By Mendelson Joe and Nadia Halim
He believes that conversing out could make a distinction, that girls are the one wish for the longer term, and that there is fact in a superb blues music. He does not think in God, compromise, or schmaltz. Meet Mendelson Joe: musician, artist, activist, and avid author of letters to Canadian politicians and editors. Alien brings jointly the very best of Joe's paintings, in addition to huge interviews with the fellow and the folks who comprehend him. Joe holds forth at the issues that fascinate him: the feminine physique, bikes, rabbits, nature, paintings, and song. He tells of traveling the realm along with his blues-rock band Mendelson McKenna Mainline within the early '70s, sharing live performance phases with burlesque strippers, and getting to know a fondness for paintings after rescuing a collection of acrylic paints from a trashcan. He additionally talks concerning the issues that make him offended: the stupidity of people, who "piss the place they drink," destroying the surroundings via greed and carelessness; the therapy of ladies through males; racism. And Joe's neighbors and associates discuss realizing this humorous, proficient, and deeply principled man who is by no means afraid to talk his brain.
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He was an electric guitarist, I was an acoustic guitarist. I didn't have any experience playing in electric bands; McKenna had a lot of experience. At the beginning, it was McKenna, myself, Tony Nolasco, a drummer from Sudbury, who was much younger than us, and Timothy O'Leary, who was an American bass player. In our first month of playing together, we dumped O'Leary and replaced him with Dennis Gerrard, who was probably a genius bassist. But he was fired in '68, by the end of the summer. Tony Nolasco suggested another bassist, whom we hired: Michael Harrison, whom I refer to as Harry.
What did you do? Oh, we didn't hurt it, but we didn't do it any good! We just drove around and squealed the tires, probably wore half of the tire tread off. We of course saw ourselves as very deep and philosophical and so on and so forth. I remember one night we ended up sitting on an overpass over Highway 75, which runs down through Kentucky, watching cars go by and waving at various and sundry. We watched a red Corvette with a woman in it go by, and wondered, "Did she see us? " Of course we weren't even in any position for her to see us, really.
I had done some horrible summer work — I had to clean up garbage, and I used to clean out horse barns, construction, sewer cleaning, that kind of stuff. And I later worked doing window displays, I did odd jobs for a guy who ran a clothing store. Joe jobs. That summer was when I started performing for money. It was a pretty heavy load: I'd perform at night and work by day. I was living in a rooming house on llth Ave. West, right downtown. I lived in an 22 SOLO DAYS TO GLORY DAYS 23 attic room — one room, one shared toilet in the whole house — and the rent was $25 a month.