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After we watched a free concert by Afrobeat progenitor / drummer Tony Allen that afternoon, and a nice shared sushi meal later – Richard struck up a conversation with a guy on the train about music, and the topic invariably wound up on The Clash – and his having been at their legendary Bonds Casino performances in NYC in either May or June of 1981.

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Richard Vitale on drums – Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, New York City – July 8th, 2010

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Friends and band members describe their impressions on the sound and presence of the group Stick Against Stone.

In order of appearance in the clip: Brook Duer, John B. Maxson, Robert Wagner, Herman “Soy Sos” Pearl, John Gallone, Bob Wenzel, Sari Jozokos Morninghawk

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“Elephants” (full title: “Elephants stampeding out of a rainforest into a sea of grass, before your very eyes”) is a song written by the group Stick Against Stone in 1981. I first heard it, -really heard it- in about 2005, on a cassette copy of a live show (probably 3rd or 4th generation) from November 1981. An artifact that represented an echo of an echo of a brief window in time.

As the arresting melody, harmonizing horn arrangements and syncopated rhythms sank in my ears and heart – I knew that I wanted to hear this song performed live. What you see here, from a recording studio in New York in the summer of 2009 – is a small step in an iterative process to re-animate one of many great tunes from a nearly forgotten songbook. Our hope is to release these re-recorded songs as a tribute album and companion to the “Get It All Out” documentary.

Recorded at Axis Sound – Hell’s Kitchen, New York City Engineer – Steve Rossiter
Artists:
Bob Wenzel - baritone and alto Sax (Bob was one of the members of the first version of Stick Against Stone, and has been playing horn since the ’60s)
Tony Mason – drums
Ben Rubin – bass
Michael Blake – tenor and soprano sax
Yusuke Yamamoto – percussion

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Mark Gibson (friend of the band) and Anne Gallagher (keyboard player in the 2nd version of the band) discuss the type of audience the earliest version of Stick Against Stone had, and the context of the music at the time in Pittsburgh (1981-1982).

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A tribute to John Creighton by Bob Wenzel (some hibiscus love in a Hawaiian flowery-shirt and all).
From the RePunk 1 hoe-down in PGH, 17 August 2006. First of two nights of music. Night 1 was at Quiet Storm. Day 2 was at the Buffalo Inn, Allegheny County Fairgrounds, PGH, PA

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Interview with John Gallone, PGH native and friend of the band. 1 July 2008, Portland, OR

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