from the Dutch by Hans Kerkhof
Buckley is a nice, kindly guy, who loves to play for a small audience.
Buckley was in Amsterdam for a couple of days, a visit which hardly caused a sensation
because Buckley isn't very well-known in this area. That's why here's some quick
is a nice guy who has made two LP's. The first LP is called Tim Buckley
and the second, Goodbye and Hello. Manager Herb Cohen (manager of the Mothers
of Invention) sent him from the West Coast (where he played country music) to
the East Coast.
the Night Owl Cafe in New York, he was discovered by Elektra (record company)
and the result: two very original records which have made him one of the best
and original composers/singers. You have to accept this from us. The best is to
listen to Goodbye and Hello, then you will probably agree with us.
Tim Buckley was
here last week for a TV appearance (Twien). When Tim arrived at the Fantasio Club
(pr. Hendrikkade 142), he liked it so much that he decided to do his appearance
in this diggers-shop. The evening before his appearance at the Fantasio Club,
some Hitweek journalists talked with him about the scene in America at the moment.
In his hotel room,
Tim Buckley was playing his twelve-string guitar. He wore old, worn-out clothes
and he wore two different colored socks. The Hitweek journalists sat respectfully
on his bed and started the conversation.
from a Dutch pop magazine, which is trying to cultivate interest in better and
profound pop music. We notice exactly the things that happen and we think that
at the moment music is being made of incredible high quality. That in America
better things are happening than in England (since about a year ago). Even the
recording quality of the LP's is much better than those in England."
thoughtfully plays his guitar and tells us that he barely listens to pop music,
because he cannot learn anything from pop music, that pop music is rust in tight
schedules and gives too little room for improvisation, so it's like creating a
fake musical world. A musical world in which a human being cannot exist.
"I would like
to show the man behind the music and not only the sterile sound which is stuck
to an ever-returning blues schedule.
only learn from people when I play with them in, for instance, a living room.
Tim Hardin and Eric Clapton who I play sometimes with. I only want to learn, learn.
Every day I learn something. The difference between England and America is obviously
clear now, I think. I play every day, sometimes a whole week, every evening in
the same club. In this way, you get to know the audience, and the audience has
a chance to get to know you. In this way, you have to show something else every
day and you have to work yourself hard.
are people who come to listen every evening. In England, groups appear in different
clubs and often only some evenings during the week. If they become a little well-known,
they stop learning and they get a prima-donna attitude. The Jefferson Airplane
is such a group which earns too much money and thinks that they made it. They
really don't want to work anymore; their latest LP is simply without spirit. I
have listened to the record about ten times without discovering anything good,
and that in spite that they worked for a very long time on this record. They don't
agree with what they are doing, they will stop to exist one of these days."
say much about it. When you have to play like me, every evening, you have to show
every time something new. My songs often arise on stage. I try to create simple
things which are easy to understand, that takes a lot of time. It costs Ringo
Starr a lot of time to come to this now very simple style, a very fantastic drummer."
to England, you played in the Royal Festival Hall?"
people have to pay a lot of money to get in, I don't like that. I've also played,
in the Arts Laboratory of Jim Haynes ... you know that? It's like your Fantasio
Club. I did a very fine gig. The people there were very relaxed and they reacted
to my music, a feedback that you learn from.
think England is unfair. Nice people who really are not nice at all. Groups get
dressed up when they have to play, a kind of unreal circus, a kind of friendly
candy-stall with disguised actors. They don't agree with the music. They make
a show and not music, you can't discover them in what they are doing. The people
in the Arts Lab, they could listen, a fantastic audience."
is your relationship to other music being made at the moment in the US?"
ever heard of Dr. John, the Nighttripper? I think it's thrilling music. It's something
very new, incredible. A kind of black magic. This guy comes from Florida, the
Everglades, a village in the swamps, mosquitoes, snakes, Bahama's, that kind of
foreign area. You've got to be strong to live there.
Satie, do you know him? A classical composer that I listen to very often. John
Coltrane... One day, he said to his musicians: everyone is playing for himself,
what we feel, there is no key, no deal. Yourself, that's only what counts... That
is the kind of music where lots of good things happen. "Mind Gardens"
by the Byrds made a great impression on me... you know that song?
Doors have a good show... I mean a real show... that Jim Morrison is someone who
believes in what he is doing, it's no theatre... he is it, Jim Morrison of the
Doors. Cream and Hendrix... tremendous groups, but that's England."
"What is the
starting point of your music?"
philosophy is... so what philosophy... (smiles apologetically). It's good if you
can daydream with music or even fall asleep. If music takes you away and creates
a new world. Like Dr. John opens for you a jungle and you enter a magic forest
with weird birds and mysterious sounds. I will try to make my new album as simple
as possible, but in fact I can tell you nothing more about it. Maybe next week,
I'll change my mind. I have to learn a lot and I have to work hard."
was a Dutch underground weekly newspaper that ran between 1965 and 1969