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

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BP Fallon tambourine, Yoko Ono conceptualist, Klaus Voorman bass guitar, John Lennon vocals/piano, Alan White drums

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Hope ~ BP Fallon & Yoko Ono

“And we all shine on…”

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BP Fallon presents Ian McLagan with his copies of the BP Fallon & The Bandits LP & CD on which Mac plays. Photography by Crystal Bauer

BP Fallon writes:
I can’t get my head around it, that this most vibey and energetic of men is… gone.

We became friends yonks ago ~ Mac said it was in 1967 ~ when I interviewed the Small Faces in London as we whizzed around Hyde Park in a mini-moke and had a smoke or two. “I know BP Fallon since before he had a hat” Mac used to say. Listen, you’d never meet a more tremendous guy, a warmer person. Miles of smiles. Totally a diamond geezer. And when he played his magical Hammond organ on our Bandits album it was such an honour, such a thrill. I mean, Small Faces & Faces & Stones & Dylan’s band and onwards to our little combo! C’mon!

Mac, thank you for your music and your friendship and the laughter. Please give my love to your beloved Kim. Bobby’s just ahead of you ~ he’s probably blowing with Steve and Ronnie already. It’s not goodbye ~ it’s till we meet again. And love to you, always x

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Ian McLagan & Bandit Nigel Harrison in Red Horse Ranch Studio, Austin, Texas during the recording of the BP Fallon & The Bandits album ‘Still Legal’. Photography by Radek

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Ian McLagan playing Hammond organ for BP Fallon & The Bandits. Photography by Radek


Ian McLagan playing his Hammond on ‘The War To Fight For Love’ ~ dig when he blasts in at 2.37 !!!

Aaron Lee Tasjan of BP Fallon & The Bandits writes on Facebook:
Mac. I still remember calling my manager on the phone to say, “Man, Ian McLagan is coming into our BP Fallon & The Bandits session and I have to produce him and I’m so nervous.” But when Mac came in, he was so kind to me and made me feel completely at ease and made me realize you don’t say or do anything when you work with a guy like Mac. You just sit back and learn how it’s done… which is exactly what I did. The man was pure as pure could be musically and as a person. Any rock’n’roll fan has benefited from his work and contributions to music. Here’s to Ian McLagan: A man who found a way to go straight from his heart to his instrument to your soul. You really couldn’t do any better.

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Two Dodgy Geezers having a laugh. Photography by Radek

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Two Dodgy Geezers still laughing. Photography by Radek

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More Dodginess ~ Mac tries to sell us some dodgy LP that he plays on. Photography by BP Fallon

Ian McLagan May 12th 1945 – Dec 3rd 2014
One of the greatest piano & organ players in rock’n’roll ever.
And one of the nicest guys too.
Mac, we miss you already…

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John Lennon (vocals/piano) & BP Fallon (bass guitar/backing vocals) ~ “Like the moon and the stars and the sun…”

“Happy Birthday, John ~ I wish you were down here. We sure could use you on this battered but still amazing planet, use your rock’n’roll and your humour and your people-power. God bless you, dear magical Dr Winston O’Boogie. Rest In Peace. And thank you for being such an upful influence on my life and on millions of others too. I miss you & I love you x”
~ BP Fallon, Austin, Texas Oct 9th 2014

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 and video 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

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 1969 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.


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

“And we all shine on…”

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Marc Bolan & BP Fallon London 1970. Photography by Barrie Wentzell

Marc Bolan died 37 years ago today. He was 29 years of age and rocking.
Marc Bolan September 30th 1947 – September 16th 1977

TO SAY I LOVED MARC BOLAN WOULD BE UNTRUE

I LOVE HIM

A PERFECT MAN? NO

A MAGIC MAN? YES

MARC HAD A ROCK’N’ROLL HEART AND STYLE AND FLASH

AND HE KNEW HOW TO MAKE THE GIRLS CRY IN HAPPINESS

THERE’S MORE OF COURSE BUT THAT’LL DO FOR NOW

KEEP ON CHOOGLING, MARC

YOU ARE HERE FOREVER

I LOVE YOU

-BP Fallon x

First published Sept 16 2012

Marc Bolan & T.Rex with BP Fallon – left – on congas and backing vocals – ‘Hot Love’, Germany 1971

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BP Fallon & T.Rex – Marc Bolan & Mickey Finn & Bill Legend & Steve Currie – Milan 1971. Marc, Mickey and Steve RIP. This image found via Facebook by Karen Bond.


