Monday, June 15, 2009

GFR~Three Faces In Those Square New York Times

Flash back to June 14TH, in the very groovy year, 1970...Grand Funk Railroad unleash a feast to the dimentional senses with their Gi-Normous "Closer To Home" billboard in New York's Time Square!

To create the dynamic decoupage would cost 70 thousand dollars and 35 thousand more would need to be spent to rent the 60 foot high, entire city block long, prime peeping space between 45TH and 46TH Streets on Broadway!! The inscription read: "Three faces among the countless who belong to the New culture, setting forth on the final voyage through a dying world...searching to find a way to bring us all CLOSER TO HOME"

"...I didn't realize it was that BIG until I finally saw it for myself....It was huge. I thought it was the coolest thing. I just stood there with my mouth open and tears came to my eyes...." [more on this in; From Grand Funk To Grace] Another help to the band came from striking union workers that would have changed the billboard when the rental agreement expired. As the strike wore on...the sign stayed larger than life for several extra months for free!

Little over a year later:
Long line for Grand Funk Railroad at Shea Stadium. A 72 hours hour sell out in 1971!

Vietnam Veterans Vote "I'm Your Captain/ Closer To Home" the song of honor at the 25TH Anniversary of "The Wall" Memorial Service.


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Flint's Farner Fervor Flows

Guest Post from Cruizinsuezin:

Here's a quick little slide show commercial with a great Marquee Farner behind Farner Marketeer/Spokeswoman Lynn.

I can just imagine how many "takes" she took to finally eloquently enunciate "Mark Farner" and "Farmer's Market in Flint" in the same sentence! On camera no less! Add the fact that she had to say: August "fifteenth" too, and I think she's ready for a "cold one" from one of the sponsors foamy fountains. Good thing she didn't add the"Forty Year's Funkin'" quip! She may have hurt herself!

But, speaking of sameness, how easy is that to remember: "Farmer Farner at..." No wait, Mark Farmer (happens all the time) Mark Farner's Marketed at Flints Farmer's Market...yeah, that's the ticket! Oh, [Caution cheesy segway ahead] Somebody say ticket? Buy ticket's at Farmer's Market in Flint for Mark Farner's August 15 !

Now, this particular depiction of Mark is from the MT. Clemens, Michigan show where Mark Farner/N'rG held the stage and attending spectators as happy captives for a solid hour and a half. Two or three days earlier "the other guys"(you know, the two against one guys that hold the trade mark) had played the area and it was like Mark had set himself to prove something that day...and prove it he did that day and many times since! In the crowd, I saw a sign that read: "The Real Deal-Mark Farner" Nuff said. It was one of THE BEST Mark shows I had ever experienced! The description, "on fire" doesn't even cover it..."OF Fire" would be closer.

Mark Farner Fires Up the Fans

Anyway, the picture they picked for the banner is capturing Mark in Michigan. He is conducting the audience during the spiritually moving chorus of Mark's gift of song: "I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home"

"I'm Getting Closer To My Home"

Check Spelling
The audience sings back to Mark: "I'm Getting Closer To My Home"

Mark receives you: "your the best"

This is destined to be a HOT time in Flint! Get your ticket's! Tell your friends!
Come Fan the Flames!
Don't forget...It's the "Forty Years Funkin'" Celebration and the fan club has had contests like members sending in their favorite Grand Funkin' story to have Mark draw entry's at random. The winning entry wins a personal phone call from him! Sign up and 'fess up today!

Special Thanks to T. Bankert for the Flint footage for this;

Buy Tickets in these Fine Flint establishments:

Blackstones Eatery; (810) 234-9011
Mike's Triple Grille; (810) 239-4444
Farmer's Market; (810) 232- 1399

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40Year's Funkin'

Title Tune From "For The People"


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