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BP Fallon & Jimmy Page NYC Nov 2014. Photography by & © Bob Gruen

Celebrated rock’n’roll photographer Bob Gruen is always in the right place at the right time.

Jimmy Page was doing a public interview with John Varvatos at the John Varvatos store which is on the site of CBGBs on New York’s Bowery.

Bob Gruen snapped Jimmy and former Led Zeppelin publicist BP Fallon hanging out backstage.

Says Bob: “There are three rules to being a good photographer ~ and the first one is ‘Always carry a camera'”.

Page & Fallon first met in 1966 at MGM’s Elstree Studios outside London when they were both in the “Swinging Sixties” Antonioni film ‘Blow Up’ ~ Jimmy was a Yardbird and BP was an extra in The Yardbirds famous club scene where Jimmy’s fellow-guitarist Jeff Beck smashes his guitar ~ view here:

The Yardbirds ~ with guitarists Jeff Back & Jimmy Page ~ in ‘Blow Up’

Led by remaining Yardbird Jimmy Page, The New Yardbirds were completed by Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham before this stunning new band formed by Jimmy was named Led Zeppelin. BP Fallon became their publicist.

Bob Gruen first came into the Led Zeppelin picture when he photographed the band on tour in America in 1973.

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Jimmy Page & BP Fallon eight miles high on Led Zeppelin’s private jetliner ‘Starship’ 1973. Photography by & © Bob Gruen

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That timeless iconographic image ~ Led Zeppelin and their plane ‘Starship’ 1973 by & © Bob Gruen

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BP Fallon & Imelda May ~ What The Papers Say

Posted by admin on Saturday Oct 18, 2014 Under BP Fallon, Magic, Music, Rock'n'Roll, Spoken Word

ACL Live Shot: Imelda May
Dublin rockabilly turns in a Kustom Kar set and owns the place

by Tim Stegall, The Austin Chronicle
All photography here by Nathan Edge

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BP Fallon introduces Imelda May poetically at ACL, Texas

Graciously, church was in session inside the Zilker tent. A sermon preached by rock’n’roll consultant BP Fallon, ‘I Believe in Elvis Presley’ (“I believe in rockabilly and rock’n’roll”) improvised its climax: “I believe in Imelda May.” One force of nature thus made way for another.

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With May’s crackerjack band setting a gravedigger groove, the Dublin-born rockabilly sensation slinked out in a form-fitting, black-striped dress, hair piled high. Her husband Darell Higham laid down fat, reverb-drenched Eddie Cochran figures from a big, orange, hollow-body guitar as the rhythm section crackled.

Meanwhile, May oozed sultry tones suggesting Wanda Jackson on a Billie Holiday bender…

Read the rest of Tim Stegall’s terrific piece in The Austin Chronicle

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Imelda & her ace band on stage at ACL, Texas

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After the show… the lady who “owned ACL Fest” & some geezer

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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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BP Fallon headlines at ABGB in Austin this Friday Oct 10th.

And we are delighted to confirm that joining him for their performance together will be BP Fallon & The Bandits guitar ace Aaron Lee Tasjan.

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The show is presented by Saustex Records and is part of the two-weekender Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta.

The evening is a benefit for Team Blixa and The National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Also playing at ABGB on Friday are Pocket Fishrmen, Gay Sportscasters, Churchwood and Painted Redstarts.

BP Fallon & Aaron Lee Tasjan ~ the writers of ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ ~ have a strum and a warble through their underground classic

FRIDAY OCT 10TH at ABGB in Austin
1305 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704 tel +1 512 298 2242
BP & Aaron stage time 9pm

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Aaron Lee Tasjan & BP Fallon get a vibe going. Photography by Radek

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Two Dodgy Geezers. Photography by Steven Stone/MILK

:)

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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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