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Kim Fowley On The Beatles

As told to Harvey Kubernik C 2012

“In 1963 I was driving with Danny Hutton on the way to the beach, and the Beatles’ ‘Please Please Me’ came on the

Photo courtesy of SOFA Entertainment  The Ed Sullivan show  All Rights Reserved

Photo courtesy of SOFA Entertainment
The Ed Sullivan show
All Rights Reserved

radio, and we both said, ‘The Everly Brothers with a third harmony part and Carole King and Gerry Goffin melodies. This works!’

“I was with Danny when I saw them on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was in West L.A. Pacific Palisades or Brentwood area, with some girls and their family watching TV. “It was four guys dressed alike with the same haircut doing uniformity rock. It was like a miniature army up there. They had catchy songs on television with yelling girls. It was fine. I’d Continue reading

Kim Fowley On The Summer Of Love

Kim Fowley is a gas. I was his friend and worked on a whole bunch of music projects with him. He had wit and wisdom of survival, and vision in the music business.

Cave Hollywood's David Kessel with Kim Fowley in Los Angeles circa 1993 Photo by Harold Sherrick

Cave Hollywood’s David Kessel with Kim Fowley in Los Angeles circa 1993
Photo by Harold Sherrick

I was listening to his Outlaw Superman album late at night recently and just started cracking up, because Kim was always having fun in the studio as a solo artist.

His vast knowledge as an all around producer and business liaison helped many budding recording artists and bands achieve dreams and success.

I asked Cave Hollywood contributor, author and music historian Harvey Kubernik, to go into his vast literary archives and display something cool on Kim.

This 2007 interview Harvey conducted with Kim reveals unique observations on the fabled 1967 “Summer Of Love” and groovy reflections on the vibrant music, personalities as well as important bands from that cosmic era.

 

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Kim Fowley on the 1967 Summer of Love
By Harvey Kubernik C 2008

Q: What were you doing in 1967?

A: I was the MC all year at the Love-Ins held every weekend in Los Angeles at Elysian Fields near downtown L.A. I was also working with bands locally.

Q: What did the Summer of Love achieve?

A: “Summer of Love achieved a lot because at the time, everything was possible from a youth perspective. Stopping the Vietnam War was possible. Getting laid was possible. Reinventing yourself was possible. Doing it without materialism, doing it without a college degree, doing it without mom and dad making you a lawyer or doctor. There was possibility of a Utopian brave new world. You had Doors, Love locally, and Pink Floyd doing things in England. And you had people who continued like Lovin’ Spoonful and the Byrds. Continue reading

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL AT THE PANTAGES THEATER IN HOLLYWOOD THROUGH JUNE 7, 2015

By Harvey Kubernik c 2015

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris, Berry Gordy and the Nederlander  Organization are staging MOTOWN THE MUSICAL for a six-week engagement through Sunday, June 7, 2015.

Tickets are now on sale and available for purchase at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-982-2787, and at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Boulevard). The box office opens daily at 10am except for Holidays.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL concluded its Broadway run as both a critical and audience favorite and a commercial hit, having recouped its $18 million investment at the end of 2014.Motown The Musical

Most recently, the First National Tour recouped its $8.5 million dollar capitalization cost in less than ten months on the road.

A UK production is slated for Spring 2016 and a return to Broadway for Summer 2016.

The play is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. Continue reading

Kim Fowley on Sirius Radio and The Runaways

Kim FowleyKim Fowley is a DJ on Little Steven’s Underground Garage channel (25) Sirius/XM satellite radio network. He’s heard every Saturday between 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (PST). Sirius/XM channel 25. His shift is then re-broadcast on Sundays between midnight and 4 in the mornings PST.

Fowley’s musical band creation The Runaways are the subject of a full length feature movie scheduled for 2010 release starring Kristen Stewart of “Twilight” fame as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Curie. The movie is partially based on Curie’s book” Neon Angels.”

Actor Michael Shannon, an Oscar nominee for “Revolutionary Road” portrays Fowley in this endeavor directed by Floria Sigismondi, known for her music video for Marilyn Manson, “The Beautiful People,” in addition to work with White Stripes, David Bowie, and The Cure.

Kim Fowley’s legacy is further evidenced with three tracks as producer and artist in the upcoming Rhino/WMG Records 4 CD box set, “Where The Action Is! Nuggets Los Angeles 1965-1968,” due in September from the label.

Fowley is cited and quoted in the “Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon” coffee table book published in October by Sterling/Barnes and Noble

Norton Records has scheduled a collection of Fowley solo recordings and productions from the 1960s, “One Man’s Garbage Another Man’s Gold.” It will be issued on double vinyl and as a single CD. During November Fowley has scheduled an East Coast tour to promote the anthology within the five boroughs of New York and New Jersey. Continue reading

Kim Fowley: John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band Live In Toronto ’69

John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band Live In Toronto ’69 is a rare look at one of the world’s most influential popular artists at a pivotal moment in his career. Shout! Factory has just made available the DVD of this event in June while EMI Music Marketing also re-issued a vinyl album of the concert. 

Filmed on the eve of the release of the Abbey Road LP — the last Beatles album to be recorded (although Let It Be was the last to be released) — this is the only performance ever caught on film of John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band. Captured by Academy Award®-nominated director D.A. Pennebaker (Don’t Look Back, Monterey Pop), this concert film serves as one of the important and historical documents in the career and life of John Lennon. Continue reading