NOT AFRAID

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Screengrab – Marcia Ball & BP Fallon & Irma Thomas in the ‘We Are Not Afraid’ video

BP Fallon joins Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, Chuck D, Iggy Pop, Nile Rodgers, Debbie Harry, Bob Gruen, Robert De Niro, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Steve Earle, Dr John, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye and many many more to pledge support for a project aiding the refugee crisis.

Says BP “I’m honoured to be a part of this initiative”. Fallon met Nigerian artist Majek Fashek – whose song ‘We Are Not Afraid’ soundtracks the campaign – in 1991, when he traveled to Nigeria to spend time with the mythical singer they called ‘The Rainmaker’.

Video directed by Kevin Godley and produced by Ned O’Hanlon and soundtracked by Nigerian singer Majek Fashek’s song ‘We Are Not Afraid’.

All proceeds generated from the ‘We Are Not Afraid’ campaign will benefit the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and International Rescue Committee (IRC)

See the ‘We Are Not Afraid’ site for full details.

What Rolling Stone Magazine says about ‘We Are Not Afraid’

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Superb audio documentary on the life and rhymes of BP Fallon, with BP’s free-spirited attitude to life peppered with mentions of Henrdix, Bolan and Beatles to Dylan, Van Morrison and The Strypes plus his own music and beyond (30 mins).

‘BP Fallon – A Sonic Life Adventure’
Produced by Sian O’Gorman RTÉ Radio 1

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BP performs on tv Dec 31st (Thurs) on ‘The Best Of The Imelda May Show’

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Imelda May & BP Fallon have a chinwag in Texas. Photography by Nathan Edge

Additional photography by Christopher Durst (top) & Brian Birzer (middle) 🙂

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Two Dodgy Geezers – BP Fallon & Ian Dempsey photography by Patrick Haughey

Listen to BP Fallon interviewed by Ian Dempsey on TodayFM, talking about everything from Marc Bolan to Miley Cyrus and The Strypes to Emma Lou

 

Remember –
BP Fallon’s New Year’s Eve Wang Dang Doodle on TodayFM –
Dec 31st 2015 at 9pm GMT to 1am Jan 1st 2016 –
the last show of this year & the first of the next 🙂

TodayFM

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John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band 1970: John Lennon & Yoko Ono & Mal Evans & BP Fallon. Photography by Ron Howard/Redferns courtesy of Guitar World.

“So it’s John Lennon’s 75th Birthday, God bless him. I’m very sad he’s not here and I’m very glad that he was. Glad? John Lennon changed my life, he changed everything for so many people, he and The Beatles and beyond. The world will never be the same, thanks to John and his chums.

“And yet… Give Peace A Chance. Yes please. We need it now as much as ever – wars all over our battered yet still blessed planet, lunatics rushing around with guns, this uncertain globe melting from greed and stupidity.

“Did John Lennon save the world? No. But he gave it a try in his naive and magical way, Dr Winson O’Boogie from Liverpool, England, with his guitar and his music and his aspirational and inspirational thoughts.

“Was he perfect? No. Strangely strange but oddly normal, a fallible human being like all of us, not some deity but an enormously special and gifted rock’n’roller who reached out. John, thank you. We love you. Rest in peace”
– BP Fallon, October 9th 2015

John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band and the classic performance of Instant Karma on BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops Feb 12th 1970.

Left to right – John Lennon [vocals & piano], Yoko Ono [knitting & Kotex eyewear], the Beatles’ road manager Mal Evans [tambourine], BP Fallon [bass guitar & hat], the Apple Records official House Hippy Richard DiLello [camera], Klaus Voorman [bass guitar] and Alan White [drums].

"Instant Karma's gonna get you..."

The following week John Lennon was to be heard being interviewed on BBC radio by Emperor Rosko and telling his host “BP Fallon playing the bass guitar, that’s concept art”.

“I can’t play bass” says BP today, laughing, “but it’s better than whacking a tambourine into John’s left ear and almost putting him off his singing”. Which – as our next two pictures show – is what BP did the previous week on the Top Of The Pops of February 5th 1970…

‘Instant Karma’ produced by Phil Spector.

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John Lennon, Phil Spector, members of Stevie Wonder’s band and BP Fallon, Madison Square Gardens, New York City 1972

John Lennon: October 9th 1940 – December 8th 1980 RIP
“I believe in Dr Winston”

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Happy Happy 70th Birthday Debbie Harry x
BP Fallon & Debbie Harry at Electric Picnic, Ireland 2014. Photography by Radek

Happy Happy 70th Birthday Debbie Harry !!!

We’re always touched by your presents, dear…

BP Fallon & Debbie Harry first met in London in 1977, introduced by Blondie’s English bass-player Nigel Harrison with whom BP had worked in 1972/1973 with the magnificent ripped-velvet roses-in-the-gutter punk group Silverhead. Blondie were doing their first-ever UK tour, supporting Television.

Here we present a unique collection of photographs of these two rock’n’roll legends Debbie & BP… and friends including former New York Doll David Johansen, BP Fallon & The Bandits whose lineup includes Nigel Harrison & Clem Burke from Blondie plus Aaron Lee Tasjan, Scott Asheton from The Stooges God bless him, Barry Cadogan from Primal Scream… and also here, The Strypes.. and even Ben E King, God bless him too.

Picture this!

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Debbie in Dublin 2011. Photography by BP Fallon

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Debbie in her dressing-room at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash NYC 2001. Photography by BP Fallon

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Two Dolls – David Johansen & Debbie perform at the at The 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute, New York City 2014. Photography by BP Fallon

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Stand By Me – Ben E King & Debbie at The 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute, New York City 2014. Photography by BP Fallon

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BP & Debbie chinwagging outside the Blondie exhibition at The Chelsea Hotel Gallery NYC 2014. Photography by Bob Gruen

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Blondie ‘Parallel Lines’ photo-session out-take 1977 – Nigel Harrison (bass guitar) & Frank Infante (guitar) & Chris Stein (guitar) & Debbie Harry (vocals) & Clem Burke (drums) & Jimmy Destri (keyboards). Photography by Edo Bertoglio

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No Debbie – BP Fallon & The Bandits’ very first gig, Austin 2010 – Aaron Lee Tasjan (guitar) & Clem Burke (drums) & BP Fallon (vocals) & Nigel Harrison (bass guitar). Photography by Bob Gruen

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Blondie – Union City Blue 45 written by Debbie Harry/Nigel Harrison – Nigel Harrison & Chris Stein & Clem Burke & Jimmy Destri & Frank Infante & Debbie Harry, New York 1979

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BP Fallon & The Bandits 2013 – Nigel Harrison & Aaron Lee Tasjan & BP Fallon & Barry Cadogan & Scott Asheton RIP & Clem Burke. Photography by Christopher Durst

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Debbie & Clem. Photographer unknown

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BP & Debbie, Austin 2014. Photography by Linda Carbone

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Charlotte Kemp Muhl & BP Fallon at Blondie, Austin 2014. Photography by Glen Brown

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Clem & Debbie & The Strypes

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BP Fallon & The Strypes with Clem – Ross Farrelly (guitar/backing vocals) & BP Fallon (vocals) & Josh McClorey (guitar/backing vocals) & hidden Evan Walsh (drums) & Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar) & Clem Burke (cowbell) – Lou Reed Tribute Concert, Austin 2014. Photography by Christopher Durst

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One Dodgy Geezer – Electric Picnic in Ireland. Photography by Radek

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Debbie Harry In The Flesh. Photography by Chris Stein

xxx

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