Larry "Ratso" Sloman is a New York-based author. Sloman was born into a middle-class Jewish family from Queens, he is best known for his collaboration with Howard Stern on the radio personality's two best-selling books, Private Parts and Miss America. He appears in all of Kinky Friedman's mystery novels as the Dr. Watson to Kinky's Sherlock. Sloman wrote an account of Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour, On the Road with Bob Dylan, he has penned Reefer Madness, a history of marijuana use in the United States, Thin Ice, an account of one season with the New York Rangers hockey team, Steal This Dream, an oral biography of Abbie Hoffman. His book The Secret Life of Houdini, written with magic historian William Kalush, presented research that attempted to prove that early 20th-century American magician Harry Houdini was a spy; the authors raised the possibility that Houdini had been murdered by a cabal of Spiritualists, prompting Houdini's great-nephew to call for an exhumation of the magician's body to test for poisoning.
Sloman's other collaborations include Mysterious Stranger, with the magician David Blaine and Scar Tissue, the autobiography of the Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis. Starting in 1985, for a few years Sloman served as executive editor of National Lampoon magazine. Sloman, Larry. On the Road With Bob Dylan. Bantam, Three Rivers Press. ISBN 9780553116410. Sloman, Larry. Reefer Madness: The History of Marijuana in America. Bobbs-Merrill. ISBN 978-0-672-52423-3. Sloman, Larry. Thin Ice: A Season in Hell with the New York Rangers. Morrow. ISBN 978-0-688-00628-0. Stern, Howard. Judith Regan, ed. Private Parts. New York, New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-671-88016-3. OCLC 28968496. Stern, Howard. Judith Regan, ed. Miss America. Regan Books. ISBN 978-0-06-039167-6. Sloman, Larry. Steal This Dream: Abbie Hoffman and the Countercultural Revolution in America. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-41162-2. Kiedis, Anthony. Scar Tissue. Hyperion. ISBN 978-1-4013-0101-9. Kalush, William; the Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero.
Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-7207-0. Criss, Peter. Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of KISS. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4516-2082-5. Tyson, Mike. Undisputed Truth. Harper Collins. P. 592. ISBN 9780399161285. Larry "Ratso" Sloman website Website at SimonSays.com Larry Sloman on IMDb November 2006 Interview by Leon Charney on The Leon Charney Report]
Rolling Thunder Revue
The Rolling Thunder Revue was a concert tour by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan with numerous musicians and previous collaborators. The purpose of the tour was to allow Dylan, who had now become a major recording artist and concert performer, to play in smaller auditoriums in less populated cities where he could be more intimate with his audiences; some of the performers on the tour were Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Joni Mitchell, Ronee Blakely and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. Bob Neuwirth assembled the backing musicians from the Desire sessions, including violinist Scarlet Rivera, bassist Rob Stoner, drummer Howie Wyeth; the tour included 57 concerts in two legs—the first in the American northeast and Canada in the fall of 1975, the second in the American south and southwest in the spring of 1976. The release of Desire in January 1976 fell between the two legs of the tour, with many of the songs performed in the first leg taken from that yet-to-be released album; the tour was documented through film, sound recording, in print.
A new documentary about the tour, directed by Martin Scorsese, titled Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, will be released by Netflix in 2019. The idea behind the tour, Dylan said, was to "play for the people," the people who never get good seats at his larger concerts due to higher ticket cost and inconvenient locations. Dylan chose to play in smaller auditoriums because, he said, "the atmosphere in small halls is more conducive to what we do." His New York musician friend David Blue felt that Dylan wanted to get back to being closer to his audience after becoming a major music star: Bob's just an ordinary fucking guy, a great songwriter who got swept up in this whole fame thing and was smart enough to know how to control it, who rode with it and was shrewd, damn shrewd. And now he's just paying everyone back with this tour. It's like a family scene. Dylan named the tour after hearing the continuous sounds of thunder one day, he conceived the tour in the summer of 1975 while he was living in Greenwich Village, began co-writing with his friend, Jacques Levy, with whom he wrote various songs, including "Hurricane".
In October 1975, soon after completing Desire, Dylan held rehearsals for his second tour in two years at New York City's midtown Studio Instrument Rentals space. Bassist Rob Stoner, drummer/pianist Howie Wyeth and violinist Scarlet Rivera were retained from the Desire sessions for the rehearsals. Joining them were T-Bone Burnett, Steven Soles and David Mansfield. Although the trio had been dismissed during the Desire sessions in an attempt to focus the overall production, Dylan yielded to his original instincts and decided to rehire them for the tour. Luther Rix was added at an indeterminate point; when rehearsals began, many of the musicians were uninformed about plans for an upcoming tour. At the same time, Dylan was casually inviting others to join in with the band. According to Stoner, the group rehearsed "for like a day or two – it not so much a rehearsal as like a jam, tryin' to sort it out. Meanwhile all these people who became the Rolling Thunder Revue started dropping in. Joan Baez was showing up.
