Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Border Lord.

As promised, a fuzzy Saturday afternoon tribute to the songwriter behind "Sunday Mornin', Comin' Down" and so many other stoned-out, memorable tunes of the era. Army captain, helicopter pilot, Rhodes scholar, actor, left-wing activist...Brownsville native Kris Kristofferson has worn many hats, but he'll probably always be remembered best for the string of hits other people had with his songs in the early 70's: "Me and Bobby McGee" (Janis Joplin); "For the Good Times" (Ray Price); "Help Me Make it Through the Night" (Sammi Smith, dozens more); and of course Cash's version of "Sunday Mornin'", the CMA Song of the Year for 1970. In a way, he was really the last of a dying breed - a smash hit, popular songwriter who was also an artist in his own right. Nashville prefers to keep those roles and those revenue streams divided, thank you very much.

Here's some really cool footage from the 1972 film Cisco Pike, which apparently I need to watch, if for nothing else than the awesome shots of Southern California circa '71 or so. Is that an Automat where he's meeting his connection, fer chrissakes? Also starring Karen Black and Gene Hackman, who between them were in every single movie made between 1970-1974. Oh, and Harry Dean Stanton. What? Seriously? I need to watch this movie NOW!

"Breakdown", from the film Cisco Pike (1972):

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