Thursday, October 23, 2008

that was then, this is now



lewis pain: conspirator (with john wilkes boothe) in the assassination of abraham lincoln.
thanks to gentlebear for the accreditation, and for clearing up the mystery.

I landed on the image above quite accidentally during a recent web trawl looking for something or other. I believe it is from the cover of a recent edition of 1975's "Rumblefish" by S.E. Hinton, originally published as a short story "in the University of Tulsa literary journal Nimrod [1968] and later expanded into a novel." And Francis Ford Coppola's cinematic adaptation in 1983.

I first read Susan Eloise Hinton as a kid in primary school. That book was 1971's "That Was Then, This Is Now", and I fell as hard for it then as any book by any author I have encountered since; and I drift inexorably towards senility. As an author for young adults, she was as relevant in the 1970s as J.D. Salinger was to an altogether earlier period. Salinger, let's not forget, has not published anything new since 1965. Strange as that might seem, given "Catcher In The Rye" has never been out of print and continues to sell in excess of one quarter of a million copies each and every year.

Let's agree not to mention Mark Chapman....

Damn. Too f@cking late.

"Rusty-James... You're just like a ball in a pinball machine."


I first heard Harvey Mandel over on Art Decade. There is some oblique relevance here. Detroit born Harvey cut this - his first album - in the same year "Rumblefish" was issued in its more concise form. In 1975, when S.E. Hinton successfully published the expanded version, Mandel auditioned for The Rolling Stones as Mick Taylor's replacement; recording "Memory Hotel" for the album which would eventually be released as "Black and Blue". You may also recall the Motorcycle Boy's own imperfect imitation of Christ as he strives to return a handful of flailing fish to the river on the east side in the climax to Coppola's film of the book. Tenuous, maybe, but I was unable to source Stewart Copeland's score, and I've already inflicted Stan Ridgway on you all.

HARVEY MANDEL: WADE IN THE WATER from "Cristo Redentor" LP (Philips) 1968 (US)

S.E. HINTON (OFFICIAL SITE)
PURCHASE CRISTO REDENTOR REMASTERED + BONUS TRACKS

9 comments:

Peewit said...

Well that was interesting. The only version of this song I was previously aware of was by Eva Cassidy on the Songbird album. This of course is quitte different

Apologies for my lack of comments of late. I seem to have been working 50 hour weeks for the last couple as we near the end of the project I'm workingon. The other reason is that when I am at my Computer I have been trying to find the solution to the fact that Windows Media Player 11 has decided that I don't own anything I had ripped on my old computer. I still have some of the CDs which I could rerip but others have gone off to the great charity shop in the sky. It seems to be down to the DRM protection in the WMA files (I hadn't learnt the error of my ways in those days) Whilst I seem to be able to buy programs that will strip the files for me I am loath to given that there are only 130 odd songs and I have already paid for them once. Any ideas?

ib said...

I'm on an old Mac at this end, Peewit, so I don't know too much about WMA files or converting them on Dos. You might try burning them to disc and transferring them back. A lot of conversion software for Mac is Freeware or Shareware; you could try a program on demo, surely ? If its only those songs you mention which you have an issue with that's probably your best option. Try Amadeus or Audio Hijack; I think at least one of those is available on Windows.

Those 50 hour weeks sound quite draining. Good to hear you're nearing the end of your project.

Planet Mondo said...

Love the tune sexy, spooky and backwards guitar - a peach!

Peewit
How about downloading a free audio convertor and converting them all to mp3 - I use a Creative player and the software Creative Mediasource is free to download (player or no player) and should convert WMA to MP3

ib said...

Yes. This one is outstanding. The standard of musicianship is superb throughout, but this particular track is head and shoulders - well - above the waterline.

The follow-up album to this, 1969's "Righteous" is good also, but just a tad too blues oriented for my taste. Much straighter in those guitar arrangements.

Elizabeth said...

Hey ib, the photo you found is one I've been obsessed with (I actually wrote a comic using it) for a long time. It's of Lewis Payne, who conspired with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate Lincoln. Payne was supposed to kill the Secretary of State but he didn't quite finish the job. This is a photo of him after he was first captured. Later, he had a wear a white face mask so he didn't injure himself while in captivity. He was nuts, and I'm sure they tortured the hell out of him before hanging him. Anyway, as always- LOVE THE BLOG. Good stuff.

gentlebear said...

That's Elizabeth a.k.a. The Gentlebear!

ib said...

Hey, Elizabeth. Thank you so much for commenting and setting the record straight on this photograph's provenance. I will, of course, amend the credit ; and thanks, too, for your kind words.

ib said...

Elizabeth: hope you had a really great birthday!

gentlebear said...

I did, thanks!