Sunday, May 10, 2009

A new world, full of hope and promise

It's been a long strange ride since I posted anything on this blog. There was a long dry spell after Johnny's death and the Sony licensing nightmare... frankly, I couldn't open the Jimmie site without opening old wounds.

Some interesting stuff popped into my life during the past few weeks. Out of the blue...

A longtime fan offered to help finish a book about Jimmie's life and times that I've struggled with for decades. We had a good long talk on the telephone. She also offered to help preserve Jimmie's legacy in other interesting ways (perhaps a benefit concert or an album of cover tunes).

A local radio DJ gave me a recording he pirated at a concert Jimmie performed in San Francisco, circa 1974. While listening to it, I cried like a baby. Tears of joy. Amazing performances, plus a few Jimmie tunes never archived anywhere.

There's more news, too. I'll try to post and update the Jimmie website as time permits. Thanks for keeping the flame burning. Keep in touch and pass it on.

8 comments:

jeriden said...

I absolutely love Isle of View. It is the most magical music I have ever heard. I listened to that album practically daily for two years straight. The picture of Jimmie on the back cover was displayed like a photograph in my college dorm room! When I went with friends to see Jimmie at Armadillo World Headquarters in 1977, I think, I was so sad that his long beautiful hair was gone! However, as soon as he started singing, any disappointment flew out the window. What a gift he had. So glad I found this site. Thank you.

Barri said...

i love Isle of view
I LOVE YOU
i have not heard jimmie's music for decades but it still soothes my spirit. I did not know that he passed away. His music is timeless, may God bless those who his music touched.....

BeautifulLoser said...

tis true that only the good die young...jimmie left a legacy behind that so, so many people never have the chance to do...Isle of View is an album that my boyfriend, at the time, and I made mad passionate love to while listening to one side of the album and then flipping it over to the other side. Can't hear any song on the album without thoughts of being young, frisky, and foolish.

I do recall reading an article in People magazine about the death of Jimmie's sister...it's been a long time ago that I read it, but I remember thinking it strange that both the Spheeris children died before their time.

AndyEm said...

Thanks for your comments, jeriden, Barri, and BeautifulLoser.

Further, ever further.

http://www.jimmiespheeris.com

kilgoretrout said...

Jimmie's music must endure. What can we do!

AndyEm said...

kilgoretrout... just tell everyone about Jimmie's life and times. Send everyone you know to http://www.jimmiespheeris.com

Annieo said...

How/where can we get CDs of his music - will it all eventually be reissued? How can we help it to happen?

A little is available now: a 2-album CD reissued in 2008 (Isle & Tap-Dancing Kid)...and a few others in second-hand listings.

AndyEm, AndyEm! hahah, thank you for what you've done.

AndyEm said...

Hi Annieo... I have no clue what the status is for any re-issue of the CDs since Sony pulled the license in 2000 and Johnny passed away in '05. I also don't know who released the 2 CD set (I assume it's Sony or Jimmie's estate). I don't know who gets the money for sales or anything like that. It's interesting to note that my cover art restorations are being used, but I doubt that I even have a credit in the liner notes. I'm completely shut out of that side of things.

Speaking of cover art, you can see a page where I describe the restoration of the "Isle" cover art here: http://www.jimmiespheeris.com/photos/iov_covr_restore.html

I've noticed that some Jimmie music is available on iTunes, but have no idea who set that up or who gets the money for sales.

Thanks for your comment on the other post about the Jimmie site. As I said elsewhere in this blog, the project was a labor of love and a high point in my artistic life. Jimmie was a good friend and I think he must be laughing somewhere.