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Please Mr. Postman: Issue 727

Goldmine readers offer up their views on Arthur Lee's potty mouth, Rory Gallager's great tunes and more on the Rock Hall's missing artists.

Help save Carpenters’ house

Thank you for listing the 25th anniversary of the death of singer Karen Carpenter in the “Looking Back...” column. I was an executive at the Carpenters’ label, A&M, in the 1980s and in 1994, my brother, David Konjoyan, co-produced the Carpenters tribute album If I Were A Carpenter.

Goldmine readers may be interested to know that the Carpenter family house in Downey, Calif. (made famous on the cover of the duo’s 1973 Now & Then album) is scheduled for demolition. Readers interested in joining me to help save the house can write to me at

Thank you.

— Jon Konjoyan

Los Angeles, CA


Sin of omission?

I have enjoyed Goldmine for several years now but am about to give up on it. It was bad enough a few weeks ago when one of your writers gave the wrong year for Woodstock (and no editor knew enough to correct it before publication) but the Johnny Winter article in the latest issue takes the cake.

On page 24 the article states that Winter played at Woodstock because “Hendrix turned down the gig.” As most people know, there were several hundred thousand witnesses to Hendrix’s incredible performance at Woodstock, not to mention the millions of people who saw the photographs, read news coverage about it, listened to the albums and saw the movie.

It is impossible to take any of your articles seriously when you make such glaring factual errors about groundbreaking moments in rock music history.

— Carter Dunkin

St. Louis, MO

{Editor’s Note: Johnny Winter played the Woodstock time slot initially offered to Jimi Hendrix (midnight Sunday night. Hendrix did, of course, play Woodstock, but he had turned down the time slot he was originally offered. Goldmine did not mean to imply that Hendrix did not play Woodstock. We apologize for any confusion caused as a result of the wording in the article.}


Take a chance on Rory Gallagher

Thank you for the story about Rory Gallagher. I was a music director for a local college radio station in the early ’70s. I was introduced to a lot of great performers. The one that struck me the most was Rory Gallagher.

He could rock with the best and also play one heck of a blues guitar. Some of Rory’s greatest tunes to me were “Bad Penny,” “Shadow Play,” “Road To Hell” and “Cloak And Dagger.” Rory was one of the greatest unknown guitarists in the States. What gets me mad today is I will call a local rock station to see if they will play some Rory Gallagher, [and] the answer I get is we have Eric Clapton. They will not take a chance on playing Rory Gallagher.

Being a music director for a college radio station in the early ’70s gave me a great education on music. College radio stations were not afraid to take a chance on somebody new. If they sounded good that [was] all that counted. Within the last five years or so a lot of Rory Gallagher’s albums have [been] remastered and reissued. I hope this article on Rory Gallagher will stir up some people to check out his music. You will not be sorry that you. Rory is gone but his music will never die.

— Peter Flynn

Springfield, MA


Love’s swear jar

The two-part interview with Love’s late frontman Arthur L