By Bob Proehl
In 1968, the Flying Burrito Brothers published The Gilded Palace of Sin on A&M Records,selling a disappointing 400,000 copies. virtually 40 years later, entrance guy Gram Parsons, continues to be spoken of with nearly messianic reverence. purchaser saint of alt-country, emblazoned with a shining pass, useless at 26. Overshadowed by way of Parsons, this album continues to be an anomaly within the state rock style, a map in miniature of a second in track, and warrants dialogue as greater than a part of the Gram Parsons legacy.
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When we all got together though, we got to drinking,” Nudie told it later. “I had a friend with me to help take the measurements, but he was half drunk and so was I. Between us, we made one whole drunk, and boy was he a drunk! The band was pretty juiced too and nobody would stand still properly for the measurements. It was a mess, but we sure had a great time. ” The results were disastrously ill-fitting and with only days before Tex and his Western Caravan were scheduled to appear at the Riverside Rancho, Nudie and Bobbie worked non-stop to turn another batch of credit-bought cloth into nine perfect-fitting white western suits, hand stitched with prominently displayed Ws on the yokes.
By the end of 1970, Nudie had made the cover of Rolling Stone twice and his clientele included Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, 26 Roger McGuinn, Mick Jagger, and Sly Stone. In 1975, on the way to a benefit for Ruben “Hurricane” Carter, “Bob Dylan and the entire Rolling Thunder Revue waltzed into my store and cleaned out my racks,” Nudie recounted. “They bought almost every special suit I had made up. They couldn’t wait for custom orders because they were playing a concert in Houston the next day and had decided on the spur of the moment that a show in Texas just wouldn’t be right without Nudies.
Parsons insisted there had been better shots, shots that made more use of the bizarre looking Joshua trees, a type of yucca plant found almost exclusively in the California desert. But the effect is striking. With the white of Parsons and Ethridge’s suits bleeding into the featureless sky above them and the absence of any expression on their faces, the boys look lost and stranded just outside the Gilded Palace 57 with no choice but to enter. Above and tucked just behind its shingled roof hangs the band’s name, scrawled across the sky in huge circus font, letters bright pink to match Parsons’ poppies, trailing the cobalt blue of Hillman’s suit.