Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Presentng Mark Farner With The KEY To Hometown Flint!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame committee has sent us another listless list of inductee's. And, no surprise, due to politics and swayed opinions, the name "Grand Funk Railroad" is bizarrely missing from the vote. Again and again, year after year, Grand Funk Railroad is missing from the list. But, let's not subscribe to all that nor the magazine Empire that makes the elite committee possible.

"It's better than being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

In mid-August, as I remember it, standing there off to the side of the red carpet. I heard Mayor Dayne Walling present Mark Farner with an impressive black plaque holding the key to Farner's first hometown of Flint, Michigan. Mark was visibly humbled and proud and had this to say to the film crews and fans there on the red bricks of Flinttown:
"It's better than being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To think that the people of my hometown think that much of me means a lot." [See New's article]

August 14, 2009 Mark Farner receives the Key to the city of Flint for his achievements in music.

The little gold plaque Reads: "Mark Farner, Flint's Rock Patriot"

This dedication took place the day before the Atwood Stadium concert. After dinner the band went to do a night time sound check then, Mark did an awesome interview for Flint's own Kettering University radio station, WKUF 94.3
Find Mark with the Butcher Shop Brother's on the Pod Cast Player, Myspace:

Mark shakes hands with Mayor Walling. To Mark's right is Flint's hostess with the Mostess, Lynn Sorenson, Flint Revival Committee.

Pics by;
Mary N & Sue T


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mark Farner's: "The Most Famous Messenger" Guitar

Labor Day was the last day to check out the "Rock Star's Car's and Guitar's" exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. So,I was on a mission to meet the Messenger! Guitar, that the sign say's: "It was Grand Funk's first guitar voice and was used to record the first three albums"

I walked right past the Kiss costumes. Too much makeup,not enough chords. And sure the cars were cool. I did slow down by Elvis' Caddy, Kid Rock's Ride was all right, Alice's Billion Dollar Babies mobile was interesting but, the lure of the Guitar's behind plexiglass pulled me just around the cordoned corner from Janis Joplin's pretty little psychedelic Porsche. Here hangs the Famous and frazzled stringed-ones in suspended animation. One in pieces, from The Who, it was displayed underneath a
likely story from Pete Townshed on how it accidentally got smashed when he tripped, creating a signature Axe Assault expectation to their shows. There was an "H" shape guitar from Ian Hunter, A Checker board guitar along with too many other things to care about from Cheap Trick, John Entwistle's Axe from the "Ox" was an "Awww-Wow" attention grabber but, the one many little boys and Farner Fanaticals stopped to fingerprint the glass in front of was that magical Messenger with the sign reading: "The most famous Messenger guitar in the world" Courtesy of MARK FARNER:

I took a picture of every inch of this unique piece of history so when Mark Farner tells his story [click here for tekky interview] I can refer you to:

"The Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Tone" toggle switch! Built right into the guitar. Reached down and flicked it on during a lead.

"The body was HOLLOW. Sound would get in the "F" holes and just feedback and squeal so, I stuffed it full of foam and put duct tape and masking tape on them then, I did a psychedelic paint job on it, kinda glow in the dark a little bit"

"WHY the Messenger? Because my friend, distributor in Michigan, allowed payments on the $200 dollar purchase! Used it up until '71-'72 right up in there..."

"The neck, actually, you didn't run into any wood until the last fret. That's when the body began, so you could play it, it was the same dimension all the way there so, it was very easy to play, aluminum neck and, inside the body was an A440 tuning fork"

The Messenger Axe that became an instrument of Hard Rock at it's masters fiery fingers at the Atlanta Pop Festival, Shea Stadium and huge crowds in America and Japan!

The taped guitar something to be hold! I hope it gets home safe.

And to the right of the legendary Messenger...The Gibson L5S, we'll save that for another story...stay "In Tune"




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