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Thursday, October 10, 2013
  The Beautiful Toilet 美生


I made the mistake of mentioning once to John Fahey something that had happened at home in Claremont.

"The English do things differently than us, John," I started out (we were talking about blues at the moment and different stylings and such and how the white English approach to blues was sometimes different than the white Americans and bringing in a bunch of stuff about cultural differences and blues history and so on).

I probably had been drinking, because my usual finely constructed defenses were completely down (obvious now from what I let slip) and somehow I segued wildly into telling him how it was that I thought Mick Jagger had locked himself in the bathroom.  I thought this was a funny anecdote, as this described Mick to me at the time.  "So I kept going to the door and tapping on it very softly and politely and when he didn't reply I was concerned he may have slipped and fallen, and that's when I turned the knob and discovered the door was UNLOCKED!  (And I even laughed as I emphasized that punch line, "ha ha ha").  Fahey's expression had completely changed to a serious expression, which I assumed was because he was confused by my sociological observation.

And I tried to explain, "The English close the doors to bathrooms automatically.  And Americans leave them wide open and inviting for all to enter."  Now this could have turned into an interesting discussion of cultural differences regarding personal ablutions and toileting habits (which could have ascended into the beginnings of a lively debate about English school systems and an overall repressive society throughout history that would result in Englishmen getting "pervy" in response) but John was horrified I was "that close" to Mick Jagger and by then I was obliged to recount a detail here or there, at which point John Fahey called me "a groupie." 

The problem was, John Fahey wouldn't define "groupie" to me.  He was a bit moody, anyway, and drank a lot, so I let it slide.

I mention this because ... well, I've forgotten. I was going to make a point here.  Something about how males always make the same assumptions about females, and male musicians seemed to do that, too.  John should have known better about that, because he made his first records with a woman guitarist named Pat Sullivan.  Even though a person I knew once now somewhat mistakenly I believe claims to be the first guitarist asked by John Fahey to play guitar with him on a record ////  everyone who knows knows Pat Sullivan played guitar first with John and she was asked.  But for this person I once knew to continue making that claim, after being informed of the true facts, that might mean that person did not really regard Pat Sullivan as a musician (which she was) but more like, "oh she was somebody's girlfriend asked to strum along" or some other male musician put down like John was "humoring her" and letting her in the studio.  I didn't think so, I thought her part was integral to what he was doing at that time. 

So the fellow who made the assertion (in 1999 I might add, and in print, when John Fahey died) because he had played with Fahey and other famous cultish groups like the Kaleidoscope, and though he was personable enough and a genuinely nice person, likely had that same attitude when he ended up playing with Linda Ronstadt after Kenny Edwards left (actually, it was more like Kenny was locked out of the studio by the record company when Linda was recording without him and he (and perhaps Bob Kimmel) were outside banging on the door in protest of some kind).   I don't know what happened, I wasn't there.  But that would be an interesting story to me, because I knew Kenny early on, and I hope Linda touches on all this in her recently penned memoirs. 

People will currently be interested in Linda's memoirs, but anything to do with John Fahey or Kenny Edwards are all likely to be utterly ignored by the world at large, and I suspect they may each have sensed that.






 




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