I just finished reading a behind the scenes book about life on the road with bands like the Animals, Ike and Tina Turner and Jimi Hendrix. It was written by James "Tappy" Wright, It's called Rock Roadie.In the book Tappy talks about the adventures of a young man, thrown into the world of international rock and roll, and traveling with the Animals who had their number 1 hit, House of the Rising Sun.The book has lots of fun and not so fun stories about groupies, hotel destruction and late night debauchery. In this respect it is much like other books written by people who worked with the big names in the biz. What makes this book chillingly different, is the premise that Jimi Hendrix was murdered by his then manager Michael Jefferies. Mike Jefferies was a pretty scary guy, and his main source of income was Jimi Hendrix. When Jimi threatend to change managers, Mike had him killed. It's all in the book and it's in the interview I did with Tappy a few weeks back. Check out the clip below and he will, in his own words tell you about Mike Jefferies and some other more entertaining stories about life on the road for a young man. The book is available on Amazon. Join me this Saturday for not only Jimi and Janis and Jim, but a whole 3 hours of the songs that kept the Revolution going for the up and coming generation of the 60s and early 70s.
The Animals, Circa 1964
I don't know if you remember me from ZAP but I was the office supply guy and worked with Wendy. That said.....I've been collecting vinyl for some time now and I ran across a 45 that came from an east coast collection. The record was made in Sacto, CO-RO-SOL Records. The group was The Wild Brothers. Do you have any recollection of the group?