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  posted on 4/28/2014 at 09:44 AM
A few years ago I read a story on here ( I think) about the band being parked in NY. And allowing the homeless and or wineo's to come in the back door of the Winnebago and Berry giving them each a pack of cigarets (till the smokes ran out) and or a little money as they filed through and out the other door. Has any heard this story/remember it or know where to find it? It was very funny.
If so please post it. thanks vic

 
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  posted on 4/28/2014 at 09:47 AM
That's about the extent of it right there -- I believe -- unsure about the when tho -- hopefully others know more

 

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  posted on 4/28/2014 at 05:20 PM
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A few years ago I read a story on here ( I think) about the band being parked in NY. And allowing the homeless and or wineo's to come in the back door of the Winnebago and Berry giving them each a pack of cigarets (till the smokes ran out) and or a little money as they filed through and out the other door. Has any heard this story/remember it or know where to find it? It was very funny.
If so please post it. thanks vic


We ran it in "Hittin' the Note," a long time ago - off the top of my head, I think it was Issue 6 or so.
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  posted on 4/28/2014 at 07:36 PM
Isn't it from Red Dog's book? I do remember it went down in the Bowery,NYC.

 

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  posted on 4/29/2014 at 02:00 AM
It's also in "Midnight Riders" and hittin' the note from an issue about eight or so years ago.

[Edited on 4/29/2014 by Dan]

 

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  posted on 4/29/2014 at 04:32 PM
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It's also in "Midnight Riders" and hittin' the note from an issue about eight or so years ago.

[Edited on 4/29/2014 by Dan]


here it is, from HTN #6, as told by Thom Doucette to John Ogden:

"We ( the Allman Brothers Band) were in New York. 1970, sometime. We usually stayed at One 5th Avenue - close to the Fillmore. Twiggs had just coerced Walden into buying the Winnebago. I had been telling Oakley about the the Bowery - you know, Skid Row? He seemed to be really intrigued. I sais, 'It's just a few blocks away, let's go check it out.' We jumped into the 'Windbag' and motored over there.
There was this case of Boone's Farm and several cartons of Marlboros on board. We parked the Windbag in the middle of the Bowery and berry opens the front and back doors. In no time he had this line of bums queued up and passing through the Winnebago. He's handing each one a bottle of Boone's Farm and a pack of cigarettes - stnading there straight-faced, giving each guy a little sermon in this serious voice. One little bum gets there too late and stands there with this real long face. 'Uh, ya mean it's all gone?' Oakley fishes into his pocket and hands him a five dollar bill. And you know, I'll never forget, he says, 'Now listen man, don't you spend any of this on food, either!'"

it's from a great article called "The Hoochie Coochie Man," cover story for Issue #6.
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  posted on 4/30/2014 at 09:10 AM
I'm surprised to hear that there was a multude of homeless on the Bowery as late as 1970? I thought that the "Bowery bums" era was from the 20s to the 40s or 50s.

Well at least in 2014 the Bowery is NOTHING like it was back then. It's mostly a bustling Chinatown street with a lot of stores and restaurants. Very touristy. Its seedy past is definitely no more (just like Little Italy which has almost completely disappeared).

[Edited on 4/30/2014 by BarrySmith]

 

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