Eddie, Rick, Bonnie & Clyde

Jesse Sublett, Austin author & musician

Bonnie Parker had her moments, but even in the best of them, not nearly as pretty as young Faye Dunaway

Congrats to Richard Linklater, Patricia Arquette and everyone associated with Boyhood, recognized at Golden Globes 2015. Oh, let’s not forget Marco Perella and Barbara Chisholm, who have parts in the film and whom I have worked with in the past (Marco Perella: I cowrote Deep in the Heart, which we adapted from the stage play; Barbara Chisholm: I wrote the original play script for “Marathon,” which has gone on to other permutations and which is legally supposed to be unrelated to my original work). And I’ll always appreciate Richard Linklater’s blurb for my memoir Never the Same Again. He wrote:

Jesse’s odyssey of growing up in a small Texas town with a head full of big ideas, and his relentless drive to take them in the direction of his artistic intuition, is a moving story that captures an important cultural moment. Having grown up in Huntsville, Texas, I can really relate. Surviving the horrible murder of his girlfriend in 1976, and going from punk rock to fatherhood, his story becomes a universal one, and he makes it sing with authenticity. — RICHARD LINKLATER, director of Boyhood, Slacker, Dazed & Confused, etc.

But Austin is still a small town in a lot of ways and sometimes it seems like everybody in one business or another knows everybody else and we’ve all worked together, yukked it up backstage together, had each other’s toddler throw up on our fresh-pressed black suit. By the way I loved the photo book on Boyhood, which I reviewed last month in the Austin Chronicle.

Bonnie Parker, the infamous outlaw partner of Clyde Barrow, had been an aspiring actress and continued penning poetry even during her violent career on the road with the Barrow gang. Among the many difficult-to-categorize items in Eddie Wilson‘s 500+ catalog of Armadillo World Headquarters, Threadgill’s and other related concert posters, beer signs, handbills, neon signs, and other stuff (see previous posts here and here) is this framed letter from Bonnie, her own lyrics to a song called “Morphine,” something which we think she knew a bit about.

The auction is January 17, 2015 at Burley Auction Gallery in New Braunfels. The Burley site has details on the auction, preview hours, and the full catalog. To see the listing for “Mother Morphine,” click here.

Here’s another interesting item, the poster for the Joe Gracey benefit show in 1978, by Micael Priest. The Skunks began recording an LP with Joe in the KOKE-FM basement in April 1978, when our band had been together just four months, and Joe was knocked out, so we started recording and having a ball. Joe was just starting out on his adventures with cancer and went through the brutal ordeal with an astounding kind of grace and aplomb. He partied a lot and never stopped making music. Anyway, The Skunks shared the stage with an unlikely bill of Asleep at the Wheel, Jimmy Vaughan & the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Alvin Crow & the Pleasant Valley Playboys. I was moved. To me this gig was one of the first and biggest coming-together of tribes in Austin, and it meant a lot to me. Plus, I realized that Ray Benson is taller than me. Being a six-foot-three guy, I get a little freaked out when I have to stare up at someone.

Jesse Sublett, The Skunks, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Asleep at the Wheel, Alvin Crow, Armadillo World Headquarters

Thanksgiving 1978 benefit for Joe Gracey

CultureMap Austin did a cool slide show preview of the auction, and Kevin Curtin wrote up a piece in his Playback column in the Austin Chronicle last week.

One last self-promotion plug: Soon we’ll start the countdown for the release of 1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime that Rocked the Capital, my documentary book on the safecrackers, pimps, gamblers & prostitutes who ratcheted up the decibels, dope & dollars in Austin during the peace & love decade.

Cheers,

Jesse

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