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BP Fallon & Bob Gruen in Austin by Kate Jurkiewicz

The Band Portrait: Marketing ‘Perception’

Celebrated photographers BP Fallon, Bob Gruen, Lynn Goldsmith, Piper Ferguson plus PR maestro Ken Weinstein discuss the imagery of rock’n'roll. Moderated by ace photographer Anna Webber.

Says the SXSW site: “This year marks the 39th anniversary of the release of the Led Zeppelin album ‘Physical Graffiti’ – BP took some of the photographs of the band on the album cover and is celebrating by playing with his band at SXSW 2014 (Editors note: The Ghost Wolves do the honours) and by being on this superb panel.

“Every picture tells a story and sometimes these celebrated photographers do too. Let it rock!”

Austin Conference Centre, Room 15, 500 E Cesar Chavez St
TODAY Thurs March 13th at 2pm

See more vibey info & pix here

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BP Fallon & Cara Delevingne by Bob Gruen

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BP Fallon & Bob Gruen in LA by David Holmes

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Two people with Irish backgrounds – John Lennon, Phil Spector, members of Stevie Wonder’s band and BP Fallon, Madison Square Gardens, New York City 1972

BP Fallon appears in ‘Guth’ on TG4 tonight at 9.25pm discussing The Beatles. Three of the four Fabs are of Irish descent. BP worked at The Beatles’ Apple Records, appeared as a member of John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band on TV in England and on stage at Madison Square Gardens in New York, worked with Ringo Starr on the Marc Bolan & T.Rex movie ‘Born To Boogie’ and went on the road with Paul McCartney & Wings to write about it in their magazine ‘Club Sandwich’.

Among those also speaking in ‘Guth’ are Rod Davis of John Lennon’s skiffle group The Quarrymen, Brendan Bowyer of The Royal Showband who were supported by these up-and-coming Beatles, Peter Jay of Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers who toured with The Beatles and John McGrath of St John’s Ambulance who was on duty the night The Beatles played two shows in Dublin on Nov 7th 1963 when Ireland fell full-on under the spell of live Beatlemania. The following night, they played two shows in Belfast and everyone went bonkers again.

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Three people with Irish backgrounds. “What does ‘Guth’ mean, John?” “Well, Dusty, it’s Irish for ‘voice’”.

‘Guth’ is the documentary series that tells how the sons and daughters of Irish emigrants have changed the face of popular music. What impact, if any, did their Irish blood have on singers like Bing Crosby, John Lennon, Dusty Springfield, John Lydon, Morrissey and Marr or the Gallagher Brothers?

Would the world have heard this music if Bing Crosby’s great-grandfather had not left Cork for Canada, if John Lennon’s grandfather hadn’t taken a ship to Liverpool or John Lydon’s father had stayed in Tuam, County Galway? And how did their relationship with Ireland inform their songs?

Tonight’s ‘Guth’ on The Beatles is the final programme in this highly-lauded series.

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A bunch of benign loonies, London 1979. Photography by Chalkie Davis.

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BP Fallon being filmed for ‘Guth’ in Dublin private members club Residence

The ‘Guth’ series is produced by Bríd Seoige and directed by Dathaí Keane.

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‘Guth’ TG4 tonight 9.25pm – on your television and also here

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Snapshot! BP Fallon & The Strypes

It’s a secret no longer! BP Fallon will DJ The Strypes party after their second homecoming gig tonight at Cavan Town Hall Theatre in Co Cavan in Ireland. The aftershow will take place at Blessings Pub.

To celebrate, here are some cool pix of some faves and their vinyl…

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Ian McLagan from Small Faces/Faces/The Stones/Dylan’s band – who plays Hammond organ on The Bandits LP – receives his copy from BP

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Jimi checks out The Bandits LP

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Bill Wyman never got over not receiving given a gold record when the Stones played in Germany in 1966

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Brian Jones at home with his 45s 1965

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Brian always had the hottest new singles flown in from America before anyone else had them

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George takes his records for a spin 1964

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John Lennon ‘Roots’ LP 1975

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John & George with Stones waxings 1966

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Keep Calm -Buy BP Fallon & The Bandits album ‘Still Legal’ on vinyl here

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BP Fallon being filmed for ‘Guth’ in Dublin private members club Residence. Filming by Conor Hogan

BP Fallon appears in ‘Guth’ on TG4 tonight at 9.30pm discussing the music and life of the great Dusty Springfield.

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‘Guth’ is a new and revealing documentary series that tells how the sons and daughters of Irish emigrants have changed the face of popular music. What impact, if any, did their Irish blood have on singers like Bing Crosby, John Lennon, Dusty Springfield, John Lydon, Morrissey and Marr or the Gallagher Brothers?

Would the world have heard this music if Bing Crosby’s great-grandfather had not left Cork for Canada, if John Lennon’s grandfather hadn’t taken a ship to Liverpool or John Lydon’s father had stayed in Tuam, County Galway? And how did their relationship with Ireland inform their songs?

