I wonder if someone asked that original trio Mark Farner, Don Brewer and Mel Schacher and later Craig Frost if they’d done everything there was to do in Rock and Roll…the good and the bad if they’d even have to look at that list. This is part two of a twelve part series featuring our exclusive interviews with Mark and Don that we just did a few weeks ago.
There’s been tragedies in this band. There was a legal battle with their first manager Terry Knight and tax problems and, of course, band problems. Farner says he was tricked out of the band by the other two guys.
Like that song “Rock and Roll Soul” from their sixth album, “Phoenix” their first without Knight Grand Funk Railroad managed to create their own brand of Rock and Soul. I asked Mark Farner if that was conscious? (Clip MF14A)
Grand Funk connected quick in the early 70’s. I asked drummer Don Brewer how his family reacted?
I talked to Mark Farner a few weeks after Don Brewer and asked at what point did he know, for sure, that this was working. (Clip MF002)
We will have more from our interviews with Mark Farner and Don Brewer next Saturday. – by John Beaudin
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John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 35 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.
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