Friday, November 01, 2019

Desert sessions

One minute I was carving a Halloween pumpkin, the next Sonic Youth's Bad Moon Rising was playing in my head, the next I was watching (for the first time) the footage of the band's January 1985 performance in the Mojave Desert as part of a gig billed as the Gila Monster Jamboree. The performance of 'Death Valley '69' in particular is something special.

This Dangerous Minds post by Oliver Hall tells the story of the legendary "not-totally-legal" show, whose line-up also featured Meat Puppets, Redd Kross and Perry Farrell's pre-Jane's Addiction band Psi Com and whose audience had ingested a lot of LSD.

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