August 19th

alanmerrill:

My band Arrows and friends doing some weight lifting at our publicist Bill Harry’s local pub, The Reden in Queensway, London England 1975. I’m wearing a raincoat in case somebody couldn’t hold their “yard of ale” down.

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August 16th

pulmyears:

August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died in Memphis, TN.

The weird thing is that when it happened, 42 did seem old. Now 42 is the new 24

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August 14th

alanmerrill:

Alan Rand photos of the Alan Merrill Band (Amy Madden bass & Mark Brotter drums) and the audience at The Delancey NYC, August 10, 2014.

Really fantastic pictures :D Wow! ♥

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August 7th
alanmerrill:

Founding band members of the band The Arrows and the "I Love Rock N Roll" songwriting team (left to right) Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker. May 1968, New York City.

alanmerrill:

Founding band members of the band The Arrows and the "I Love Rock N Roll" songwriting team (left to right) Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker. May 1968, New York City.

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August 5th
alanmerrill:

This weekend my former bandmate Jake Hooker passed away. Jake and I were founding members of the band the Arrows.
I met Jake at Taft High School in the Bronx New York 1965. We were both young teens in different bands, both of us guitar players with the look of the British sixties bands the Beatles, Kinks and Rolling Stones. Long hair and flamboyant clothing, fashionably avant garde for the mid 1960s.
His guitar playing was basic and unskilled when I met him, it needed quite a bit of finessing so his mother hired me as his guitar teacher. I went to see his band The Psychedelic Force at the Bee Hive, a dive bar in Brooklyn. The band were not very good. So over the next year I taught him my guitar style and approach and he was a quick learner. He was such a good student that when my band’s own guitar player Jimmy Reilly started missing rehearsals due to substance abuse we replaced Jimmy with Jake in my band the Watertower West. We had a residency at The Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village New York. Jake took to the semi-pro rock n roll stage like a duck to water.  He fit right in to the band.
In 1968 I left to live in Japan but we stayed in touch. In close enough contact that when my manager in Japan wasn’t paying me well enough in the autumn of 1973 Jake stepped up and sent me a plane ticket from Tokyo to London to start a band call the Arrows.
The story of the Arrows has been told often and there’s an excellent book about our band written by Bill Harry which was released on Everest books in 1976. Publisher, Everest Books, 1976. ISBN, 0903925613, 9780903925617.
I think all we can hope for across the course of a lifetime is to attain our goals. I think in becoming a rock star in England with the Arrows Jake realized his dreams. It’s all we can really hope for in life when all is said and done.
Jake Hooker RIP (May 3, 1953 - Aug. 4, 2014)
- Thank you to my friend EK in Prague for making the Jake Hooker memorial photo above. 

RIP Jake ♥

alanmerrill:

This weekend my former bandmate Jake Hooker passed away. Jake and I were founding members of the band the Arrows.

I met Jake at Taft High School in the Bronx New York 1965. We were both young teens in different bands, both of us guitar players with the look of the British sixties bands the Beatles, Kinks and Rolling Stones. Long hair and flamboyant clothing, fashionably avant garde for the mid 1960s.

His guitar playing was basic and unskilled when I met him, it needed quite a bit of finessing so his mother hired me as his guitar teacher. I went to see his band The Psychedelic Force at the Bee Hive, a dive bar in Brooklyn. The band were not very good. So over the next year I taught him my guitar style and approach and he was a quick learner. He was such a good student that when my band’s own guitar player Jimmy Reilly started missing rehearsals due to substance abuse we replaced Jimmy with Jake in my band the Watertower West. We had a residency at The Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village New York. Jake took to the semi-pro rock n roll stage like a duck to water.  He fit right in to the band.

In 1968 I left to live in Japan but we stayed in touch. In close enough contact that when my manager in Japan wasn’t paying me well enough in the autumn of 1973 Jake stepped up and sent me a plane ticket from Tokyo to London to start a band call the Arrows.

The story of the Arrows has been told often and there’s an excellent book about our band written by Bill Harry which was released on Everest books in 1976. Publisher, Everest Books, 1976. ISBN, 0903925613, 9780903925617.

I think all we can hope for across the course of a lifetime is to attain our goals. I think in becoming a rock star in England with the Arrows Jake realized his dreams. It’s all we can really hope for in life when all is said and done.

Jake Hooker RIP (May 3, 1953 - Aug. 4, 2014)

- Thank you to my friend EK in Prague for making the Jake Hooker memorial photo above. 

RIP Jake ♥

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August 3rd
alanmerrill:

July 31, 2014. A solo acoustic night at Choga in New York City’s Greenwich Village by Amy Madden and Alan Merrill, at a venue that used to be a popular rock hang out for the stars called the Tin Angel in the 1960s.
Review of the show by Charley Crespo: 
http://themanhattanbeat.blogspot.com/2014/07/am2-at-choga.html

♥

alanmerrill:

July 31, 2014. A solo acoustic night at Choga in New York City’s Greenwich Village by Amy Madden and Alan Merrill, at a venue that used to be a popular rock hang out for the stars called the Tin Angel in the 1960s.

Review of the show by Charley Crespo: 

http://themanhattanbeat.blogspot.com/2014/07/am2-at-choga.html

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August 2nd

alanmerrill:

On July 31st, 2014 I played at two clubs in one night.

The first was a solo acoustic night at Choga in New York City’s Greenwich Village, a venue that used to be a popular rock hang out for the stars called the Tin Angel in the 1960s.

Of note, I actually performed a song called “Namida” (that I had released as a single on Atlantic records in Japanese) for the first time since 1971.

I did the first set solo acoustic at 8 PM with Amy Madden going on after me at 9 PM, the we did a duo show together at 9:45 until about 10:30.

After that we hurried over to the Parkside Lounge on the lower east side of NY where we met our drummer Mark Brotter and we played an electric set at 11 PM.

Alan Merrill Band show-

1) Automatic Pilot / R&R part 2

2) Monitor

3) Sands Of Time

4) Bitches For Breakfast

5) Pontiac Pan

6) Miss Cadillac

7) Slow Down

8) World Of Whores

9) Theo

10) Pink Soup

11) TNTeenager

12) Touch Too Much

13 My Last Night With You

14) I Love Rock N Roll

Photos 1,2 & 3 by Masa Fujita

Photo 4 by Bob Moskowitz

Photos 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, &10 by James Adams

Beautiful photos.. and it is so great that you played Namida and the Vodka Collins songs for Masa Fujita.. I thought that was such a nice thing to do ♥ You’re the best :)

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July 28th
alanmerrill:

Photo of Alan Merrill by Mike Current after a New York City show by the Alan Merrill Band, December 2013.

I know you’re used to a lot of compliments, but what a great picture of a dear friend this is ♥ :)

alanmerrill:

Photo of Alan Merrill by Mike Current after a New York City show by the Alan Merrill Band, December 2013.

I know you’re used to a lot of compliments, but what a great picture of a dear friend this is ♥ :)

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July 25th
alanmerrill:

Singing “Feeling This Way” on the Arrows Show, season two of our weekly TV series (Granada/ITV UK) 1976.

That song means so much to me :) 

alanmerrill:

Singing “Feeling This Way” on the Arrows Show, season two of our weekly TV series (Granada/ITV UK) 1976.

That song means so much to me :) 

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July 19th
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