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COLUMN SIXTY-NINE, MARCH 1, 2002
(Copyright 2002 Al Aronowitz)

LETTER FROM PIG


Subject: Re: [AGALIST] COLUMN SIXTY-EIGHT
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 20:31:11 EST
From: PIGPROD@aol.com
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com

Hello Al !

Your John Sebastian piece brought back many, many fond (retro-popping)memories indeed:

Of anxiously ripping open the box as a young teen which housed my first record shipment ever custom-ordered from the USA into Canada (...it was The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful, Volume Two

Of visiting Zalman Yanovsky's (FABULOUS, btw) restaurant in Kingston, Ontario a decade ago whilst on tour.  Chez Piggy was its name (and it still is); our guitarist had once dated Zally's daughter in Toronto (he later married Bebe Buell).  At any rate, Zal never did come out of the kitchen to say Hi (...I'd written at length about his VERY Fabulous solo album Alive And Well In Argentina, and wanted to give him a copy of my Pig Paper funzine to boot). But the food WAS  ....yes, Fabulous.

Of hoofing my aching frame all over the Village a few years later (by now having moved to NYC, and toiling quite beneath the table as a foot courier). Lost, again, I suddenly found myself upon Bank Street.  "Hey!" my inner trivia voice reminded me, "John and Yoko once rented an apartment from Joe Butler on this very street!"  And with that, who should cross the lights opposite me?  None other than Joe's ex-bandmate, John Sebastian.

Later I saw John and his J-Band performing at the Hoboken Arts and Music Fair.  A glorious Sunday afternoon outdoors, with plenty of jug-band, GOOD TIME music.

Yessir, John's still a true, rare gem; and now I'm going back on Canadian tour tomorrow with Dave Rave for a month.

Maybe we'll hit Kingston again!

Talk to you upon my return, Al, and I hope you enjoyed your Valentino's Pirates,

 <A HREF="http://www.tomlou.com/rave.html">That Dave Rave Conspiracy</A>  ##

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