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Quine Encounters



Posted by:Tim from Toronto (‘timpo@brava.ca’)
Posted on: 10 Jun 2004
 
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My first, inauspicious encounter with Quine was when he played the Horseshoe Tavern with the Voidoids, in the summer of '77 or '78. I'd had lots to drink and was feeling like Lester Bangs -- I'd already been tossed out of the Horseshoe's dinky dressing room by Richard Hell. I was standing at a urinal, blathering drunkenly to a friend at the pissoir to my left. Turning to the right I saw Quine, my punk rock guitar hero, looking over at me with a withering glare, as if to say: Jesus, we came all the way from New York to play to nitwits like this? My second (and last) Quine encounter was about 14 years later, and far more encouraging. On a visit to NYC, my friend and I wandered into a Village guitar shop, where I spotted a bald guy who looked a lot like Quine. Or was it Quine himself? Yes, it had to be. I mustered my nerve, went up to him and asked if he was indeed Robert Quine. He said that he was. Somewhat to my surpise, he turned out to be very friendly. He talked about his recent session work and about how he hated touring -- how Bob Dylan, for instance, had asked him out on the road and how he spurned all such offers by demanding absurdly high fees. I took the Dim Stars CD out of my shopping bag and told him I'd just bought an album he played on. He looked at it ruefully and said, "I'm afraid I can't endorse that one." Oh well. He asked the guy behind the counter to pass him a particular Stratocaster and curtly hammered an E chord for a few seconds, then handed the guitar back to the clerk. I said I'd better let him get on with his shopping, but he was more than willing to continue the conversation. He allowed as how it was nice to be recognized; I got the distinct impression it didn't happen very often. It's sad to think that it'll never happen again.

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         Robert Quine R.I.P. by The Barman, 6 Jun 2004 (64)
                 Re: Robert Quine by Jonathan, 6 Jun 2004
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                 3 hours of Bob Quine's music by sighmoan, 8 Jun 2004
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                         Info. re: Robert Quine by Al, 9 Jun 2004
                 Robert Quine by nancy, 8 Jun 2004
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                         Quine antecedents by S, 8 Jun 2004
                 the great downtown NY guitarman by Bruce Kronenberg, 8 Jun 2004
                         Hearing Bob by Madam X, 9 Jun 2004
                                 Ivan meets Bob by Antoine, 10 Jun 2004
                 it's true by Roy Suggs, 6 Jun 2004
                         robert quine passing by jaco, 7 Jun 2004
                         I'm so sorry..... by Ginger, 8 Jun 2004
                         a few preliminary words about Bob by Richard Hell, 8 Jun 2004
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                                 This is awful. by Robyn, 8 Jun 2004
                                 Sharing a Voidoid Memory by Dom Clemente, 8 Jun 2004
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                                                 Zappa's by Dom Clemente, 6 May 2005
                                 Quine by Chris Alias, 10 Jun 2004
                                 Bob Quine by Ian, 10 Jun 2004
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                                         Bob Q. by gaffney, 6 Feb 2005
                                 condolences by Jack Fris, 11 Jun 2004
                                         Robert Quinne by slimedog, 12 Jun 2004
                                 Serendipity - and an R. Hell quote by Riot Nrrrd™, 13 Jun 2004
                                 Robt Quine. by Richard Kopecky, 14 Jun 2004
                         Passing by Mike, 8 Jun 2004
                                 Well put by George, 10 Jun 2004
                         R. Quine by GretchenC, 8 Jun 2004
                         the news is startling... by steve mcavoy, 8 Jun 2004
                                 Steve Mcavoy by Rob Filardo, 10 Jun 2004
                         The Bluest Mask by Patrick, 9 Jun 2004
                 Thanks Bob by Paul, 8 Jun 2004
                 Thank you.... by ECD, 8 Jun 2004
                 All I can say is by Binaoh, 8 Jun 2004
                 Oh,boy!§ by Antoine, 7 Jun 2004
                         robert quine by rich d, 7 Jun 2004
                                 Bob Quine by slimedog, 7 Jun 2004
                 quine by ralph buonagura, 9 Jun 2004
                 Dear Quine by Felipe Lipa Zangrandi, 9 Jun 2004
                 QUINE by chris maguire, 9 Jun 2004
                 Rober Q. by tim, 9 Jun 2004
                 quine with zorn by Markkus Rose, 9 Jun 2004
                         Quine/Zorn recommendations by Maurice Rickard, 9 Jun 2004
                 more bad news by Mike, 9 Jun 2004
                 Deep sense of loss.... by Marco Tonalezzi, 10 Jun 2004
                 Robert Quine by genericbat, 10 Jun 2004
                 Quine Encounters by Tim from Toronto, 10 Jun 2004
                         Quine encounter by Fred Giannelli, 27 Jun 2004
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                 Re: Mr. Quine by Connie, 12 Jun 2004
                 robert quine tribute page by generic, 13 Jun 2004
                 Bob Quine by Susan Beschta/Springfield, 7 Jun 2004
                         rip Robert Quine by glenn, 7 Jun 2004
                 Bob stay with God. by Rodrigo Amadeu, 7 Jun 2004
                         Remembering Bob Quine by Andy Schwartz, 7 Jun 2004
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                                         Bob Quine by geraldine fibber, 8 Jun 2004
                                         pilgrimage to quine stomping grounds by markus Rose, 22 Jun 2004
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