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søndag den 13. november 2016

RIP, Billy Miller. Norton Records, The A-Bones, pladesamler, forfatter etc. etc.

“There’re legendary guys that we have dealt with on a daily basis—Hasil Adkins, Esquerita, Andre Williams, Mighty Hannibal, Charlie Feathers, Kim Fowley, Mary Weiss of the Shangri-Las. It’s gratifying that that’s part of our job and we’re helping out people that have done so much for us over the years. Hasil lived in a shack, situated so far back in the West Virginia hills, that the guy that he was supposed to pay $40 a month to for the property just stopped coming around. He was so cut off from the world at large, but his big dream was to make a record. Hasil got a Presto recorder where you could cut your own acetates on lacquer or cardboard blanks and he made hundreds of these. Sometimes he sang while the machine was on but mostly he transferred the music from tapes. He had some that say “Mix Up Job” on them which were like Hasil’s version of mix tapes, where they’d have Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino and two others, taped from 45s that he borrowed. As you can see he couldn’t spell too well. He only went to one day of school, and would send the president copies of all his tracks. Somewhere we have a thank you letter from Nixon.”

- udpluk fra et langt interview, som Billy Miller og hans kone Miriam Linna lavede med ’Dust and Grooves’ i 2014.

Her et mixtape, der blev til ved samme lejlighed:

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