BP Fallon & Mickey Finn & Marc Bolan get their Ottos in Munich 1972


BP Fallon & Marc Bolan during the recording of ‘The Slider’ at Chateau D’Herouville France 1972. Photography by Record Mirror

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BP Fallon & Jeff Dexter & Marc Bolan & Boomtown Rats Johnnie Fingers & Bob Geldof outside the ‘Marc’ tv studios Manchester 1977. Photography by Kevin Cummins


T.Rex Hot Love screengrabs: BP Fallon & Marc Bolan
on the German TV show Hits A Go Go 1971

God bless you, Marc. Your boogie continues…
And God bless Mickey Finn and Steve Currie too.

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On the 23rd anniversary of the death of the great Johnny Thunders, we present this reflective and moving piece by his former manager BP Fallon. From the book ‘My Generation: Rock’n’Roll, An Imperfect History’ (Lilliput Press 1996).

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Johnny Thunders in Dublin 1990 by & © BP Fallon

BYE BYE JOHNNY
by BP Fallon 1996

The New York Dolls, particularly their gutter peacock guitarist Johnny Thunders, they were gods to the whole of 1976 punk, and The Sex Pistols, The Clash, they carved themselves from the shadows of Iggy And The Stooges, Lou Reed and The Velvets, Bolan and Bowie and The MC5 and a boy called Johnny.

You meet Johnny in 1972 in the after midnight of a dentist’s surgery in Harlem. He’s a flash peacock in rags of glitter, platform boots and a jet-black plumage of shoulder-length backcombed hair as if a buzzard has been nesting on his head. On-stage upstairs at Max’s his streetwise Italian face pouts as he poses, a cross between Keef Richard and an urban subterranean gutter glam outlaw. A punk. Plus of course Johnny plays the bestest, most exciting, powerful vicious guitar in town.

Come ’76 The Dolls have collapsed in a storm of too much drink and too many drugs, rejected at large for their Neanderthal rock’n’roll, and Johnny is in England fronting The Heartbreakers, he and The Dolls’ second drummer Jerry Nolan. The first, Billy Murcia, he accidently OD’d on Mandrax. Johnny and Jerry, they’re junkies and they celebrate their stupidity with songs like ‘Chinese Rocks’ and ‘Too Much Junkie Bizness’. The Heartbreakers collapse.

At a party for Patti Smith, Johnny Thunders asks you to be his manager. Listen, heroin is the horrors, the darkest of darknesses, a hole into which junkies pour their very life. If you wanted an ad against heroin, Johnny Thunders was it to a T. A rock’n’roll genius turned into shambolic mess. We managed some gigs at The Speakeasy, Steve Jones and Paul Cook from The Sex Pistols playing with their hero. Sid Vicious got up once. He idolized Johnny and wanted to form a group with him called The Junkies. One gig was billed as ‘The Living Dead’.

In interviews, Johnny has kindly said that I was responsible for putting together his best LP, the album ‘So Alone’. Loyal musicians who lent their support came from The Sex Pistols, The Only Ones, The Heartbreakers, even Traffic. Chrissie Hynde sang backing vocals. On the storming version of Derek Martin’s R&B classic ‘Daddy Rolling Stone’, first Johnny, then Phil Lynott, then Steve Marriott sing a verse. Phil, he was concerned at Johnny’s health. “He’s too out of it, knowarramean?” And then there was Johnny’s most beautiful, sensitive tragic song. It was titled ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory’ but Johnny, he always sang it “You can’t put your arm around a memory”. Christ, Johnny.

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BP Fallon & Johnny Thunders 1990 by Paul Murphy

Sunday afternoon at the tail-end of April 1990 and Johnny is over at your house. He’s been in Ireland a week or so and the previous night appeared in Dublin at the New Inn. Naturally, it was chaotic. And sad. And brilliant sometimes, like when Johnny’s into a rambling blues and he’s saying “And there’s you kids, the reason, the reason why. I tell ya, if it wasn’t for the kids!” and the guitar, it cries, a flurry of notes weeping the blues. Johnny is playing his heart out.

Sunday afternoon, sunny, we sit here and play records and talk and Johnny plays a tape of some new stuff he’s recorded.

Heroin? Naw, he’s just on methadone now he says, gets it on prescription. Doesn’t do heroin, no not never. Well… hardly ever.

He’s hoping for a record deal somewhere. His wife Julie is back in Michigan with the kids, has been for years. He’d been living with his girlfriend Susanne in Sweden but that … well, that isn’t happening either.

