Links to Artists Featured in Urban Spacemen & Wayfaring Strangers

Web pages devoted to even the most arcane music artists are sprouting all the time. Thus this can't purport to be a definitive list of every page that might have been devised for the 19 artists in the book, but it's a start. If there are other pages related to artists in the book that could be listed here, you can email the author with the relevant info.

Also note that some of the most "popular" artists covered in Urban Spacemen & Wayfaring Strangershave not one but several Internet fan sites, with more no doubt on the way. That's not a surprise with Tim Buckley, say, but if and when some of these cult icons catch on in a big way, you can expect more such pages to mushroom. Of course, web sites devoted to the same artist often duplicate each other's information, discographies, news updates, etc.

So in cases where there are numerous web sites for the same artist, I've usually limited myself to listing one or two. These will almost always have links to other sites, and with a little time and navigation, you should be able to find almost anything on the Internet that's specifically devoted to the artist in question.

The Beau Brummels: A timeline, interviews, news, profiles of individual band members, FAQs, and links to some other sites with info on these San Francisco folk-rock pioneers.

The Bonzo Dog Band: Mammoth discography of both the group and solo projects, information about radio/TV/film appearances, and dozens of links to access more information about these clowns than you suspected existed, including detailed articles and home pages for Bonzos Neil Innes and Vivian Stanshall. There's even an interview with brief Bonzo Dog member Joel Druckman if you look hard enough. This is one of those sites that you could explore for days if you're so inclined.

Arthur Brown: His official home page  has complete discography, lots of pix, tour news, a few articles, mailing list, and message board. The discography has a slim bootleg section that mentions a "Trail of the Gremlin" bootleg series consisting of ten double CDs (only the first two of these are reviewed). Is that for real?

Tim Buckley: Bio, articles, concert reviews, discography, links, even guitar tablatures for his songs. The articles section is especially valuable, with the text from literally dozens of previously published stories on Buckley, dating back to the late 1960s. A stunning site, really, one of the best out there, with a goldmine of resources for those wanting to learn more about the singer-songwriter. Also worthwhile is the simply named

The Electric Prunes: History, discography, current updates on reissues and reunions, and interviews with most of the original band members. Very thorough and informative; this is one of the best web sites out there for any '60s cult band.

The Fugs: Check out these interviews with Fugs Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg on the Perfect Sound Forever website, which also has one with another Fug, Ken Weaver.

Bobby Fuller: A biography, discography, bibliography, and filmography are on this growing website, with clips of his scant film appearances.

Randy Holden: The site for the guitarist for (at various points) Blue Cheer, Sons of Adam, the Other Half, and the Fender IV, overseen by Randy himself. Includes discography, link to complete transcript of the interview he did for the chapter in Urban Spacemen & Wayfaring Strangers, message board, news on his current recording projects, and easy ways to correspond with him via email and order his music.

Kaleidoscope:This new site devoted to the overlookedband of unparalleled folk-rock eclecticism is quite good, including lengthy transcripts of interviews done with Kaleidoscope's Chris Darrow and Chester Crill by this author. Getting more off the beaten track, there's an interview with non-member Alex Shackelford, who wrote one of the band's better songs, "I Found Out." Also news, vintage photos, and links to a wide variety of surprising Kaleidoscope-related ephemera, like Wall of Voodoo's Stan Ridgeway's recollections of taking guitar lessons from David Lindley in 1966. Chris Darrow's website has plenty of info about all of his recording and musical activities, including of course the ones he undertook as a member of Kaleidoscope.

The Left Banke: is an excellent website with more session info, interview excerpts, vintage articles, photos, and assorted trivia about the Left Banke than you realized existed. Another, different Left Banke fan page does its best to scrounge for every possible morsel of information about a band that's been surprisingly difficult to find and interview considering their high (if brief) commercial profile in late 1966 and early 1967. That means cobbling together some interviews with people who barely knew them, saw them, or were just influenced by them, but some of those stories -- like engineer Les Fradkin remembering his encounters with members in the 1970s -- are pretty entertaining.

Fred Neil: A discography, bio, and a few articles on the enigmatic folk-rock recluse, including an account from a fan who actually tried to track him down in Florida, and did succeed in talking with someone who knows him well.

The Rationals: Well, ain't that somethin': a web page with snazzy graphix from one of the least well known bands in the book. Complete discography, pictures, reprints of their old press bios, and MP3s of Rationals music.

Shel Talmy: The producer's new web site has a discography of his more notable productions and a link right back to my page with the transcript of our interview covering his career. You can contact him through the site if you're interested in engaging his services for new recordings. There are also details of the release agreement he has reached, after years of stalemate, with MCA Records for the spring 2002 release of the 1965 sessions he did with the Who.

Dino Valenti: The Quicksilver Messenger Service fan page has a section devoted to one-time member Valenti, including the text of Ben Fong-Torres' article on the singer-songwriter from the February 1, 1969 issue of Rolling Stone. There are also engrossing interviews with Quicksilver members Gary Duncan and David Freiberg, in which they talk about Valenti some, and a great deal about the Quicksilver Messenger Service's entire career. A very good site, recommended whether you're looking for Valenti or Quicksilver stuff.

General Resources:

The All Music Guide is the most comprehensive on-line database of album reviews and artist biographies. It includes innumerable 1960s albums and artists, many of them quite obscure, and many of the entries penned by this author. News and information about '60s garage bands, including three interviews per month with former members, covering both groups that had hits and more obscure ones that never broke out of their region or town.

The Acid Archives: Thousands of reviews of obscure North American psychedelic, garage, and folk-rock-related albums from the 1960s and 1970s (also available in book form). Its parent site, Lysergia, has additional information about psychedelic rock and interviews with psychedelic rock musicians.

Also check links to cult artists of the 1960s and other eras on this site's page of links to musicians covered in Unknown Legends of Rock'n'Roll.

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