As time goes by (and it tends to do, whether we pay attention or not), I will be adding more to this site. Next to come:
• articles from other writers• more articles of my own
• excerpts from interviews with musicians who worked with Pepper and other people who knew him
• links to interesting and related sites
• photos and comments from the April 2007 Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian event, when Pepper’s saxophone, baseball cap, turtle rattle and other items were donated to the Smithsonian’s permanent collection, and The Remembrance Band (Caren Knight-Pepper, Gordon Lee, Dennis Springer, Bill Bickford, Ed Schuller, and Steve Johns, as well as the Yellowhammer drum group) played two full-house, SRO performances
• a photo gallery of pictures from other related events and collections
• a comprehensive Pepper discography that may very well be about the most complete available on the Internet when it’s done
So keep coming back periodically — and please feel free to leave comments. I want to hear what you think of the site, what you’d like to see on it (please don’t ask me to put music clips on it; this site won’t allow that), corrections to the existing material, and any new material you may care to share (articles, stories, sources, pictures, etc.) .
I’m especially interested in hearing from people who actually worked and performed with Pepper, to learn your insights into his work, his creative process, his sound, what you learned from him (and vice versa), what role (if any) he might still be playing in your work.
I’d also like to hear from younger musicians, writers, and artists who didn’t necessarily know him and, like me, maybe didn’t even get turned on to his work until after he was gone, and how you feel he and his work are serving as an influence or model for your own work.
Even if you’re not a writer or musician, and just have a story to tell about his music impressed or affected you (positively, negatively, or otherwise), I’d love to hear from you.
Just add your comments to the articles, or send me email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And remember — It’s good where we’ve been, and where we’re going!
• • Bill
P.S. And please tell your friends about this site — and feel free to pass it along to any mailing lists, listservs, bulletin boards, or other channels. Let’s give Jim Pepper the wide recognition that his spirit deserves!