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

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’ produced by Phil Spector.

"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: John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band TOTP Feb 5th 1970

Poets Of Rhythm, Art From The Heart, People For Peace:
Yoko & John with Peter Fallon and Eamon Carr’s Tara Telephone
‘Capella’ publication, the very edition – ‘Capella 3’ – that contained the drawing that John Lennon had done for ‘Capella’ the previous year at his and Yoko’s Amsterdam Bed-In.
‘Capella 3’ cover artwork by Jim Fitzpatrick.
Yoko & John photographed 1970 by Richard DiLello.
Photograph printed 1970 by Pete Saunders for Peter Fallon.

“And we all shine on…”

Photography: A Misfit, a Teddy Bear and flowers, Strawberry Fields Central Park New York City by BP Fallon

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RIP It Up With Lou Reed

Posted by admin on Monday Oct 28, 2013 Under Art, Brown Bread x, Magic, Rock'n'Roll, Spoken Word, Timeless


Lou Reed – Rock And Roll Heart – amazing documentary 1998 (75 mins)

Rock And Roll Heart traces Lou Reed’s career from before the formation of the Velvet Underground to rock icon status to his more recent artistic endeavors. Includes rare and vintage footage plus interviews with David Bowie, John Cale, Maureen Tucker, Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, David Byrne, Jim Carroll, Dave Stewart and Philip Glass – and even Holly Woodlawn and ‘Little’ Joe Dallesandro, the drag queen and the street hustler immortalized by Reed in ‘Walk on the Wild Side’. A superb documentary – and the only one – about this hugely influential and uncompromising American artist. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders for American Masters.

God bless you, Lou. And Nico and Sterling Morrison and Andy Warhol, with love & gratitude x

From the book ‘U2 Faraway So Close’ words & photography by & ©
BP Fallon (Virgin Publishing) 1993 >>>

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Outside It’s Europe – Moe Tucker, Bono, Sterling Morrison, John Cale & Lou Reed. Photography by & © BP Fallon 1993

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The VU & Andy Warhol in LA 1966 – Nico, Andy, Moe Tucker, Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison & John Cale

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The Health And Happiness Club – Lou & Nico 1965

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David Bowie & Iggy Pop in T.Rex t-shirt & Lou Reed 1971. Photography by Mick Rock

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Peel Slowly And RIP

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Happy Birthday John Lennon

Posted by admin on Wednesday Oct 9, 2013 Under Brown Bread x, Magic, Music, Rock'n'Roll

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

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’ produced by Phil Spector.

"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: John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band TOTP Feb 5th 1970

Poets Of Rhythm, Art From The Heart, People For Peace:
Yoko & John with Peter Fallon and Eamon Carr’s Tara Telephone
‘Capella’ publication, the very edition – ‘Capella 3’ – that contained the drawing that John Lennon had done for ‘Capella’ the previous year at his and Yoko’s Amsterdam Bed-In.
‘Capella 3’ cover artwork by Jim Fitzpatrick.
Yoko & John photographed 1970 by Richard DiLello.
Photograph printed 1970 by Pete Saunders for Peter Fallon.

“And we all shine on…”

Photography: A Misfit, a Teddy Bear and flowers, Strawberry Fields Central Park New York City by BP Fallon

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The Pogues in The BPFO 1985 – Shane MacGowan, James Fearnley, Philip Chevron, Andrew Ranken, BP Fallon, Jem Finer, Cait ‘Rocky’ O’Riordan and Spider Stacy. Photography by John Cooney/RTE

In 1985, The Pogues were guests in The BP Fallon Orchestra, celebrating the release of their second LP ‘Rum, Sodomy & The Lash’.

Listen here:

The BP Fallon Orchestra Presents The Pogues In Conversation With 40 People (0ften At The Same Time) 1985

Says BP Fallon: “This BPFO was The Pogues’ ‘Bob Dylan At Newport’ and ‘Sex Pistols On Grundy’ moment. It broke them in Ireland, all the media hoo-ha about this explosive and exploding band who’d been let loose on holy RTE. That, and all the ‘Are they real? Are they authentic?’ bollocks that it spawned. Teetering on anarchy all the way through, it was a wild programme then and it’s even wilder now. Perfect”.

In 1985 the band confronted an inquisitorial panel of traditional musicians and rock journalists on leading disc jockey BP Fallon’s radio show, where they were roundly rebuked for their retrograde version of Irishness. On that occasion, former Planxty member Noel Hill dismissed their music (along with the whole ballad tradition represented by The Clancy Brothers and The Dubliners) as ‘a terrible abortion of Irish music’.
‘Outrageous Fortune: Capital And Culture In Modern Ireland’ by Joe Cleary (2007)

In an interview with BP Fallon on Irish radio in 1985, sections of the press and a group of traditionalists hurled insults and expletives at the group.
‘Film, Media And Popular Culture In Ireland: Cityscapes, Landscapes, Soundscapes’ by Martin McLoone (2000)

Hosted by DJ and good vibes specialist BP Fallon, it featured a studio panel of journalists, traditional musicians and fans. With The Pogues on one side, the inquisition on the other and barely a drop of drink between them…
‘The Pogues: The Lost Decade’ by Ann Scanlon (1988)

The audience – Noel Hill is a traditional musician, Jack Costello played bass in Granny’s Intentions. Donie Cassidy was a showband manager and Irish Senator, Joe Ambrose, Sam Smyth and Brian Trench were and are respected journalists. The rest are members of the public, music fans, early Pogues fans, who’d won tickets.

This legendary BPFO also gave birth to this Pogues track ‘Planxy Noel Hill’ – named after one of their BPFO inquisitors:

The Pogues – Planxy Noel Hill

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God bless Philip Chevron June 17th 1957 – Oct 8th 2013
– photographed here in the Pogues BPFO by Eve Homes/RTE
– a truly lovely man, not only a member of The Pogues
but before that The Radiators From Space
RIP, Philip x

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Marc Bolan – ‘The Final Word’ – BBC TV documentary 2007 (Ihr 18mins)

BP Fallon speaks in this excellent in-depth BBC TV documentary on Marc Bolan’s extraordinary life and times – and how Marc changed the face of rock’n’roll for ever. Narrated by Suzi Quatro, also appearing are Marc’s girlfriend Gloria Jones, Marc’s brother Harry Feld, Marc’s childhood friend the photographer Richard Young, the great T.Rex record producer Tony Visconti, fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, Steve Harley of Cockney Rebel and – on archive footage – Marc’s earliest supporter John Peel.

‘Marc Bolan – The Final Word’ is produced by Mark Tinkler. Executive producer Stuart Watts.

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Timeless – BP Fallon as Old Father Time & Marc Bolan as himself, London 1970. Photography by Spud Murphy.

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Worship – Johnny Ramone (extreme left) & Joey Ramone meet their hero Marc Bolan, London 1977. Photography by & © Richard Young.

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Marc time – Camille Goes T.Rex. Photography by & © BP Fallon

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A magical man…

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