Feb 11

“build a better TARKUS

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… and the world will beat a path to your door” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Lake and Palmer*

Tarkus Stage Prop for E.L.P.

Rare photo of official stage prop being repaired, April 1973. From ELP official band archive, via Flickr.
Photo credit: Richard Kneubuehler.

*I felt Pete’s pub joke had to be immortalised. Blame him if you disagree.


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    arrival notes for mr wichita l. man:

    Emerson, from Todmorden in Yorkshire via the Keith Emerson Trio, John Brown’s Bodies, Gary Farr and the T-Bones, the VIPs and the Nice

    Lake, from Bournemouth, via Gods and King Crimson

    Palmer, from Birmingham, via King Bees, Chris Farlowe’s Thunderbirds, the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster

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    these via pete frame, mainly

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    Pete on 21 Feb 2011 #

    Strikes me there ought to be three decent footballers names Emerson, Lake & Palmer too. Plus Carlton Palmer.

    Barclay James Harvest was a bit tougher too.

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    Tom on 21 Feb 2011 #

    More pub jokes pls.

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    lonepilgrim on 21 Feb 2011 #

    This place is in Michigan.


    I was hoping for a tropical look so that I could point out the Emerson Lake Inn Palm Tree

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    wichita lineman on 21 Feb 2011 #

    Faye Emerson (Lady Gangster), Veronica Lake (I Married A Witch) and Lilli Palmer (The Four Poster). Even better than the real thing!?!

    Or you could substitute Laura Palmer for Rex Harrison’s ex, but that’s sort of cheating.

    Thanks Mark, I must get myself a Pete Frame book (tossed out my copy years back in a fit of anti-rockist pique).

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    wichita lineman on 21 Feb 2011 #

    Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 21 Feb 2011 #

    It’s another entry in the story of How Rotring Transformed Rock…

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    wichita lineman on 22 Feb 2011 #

    It was the MRX3 Oxide that divided your serious rock fans from the rest.


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