In 1996, Frank re-ordered Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Top 500 Songs of All-Time List” to his liking. He then had Mikee download all of the songs on the list and add them to the mix on his internet station, LUVeR.com.
Here’s his top 50! (There’s a link to a .pdf of the entire list below)
FRANK’S ROOTS ROCK’N’
Sunday, December 01, 1996
- I Put a Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
- Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
- Downhearted Blues – Bessie Smith
- Ain’t That a Shame – Fats Domino
- Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
- Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan
- Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker
- Hoochie Coochie Man – Muddy Waters
- Imagine – John Lennon
- Yakety Yak – The Coasters
- The House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals
- I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
- (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
- Hound Dog – Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton
- Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
- Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley
- River Deep, Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner
- The Great Pretender – The Platters
- Spanish Harlem – Ben E. King
- Boogie Chillun – John Lee Hooker
- Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
- This Land Is Your Land – Woody Guthrie
- Bus Stop – The Hollies
- C.C. Rider – Chuck Willis
- Got My Mojo Working – Muddy Waters
- Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
- Hey Jude – The Beatles
- Born Under A Bad Sign – Albert King
- Ball ‘N’ Chain – Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton
- Pastures Of Plenty – Woody Guthrie
- Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bob Dylan
- C’mon Everybody – Eddie Cochran
- Caldonia – Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five
- Driftin’ Blues – Charles Brown
- Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
- Pretty Boy Floyd – Woody Guthrie
- Good Golly, Miss Molly – Little Richard
- Dust My Broom – Elmore James
- The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
- Give Peace A Chance – John Lennon
- We Gotta Get Out Of This Place – The Animals
- I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
- Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Good Rockin’ Tonight – Wynonie Harris
- Walk Away Renee – The Left Banke
- I Fall To Pieces – Patsy Cline
- The A Teenager In Love – Dion And The Belmonts
- Party Doll – Buddy Knox
- Respect – Aretha Franklin
- Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
Download the entire list (.pdf)
Poet Ava Bird recently posted the above photo on her blog.
by frank moore
Frank had had Mikee create this vinyl banner during the time we were doing the monthly performance series at the Temescal Art Center in Oakland, to hang on the wall there.
Here is another photo in the context of a performance:
Erotic Risk For Deep Love June 2013
Frank performed Journey To Lila on two weekends at Franklin Furnace in New York City in June 1989. Here is an excerpt from a letter Frank received from Fred Hatt in 1997, almost 8 years after the performance, who had attended one of those performances. He had just discovered Frank on the web and emailed Frank to introduce himself and tell him about the impact his experience at this performance had on his own work:
I feel like all of these things were potential in my interests and my work at the time in 1989 when I came to experience a journey to the planet Lila with you and your friends. But I had never seen real experiential magic presented as art before – not distanced by anthropology, not burdened by cosmological mysticism or pretensions of grandeur. You showed how simple magical consciousness really is, and how effective in opening people up, expanding their freedom and then going beyond that to make them feel their connectedness. The steps of the journey peeled away layer after layer of psychological armor with scalpel precision. As an artist, I had always felt isolated, a loner, awkward dealing with other people, although I craved collaboration. Some things I learned from your performance changed me immediately, but others grew over a period of long years, nurtured through my own trial and error and through all I learned from so many others along the way, and are growing still. I am no master of magic, but I am free and live my life in joy, and though I enjoy solitude, I no longer feel so isolated or awkward and I love to work with others.
… I am glad that you are still spreading subversive joy and I am glad to be in communication with you since you are one of my heroes and teachers!
Photos by Annie Sprinkle
An ad for the performance in the Village Voice
We dropped off 45 old 5.25″ floppy discs from Frank’s Atari computer from the 1980s at our computer repair store this evening to see if they can access the files and transfer them to a data CD.
The Used Computer Store on Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley.
While in New York City, Annie Sprinkle introduced us to the photographer, Eric Kroll, who then scheduled a photo shoot with us while we were in town. Here are some outtakes from the photo shoot at his studio.
All photos by Eric Kroll
In 1989 the six of us, Frank, Linda, Mikee, Alexi, Rourke and Leigh, took Amtrak across the country to New York State, where we did the five-hour performance, Journey to Lila, at Hallwalls in Buffalo and Pyramid Arts in Rochester and then two weekends at Franklin Furnace in NYC. We were also scheduled to do a music show at CBGBs but they had a fire during our sound check!!! and had to cancel that night’s show and we could not stay the extra day for the replacement date they offered us. We took over a train car with our sleeping bags, food, etc. on both legs of the trip!
Here are some photos from the train ride to New York.
Rourke (Smith) & Alexi (Malenky)
During our East Coast tour in 1989 to Buffalo, Rochester and New York City we were scheduled to do a music show at CBGBs but they had a fire during our sound check!!! and had to cancel that night’s show and we could not stay the extra day for the replacement date they offered us.
Frank Moore’s Outrageous Horror Show poster
Frank Moore’s Outrageous Horror Show setlist
Frank wrote for the underground press paper, The Hips Voice, when he lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the early 1970s. Thanks to Paul Escriva for retrieving this article from the Underground Press microfilm collection at The Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Illinois.
Photo above: Kriss Worthington, Frank Moore, Dr. Susan Block
We found this picture from 2002 when we were fighting the City of Berkeley over them attempting to censor (and failing!) the public access channel, B-tv.
Censorship Battle Archive: