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Kieran Turner's wonderous documentary on Jobriath is finished, is being shown at Gay Film festivals & is receiving rave reviews. Finally his story is told!
Drop over to the JOBRIATH AD page & become fans.
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Ann Magnuson’s ‘The Jobriath Medley: A Glam Rock Fairy Tale’
With Kieran Turner’s fab documentary Jobriath A.D. (I loved it) turning a new generation of music fans on to Jobriath, there seems little doubt that Jobriath Boone will be “the Klaus Nomi” of 2012/2013, so jump on the bandwagon NOW and support Ann and Kristian’s DIY tribute to the lonely planet boy.
The Kickstarter page for “The Jobriath Medley” has a number of really great packages for any budget, from a digital download or CD all the way up to one of a kind paintings (Ann is quite expert in painting “fake Basquiats”—I mean to say that she’s fucking genius at it—and one of the packages offers a Basquiat-glam rock themed original artwork).
Dangeorus Minds readers will appreciate knowing that Sparks’ Russell Mael has contributed backing vocals to Ann and Kristian’s cover of Jobriath’s “I’maman.”
This project will only be funded if
at least $7,500 is pledged by Sunday Jul 15, 6:00pm EDT.
Read more about it on Kickstarter.
Saturday November 6, 2004:
On Tuesday, November 9th all of the time & work Rob & I have done bore (you'll pardon the expression) fruit. It began on December 15, 2000 when I received this email from David Baker the then President of Rhino:
Greetings To You: I am exploring the possibility of finally releasing the JOBRIATH Elektra recordings. I am contacting you to ask if you are interested in speaking with me about this and, if need be, pointing me in the right direction so that nothing worthy of consideration gets overlooked. If so, I must insist that our conversation remain private and that you do not post anything on your website or otherwise publicly disseminate anything we talk about until I let you know that it is OK to do so. This is protect our ability to successfully market whatever package which may result. If you are interested in talking about this and if you agree to keep our conversations just between us, please advise at your earliest convenience and we can begin. Thank You Very Kindly
We remained in private contact as Rhino worked out finding the master tapes. Through the ups & downs of a homophobic force at Warner Brothers who worked to kill the project. Then Warner Brothers bought Rhino & dismissed David. Finally a knight in shinning armor named Steven Patrick Morrissey rode to the rescue. He used his clout to bulldoze a compilation through. Finally he worked out transferring the project to his label Sanctuary & assigned it to the Attack label.
With the release of "Lonely Planet Boy" resurrection is achieved & my work is done. Jobriath's music will once more work it's magic & each time it's played he lives. Free finally of brandt and all of the hostility he created as he turned gold into lead people will see that he was not all hype. He was a great and talented artist who was cheated. He was kept away from the press by his ego manic "manager" who didn't manage. He was never given a press agent by his indifferent label. He wasn't given anything every artist is given. Cheap Trick had Lois Marino. The Clash had Susan Blond. Jobriath had no one & every artist needs that record label press agent who believes in them & steers them through the treacherous waters & a manager who protects them. Jobriath was set up for failure.
Now he's free to be judged on his talent.
I was always guided to be involved in his life when he needed me. I was there to take the only group shot of Jobriath & The Creatures. I was there at the Bottom Line when he needed friends to be with him after the show & brought the 2 people who's approval meant the most, HAIR's creators Gerry Ragni & James Rado. I was there when he was finally ready to talk about the fiasco & get it off his chest in an interview in his Pyramid. And I was there when Rob contacted the HAIR list asking who could help him in his quest.
Now it's up to you his fans to buy the CD and keep the momentum going to get all of his recordings out. Jobriath & Steven Grossman opened the doors for all openly Gay artists to come forth with pride and leave the closet. Now it's up to some talented writer or writers to do the research & do a book or books on the history of Gay artists. Many came before Jobriath & Steven & joyously many have followed in their footsteps. Now it's time to tell their story.
Thank you all for your devotion, love & respect of my friend & Hero Jobriath!