Roger McGuinn was there. They were all there. We had no idea what the purpose for these jams was, except we were being invited to jam." According to Lou Kemp, a friend of Dylan's who organized the tour, the Rolling Thunder Revue "would go out at night and run into people, we'd just invite them to come with us. We started out with a small group of musicians and support people, we ended up with a caravan." Disinterested in performing in a country/folk milieu, Patti Smith amicably declined Dylan's invitation. Bruce Springsteen turned down an invitation "because he had plenty of touring commitments of his own and was on a roll" following the breakthrough success of Born to Run, released that August. However, Dylan did add one surprising element to the Rolling Thunder Revue when Mick Ronson agreed to join the tour. Ronson was the lead guitarist and arranger in David Bowie's former backing band, The Spiders from Mars. Another musician invited on the tour was introduced to Dylan on October 22, when Dylan went to see David Blue perform at The Other End.
It was there that he met Ronee Blakley, the actress/singer who had starred in Robert Altman's celebrated film Nashville. At the end of Blue's show, Blakley joined Dylan on-stage for a few songs, joined by poet Allen Ginsberg and guitarist Kenny Davis, she declined due to prior commitments, but changed her mind and appeared at rehearsals two days later. She recalled: Oh I loved him, right away, just loved him, he was what I thought he would be like. Funny and mysterious and shy and dear and vulnerable. However, the same day Blakley showed up for rehearsal, Dylan returned to the recording studio to re-record "Hurricane". Employing Blakley as a substitute for Emmylou Harris, Dylan recut "Hurricane", the last recorded work done for Desire before its release in January 1976. On October 23, 1975, owner Mike Porco's 61st birthday, Dylan and a group of friends took over Gerde's Folk City as the main show was ending. Dylan and Joan Baez sang "One Too Many Mornings", followed onstage by Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Eric Andersen, Patti Smith, Arlen Roth, Bette Midler, Buzzy Linhart, Phil Ochs and others.
Dylan and his group brought in lights and cameras and filmed the session, which began well
The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue
The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue is a live album by Bob Dylan released by Columbia Records in 2002. The third installment in the ongoing Bob Dylan Bootleg Series on Legacy Records, it documents the Rolling Thunder Revue led by Dylan prior to the release of the album Desire; until the release of this album, the only official live documentation of the Rolling Thunder Revue was Hard Rain, recorded during the second leg of the tour. The two-disc set got a warm reception from critics and fans, though some lamented that it does not document, or emulate, a typical complete show from the tour. Fans have expressed exasperation at the omission of certain revered performances, notably the cover of Johnny Ace's "Never Let Me Go". A bonus DVD accompanying the initial release of this album featured two video excerpts from Dylan's 1978 film Renaldo and Clara: a November 21, 1975 performance of "Tangled Up in Blue" and a December 4, 1975 performance of "Isis", it spent nine weeks on the chart and was certified and awarded a gold record on March 12, 2003 by the RIAA.
The album reached number 69 in the U. K. All songs written except where noted. All songs recorded live in concert. Bob Dylan — vocals and acoustic guitar, harmonica Joan Baez — vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion on "Blowin' in the Wind", "Mama, You Been on My Mind", "I Shall Be Released", "The Water Is Wide" Ronee Blakley — vocals T-Bone Burnett — electric guitar, piano David Mansfield — dobro, violin, steel guitar Roger McGuinn — electric guitar, vocals on "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" Bob Neuwirth — acoustic guitar, vocals Scarlet Rivera — violin Luther Rix — percussion, drums Mick Ronson — electric guitar Steven Soles — acoustic guitar and electric guitar, vocals Rob Stoner — bass Howie Wyeth — drums, pianoTechnical personnelSteve Berkowitz, Jeff Rosen — production Don DeVito — recording supervision Michael Brauer — mixing Greg Calbi — mastering Ricardo Chavarria — mixing assistance Lisa Buckler, Charlie Sarrica — production coordination Triana Dorazio — package manager Geoff Gans — art direction, design James L.
