Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Village Interviews: Jay Dee Daugherty

7:30 PM
MNN, Channel 67

Dear Friends :

Happy May 19th, birthday of Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), Ho Chi Minh, Augusto Sandino & Lorraine Hansberry!

The following can be viewed on any high-speed computer anywhere or on TV in Manhattan:

This Wednesday (tomorrow), May 20 at 7:30 PM, on my shoestring cable show Famousx2, on Channel 67, I am re-airing the first of two half-hour programs of interviews I did in 1998 with Jay Dee Daugherty, drummer of the infamous Patti Smith Band. This is one of my really good outdoor interviews, one with a man who is very shy when you first meet him, but who is very kind, interesting and funny. Jay Dee, like many of those who made the glitter into the punk/new wave generation of the 1970s, was an upper-middle-class kid, in his case from southern California, who rejected his straight-jacketed upbringing and hit NYC, especially downtown, to become a hit. Jay Dee is just about the nicest and most modest guy you can meet, a good compliment to the audacious Smith, whom he is still in awe of. The two still play together at times.

In this installment, Jay Dee and I walk from the Jefferson Market library past what used to be Trudi Heller's, go inside Electric Ladyland Studios, where Horses was recorded and end up in front of the Hotel Earle at the corner of Washington Square, where Jay Dee and so many other characters used to stay back in the day. Along the way, Jay Dee talks about his coming to NYC with Lance Loud and the Mumps, his encounters with David Bowie, Television and others, and his falling in love with the character and artistry of Patti Smith the first time he saw her perform. He talks about the recording of Horses.

If you are in Manhattan and have access to Time Warner, you can see it this Wednesday at 7:30 PM (DST-that's NYC Daylight Savings Time) on channel 67. On the RCN system, that should be channel 85 or near it.

If you are outside of Manhattan, anywhere in the world, and you have a good high-speed connection on your computer, you can go to What's On Now or to MNN and click on channel 67 to see it at the same time.

Sometimes MNN does screw up broadcasts, but usually they air things without too many problems.....Be patient.


1 comment:

Janice said...

I would like to know if he remembers hearing a band called Benny Gordon and the Soul Brothers at Trudi Heller Club. He was my father. He past on December 24, 2008. I researching his time at Trudi Heller. They were great friends. I'm trying to find to find other entertainers that knew him and if they would contact me at gordonjan1327@aol.com.
Janice Gordon