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Messages - Mark A. Moore

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan's Corvette Sting Rays
« on: September 26, 2017, 11:26:19 PM »
Corvette enthusiasts have shown interest in Jan's cars over the years.

Jerry Bramlett and one of the Corvette societies helped me run the VIN number for Jan's demolished '66 'Vette to see if the frame was still in circulation. It was not, which was consistent with the documentation I have indicating the car was sold for scrap in the fall of '66.

And of course Jim Blanchard has owned Jan's 1958 Corvette since 1963. He published an article about it and has displayed the car in multiple shows over the years.

Here's an article I wrote that supplements the liner notes for Filet of Soul Redux, providing documentable historical context for Jan Berry on the business end, as it related to the Filet of Soul album. This crucial history is wholly lacking in the liners penned by Dean Torrence and David Beard.

By Mark A. Moore
Author of The Jan & Dean Record (McFarland 2016)

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Filet of Soul Liner Notes
« on: September 10, 2017, 11:47:28 PM »
David, as the publisher of a fan magazine, you rely on peopleís memories for the interviews you conduct. You ask questions and print the answers verbatim. You donít have any other significant context. Consequently, you donít know if the person is giving you an accurate account, a personal agenda, or both. Those firsthand accounts are one of the main things you publish in ESQ. I get that, and itís important.

Deanís firsthand accounts will always be important. But relying solely on Deanís memories, especially after 50-some years, is unacceptable. For one thing, Dean has muddied the waters significantly by telling differing stories over the years (and Iíve broached that subject with him).

The documentary record that was generated in the Ď50s and Ď60s, hardcore historical evidence that still exists today, especially as it relates to Janís career, will almost always trump Deanís memories or personal agenda. The majority of the business and legal correspondence for Jan & Dean was not addressed to Dean, nor was it generated by Dean, and he didnít have a major say in how things unfolded. Thatís just the way it was.

At the same time, however, the documentary record can in many cases corroborate Deanís accounts. On the whole, I do think it all meshes together quite wellómore often than not.

Dean will always have insight that we donít have. But Deanís insight does not exist in a vacuum. Putting it all together is crucial.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Filet of Soul Liner notes
« on: September 07, 2017, 06:11:55 AM »
My CD just came in. I love it!! Filet of Soul is a great album! The liner notes were good but I'm not sure how accurate some of that is. Dean mentions the Popsicle thing again where he remixes the song. But there is no evidence that he did. David Beard does a great job on his section. But he does sort of imply that Brian Wilson just gave a completed Surf City to Jan and Dean. And then the producer credits has
Producer: Jan Berry
Co-Producer: Dean Torrence
Is that how the credits would have read on the album?
I'm not saying it's not true. Hell, I don't know. I'm just asking.

Here's an article I wrote that supplements the liner notes, providing documentable historical context for Jan on the business end, as it related to Filet of Soul.

Corporate Soul: Jan Berryís Quest for Business Autonomy in 1966

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Dean Torrence Interview Talk Radio UK
« on: September 01, 2017, 01:19:02 PM »
Question for mark. Just listened to california lullaby, there's violins on this track, its track 3 stereo on sfard cd, Do you have any info for this in jan files, about any arrangment.

It's detailed in my book. The string session was led by George Tipton in June 1966. Unfortunately for Dean, he wasn't authorized to book sessions or produce music for Jan & Dean, and Jan's account was billed for it. This session, and Dean's subsequent self-releases using the Jan & Dean name, led to Screen Gems completely shutting down Dean's effort to use the name for new music after Jan's car accident. Screen Gems killed Dean's J&D Record Co. label endeavor.

Since he wasn't allowed to use the Jan & Dean name, Dean issued "Vegetables" under a new band name . . . The Laughing Gravy.

DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT / Re: Jan Berry Tribute ó Encomium In Memoriam
« on: August 01, 2017, 09:05:01 AM »
That's strange. They all should have been in clear cases.

I took that photograph when I was in Los Angeles for Jan's memorial bash at the Roxy, April 2004. It's the north wall of Jan's bedroom, in his home on Westgate Avenue. The Laurel and Hardy puppets are sitting atop the box containing Jan's ashes.

The photo was also published in my book, The Jan & Dean Record.

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