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If you have any connection to the San Francisco Bay Area music scene, Beserkley Records, Rather Ripped Records, KSAN, etc. during the 60s, 70s and 80s, you've probably heard of or met Gary Phillips, a.k.a. Gary Philippet.

Or you may have known Gary from Spokane or
Penrith Farms in Newport, Washington.

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

miss you

Gary Phillips: -good friend I will miss. Patti Smith sometimes called him her little tin soldier, no doubt in reference to his absolultely hot rockin' song but more perhaps alluding to his innate boyish premise and tough (as tin) personae. tin in fact is quite a rare element and Gary was quite a rare kind of person. i liked him, i loved him and am a better person in every way for having known him. he once laughed when i suggested that GKB should open for the stones. i somehow knew it would soon happen and sure enough not a year later we shared one of Jagger's marlboros (which Gary had politely pilfered from their common backstage) secretly in his magical montclair lair long since burned.
the last thing he said to me face to face before goodbye: "all there is is forgiveness."

i foresee your smile, Gary.

ron b. libby

Friday, February 9, 2007

1 comment:

Patrick T said...

wow Ronny - u kno i just wanna pipe in on every other word you wrote!! ^¿^

But I'll just mention that Patti gave Gary her I.D. bracelet that was inscribed J.N.A. Rimbaud in 1975.


And what a wonderful sentence for him to leave you (and thus us all) with.
"all there is is forgiveness."
Thanks for writing that.
I hope to see you soon :)