Friday, April 5, 2013
Brian Williams Unmasks the 'Marauders'
Earlier: You may be amazed to learn that NBC's Brian Williams claims that he has long been obsessed with the 1969 "Masked Marauders" album--and is devoting a segment on his show tonight to it. More likely you are simply thinking, "WTF?" At the dawn of the "bootleg" craze--kicked off by Dylan's "Basement Tapes"--Greil Marcus reviewed for Rolling Stone (a few months before my first review appeared there) a new secretly-recorded though non-existent album featuring an all-star group led by unnamed Dylan, Jagger, Lennon, McCartney and Harrison. Jagger, for example, sang "I Can't Get No Nookie." I read it myself at the time and don't recall if I believed it or just wanted to believe.
In any case, many did fall for it (probably Bri W himself). Eventually an actual faked album was released. Here's Robert Christgau recounting it. Marcus says Bri interviewed him for the segment. "Dylan" sings here. You might also find his epic "Season of the Witch"and "Cowpie."
Greg Mitchell is author of more than a dozen books. His new book on Iraq and media malprctice is "So Wrong for So Long." He has just completed a memoir on his days as #2 editor at the legendary Crawdaddy for nearly all of the 1970s.