October 12, 2004:
Morrissey's Sanctuary/Attack label's initial release of Jobriath's work is a
limited edition single. You'll find the info on buying it here:
July, 2004: Rob is now completing work on the official
bio of Jobriath. His 3 weeks here in June were very successful and we had a great
time finally meeting in person after 7 years of working together toward this
John Michael Cox, Jr. 10-12-2004
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Legends in Gay Rock
Please drop over and check out a dear friend of Jobriath's and mine. She started as Wayne County then got a major makeover but never stopped being a legend. Jayne was an OUT superstar predating Jobriath & taking no shit. You haven't been entertained until you've seen:
It just keeps getting better & better. More very special friends of Jobriath's & mine have FINALLY got their album out! Every time ANOTHER PRETTY FACE did a concert at The legendary Joint in the Woods I drove over to photograph them. T. Roth's mastery of the stage and souring voice mesmerized the crowd every time. I've sorely missed those concerts over the years.
Click on the logo to go to their site. Click on the album cover to pop over & buy it!
A MUST READ
Two dear friends, Mary "Lorrie" Davis & Jonathon Johnson, took on the difficult task of preserving the history of The Tribe. Mary's book is now a collector's item. Jonathon's much more in depth and personal book is just out
"Good HAIR Days" is an amazing work of art that tells his story through 6 productions (Jonathon was the final Claude at the Biltmore) & the horrific fire that took the lives of his beloved wife and daughter. He takes us through the parties and events of his amazing journey. Jonathon's years of work, devotion & love to create this are awe inspiring.
He also includes interviews with Michael Butler, Allan Nicholls, Susan Moore, Danny Miller, Arnold McCuller, Annabel Leventon, Lyle K'ang, Beverly Bremers and other Tribe members who share their thoughts and memories. He lists the members of The Tribe from 1967 to 1975 and lists our beloved who have passed on.
If you were there and experienced it. If you were around and missed something. If you're too young to have been there. Pick up Jonathon's book for a very emotional, amazing journey through the phenomenon that 2 Shakespearian actors created in a 2nd floor apt. in Hoboken along with one of the world's greatest composers. Then, now & forever.. the Age of Aquarius!
music you might want to check out:
Tadg Galleran plays one hell of a harmonica! When John Puerner, Publisher of the LOS ANGELES TIMES first heard this CD he wrote "Very cool, Very Very Cool."
|Below is the original Jobriath site put
up back in late 1997 at Geocites after Rob contacted me via the HAIR
list about the biography he had been working on since 1991.
It's my history with my friend & hero Jobriath. And it's Rob's original plea for help on the project.
Thanks to this site & the Jobriath List which I created back in 1997 at One List (now owned & run by Yahoo Groups.) we were able to locate Jobriath's family, friends & his many fans.
There were so many who wrote to say they had been playing their precious copy of his albums for years thinking they were the only ones who knew about him. They numbered in the hundreds.
This was where what came to be "Lonely Planet Boy" began with a private email from David Baker the then President of Rhino Records.
Way back in the mid-70s I was a the first openly Gay Rock photographer & journalist in music, based in Manhattan. I had the honor of meeting & helping to promote STEVEN GROSSMAN (the first openly Gay artist to be signed by a major label but not heavily promoted.) & open the music companies eyes to the emerging Gay press. I was also in the right place at the right time to witness a phenomenon. Electra Records signed, to the biggest recording contract in history to date, the first openly Gay Rock Star: JOBRIATH. In the sometimes still rabidly homophobic & ultra-hetero Rock world this was a historic moment. It paved the way many years later for Pansy Division & other openly Gay Rock groups as well as giving pro-Gay groups like our beloved Kurt Cobain & Nirvana and Green Day the ability to be themselves on stage and publicly. Steven & Jobriath were pioneers & they paid a price to be open in a hostile world.
