Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kim Fowley @ Burger Records!

This afternoon I went to Burger Records to check out a unique performance by Kim Fowley, who is perhaps most famous for producing the 1970s girl-rock supergroup The Runaways.  They even made a movie about it, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning.  Fowley, who is 74 years old and dying of cancer, gave an inspiring performance from his wheelchair to a packed house inside Fullerton's coolest underground record store.

The performance was an entertaining mixture of storytelling, improvised songs, audience participation, and crass humor.  Fowley, who is currently working on an autobiographical trilogy of books, has awesome stories to tell.  He has been a legend of the LA music scene since the 1960s, and has worked with such iconic musicians as Alice Cooper, Frank Zappa, and the Modern Lovers.  He has also released a staggering 28 solo albums, the most well-known of which is Outrageous (1968).  His most recent release is a cassette on Burger Records called "Let's Get Blasted".

The audience was a totally mixed crowd of people of all ages, showing that rock n' roll is ageless…

For his last song, Fowley invited this random girl up on stage, and the two improvised a song together about Burger Records--how it's a haven of good music, a library, and how important places like this are.

Afterward he signed some autographs…

I did a little shopping, and picked three brand new Burger Tapes:  The Audacity's "Butter Knife", The Mike Atta Benefit Compilation Tape, and a Neil Hamburger comedy tape:

Burger Records hosts cool music events like this all the time.  They are located at 645 S. State College Blvd in Fullerton, California.  I love Burger a lot.

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