He believed in hell

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©Jackie Gold Starr

“He believed in hell. He was maybe even a little obsessed with it. He was raised in Texas in this very God-fearing, fire and brimstone, you’re-going-to-burn-in-Hell kind of way. He would say to me that he was afraid of the devil. That he was afraid of hell.”

JJ Gonson

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I was working at this restaurant

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©Sluggo Cawley

“I was working at this restaurant and my friend Jason introduced me to this band Heatmiser and I was really interested in this band even though I had foresworn music. I was like “I’m not going to have anything to do with music because it’s evil.” And I was like “No, no, no, no, I don’t want to be part of the music scene ever again.”(…) Then all of a sudden I was back in this insane thing and I went back to America and I told Heatmiser that I would manage them. Continue reading

It was embarrassing to be doing acoustic music

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©Chris Slusarenko

“It was embarrassing to be doing acoustic music. Nobody did it. Everybody was rough. There was no pop going on at that time. Elliott and I used to play Peter Paul & Mary, Beatles, and Captain and Tennille covers together in the bedroom with the door closed, hoping nobody could hear us. I will never forget Neil laughing the first time Elliott played him a solo song, the part where his voice goes up on on “No Name #1”. Laughing. It was just shocking.”

JJ Gonson