I don't check alot of these that often--but-since 67-68 due to older brother and his friends-after the Beatlesand Stones-Cream--all this otherstuff was incredible.The thing that grabbed me from the onset was the songs were more than 3 mins. long! I'm still young at this time-but the "harp" always intrigued me as a kid--then seein Pigpen and hearin him ramble on was cool! This in turn lead my to the blues -where they got it from in the first place.I was lucky to see Pigpen-but only about 4-5 times--east coast shows-joined DEAD HEADS- from the album-all that good stuff! As we all know-well too much- The Dead-and us- were into substances to "heighten" our awareness-Oh-Yeh!! I read a quote-somewhere from Pigpen about this-he said...." I've seen some mean beasts behind Jack Daniels-I don't need no scientific beasts runnin round my brain!!!!!! BLUES MAN!
I was reading about Pigpen on this site some were. The Comment was made that some one thought Ron had some kind of ties with the HELLS ANGELS, as I read along it became clear to me that there are some facts that some people may not know.
I am sharing this information not to discredit the man more to honor him and to show how well respected Pigpen was by a lot of people in all walks of life.
Ron McKernan aka (Pigpen) is the only ever honorary Member of the HALES ANGELS M/C CLUB.
That is all I can tell you, and it is a fact. No one before or after Pigpen has ever got a HELLS ANGELS Patch this way ever. There is a lot to be said for that. The one thing I do won’t to say, and I hope every one remembers one of his favorite quotes. “An’t got no time to hate brother”. . . .
Thanks Dead Head 81 Crew Tucson (hang around)
Let's make this place alive. Please oldies, let us know about the man. Listening to the band since 1968, he's still my best man.
Share the LOVE! Richard..
it's been at least 30 years since I've seen it. Richard Chamberlain is a cool villain. As I recall from a discussion elsewhere on the site the whole band is in it, but I cannot personally provide more info.
and not a dead movie, but an actual movie???
so I have been doing a lot of research on him lately and came across his IMDB entry and figured I would give it a scan see if any good movies with their music I have not seen and such (some really great forigen movies have been using their stuff lately!)
anyway, there is an entry for a movie called petulia made in 1968 and he played hippie #5 uncredited....
so finding this out two days ago, I shoot over to my netflix acct and search and there is the movie, so I added it to top of my queue and it came today!!!
I am making myself a drinky drink and heading down to my 40 inch to go and watch and see if I can find pigpen in it!!!
like where's waldo, so has anyone else seen this movie?
know of any other movies he is in besides the actual dead movies?
yea, great EW on the dvd bonus material, but, why is there no real footage of him on the train. i watched it again yesterday, and only saw a tiny clip of him in the background or during a jam. no real hanging out with everyone time.
any guesses on this one guys?
nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile
i loved pigs vocals on easy wind.he had such a soulful vocal, he added so much to the dead to me. i guess it's just being from the south but i always dug his sound
I need to get those Golden Roads out again...
marye - This is the quote and article you were talking about. It is from The Golden Road Annual - 1993. A 36 page article of interviews about Pigpen.Here is David Nelson interviewed by Blair Jackson.
I was there the night that Pigpen got his nickname. We were doing a Boar's Head thing with Rodney Albin. First the Boar's Head was at the Carlos Bookstall upstairs in the Houchings bookstore. The next summer he got the Jewish Community Center in San Carlos, which was a bigger room. One of these Thursday nights at the Jewish Community Center there were lots of people playing there, including Ron McKernan. A whole bunch of us were all sort of milling around out on the sidewalk after it was over, and we were wondering whose house we could go to to party, and everybody was excitedly talking and yelling. And Sherry Huddleston turned around and said to Ron McKernan, "Oh Pigpen," and it just clicked. Everybody laughed and it stuck. Everybody read (the comic strip) "Peanuts" which was relatively new at the time and knew that character Pigpen.
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself
Did anyone think that some of Pig's songs like King Bee, Midnight Hour, etc., became tedious?
Perhaps the jams were just too long.