Linda Ronstadt appeared on CBS Sunday Morning last weekend and it was sad to see her dealing with the effects of Parkinson’s Disease. She no longer can sing, but there are the recordings including this newly discovered and released live performance, which is her first on record.
The boomer generation is firmly out of cultural control and rock is pretty much dead—not in terms of interest but in the same way big band music is dead—though back in 1980 when this Linda Ronstadt concert was produced and recorded for an HBO special, boomer power peaked.
One of the Anthony Wilson-shot photographs in the coffee table quality photobook housed within Songs and Photographs’s handsome, textured paper slipcase— along with the jacketed 180 gram LP (Goat Hill Recordings GHR-005)—is of a church’s red brick back wall, in front of which are three gravestones. The late afternoon sun casts against the wall three long offset shadows.
Songs and Photographs
Goat Hill Recordings GHR-005 180 LP+ Photobook
Joe Harley and Anthony Wilson
You know those records that “got away”? The ones you saw in the bins when they first were released that you mean to buy but somehow didn’t? One for me was Peter Walker’s Rainy Day Raga on Vanguard.
Harmony Rockets With Special Guest Peter Walker
Tompkins Square TSQ 5555 LP
Jonathan & Grasshopper
Gary Hobish (lacquers cut by "JLM")