Category: 1971

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Pink Floyd at Hakone, August 6-9, 1971. I love Nick and David photographing each other in the lower left!



New Month – new Calendar Page!! From the 1971 Pop/Astrology Calendar. For the Cancer/Leo star signs. Illustration by Frederic Marvin.

Paul & Linda McCartney, Scotland, 1971. I …

Paul & Linda McCartney, Scotland, 1971. I have no explanation for this. 

lucy-pepper: Pink Floyd performs at the Abbaye…


Pink Floyd performs at the Abbaye de Royaumont, June 15 1971

We see you and your gong back there, Roger.

David Bowie, “Kooks”, solo acoustic, from Bowi…

David Bowie, “Kooks”, solo acoustic, from Bowie at the Beeb, recorded June 3, 1971, broadcast June 21.

Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones (b. May 30. 1971) was by no means the first rock kid, but he was perhaps the first whose dad wrote a song to him and put it on an album, 1971′s Hunky Dory

That version of “Kooks”, recorded in July, was quite elaborate, featuring the band soon to be known as The Spiders from Mars, with Trevor Bolder adding trumpet to his unusually busy bass, Mick Ronson’s string arrangements, and guest Rick Wakeman’s dance hall piano (who also played on “Changes”, “Life on Mars?”, and “Oh! You Pretty Things”). I think it’s perfect, one of the highlights of the album, and of David’s discography.

This is the first recording, though, recorded live by the BBC, with just David and a guitar, only 4 days after Duncan was born. This one is perfect in its own way, too, and quite a revelation. Before he starts the song, David notes that he’d been at home listening to Neil Young when he got the news of Duncan’s birth (Angela’s labor went on for 30 hours, so David left?), and this version of “Kooks” really does sound like it could have come straight off of After The Gold Rush.

That may seem an odd point of origin, especially given how very, very English “Kooks” sounds in its released version, but don’t forget that David started 1971 with his first trip to the US, traveling cross-country (from Washington DC to Los Angeles) by bus on a three-week press tour. As he said in 1999, “The whole Hunky Dory album reflected my newfound enthusiasm for this new continent that had been opened up to me. That was the first time a real outside situation affected me so 100 percent that it changed my way of writing and the way I look at things.” 

It was reflected in songs inspired by Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol (both of those by name, of course), and Lou Reed, among many others, including yes, Neil Young. After the Gold Rush spent that entire year on the Billboard charts, and landed as the 20th-best selling album of 1971. It would have been inescapable for David (as indeed it was for all of us!).

In fact, David’s next recording of “Kooks”, the first official demo, was even more Neil Young-inspired, verging on the downright derivative – slower, sleepier, folkier, and honestly, a little spooky. Neil would’ve been all over this, I think. You can hear that version over @bowiesongs, Chris O’Leary’s companion tumblr to his WordPress blog Pushing Ahead of The Dame (named for the great line from Hunky Dory’s Velvet Underground tribute, “Queen Bitch”), one of the best fan-based resources for any artist on the web, and the best textual resource on Bowie, period, as well as the first volume of the book(s) coming out of it, Rebel Rebel: All the Songs of David Bowie From ‘64 to ’76 (needless to say, highly recommended).

There was another version of “Kooks” that aired on the BBC on September 21, 1971, “Bob Harris’ Sounds Of The Seventies”, which had been recorded for what turned out to be  an extremely rare (500 copies) Hunky Dory promo called  BOWPROMO1, featuring 7 songs from David on side 1 and 5 from Dana Gillespie on side 2. (The Bowie tracks were officially released on Record Store 2017.) 

It’s quite charming, too – starting to sound considerably more British with Trevor Bolder on bass (but no brass), and Mick Ronson on acoustic guitar and vocals (but no strings) – but to me it falls short of both the polished gem of the Hunky Dory version, and the intimacy of the first BBC version. Still, you can hear David’s laughter as the song begins, and the smile of his that you hear throughout will wind up on your own face too.

(Young Duncan sucking Dad’s finger, June 29, 1971, by Ron Burton.)

My favorite versions of “Kooks” are definitely the ones from Hunky Dory and the June 1971 BBC version that I brought you at the top of this post, but all four are completely unique, and very much worth hearing. You’ll come away with an even clearer picture of how much craft David put into every aspect of his presentations, as well as a razor-sharp view of how much of it was all the way there from the very first moment. 

And yeah, a reminder of how closely connected David remained to Duncan through the rest of his life. Theirs is my favorite parent-child relationship in the rock pantheon, and you can hear the beginning of it right here, days after they met for the very first time.

myledzeppelin: Led Zeppelin performing live on…


Led Zeppelin performing live on stage at KB Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark. May 3, 1971.



Better Homes and Gardens’ House Plants book, 1971.



1971 Ludwig “Vistalite” Drums Catalog


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Cool!  New one for me.  My guess is Italy.  It’s so strange to see him in an establishment like this with everyone in suits and professional attire.  It almost looks staged or photoshopped, although I know it’s not.  I wonder what those people thought about Robert sitting at the bar.  Did they whisper or make comments?  Maybe they just ignored him.  The image kind of brings home how the boys felt ostracized at times, especially in the American south.  I think it’s a fascinating pic.

This is indeed Italy 1971! July 5, at Milan’s Sonesta Hotel, before the shit (and teargas!) hit the fan at the show that night. From

An even nicer shot of the shirt at the press conference in the hotel, here:

@firethatgrewsolow​, it turns out that you recently posted another set with this shirt, from later that year at Ipswich (added one of those here for reference):

Are there others? These are the only two dates with it I’m aware of right now, and unlike Ipswich, Robert didn’t wear this onstage at Milan. 

I think you’re also right about how isolated Robert was in that picture.

It’s easy (and fun) to focus on the manic energy around the tours, but there’s no question that the road took a heavy toll.

There were times when the loneliness grated on them all, but Bonzo and Robert most heavily as time went on. 

It got Bonzo in trouble more than once, and I think Robert’s increasing sense of isolation within the band would have led him to leave eventually, even if Bonzo had survived (although perhaps not as quickly if Karac had). 

A story for another day, but this shirt and Milan are colorful reminders that the Led Zeppelin story was always a complicated one!

whtlitewhtheat:July 15th, 1971 in Surrey. At…


July 15th, 1971 in Surrey.

At Keith Moon’s house: the press party to premiere Who’s Next (released August 14 in the US, Aug 25 in the UK)