gillian g. gaar


A new book by Gillian G. Gaar
BOSS: Bruce Springsteen and the S Street Band - The Illustrated History

When Paul came in[to the band], things started to get a little bit more serious. Paul’s father had actually had a band, Jim Mac’s Jazz Band, so Paul was much more aware of the career possibilities than any of the rest of us were, because here his own dad had had a band. So things got a lot more structured and serious when Paul arrived. You can tell that by looking at the photograph of us in July ’57, when we were at St Peter’s Church, a bunch of guys in checked shirts, and in November ’57, when you have John and Paul in smart white jackets and everybody in little bootlace ties. I mean, already Paul’s influence was evident, you know?
—  Rod Davis (of The Quarrymen), interview w/ Gillian G. Gaar for Goldmine: Before they were Beatles, they were Quarrymen. (November 28th, 2012)

Country Joe McDonald and Janis Joplin, by Jim Marshall

“Sexism killed her. Everybody wanted this sexy chick who sang really sexy and had a lot of energy … and people kept saying one of the things about her was that she was just ‘one of the guys’ … that’s a real sexist bullshit trip, ‘cause that was fuckin’ her head around … she was one of the women. She was a strong, groovy woman. Smart, you know? But she got fucked around.” - Country Joe on Janis

(Quote source: She’s a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll by Gillian G. Gaar)

On April 24th, 1988, a trio from Aberdeen, Washington, played one of their first shows in Seattle at one of the few clubs in the city that welcomed bands who played original music, The Vogue. More people were familiar with the group as being friends of another band from the same area, the Melvins, than they were with the fact that Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Foster were in a band in their own right - one who’d only recently settled on a final name: Nirvana.
—  Gillian G. Gaar, Seattle 2011, The Treasures of Nirvana.