And then you put on The Shangri-La’s song ‘Give Him a Great Big Kiss’ from Johnny’s So Alone album and Patti Palladin, her voice all Noo York sass like all of The Ronettes chewing gum, she teases “Well I hear she’s pretty bad” and Johnny, he responds “Well she’s good bad but she’s not evil”, and sitting here now Johnny’s lived-in face, the mouth grins lopsidedly and there’s a twinkle from under the drooping eyelids and for a moment he looks so happy and so vulnerable, the wounded artist touching the sunlight for a moment and you understand again why you love him.

Johnny’s leaving now, leaving for the airport. He has no home, no number. Says maybe he’ll go to New York after he’s played in London, maybe go back to Paris. Says he’d like maybe to live in New Orleans.

Johnny gathers his plastic bag of medications and in the street we hug. Once, he’d had a muscled torso like Iggy. Now underneath his pinstriped suit he seems suddenly frail. This battered artist who sings from the slums of his soul is on the home run.

Six days short of a year later, Johnny Thunders is in New Orleans. He’s just done a tour of Japan. Two days ago he’s recorded with the group Die Toten Hosen, recorded his Heartbreakers favourite ‘Born To Lose’. He’s thirty-eight years old. And he’s dead. The police find vials of methadone, and in the toilet a syringe. The coroner’s report says the cause of death may have been drug-related.

Bye bye Johnny.

– BP Fallon 1996

Johnny Thunders July 15th 1952 – April 23rd 1991
Billy Murcia October 9th 1951 – November 6th 1972
Jerry Nolan May 7th 1946 – January 14th 1992
Arthur Kane February 3rd 1949 – July 13th 2004
plus
Chris Wood June 24th 1944 – July 12th 1983
Phil Lynott August 20th 1949 – January 4th 1986
Steve Marriott January 30th 1947 – April 20th 1991
John ‘Irish’ Earle 1944 – May 8th 2008
RIP

The new movie ‘Looking For Johnny’
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‘Looking For Johnny’ – The Legend Of Johnny Thunders

with
Marky Ramone – Ramones
Sylvain Sylvain – New York Dolls
Lenny Kaye – The Patti Smith Group
Alan Vega – Suicide
Walter Lure – The Heartbreakers
Peter Perret – The Only Ones
John Perry – The Only Ones
Rick Rivits – member of band that became The New York Dolls
Frank Infante – Blondie
Marty Thau RIP – New York Dolls manager
BP Fallon – manager of solo ‘So Alone’ Johnny Thunders
Leee Black Childers RIP – manager of Johnny in The Heartbreakers
Bob Gruen – photographer/creator of Dolls movie ‘All Dolled Up’
Nina Antonia – Johnny’s biographer with ‘In Cold Blood’
Sammy Yaffa – Hanoi Rocks/played with Johnny & Jerry Nolan/was member of reformed Dolls
Terry Chimes – The Clash/Johnny’s band

Produced by Phyllis Stein/Patrick Grandperret/Jiff Wilson/Johnny Black/Tomoko Keats/Stephanie Rachel

Written & directed by Danny Garcia


Johnny Thunders – Alone In A Crowd
Taken from the new Johnny Thunders documentary ‘Looking For Johnny’ (2014)

‘Looking For Johnny’
– promo screenings and film festivals, more dates will be added asap:

MAY 3 – CHICAGO/ CIMM FESTIVAL
MAY 5 – NYC / ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
MAY 9 – TORONTO/ CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK
MAY 11 – ARLINGTON, MA / THE REGENT THEATRE
MAY 15 – GLOUCESTER, MA/ CAPE ANN CINEMA
MAY 17 – WASHINGTON DC / GALA THEATRE
MAY 22 – NEW ORLEANS / ZEITGEIST
MAY 23 – DALLAS / TEXAS THEATRE
MAY 24 – LOS ANGELES / DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT
MAY 27 – SAN FRANCISCO / ROXIE THEATRE
JUNE 5 – LONDON/ PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA
JUNE 7/8 – STOCKHOLM / BIO RIO
JUNE 10 – LUND / BIOGRAFEN KINO
JUNE 11 – GOTHENBURG / FILM ROY
JUNE 21 – ATHENS / MIKROKOSMOS THEATRE
JUNE 27 – MADRID / TRANSMISSIONS FESTIVAL
JULY 5 – BARCELONA / TRANSMISSIONS FESTIVAL

Check with cinemas/ festivals’ websites for screening times. And keep an eye on the ‘Looking For Johnny’ page on FB

LAMF!!!

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