Oh boy! This is a great thread!
Now I have to figure out where I left off...
eta: and cowboy's thread.. That could always be a great bump too!!
Yep a wonderful thread. And I am not sure if I should derail it, but Tony has a very interesting post today and I thought our wonderful author of this thread would enjoy reading it. The quality of the writing does remind me of your great informative works Afaceinthecrowd. I am curious what you Face would think of it. Enjoy
Some Remarks on the Writings of L. Ron Hubbard
By William Blackbeard
“De L’audace, de l’audace, et toujours de l’audace!” – Danton.
" ....This initial work, brief though it is and hastily written, contains in seedling form nearly every point which I wish to make about Hubbard’s writing, points which later grew to become monstrously evident in most of his major fiction and sent clotting branches into nearly everything else he wrote..."
Thanks a whole bunch, Gizmo...Means a whole lot to me coming from you.
Time to reanimate this thread. Per chance I came across this interesting picture:
So what can we see there:
a ship, a microphone tripod, El Con Hubbard with his typical 1.1-smile sitting in a chair and ..... holding a trumpet in his hand !
Now this picture leads to more questions than answers.
Why is Hubbard holding a trumpet in his hand ?
Is Hubbard dreaming: "my name is not El Con, my true name is Freddie (Hubbard)" ?
Is Hubbard waiting for a job to blow ?
Was this Hubbard's own trumpet, or did he only hold the trumpet from an apollo star musician while he went to the toilet ?
With his rotten teeth, would have Hubbard been able to get a decent tone out of this instrument ?
Can Hubbard be heard on the POS-album playing this trumpet ?
Did Hubbard play the trumpet while people were overboarded ?
Or while children were put into the chain-locker ?
Or did Hubbard use the trumpet every morning to wake up his crew ?
If yes, how painful must this have been, judging from his smile.
questions upon questions, maybe anybody has an answer ?
Dawwwww, the ol' drugged-out sociopath was probably just blowing his own horn, dancing to the tunes in his own head.... (no doubt any bleatings he was able to pull from it was no better than his marvelous singing...ugh.)
Seriously, LRon had a 'tin ear' of Marcabian proportions, for the morbidly curious go track down some of the wonderous anecdotes from people who were unfortunate enough to be stuck trying to make music with the demented cur. I especially like the one about how he decided to record everything flat (whot is this 'mixing board' evil thingy-thing?), even the folks who pressed the albums were like, all wtf???
Bagpipes... he had enough windage and hot air, might have done well there.
Not really..... depends on if you can afford AND USE a so called "multitrack-recorder". Those machines were available at least since the late 60's and looked like this:
In the Sound Recording Biz, recording everything "flat" is termed as "Dumbstick".