Hunter — graphic design Ken Regan — photography Darren Salmieri — artist coordination The "Blowin' In The Wind" and "Mama, You Been On My Mind" duets of Dylan and Baez on disc one were listed in reverse order on bobdylan.com. However, the respective recording dates of 20 November 1975 in Cambridge and 21 November 1975 in Boston were not changed on the final insert. Baez' spoken intro to "Mama, You Been On My Mind" is from Cambridge, not Boston, while "Blowin' In The Wind" is from Boston
Arlo Davy Guthrie is an American folk singer-songwriter. Like his father, Woody Guthrie, he is known for singing songs of protest against social injustice, storytelling while performing songs. Guthrie's best-known work is his debut piece, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree", a satirical talking blues song about 18 minutes in length that has since become a Thanksgiving anthem, his only top-40 hit was a cover of Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans". His song "Massachusetts" was named the official folk song of the state in which he has lived most of his adult life. Guthrie has made several acting appearances, he is the father of four children, who have had careers as musicians. Guthrie was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of the folk singer and composer Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, his sister is the record producer Nora Guthrie. His mother was a one-time professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of the Committee to Combat Huntington's Disease, the illness from which Woody Guthrie died in 1967.
Arlo's father was from a Protestant family and his mother was Jewish. His maternal grandmother was the renowned Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt. Guthrie received religious training for his bar mitzvah from Rabbi Meir Kahane, who would go on to form the Jewish Defense League. "Rabbi Kahane was a nice, patient teacher," Guthrie recalled, "but shortly after he started giving me my lessons, he started going haywire. Maybe I was responsible." Guthrie converted to Catholicism in 1977, before embracing interfaith beliefs in his life. Guthrie attended Woodward School in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn from first through eighth grades and graduated from the Stockbridge School, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in 1965, he spent the summer of 1965 in London meeting Karl Dallas, who connected Guthrie with London's folk rock scene and became a lifelong friend of his. He attended Rocky Mountain College, in Billings, Montana, he received an honorary doctorate from Siena College in 1981 and from Westfield State College in 2008.
As a singer and lifelong political activist, Guthrie carries on the legacy of his father. He was awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience award on September 26, 1992. On Thanksgiving Day 1965, while in Stockbridge, during a break from his brief stint in college, 18-year-old Arlo Guthrie was arrested for illegally dumping on private property what he described as "a half-ton of garbage" from the home of his friends, teachers Ray and Alice Brock, after he discovered the local landfill was closed for the holiday. Guthrie and his friend, Richard Robbins, appeared in court, pled guilty to the charges, were levied a nominal fine and picked up the garbage that weekend; this littering charge would soon serve as the basis for Guthrie's most famous work, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree", a talking blues song that lasts 18 minutes and 34 seconds in its original recorded version. Guthrie has pointed out that this was the exact length of one of the infamous gaps in Richard Nixon's Watergate tapes, that Nixon owned a copy of the record.
The Alice in the song is Alice Brock, a librarian at Arlo's boarding school in the town before opening her restaurant. She opened an art studio in Provincetown, Massachusetts; the song lampoons the Vietnam War draft. However, Guthrie has stated in multiple interviews that the song is more an "anti-stupidity" song than an anti-war song, adding that it is based on a true incident. In the song, Guthrie is called up for a draft examination and rejected as unfit for military service as a result of a criminal record consisting of one conviction for the aforementioned littering. Alice and her restaurant are the subjects of the refrain, but are mentioned only incidentally in the story. Though her presence is implied at certain points in the story, Alice herself is described explicitly in the tale only when she bails Guthrie and a friend out of jail. On the DVD commentary for the 1969 movie, Guthrie stated that the events presented in the song all happened."Alice's Restaurant" was the song that earned Guthrie his first recording contract, after counterculture radio host Bob Fass began playing a tape recording of one of Guthrie's live performances of the song one night in 1967.
A performance at the Newport Folk Festival on July 17, 1967 was very well received. Soon afterward, Guthrie recorded the song in front of a studio audience in New York City and released it as side one of the album, Alice's Restaurant. By the end of the decade, Guthrie had gone from playing coffee houses and small venues to playing massive and prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Woodstock Festival. For a short period after its release in October 1967, "Alice's Restaurant" was played on U. S. college and counterculture radio stations. It became a symbol of the late 1960s, for many it defined an attitude and lifestyle that were lived out across the country in the ensuing years, its leisurely, sassy finger-picking acoustic guitar and rambling lyrics were memorized and played by irreverent youth. Many stations in the United States have a Thanksgiving Day tradition of playing "Alice's Restaurant". A 1969 film, directed and co-written by Arthur Penn, was based on the true story told in the song, but with the addition of a large number of fictional scenes.
