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Re: (TV) Peter Green/The Dirty Three
When Jeremy Spencer left Fleetwood Mac he joined the Children Of God(the
religious ones, not a band). That was years ago. His name would come up in
the press every so often and, last I heard, he was still with the COG.
Peter Green had problems for years. It was kind of similar to Syd Barrett in
that every few years the press would report his latest situation. From what
I remember he left because he couldn't deal with the fame thing. He became a
gravedigger amngst other things. He tried to sign away his royalties(which
just from 'Albatross' alone I guess would have been a fair bit) as he didn't
want the money. It was at that point that his father had him committed.
Sounded like his father was a bit of a grabber who did not respect his son's
desire to sign away royalties.
It was a long time before he got himself together and he brought out an
album called 'In The Skies' which I guess would have been, late 70s to early
80s. It was still a long time before he started gigging fairly regularly. I
haven't heard any of his recent stuff but might check some out. Is it me or
in a lot of his later photos there seems to be a big resemblance to Peter
Ustinov? Great to see him getting himself sorted.
Oh Well was wonderful but my favoutites were The Green Manilishi and the
fantastic Need Your So Bad.
----- Original Message -----
From: Maurice Rickard <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2000 3:11 AM
Subject: (TV) Peter Green/The Dirty Three
> After mentioning both in the same message earlier today, they come up
> again. On a trip to the good CD store in town, I picked up _Whatever You
> Love, You Are_ and, in the used bin, _The Pious Bird of Good Omen_
> by...Fleetwood Mac. The one with Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, and Danny
> Kirwan. (Even though I _knew_ which FM it was, I still had to get over
> that psychological hurdle.)
> The Mac is really surprising. The only Green-era Mac I'd ever heard was
> "Oh, Well," and this is much, much more of a blues record. Slower than
> expected, less rocking and more stomping/swinging. The tones are rich,
> raw, and slippery. It's not too far from the Mayall, but a lot rougher
> less refined in some way. I mean that in a good way. A friend of mine,
> while playing me a collection of Chicago blues, said, "You can only play
> harmonica like that if you've spent several years in prison, or had a
> hard life." The blues on _Bird_ definitely have a hard life cry of pain
> them. I was surprised to see that, according to the insert, "Black Magic
> Woman" (yep, that one) was a Green original, although from the long list
> publishing companies on the packaging, I can guess that he didn't see much
> in the way of royalties from this.
> I'm intrigued by this one. For the Green fans out there, where would you
> place this in the Green canon? Anyone know what Spencer and Kirwan are up
> to, or have they dropped off the map? Seems a shame that all three
> guitarists in this band had such a rough time of it.
> The Dirty Three's new one is highly, highly recommended. Some seriously
> beautiful stuff, ranging in mood from wistful regret to rough ecstasy. An
> astonishing example of what three musicians are capable of doing. Anyone
> who finds themselves moved by slow, emotional music should check this out.
> Having a great music day,
> Maurice Rickard, designer.
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