by David Safier
That started me thinking about references to Tucson in film and music. Have we ever gotten any respect? I know Old Tucson cranked out movies for years, but most of those don't count, because being filmed here isn't the point.
Pocket Money with Paul Newman and Lee Marvin was both partially filmed and set here (Apparently, that's when Marvin bought his Tucson home that was on the market recently). It's set in 1980s Tucson, but the city looks like the last outpost of marginal civilization before you hit the cattle trail, which is what Newman and Marvin do.
take this child, lord
From Tucson Arizona
Give her the wings to fly through harmony
And she wont bother you no more
Not the kind of lyrics you want to put in a Chamber of Commerce "Visit Tucson" pamphlet.
outside of tucson
got my groove on
in the shadow of the rincons
me and this desert man we get along
it's hot here
it's hot as hell here
swamp cooler and a cold beer
i ain't sayin' we got it made
but we're gettin' there
get out there and go see the fine local musicians that live here and write about it...It may exceed all expectations...
John Coinman, Stefan George, Arthur Migliazza, Nancy McCallion, Tom Walbank, Grams and Kreiger, Gerry Glombecki, Neon Prophet, Ice Nine, The Mollys (You'll have to settle for their CD's), John Thompson (Look for his old tapes), The Organ Donors (long gone, look for the CD)...My apologies to the many fine musicians and bands that I neglected to mention.
Listen to KXCI...go to the Folk Festival...
Support your local musicians. [Historical note: I used to see ads on Portland, OR, billboards for Ice Nine (in the 70s?), which I loved, because I was teaching Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle at the time, which is where the term came from. Was that the same group?]