ST. JOHN GREEN
MICHAEL BAXTER VIC SABINO ED BISSOT BILL KIRKLAND SHELLY SCOTT
Formed in 1967, this young band, was a compilation of ideas and styles fueled by
the Poetry of Ed Bissott and the Song Writing of Mike Baxter and Vic Sabino.
The two adverse styles and approaches created a unique fusion and musical alliance that evolved quickly and soon found a home in the hills of Topanga Canyon ...
an area east from the coast of Southern California near Malibu and up into the hills that seperate the coastal communities from the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles.
A haven and sanctuary for Actors, Artists, Musicians and drop outs from the corporate worlds below.
"The infamous Topanga Corral" "became our musical residence and a source of inspiration".
SJG was courted, and recorded by notorious record producer Kim Fowley for Michael Curbs Sidewalk Productions. The only LP SJG made was released in 1968 under the MGM FlickDisc label.
The band, unsettled with the project, and with differences in direction apparent,
split up shortly after the recording was finished.
* excerpt from: wikipedia / Kim Fowley
“[‘St. John Green’ is] one of the great lost records...Somebody will reissue it someday and people will ...... start crying ...... to it. It’s a great record. There’s only a handful of records that I’ve made that are great.”
-Kim Fowley to Mike Stax (“Ugly Things” magazine issue #19, 2001)
"THE DEVIL AND THE SEA"
M. BAXTER AND V. SABINO
AN EXCERPT FROM THE ORIGINAL ALBUM RECORDING BY
ST JOHN GREEN
* THIS ALBUM HAS BEEN "BOOTLEGGED" FOR SALE OUT OF EUROPE FOR YEARS WITH NO COMPENSATION OFFERED OR PAID TO ANY OF THE BAND MEMBERS.
IT IS NOW CONSIDERED BY SOME TO BE A COLLECTABLE .
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ED SILVERMAN
William S. Kirkland
1939 – 2015
Click on Blue photo to hear Kim tell his take on it all ... a bit long but interesting, historical and informative for sure.