‘GUTH’ PROGRAMMES TG4 Thursdays 9.30pm
Tonight October 3rd – Dusty Springfield
October 10th – John Lydon
October 17th – The Smiths
October 24th – Oasis
October 31st – The Beatles
- each programme is repeated on TG4 the following Monday at 11.15pm

BP Fallon will also comment in The Beatles episode – three of the four Fabs are of Irish descent. Among those also speaking are Rod Davis of John Lennon’s skiffle group The Quarrymen, Brendan Bowyer of The Royal Showband who were supported by the up-and-coming Beatles, Peter Jay of Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers who toured with The Beatles and John McGrath of St John’s Ambulance who was on duty the night The Beatles played two shows in Dublin on Nov 7th 1963. The following night, they played two shows in Belfast. This final ‘Guth’ edition is broadcast almost 50 years to the day that Ireland fell under the spell of live Beatlemania.

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Three people with Irish backgrounds on ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ “What does ‘Guth’ mean, John?” “Well, Dusty, it’s Irish for ‘voice’”.

The ‘Guth’ series is produced by Bríd Seoige and directed by Dathaí Keane.


Ultra rare! Dusty Springfield & The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Mockingbird

Rough video quality but this is all that remains of Jimi and Dusty dueting live on the Inez & Charlie Foxx rhythm’n'blues classic ‘Mockingbird’ from ‘It Must Be Dusty’ (ATV June 13th 1968), a soulful performance wiped by ATV but filmed by a fan from the tv on 8mm camera.

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‘Guth’ TG4 tonight 9.30pm – on your television and also here

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BP Fallon getting his kicks with Ray Wylie Hubbard by Weston McGowen

BP Fallon joined Ray Wylie Hubbard and his band for an historic show at Gruene Hall – the oldest dancehall in Texas, in the little town of Gruene.

Following in the rockin’ footsteps of Jerry Lee Lewis and Bo Diddley and with Merle Haggard billed to play there shortly, our Mr Fallon joined Texas legend Ray Wylie Hubbard and his ace combo for a wild rampage through ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ with the line “I believe in marijuana” sung to the armed sheriff at the side of the stage.


All photography by Weston McGowen

Now Ray and BP are at the mic for a rumble through the Steve Stills/Buffalo Springfield finger-pointer ‘For What It’s Worth’, joined on vocals by Stewart Mann from Austin rock’n'rollers The Statesboro Revue. “There’s something happening here/But what it is ain’t exactly clear/There’s a man with a gun over there/Telling me I got to beware…” with BP adding “Guns kill!” This central Texas hill country audience, some of them go for it, cheering wildly. Others… no.

When the gig is over, BP goes up to the sheriff and shakes his hand.


BP Fallon outside Gruene Hall by Weston McGowen


Jerry Lee Lewis & Bo Diddley played Gruene Hall too!
Photography by BP Fallon

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BP Fallon recites ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ from the end of the runway at Austin Music Hall as on oblique intro to the new collection by Boudoir Queen


BP Fallon at the Austin Fashion Week Awards photographed by Patrick Meredith


Freezeframe ~ Sara Cummings at the Austin Fashion Week Awards

Video directed by Jose Jones
Special Thanks ~ BP Fallon
Additional camera Andrew Gonzalez
Music compiled by Mark Younger-Smith

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Led Zeppelin & BP Fallon ~ rare film

Posted by admin on Monday May 20, 2013 Under BP Fallon, Magic, Music, Rock'n'Roll

This NBC Nightly News report of July 31st 1973 suggests that there is a link between organised crime and the US record business, mentioning drug dealing, payola, mob connections and high living – and then reports on Led Zeppelin with rare film of the band and friends on their private plane Starship.

“The Shah Of Iran? No. J Paul Getty? No. The occupants of these limousines don’t rule countries, don’t make oil deals, they don’t even make million-dollar movies – but they live as if they did all of those things. In their 20s, they are rich, powerful, temperamental and pampered. They are The (sic) Led Zeppelin.

“To get around, Zeppelin uses a chartered 707 – the kind of plane President Nixon uses. The President’s plane doesn’t have an organ nor a fifteen-foot mirrored bar nor in the private quarters does it have two bedrooms and a fireplace. Nor does The President travel with an entourage that looks like this…”


Screengrab ~ The Media Guru on Led Zeppelin’s plane Starship 1973

Led Zeppelin ~ Traveling Riverside Blues

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Gavin Friday in Soho in New York 1996 by BP Fallon

Ireland’s Electric Picnic Music Festival has just announced the pairing of two rock’n'roll legends on the festival’s opening day in MindField Friday Aug 31st at 5pm:

Gavin Friday & BP Fallon – Fear & Loathing & Loving At Electric Picnic

“You can call it ‘Two Rock’n'Roll Tarts Have A Chinwag’ if you want’” says BP Fallon who will be in surreal conversation with Gavin Friday.

Eccentric left-field one-offs, Friday and Fallon have much in common – a love of Marc Bolan and Ghandi and an appreciation of Quentin Crisp, a healthy distain for the mainstream and an exploration of the impossible.

This will not simply be another interview in a tent – think Gavin in full flow at Mr Pussy’s and BP Fallon interviewed by Jack White – ie anything can happen – and will.

Kick off your Electric Picnic with some MindField mind warp!


Sara Cummings & BP Fallon & Isabel Jaramillo by The Bar Bat

Electric Picnic 2012
w/ The Cure, Patti Smith, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, The Killers, Orbital, Azealia Banks, Sigor Ross, Grimes, Christy Moore, Hot Chip, Elbow etc etc etc

Tickets here

Electric Picnic Music Festival, Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co. Laois, Ireland this weekend Fri Aug 31/Sat Sept 1/Sun Sept 2

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BP Fallon tales of Texas

Posted by admin on Thursday Jul 5, 2012 Under BP Fallon, Magic, Music, Rock'n'Roll, Verbal

Well, it was a mad one, last week. We’re almost recovered.


BP Fallon shakes it with Ray Wylie Hubbard and band at Threadgill’s, Austin. Screengrabs by Vanessa Smith

Last Friday BP was in Austin, this time to sing with Texas legend Ray Wylie Hubbard and Ray’s band – his son Lucas on guitar joined by Billy on guitar – at feted open-air Austin venue Threadgill’s. Under the Texas sky, BP took the stage for one of his most shakin’ versions of ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ yet, with burning guitar solos from father and son. More Fallon rockin’, more new Fallon fans.


Ray Wylie Hubbard & BP Fallon perform live on KNBT in New Braunfels, Texas. Screengrab by Kim Galusha

On the Tuesday before, BP had traveled with his Tex-Mex pals Joe King Carrasco & The Crowns to central Texas, to Tavern In The Gruene in New Braunfels for Ray Wylie Hubbard’s live KNBT radio show Roots & Branches. After Joe King and chums had a warble and a verbal, Ray interviewed our Mr Fallon in front of the live audience and then on acoustic guitar he backed BP on ‘Fame #9 (excerpt)’ into ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’. The newly-converted audience – many of whom had never before heard of BP Fallon let alone heard him sing and who quite honestly had been wondering who this weird-looking person was in the middle of Texas – they burst into wild applause that nearly knocked Fallon and Hubbard off their chairs.


Your Vibemaster, Mr Rock’n'Roll. Screengrab by Kate Jurkiewicz

Then on Saturday BP Fallon – billed as ‘Your Vibemaster, Mr Rock’n'Roll’ – was special guest and host at Austin’s Fire Fest. Featuring twenty of the hottest new Austin bands – including Fallon faves like Black Pistol Fire, The Sweet Nuthin’ and The White White Lights plus fireworks a go go – our man took the main stage and asked for the audience to be lit up before delivering an impassioned spoken word performance of ‘Fame #9′ into ‘Elvis’ that had the young punters going bonkers.


Black Pistol Fire’s Kevin McKeown guitar & BP Fallon vox at Austin Fire Fest. Screengrab by Kate Jurkiewicz

For BP’s second Fire Fest performance of the night he enlisted Black Pistol Fire guitarist Kevin McKeown to back him singing. “We’ve had some requests to do this as a song” BP announced as he and Kevin tore into a blueswailin’ ‘Elvis’ before bringing it home with the unreleased-as-yet BP Fallon & The Bandits anthem ‘Does Anyone Care What Anyone Says In Rock’n'Roll’, Kevin twanging like a mother and BP the sheik of the shake and the audience now going ape.

Then we went and lit some sparklers.

With thanks to Joe King Carrasco, Kim Galusha, Ray & Judy Hubbard, Mattson & Kim Rainer, Vanessa Smith, Kate Jurkiewicz, Weston McGowan, Kevin McKeown, Nathan Edge & the very fine Fire Fest team.

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Texas Radio And The Big Beat!


Ray Wylie Hubbard – Roots & Branches Of Americana on KNBT 92.1FM

BP Fallon will be interviewed by Texas legend Ray Wylie Hubbard this evening on KNBT.

The show is a live remote broadcast from Tavern In The Gruene in New Braunfels, Texas and can be heard in Texas on 92.1FM in the San Antonio, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Gruene and Wimberley areas.

It is also broadcast globally live on the internet
Hear KNBT live here
Ray Wylie Hubbard will interview the mighty Joe King Carrasco & The Crowns at 7pm Texas time followed by BP Fallon at 7.40pm ie 8.40pm in New York, 5.40pm in LA and 1.40am tomorrow (Wednesday) morning in Dublin and London etc.

Says BP “BP Fallon & The Bandits, we’re not an Americana band, we’re a rock’n'roll band, which is why it’s even more of an honour to have a chinwag with Ray Wylie Hubbard on his show because he’s a man with a rock’n'roll heart”. BP’s record I Believe In Elvis Presley is played regularly in the show Outlaw Country on Sirius.XM


BP Fallon & Ray Wylie Hubbard earlier this year on Red Horse Ranch near Austin by & © Brian McDermott

Hear here! Ray Wylie Hubbard Wang Dang Doodle

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