of the late publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst (popularly known as the subject of Orson Welles's roman à clef film Citizen Kane) was kidnapped by, and later joined, the Symbionese Liberation Army. After having taken part in a bank-assault with other SLA members a Video-Tape was released, where she proclaimed solidarity with the aims of the SLA. Patti Smith began writing a monologe about the situation of a lawless refugee on the run and the desire for freedom. The spoken words before the introduction-guitar-riff of „Hey Joe“ give an idea to the esthetics of later Patti Smith classics. The song can’t be found on any regular album of her, but was often played during her live-shows in the seventies. Patti Smith would eventually have her breakthrough more than a year later with the release of „Horses“ in December 1975, but her manifest sympathy with a criminal (in the common sense of establishment) established her punk-attitude and make „Hey Joe“ to more than a footnote in music-history, keeping it’s explosiveness to the day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEkmoawOih0

All the world's a stage...

...but in Vienna we'll start: Live-Dates with my band CRAVALLERO for december 2013 t.b.a. soon!

15 years in the making - out now!

Just to show you a new side of me: #ISBN_978_3_7322_4586_4 - ZOFF - Ein Rock'n'Roll Schundroman und andere dunkle Seiten der Trash-Literatur-check it out! http://www.bod.de/index.php?id=1132&objk_id=1076473

Hey there, crackajacks!

It’s been a long time, but here we go now with ALL SYSTEMS GO GO GO! ...the first new song recorded in … how many years? It was written together with Tom Torvijs and recorded & mixed by Loopmazzta Herb in June 2011.