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Great Speckled Bird, The

Great Speckled Bird, The

The Great Speckled Bird was a counterculture underground newspaper based in Atlanta, Georgia from 1968 to 1976. It was founded by New Left activists from Emory University and members of the Southern Student Organizing Committee, an offshoot of SDS (Students for a Democratic Society). The first issue appeared March 8, 1968, and within 6 months it was publishing weekly. By 1970 it was the third largest weekly newspaper in Georgia with a paid circulation of 22,000 copies. The paper subscribed to Liberation News Service, a leftist news collective. The office of The Great Speckled Bird at the north end of Piedmont Park was firebombed and destroyed on May 6, 1972 after the paper published an exposé of the mayor of Atlanta.

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Jimi Hendrix: Experience

Interview by uncredited writer, Great Speckled Bird, The, 30 August 1968

THERE IS A concert — a rock concert with several serious new music groups, and advertising that promoted only the top 40 dribble that some ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis (NBC Television Special)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 13 December 1968

If you're lookin' for trouble, you came to the right place If you're lookin' for trouble, just look right in my face... ...

The Beatles: Yellow Submarine

Film/DVD/TV Review by Miller Francis, Great Speckled Bird, The, 13 January 1969

Yellow Submarine is rapidly on its way to canonization, so I felt that along with unrestrained praise for its animation designer Heinz Edelmann, should go ...

Fats Domino: Antoine Fats Domino: Fats Is Back (Reprise RS 6304)

Review by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 24 January 1969

ROCK ENTHUSIASTS sometimes like to quibble over just which rock and roll song started the whole thing: in the liner notes for this album producer ...

The Byrds: Glenn Memorial Church, Atlanta GA

Live Review by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 7 February 1969

THE BYRDS are, always have been, and (as things look now) will continue to be the most consistently excellent, and under-rated, rock and roll group ...

The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet (London PS 539)

Review by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 17 February 1969

THE ROLLING Stones are at the artistic peak of their career: Beggars Banquet is perhaps their finest work to date. It is not merely, as ...

Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette: George Jones & Tammy Wynette: The Playroom, Atlanta; Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty: City Auditorium, Atlanta

Live Review by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 10 March 1969

THE LAST two weeks have been good ones for country music in Atlanta. George Jones and Tammy Wynette were at the Playroom; Merle Haggard's latest ...

Charley Pride: Country Pride

Comment by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 17 March 1969

IT WAS COUNTRY Music Week in Nashville, Tennessee, during the fall of 1966. Several of us from the Southern Student Organizing Committee were in town ...

MC5: The MC5: Kick Out the Jams (Elektra)

Review by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 17 March 1969

"Works of art which lack artistic quality have no force, however progressive they are politically. Therefore, we oppose both works of art with a wrong ...

Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash! The Man, His World, His Music (PBL; dir. Robert Elfstrom)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Miller Francis Jr., Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 24 March 1969

TO SAY THAT the 90-minute Johnny Cash PBL special was the best television show I've ever seen is to detract from the compliment; perhaps it ...

Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Brothers Band

Special Feature by Miller Francis, Great Speckled Bird, The, 19 May 1969

Upon first seeing the Allman Brothers Band, an interracial rock and roll band from the heart of segregated, reactionary Georgia not only calling themselves brothers, ...

Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Doug Kershaw, Joni Mitchell: The Johnny Cash Show (ABC TV/Screen Gems)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 12 June 1969

TV CASHES IN ...

Canned Heat, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter: The Blues

Essay by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 16 June 1969

"All new technologies bring on the cultural blues, just as the old ones evoke phantom pain after they have disappeared." — Marshall McLuhan, War and ...

The Insect Trust, John D. Loudermilk, Johnny Winter, Mississippi Fred McDowell: The Memphis Country Blues Festival

Report by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 23 June 1969

AN ARTICLE ON the Memphis Country Blues Festival in a local Memphis newspaper was headlined: "BLUES ARE REBORN IN COTTON-FIELD HEAT." ...

Atlanta International Pop Festival

Comment by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 30 June 1969

"If you want to come up with a singular, most important trend in this new music, I think it has to be something like: it ...

The Everly Brothers: Roots (Warner Brothers-Reprise 1752)

Review by Miller Francis Jr., Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 7 July 1969

"Roll along, along Jordan,Roll me on my way. Roll along, along Jordan,Roll me home today. " ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground (MGM SE-4617)

Review by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 4 August 1969

TAKE IT OR leave it I've never known anyone who was neutral toward The Velvet Underground. They either turn you on, or it's the worst ...

B.B. King, Big Mama Thornton, Charlie Musselwhite, Clifton Chenier, Freddie King, Howlin' Wolf, J.B. Hutto, Lightnin' Hopkins, Luther Allison, Magic Sam, Muddy Waters, Son House, T-Bone Walker: Payin' Some Dues — Blues at Ann Arbor

Live Review by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 18 August 1969

"I'd like for them to hear the real things. I don't think yet that most of the white people like my music because it's blues. I ...

Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tim Hardin, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Melanie, Ravi Shankar, The Who: Woodstock

Report by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 1 September 1969

"Man, what done got into them ofays?" one asked. "It ain't nothing. They just trying to get back, that's all" "Get back?" said the ...

Easy Rider (Columbia Pictures; Dir. Dennis Hopper)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 29 September 1969

"The basic unit for contemporary art is not the idea, but the analysis of and extension of sensations. (Or if it is an idea, it ...

Hampton Grease Band: The Hampton Grease Band: Suck Rock

Profile and Interview by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 13 October 1969

"Give me a gun, and I'll blow your fucking head off!" — Bruce Hampton ...

Donovan (Cocktails)

Report and Interview by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 20 October 1969

OURS IS AN age of reluctant ambivalence. The impact of the new is devastatingly real, but the clinging corpse of what has been and what ...

John D. Loudermilk

Interview by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 20 October 1969

The brother runs the camera, and the sister gives the cues/The uncle is the producer, and the old man writes the news/This family named JonesThat ...

The Doors: The Soft Parade (Elektra)

Review by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 20 October 1969

"Callin' on the gods" ...

Allman Brothers Band, Mother Earth, Joe South: Allman Brothers Band, Joe South, Mother Earth: Piedmont Music Festival, Atlanta

Live Review by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 27 October 1969

FRIDAY AFTERNOON was almost frightening — all those big names, the abruptness of the pop festival's appearance, the overall speculative nature of this ambitious musical ...

Hampton Grease Band: Georgian Terrace Ballroom, Atlanta GA

Live Review by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 1 December 1969

THREE TURKEY TRIPS ...

Jefferson Airplane: Volunteers (RCA Victor)

Review by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 1 December 1969

Look what's happening out in the streets Got a revolution Got to revolutionHey, I'm dancing down the streetsGot a revolution Got to revolutionAin't it amazing, all ...

Allman Brothers Band, The Band, Miles Davis, The Tony Williams Lifetime: Mass Music: The Band, Allman Brothers, Tony Williams and Miles Davis

Review by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 8 December 1969

EACH OF the record albums discussed here could be termed a masterpiece worthy of a full-length "rave." But the Review format can often be nothing ...

Merle Haggard

Comment by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 16 March 1970

IF MERLE Haggard wasn't one of the two or three most creative persons in country music, it would be easy to dismiss him as just ...

Merle Haggard: Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta

Live Review by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 23 March 1970

Walk a Mile... ...

Allman Brothers Band, The Insect Trust, Santana: Santana, the Allman Brothers Band, the Insect Trust: A War On Rock

Report by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 30 March 1970

SANTANA AND the Allman Brothers Band flew right into a hornet's nest last week when they showed up to play at the Municipal Auditorium: there ...

Zabriskie Point (dir. Michelangelo Antonioni)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 2 April 1970

"I understand man, with his faults and his virtues; those of many men I know, and no doubt my own as well. But what I ...

John Mayall

Profile by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 2 April 1970

NO ONE IN the entire world of rock has created a body of music to compare with the work of John Mayall. If the process ...

Johnny Winter: Winter Winter

Profile by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 13 April 1970

"I don't wanna wreck nobody's soul I just wanna rock & roll!"  — Johnny Winter ...

Woodstock

Essay by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 4 May 1970

Part 1 WOODSTOCK IS AN amazing piece of technology, one of the most important films ever made. We have long been accustomed to experiencing films as ...

Woodstock producer Bob Maurice

Interview by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 4 May 1970

(The following dialogue with Bob Maurice, producer of the Woodstock film, is an edited version of a long interview taped last week at the Marriott.) ...

Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead, Hampton Grease Band: Grateful Dead, Allman Bros. Band, Hampton Grease Band: Sports Arena, Atlanta

Live Review by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 16 May 1970

IF YOU WERE one of the few people who wasn't at the Sports Arena Sunday afternoon for the Grateful Dead concert, you've probably heard by ...

The Who: Woodstock: Talking About My Generation

Essay by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 15 June 1970

"I'm looking for me, You're looking for you We're looking at each other and we don't know what to do." — 'The Seeker' by The Who ...

Jefferson Airplane: The Jefferson Airplane: Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta

Live Review by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 31 August 1970

NO DOUBT about it, as somebody on stage at the Municipal Auditorium put it, the Jefferson Airplane concert Monday night was "the Atlanta rock event ...

Johnny Jenkins: Nothing But The Blues

Interview by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 28 September 1970

TON TON Macoute! was recorded in Macon, Georgia at Capricorn Records, at an 8 track studio built "in memory of Otis Redding" by Phil Walden, ...

Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Brothers Band: Idlewild South (Atco Capricorn SD 33-342)

Review by Miller Francis Jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, 9 November 1970

WHAT A RELIEF to hear the new Allman Brothers album! When they played in the park a few weeks ago, everything was beginning to sound ...

Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner: Porter & Dolly

Profile by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 30 November 1970

PORTER WAGONER and Dolly Parton were scheduled to appear in Atlanta this Saturday night to headline WPLO's Shower of Stars at the Municipal Auditorium. Last ...

Charles Manson: The Girls On The Corner

Readers' Letters by uncredited writer, Great Speckled Bird, The, 8 February 1971

(This letter in defense of Charles Manson and the Family was sent to The Great Speckled Bird and other underground papers by Family member Sandra Good ...

Bill Anderson, Bobby Bare, Tom T. Hall, Conway Twitty: Bill Anderson, Conway Twitty, Bobby Bare, Tom T. Hall: Shower Of Stars, City Auditorium, Atlanta GA

Live Review by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 15 March 1971

FROM TOP TO bottom, the Shower of Stars last Saturday night was really fine. The sound system was much improved and the sound it carried ...

The Scruggs Brothers: The Scruggs Bros.

Interview by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 29 March 1971

GARY AND Randy Scruggs, Earl's boys, have fine album out on Vanguard — All The Way Home. ...

Bobby Bare

Interview by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 5 April 1971

"It's a funny thing. I'd probably sold two or three millions for RCA before I realized that you got paid for it. Fact is, I ...

Tom T. Hall

Interview by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 3 May 1971

TOM T. HALL is one of Nashville's outstanding songwriters. He's turned out hit after hit like 'I Washed My Face in the Morning Dew', and ...

Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner: Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner: ...It's Awfully Hard To Just Let Them People Go By In The World And Not Say Something About It.

Interview by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 17 May 1971

PORTER WAGONER and Dolly Parton are country music superstars. Porter's been on the Grand Ole Opry for years and as much as anyone else has ...

Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner: Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner: Country Music Is Exactly That Way. It Tells Of Life The Way It Is.

Interview by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 24 May 1971

THE EXCITING thing about Porter and Dolly's music is that it continues to grow — as their new albums indicate. Porter's latest is Simple As ...

Waylon Jennings

Interview by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 21 June 1971

IT WAS ONE of those memorable evenings like accidentally catching Charley Pride's first Nashville appearance at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, or watching Mel Tillis ...

Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty: Loretta & Conway

Profile by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 28 June 1971

LORETTA LYNN and Conway Twitty headline the WPLO Shower of Stars this Saturday night at the Municipal Auditorium. Both are established country stars. Loretta was ...

Loretta Lynn: Everybody's Got a Soul and a Heart

Interview by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 12 July 1971

(RBP editor's note: the intro to this article was written by Paul Connah, the interview undertaken primarily by Gene Guerrero) ...

The Monkees, Michael Nesmith: Michael Nesmith

Interview by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 20 September 1971

MIKE NESMITH was a member of the Monkees, now he's doing his own thing, come see him at the press party at the Bistro. That's ...

Opry

Report by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 1 November 1971

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — It was a combination pop festival and Lion's Club Convention — the 46th Anniversary Celebration of the Grand Ole Opry held October ...

Elvis Presley, The Sweet Inspirations: Elvis Presley: Memorial Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Live Review by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 4 November 1971

I WAS IN the eighth or ninth grade when I first heard Elvis Presley. A neighbor buddy and I had gone to the Saturday morning ...

Fanny: Music by Women

Interview by uncredited writer, Great Speckled Bird, The, 22 November 1971

IT ALL started Wednesday at the royal coach inn with Viva. The inn is some architect's nightmare of Lancelot and Arthur's court, wooden chandeliers and ...

The Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, The Statler Brothers: Johnny Cash, Carter Family, Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins: Civic Center, Atlanta GA

Live Review by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 14 February 1972

Oil Commercials & Falling Idols ...

George Jones, Charley Pride, Tammy Wynette: Charley Pride, Tammy Wynette and George Jones: Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta GA

Live Review by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 31 February 1972

GOOD COUNTRY ...

The Everly Brothers: Roots

Interview by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 12 June 1972

LIKE MOST under 40/over 20 Americans, the Everly Brothers are very much a part of my life. 'Cathy's Clown' and 'Bye, Bye Love' are not ...

Charley Pride

Interview by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 1 February 1973

CHARLEY PRIDE has come a long way from Sledge, Mississippi, where he and ten brothers and sisters picked cotton alongside their parents. In 1971 the Country ...

George Jones, Tammy Wynette: Shower of Stars: George Jones & Tammy Wynette

Profile by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 5 March 1973

ONCE AGAIN it's Shower of Stars time. A good chance to see some of country music's finest in person at pretty reasonable prices. ...

Jerry Lee Lewis Comes Back

Profile by Gene Guerrero, Great Speckled Bird, The, 21 May 1973

JERRY LEE Lewis is a self-made phenomenon. Remember a couple of years ago when he made it back on television after years of virtual obscurity? ...

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