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John/ Nick Gravenites Band Cipollina

The decade between 1976 and 1986 was the classic Rockpalast era. Most of our audience remember the Rockpalast nights at the Grugahalle in Essen, which were broadcast live on German TV and via Eurovision all over Europe twice a year. Great occasions for all Rockpalast fans, an opportunity for parties in front of the TV screen, from Italy to the North Cape.
This CD features JOHN CIPOLLINA / NICK GRAVENITES – the complete Rockpalast concert at the Kleine Westfalenhalle in Dortmund on 28 November 1980.
JOHN CIPOLLINA (1943 - 1989) made American rock history as a co-founder of QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE and COPPERHEAD. A typical “Jam Area” musician, he played in a number of other bands, among them the above-mentioned TERRY AND THE PIRATES, and worked with HUEY LEWIS and ROBERT HUNTER (“Dark Star”), a member of the GRATEFUL DEAD who never joined the band on stage.
And with NICK GRAVENITES: born in Chicago in 1938 and influenced by Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Howlin’ Wolf and a friend of Paul Butterfield’s, he took the Chicago blues west. He also produced the first album by QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE. Together with Mike Bloomfield, he founded ELECTRIC FLAG, who with their mélange of blues, rock, soul, country and jazz – practically an all-American mix – delivered their debut performance at the MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL in June 1967, helping to kickstart the flower power hippie era. A few years later, NICK GRAVENITES joined JANIS JOPLIN’s former backing group, BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY.
The openness of the Bay Area music scene was on a par with one of the Rockpalast credos: I always tried to get the musicians together on stage for a final jam session – sometimes with success.

Peter Rüchel
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