In the late 1970′s I was up in Portland doing Eurock Magazine and running Intergalactic Trading Company as well as importing Euro music and co-programming a weekly radio program. Eurock Magazine was gaining traction in Europe and making many new contacts. One hilarious highlight of that era was the magazine being featured on the record store set of Robin Williams then popular TV program Mork & Mindy. A Capitol Records Rep had seen it and told me about it. So of course I watched religiously each week hoping to get a glimpse of several issues of the magazine on display right next to the cash register, on full display each time a counter scene was shot on the store set.
In 1977, Uli Trepte of Guru Guru, Spacebox and later Move Groove came to the US and stayed in LA with one of my original Euro musical guru’s Dana Madore, who ran a now legendary record store named Moby Disc at that time. A real high point for me early on doing Eurock was having a couple long conversations with him while he was in the States that led us to being life long friends. At one point we recorded an interview that was aired on KINK FM in 1977. In retrospect, he recounts his personal history nicely I think. The unfamiliarity with the technology involved only adds a touch of humanity to process. The recording quality is not bad. Adjust your volume accordingly. My old pal Dana supplies the humor at the outset when he answers the phone. Uli passed away May 21, 2009, and I’d like to think he’s still playing music up in the ether. This recording lets you hear him “in the flesh”, perhaps for the first time, and for me in some way keeps his spirit alive.
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