Saturday, May 4, 2013
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
|Tim Hardin (1941-1980) at Tricky Dick's Coffee House, London, 1978|
But mostly he played, because that's what he liked doing best of all.
He lived for his art and felt good only when he was in his zone, strumming, tapping keys and singing.
When I realized what was going on, I just walked on them, split, which also cost me a lot of money. At that time I was so young and, it seemed me, so rich, that I couldn't make a mistake. That I had some money in my pocket made me so f------- cocky I decided to stop recording for anyone and start my own record company.
ERINGER: When was that?
HARDIN: About 1972. But then I got an offer to record with Rod Stewart's people, GM Records.
ERINGER: That's when you moved to London?
ERINGER: Why London?
HARDIN: Well, romantically I had something going with Mary Frampton.
ERINGER: While she was married to Peter Frampton?
ERINGER: Did Peter know?
HARDIN: No, he didn't. And neither did she! I was just so in love with her that I just went over there [London] and waited till somebody f----- up.
ERINGER: What happened?
HARDIN: Well, I didn't f--- up, so I got it.
ERINGER: Got what?
HARDIN: Mary married me.
ERINGER: How were you for money at that time?
HARDIN: Until just after Christmas, '75, I never realized that I wouldn't have all the money I ever wanted ever.
ERINGER: After being a millionaire for a bunch of years you were suddenly broke?
HARDIN: And would be in terms of anything I could make off of what I thought I owned. Then my manager, a so-called "friend," came over and said somebody offered me a quarter-of-a-million for my catalog of songs. Well, I needed money at the time so I said okay. When I came round to my senses a week later, I changed my mind. So this "friend" came to England and told me he'd gone to the IRS and told him my story about the kind of tax shortcuts everybody takes, and he said they'd extradite me from England and put me in jail. So I signed the paper and sold the catalog.
ERINGER: But, still, how can you be so down and out?
HARDIN: I had to pay my ex-wife Susan an awful lot of money. I wish she'd give me some.
ERINGER: Why won't she?
HARDIN: Because she knows I hate her so much and she hates me, too. She doesn't even like to see me.
ERINGER: When did you last see her?
HARDIN: About seven months ago. She met me at her office, where she does organic make-up. I had tea and a cupcake with her. I asked her if she could lend me some bread to pay for parking across the street. She said, "Oh, Tim, are you really broke?" and I explained the whole thing to her. So she gave me twenty bucks instead of five. She could tell right then that I was very capable of killing.
ERINGER: How did it feel when it finally occurred to you that you were dead broke and had to change your glamorous lifestyle?
HARDIN: It grabbed me by the nuts, put its thumb up my asshole and scratched my brains from inside.
ERINGER: You were addicted to heroin, right?
HARDIN: I was addicted to heroin from age 19 to 26. I'll tell you what: My drug experiences were not a drag. I felt so good so much that I will never, ever be sorry.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Friday, September 2, 2011
This appeared in the (UK) Sunday People on May 4th, 1986
Terror plan to 'smash the rich scum and their lackeys'
THE angry Brigade is back. The ruthless anarchists who brought terror to Britain more than a decade ago are manipulating an ultra-left plot to turn out cities into bloodbaths.
The sinister network of fanatical anarchists are motivated solely by a desire to destroy, to maim and to sabotage.
They are bent on whipping up a nationwide hate campaign which will erupt with a summer of riots.
Their evil intent is summed up in this chilling warning. “We fight the cops with all our strength with bricks and petrol bombs, we maim them and kill them because we hate them.”
The anarchists hope there will be an explosion of violence to mark Prince Andrew's marriage to Sarah Ferguson on July 23.
As the Sunday Mirror revealed last week, the underground newspaper Class War showed a photo of the couple under the sick headline Better Dead Than Wed.
And an activist told us: “We would be over the moon if there were riots on the day of the Royal wedding.”
The Sunday Mirror has infiltrated several anarchist movements and we have uncovered their plot to join forces in a campaign of violence.
MI5 believe Angry Brigade urban guerillas are playing a sinister behind-the-scene role in the plot.
They have close links with terror groups abroad.
And they are also closely linked to the shadowy world of British anarchists.
The most active of the British cells is Class War whose driving force is former punk musician Ian Bone, 38.
Their charter states: “Together we can do our bit to smash the rich scum and their state, courts armies and lackeys.”
Class War has close ties with VIRUS, a communist-anarchist group who publish a paper called The Enemy Within.
The winter issue says: “Virus gives a welcome to the burning and looting...take it, it's yours! Burn it, it's rotten!”
A journal called Crowbar in Brixton, South London, offers advice on how to commit sabotage.
And BLACK FLAG, also based in Brixton, are thought to be linked with a Belgian terror group.
The Bristol-based group ACAB--which stands for All Coppers Are Bastards--call on their followers to attack expensive cars.
Their leaders often visit Ian Bone at his council flat in Hackney, North-East London.
This is the main way that informal links are made between British anarchist cells.
Intelligence chiefs know that most of the groups were active during the riots last year in Brixton and Tottenham.
They are likely to be the flashpoints again this year.
One police officers warned that anarchists might also start riots in other areas of London at the same time.
FORCES OF HATE
SECURITY chiefs are alarmed at the close cooperation between the Angry Brigade and terror organisations in Europe.
And our inquiries revealed that a meeting was held in London last year between leading UK anarchists and the Belgium terror group, CCC, the Cellules Communists Combattantes.
The CCC are linked with West Germany's Red Army Faction and with the ultra-Left French group Action Directe.
Intelligence services are now concerned that European expertise will lead to terrorists in Britain becoming more and more sophisticated.
A former police chief said: “The Angry Brigade has always had strong continental connections—that will continue to be the case.”