We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"I've been known to be calm." Please Mrs. Henry with The Band, from the mostly-playful and never released and never intended for release practice Basement Tapes from the garage at Big Pink outside Woodstock (good photos):
"never intended for release practice Basement Tapes from the garage at Big Pink outside Woodstock"
Here's how I think they were released.
In 1968 I was living in London and hanging out with rock groups and their staff such as the Who, Stones, etc.
Just before I went back to the US, I was at some recording studio and a tech there had a set of tapes that were, indeed, the Basement Tapes.
I asked for a got a dub of these tapes (two boxes, 8 inch reels, yellow cover).
I took these with me back to New York in the winter of 68 and then made my way back to my old stomping grounds in Berkeley.
One of my pals around the campus then was Griel Marcus, a guy who was just starting to make a name for himself. I took the tapes over to his house and we got stoned and listened to them. Griel borrowed them for a dub. I think he wrote about them and passed the tapes on.
And then it just grew.
Might have come through some other vector, but that's the one I know about.
I have heard many stories about the provenance of those tapes. I have 4 CD's worth of 'em. Interesting stuff, but clearly amateur practice recordings of whatever Bob felt like fooling with on a given day. Pop oldies, folks songs, cowboy songs, Mexican songs, etc.