Today marks the anniversary of the death of Robert Quine, who besides playing guitar with Richard Hell, Lou Reed and Tom Waits, is best known for recording a series of lo-fi sessions with the Velvet Underground in 1969. Released as the Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes, the album is an important document of the group.
Honey Radar's Jason Henn and Third Uncle Records Billy Stines, are big fans of Quine's work and were surprised to discover that they attended Quines' alma mater Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.
After Henn's requests for the school to officially honour the guitarist in the lead up to Quine's 50th class reunion were ignored, he and a group of friends broke into the campus radio station and interrupted a pre-taped show to pay tribute with a guitar improv seance. It lasted a few minutes before station employees showed up to stop it.
Still the recording is about to be released as a cassette tape in time for the anniversary of Quine's death. Like Quine's work, the music on the tape is experimental and challenging but as far as tributes for an outsider rock 'n' roller, you can't get much better.
'Spontaneous Salute to Robert Quine' is available now from Third Uncle Records.