FOR ALL STORMCOCKERS, HERE IS A LIGHTLY EDITED VERSION OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT I SENT ABOUT MY (then imminent) APPEARANCE IN EPISODE 35:
To all my Family, Friend's and Musical Acquaintances:
Somehow it has happened that I have been asked to be interviewed for "The Roy Harper Podcast," I have consented, AND I have contributed an original Song ("Model Woman"), AND "other material," both recorded in GarageBand. Episode 35 with yours truly is available for free download at www.stormcock.net and on iTunes.
"What?..." you say! No, really!
Roy Harper is celebrating his 70th birthday this year, and topping it off with a performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London on November 5th. Granted, it's not the Royal ALBERT Hall, but there are rumored to be a number of surprise musical guests for the occasion. (Roy's most famous collaborators are Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Kate Bush, his son Nick Harper...). Roy has been writing songs since the 1960's, with his amazing lyrics, vocals, guitar playing. and a seemingly endless desire to challenge all the absurdities of AUTHORITY. (After all, Roy is a great admirer of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Francisco Goya, Miles Davis...).
How does that explain ME being in the podcast? It doesn't. But as an American Fan of Roy who posts regularly on The Stormcock Forums (dedicated to fans of Roy and Nick Harper), and who owns a recently completed collection of Roy's music and two DVDs, I suppose it was inevitable.
Somehow, the Great Podmaster Paul (as I call him) is honoring me with the Final Podcast before this year's Ultimate Celebration. I will be "famous worldwide" amongst the regular subscribers and if all my contacts pick up the podcast I can add a stunning 1-2% to that total! ;-)
In America, Roy is probably still most famous for singing Pink Floyd's "Have a Cigar" and Led Zeppelin's dedicating a song to him on their third album, but don't let that influence you. Roy's written over 200 of his own songs, including many of my favorites, such as "The Game," "Hangman," "Highway Blues," and "Miles Remains." (40% are actually Love Songs.) His greatest "Hit" is the sentimental favorite "When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease."
Please enjoy and let me know what you think!
Best Wishes to All,
Jack W. Cramer