Jobriath had been a member of the original Aquarius Theatre production of HAIR (playing "Woof" the only Gay character in HAIR. Oddly an openly & proudly Gay man playing a gutless closety type) & I was good friends with HAIR's creators Gerry Ragni & James Rado. I rushed out to buy his album when it first came out then sounded out his manager, Jerry Brandt, in order to meet Jobriath. Jerry welcomed me into his office & we talked. Jobriath was going to appear that weekend (1974) at a popular club in New Jersey called "The Joint in The Woods" in order to get a reaction from the crowd & to warm up for his debut at Manhattan's "Bottomline". He said he wasn't informing the press about this & didn't want me to go.
Whoops! I was the only official member of the Rock Press the club accredited & I was always over there shooting. I didn't need his permission, a press pass or anything else. I of course went & had the great joy of seeing Jobriath & the Creatures' first public concert. After the show I went backstage to meet them. Jobriath, as I always found, was very quiet. The Creatures were seasoned musicians who were wonderful to me. It was a double historic meeting. Creature GREGG DIAMOND would in a few years become a major player in (gag me) disco. Gregg wrote Andrea True's huge hit "More, More, More". Backstage I took the only group shots (above) ever done, which says a great deal about both Elektra & Brandt. I also went to their debut at the "Bottom Line" & brought Ragni & Rado for a reunion that moved Jobriath greatly. At neither occasion did I see press agents, record execs or Jerry Brandt. We'll pause here while you digest that.
In 1979, a few years after Jerry "what do mean I'm not the star" Brandt engineered his failure, I found Jobriath again. He was doing cabaret as COLE BERLIN. I photographed him atop the Chelsea Hotel in his Pyramid home. No make-up on he looked like a young Robert Redford. Knowing that I had done nude photo sessions with actors he undressed & asked me do some pix showing his cute butt, BECAUSE the butt on that damn statue used for the first LP was lousy. He wanted people to know his butt was beautiful. I engineered a great deal of press for him with layouts in Gay publications around the world. This was after his recording career was over & these respected publications treated him as a Star, which he was.
We lost track of each other during the 80s with so much going on.
Early in 1997 a fan in England contacted me through the HAIR list on the Internet looking for information on Jobriath. I sent him my memories & was very upset over his use of past tense. Rob Cocrane wrote back that my friend, the first openly Gay man in Rock 'n' Roll history, had died 14 years ago alone and forgotten in his Pyramid atop the Chelsea. His body in fact had laid there for a few days before it was noticed that something was wrong.
Rob & I are working now to do something to preserve his memory & get him the recognition he deserves. Rob has been in touch with Morrissey, who is a very big fan, and is trying to contact Neil Tennant of the PETSHOP BOYS who is another fan. We're hoping that someone might help us in our campaign to get his LPs released as CDs and maybe even get some write ups. I'll let Rob talk now:
I'm trying to locate friends and associates of Jobriath
Salisbury aka Jobriath
He retired to the Chelsea Hotel, where he died of an A.I.D.S. related illness in 1983.
A bona fide talent whose abilities were over shadowed by hype and his
Given that 'Velvet Goldmine' the Todd Haines film starring Ewen McGregor
Photographs, clippings, and recollections would be most appreciated,
- Rob Cochrane (London 1997)
Endless thanks to everyone who has been in touch!
etc. reading this, if you are doing articles or books
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9/4/98: Rob's first article has been published on Jobriath. I am being hit left & right for info from others with articles in the works needing info (I love you all for for what you're doing!) I have scanned both Rob's piece plus the extremely rare copy of Omega One which contains Jobriath's only interview and he did it for me. It was conducted by my writer Charles Herschberg (Rob got it wrong in his article calling him David) in his pyramid atop the Chelsea Hotel & published in 1979.
Spring 1999: Todd "I Never Heard of Jobriath" Haynes' whacked out fantasy VELVET GOLDMINE is released on video. From the blatant rip off of Jobriath's first lp on you can "see" Jobriath everywhere as well as Miss Haynes agony that the British Glam idols he worshiped in his youth were all fakes & the only real Gay man was Jobriath - an American. See if you agree that "the only true fairy" = "Jack Fairy" who floats around the edges of film.
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