Number 9… number 9…
number 9… this year’s Gonerfest (Sept. 27-30) in Memphis, courtesy our pals at Goner Records
(and a load of other cool folks), was a corker. Our correspondent lived to tell
about it, and file some choice images, too. Pictured above: The Oblivians!
Text/Photos by Marty Perez
Before the photos, some observations on Gonerfest:
- Part record
convention, part frat party…Gonerfest pops up toward the end of September of each year. Scheduling/hype for next Gonerfest begins
on-line around May. Hosted by the Memphis
based Goner label/store.
- Memphis lactates music; all you’ve got to do
- It’s not un-likely
to find yerself in the same crowd, stayin’ at the same motel, eatin’ at the
same burger/BBQ joint or elbowin’ up to bar next to the “goner” that was jumpin-n-
hollerin on stage a few hours before. In Memphis
for that weekend we’s all “goner’s” whether you from Belgium,
Japan, Memphis – or outer space.
- The three individual
O’s of the Oblivians are mighty busy by themselves. BUT, when they’re together
AND focused The Oblivians ARE one of R&R’s finest killing machines; I’m
- Attend a Gonerfest
and you’ll NOT: have your pocket pinched (unless you care to spend freely);
be forced to sit through a crummy opening band; wait in long lines at a port ‘o
potty; watch people “re-live” their Woodstock fantasies; be reminded of the
baby food that passes for music nowadays; or go hungry.
•Attend a Gonerfest
and you WILL: meet/establish at least one new friendship with a fellow
music geek/aficionado; discover some old new wicked ass music/bands; and find out
you like Memphis.