This film called Alice's Restaurant, featured Arlo and several other figures in the song portraying themselves. The part of his father Woody Guth
Harry Dean Stanton
Harry Dean Stanton was an American actor and singer. In a career that spanned more than six decades, Stanton played supporting roles in the films Cool Hand Luke, Kelly's Heroes, The Godfather Part II, Escape from New York, Repo Man, Pretty in Pink, The Last Temptation of Christ, Wild at Heart, The Straight Story, The Green Mile, Alpha Dog and Inland Empire, he was given rare lead roles in Wim Wenders' classic Paris and Lucky, his last film. Stanton was born in West Irvine, Kentucky, to Sheridan Harry Stanton, a tobacco farmer and barber and Ersel, a cook, his parents divorced. Stanton had two younger brothers and Ralph, a younger half-brother, Stanley McKnight, his family had a musical background. Stanton attended Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky in Lexington where he performed at the Guignol Theatre under the direction of British theater director Wallace Briggs, studied journalism and radio arts. "I could have been a writer," he told an interviewer for a 2011 documentary, Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland, in which he sings and plays the harmonica.
"I had to decide if I wanted to be an actor. I was always singing. I thought if I could be an actor, I could do all of it." Briggs encouraged him to become an actor. He studied at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, where his classmates included his friends Tyler MacDuff and Dana Andrews. During World War II, Stanton served in the United States Navy, including a stint as a cook aboard the USS LST-970, a Landing Ship, during the Battle of Okinawa. Stanton appeared in indie and cult films, as well as many mainstream Hollywood productions, including Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II, Red Dawn, Alpha Dog, Pretty in Pink, Stephen King's Christine, The Green Mile, he was a favorite actor of the directors Sam Peckinpah, John Milius, David Lynch, Monte Hellman, was close friends with Francis Ford Coppola and Jack Nicholson. He was best man at Nicholson's wedding in 1962, he made his first television appearance in 1954 in Inner Sanctum. He played Stoneman in the "Have Gun - Will Travel" 1959 episode of Treasure Trail, credited under Dean Stanton.
He made his film debut in 1957 in the Western Tomahawk Trail. He appeared as a complaining BAR man at the beginning of the 1959 film Pork Chop Hill starring Gregory Peck. In 1962 he had a small part in How the West Was Won, portraying one of Charlie Gant's gang; the following year he had a minor role as a poetry-reciting beatnik in The Man from the Diner's Club. Early in his career he took the name Dean Stanton to avoid confusion with the actor Harry Stanton, his breakthrough part came with the lead role in Texas. Playwright Sam Shepard, who wrote the film's script, had spotted Stanton at a bar in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1983 while both were attending a film festival in that city; the two fell into conversation. "I was telling him I was sick of the roles I was playing," Stanton recalled in a 1986 interview. "I told him I wanted to play something of some sensitivity. I had no inkling he was considering me for the lead in his movie." Not long afterward, Shepard phoned him in Los Angeles to offer Stanton the part of the protagonist, Travis, "a role that called for the actor to remain silent... as a lost, broken soul trying to put his life back together and reunite with his estranged family after having vanished years earlier."Stanton was a favorite of film critic Roger Ebert, who said that "no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad."
However, Ebert admitted that Dream a Little Dream, in which Stanton appeared, was a "clear violation" of this rule. Stanton's television credits were extensive, including eight appearances between 1958 and 1968 on Gunsmoke, four on the network's Rawhide, three on The Untouchables, two on Bonanza, an episode of The Rifleman, he had a cameo in Two and a Half Men. Beginning in 2006, Stanton featured as Roman Grant, the manipulative leader/prophet of a polygamous sect on the HBO television series Big Love. Stanton occasionally toured nightclubs as a singer and guitarist, playing country-inflected cover tunes, he appeared in the Dwight Yoakam music video for "Sorry You Asked", portrayed a cantina owner in a Ry Cooder video for "Get Rhythm", participated in the video for Bob Dylan's "Dreamin' of You". He worked with a number of musical artists, Art Garfunkel, Kris Kristofferson among them, played harmonica on The Call's 1989 album Let the Day Begin. In 2010, Stanton appeared in an episode of the TV series Chuck, reprising his role from the 1984 film Repo Man.
In 2011, the Lexington Film League created an annual festival, the Harry Dean Stanton Fest, to honor Stanton in the city where he spent much of his adolescence. In 2012, he had brief cameos in the action comedy Seven Psychopaths, he appeared in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film The Last Stand. Stanton was the subject of a 2013 documentary, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, directed by Sophie Huber and featuring film clips, interviews with collaborators, Stanton's singing. In 2017, he appeared in Twin Peaks: The Return, a continuation of David Lynch's 1990–91 television series. Stanton re