Hi James,
I'm reading the book "Jazz Changes" by Martin Williams that I got at a used book sale at a library. He's got several chapters about Jelly Roll Morton. In one chapter he mentions the song "If You Don't Shake." I found a recording of Morton singing it on YouTube. When I searched for the lyrics, among the hits was your page at wastedspace.com/jellyroll. I was shocked to learn that those phrases are that old. Then I went to you home page, and from there browsed a bit in each of the sections. Too much to see, hear, and read it all in one evening. Great website! You're obviously an interesting and very creative person. I also play harmonica, as well as cornet, and some of other instruments: keyboard, folk guitar, saxes, slide whistle, cowbell, tambourine, claves, maracas, conch shell, etc. I've made a lot of entirely self-created CDs and videos, which you may enjoy at davidsavage.bandcamp.com. By the way, in one or your blog posts you mentioned the Haight. I lived there and elsewhere in California from 1967-1970 and played in a few bands including Indian Puddin' 'n' Pipe and Fawn.
Best Wishes,

David Savage <david@savageheart.com>
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hey there! Stumbled across your blog in doing research on Zacherle's "Monster Mash" LP. Did you know that there were at least two Parkway label pressings? I found out when I bought a replacement copy for my original, worn-out copy that was a family heirloom I inherited as a child ... warped me for life, and I'm eternally grateful to the Cool Ghoul for that! I think you may have one of the rare copies, based on the version of "Limb From Limbo Rock" that you posted. The original Parkway pressing I have has Zacherle singing the song in his voice (not his Karloff voice), with sound effects in between each track. This is also the version that appears on the modern CD reissue, so I'm assuming it's the "official" release (you can find it on Spotify). The replacement copy I got has the version you posted, with sound effects on the first side, but not the second. I'd love to know more about this mystery, and seeing your deep crate-digging experience, would love to hear your input ... BTW, I lived in both New Orleans and the Bay Area, and am looking forward to further exploring your site! Cheers.
Dave <eldavoloco@yahoo.com>
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I have both versions on vinyl. The original version with "Limb From Limbo Rock" came out on the Parkway label and the reissue with the alternate non-Karloff voice tracks was on a Parkway subsidiary label called Wyncote.

Love this venue ♥ Great vibe, nice stage, good eats! Best regards
Eric Matthews <eric_matthews@rogers.com>
Friday, April 26, 2013

You have inspired me. Thanks. I just take a leaf out of your book, swap guitar for harp, and put internet stripper instead of go go guy. I feel like I can finally exist. Thanks.
Know Body <halfthere@yahoo.com>
Monday, January 21, 2013

I came across the photo of your apartment in the French Quarter at Dumaine and Dauphine. I lived in the same space for one year. It was cool getting a photo of the inside which I did not have. I lived there in 1968. I now live in San Francisco!
Jerry of San Francisco <perineum@pacbell.net>
Sunday, June 24, 2012

You've got some groovin' music playlists. You should upload some stuff. That'd be super groovy. Maybe you have already. I dunno. Either way. Thanks for listening to good music and sharing it with the damned world. :D
Mary Fox <CatsCatsYeahMF@aol.com>
Friday, December 24, 2010
You can check out recordings of my radio show here

Hello, found your site while searching for Harold—who turns out to be your friend, yes? Anyway, I enjoyed reading your telling of his antics during hurricane Katrina. I met Harold a few months after Katrina in Washington Square at a Thanksgiving meal and interviewed him on video. It's a short video, but he would probably enjoy seeing it. I don't know his last name or any information about him, so I've not been able to contact him directly. Please send him my email address, if you're still in touch with him. I'd like to share the video with him. Thanks!
Rob Logan <roblogan@gmail.com>
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Just stumbled across your page while looking for some tattoo images. Love it. Hooked now.
Cooper <nestcooper@gmail.com>
Monday, August 17, 2009

I really enjoyed reading your blog, you are a great writer. As a matter of fact I thought I had bookmarked your site but then couldn't find it so I went on a wild Google search and found it again by searching for Department Store Santas. I re-read the blog on Department Store Santas last night after just having bought Camper Van Beethoven's first and third albums at a record show earlier in the day, what a coincidence. I also enjoyed reading "Mardi Gras Again," very descriptive and interesting to read. It made me wonder what ever happened to all those characters and how mysterious that Coleen's apartment wasn't on the intercom? Anyway just thought I'd let you know how much I enjoyed reading it.
John Gould <johngould23@gmail.com>
Sunday, May 10, 2009

Nice page. I just came by accidentally, looking for the Charles Aznavour lyrics, thanks for providing them.
Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hi there, I came across the Jelly Roll Morton CD you gave me today. I actually found it while I was cleaning out my car and it was in my stack of CDs. I picked it up—recognized it but knew I had never listened to it—popped it in, and am completely amazed and thankful for it. I do not remember where we met. After reading your blogs, it was definitely Mardi Gras sometime. I am a burlesque dancer with Fleur de Tease and I read that you have a love for my friend Mystere :) She is indeed captivatiing. Anywho, we obviously crossed paths in this little city and I just wanted to thank you for the CD.
Bella <bellablue888@gmail.com>
Saturday, August 16, 2008

hallo:: met you at the castro the other day & spent a long while reading your site last night, mostly devouring everything about new orleans. i just got back from there five days ago and it feels like a cold lifetime already. i passed by a man on the street the other night though, and he drunkenly/giddily informed me that the moon was almost full & i said, 'yes, tomorrow!' and it was a nice moment.
Friday, July 18, 2008

We're doing a Byrds book and would love to use Astrid's Byrds pic. Please email me.
Jon 'Mojo' Mills <jon@jawbonepress.com>
Monday, June 23, 2008

hello...found the site as I googled for old record stores i grew up in - rough trade on 6th (saw camper there - i was just a kid; my dad forbid me from going down to that lousy neighborhood, but I wanted a DOA record and to see the show - when was that, 87?), wauzi where the gap is on haight. record vault on polk where I met jello biafra one afternoon.
dug through your site - funny you mention death guild. I helped open that club out at the Pit on folsom. was the DJ for the first 2 years until i burned out. it was an insane scene back then. monday nights and it would be packed with goths and leather fag regulars and punks and hippies.
and those haight st. fairs back then.. i was at all those shows - fantastic - stone c.f., mcm, primus. it was mad. and everyone knew everyone. haven't been in years, but I imagine much has changed along with the rest of that city.
the site brought a flood of SF memories. thanks for the writing

Vincent Wong <vince03@yahoo.com>
Friday, April 18, 2008

Love your writing. Keeping an eye peeled for Mardi Gras part II. I'm traveling in New Zealand, if Freeman wants an opposite reality, this might be the right place.
Jonathan Hess <jonathanghess@yahoo.com>
Saturday, April 05, 2008

I agree with your analysis of the Quisp/Quake and Democrat/Republican similarities. I must, however, take issue with your mistaken assertion that "they were in fact the exact same cereal." This is NOT true! Quisp was lighter in flavour and was much less crunchy. Quake's flavour was more robust and its crunchiness rivaled the old Cap'n himself! Quake rules!!!!!!!!!!!!
Myrt Graham <mgraham@accuratechnics.com>
Saturday, March 11, 2008

howdy hello how are you doin down there? just like Keith Richards says: 'Beauty is only skin deep, underneath we all look the same, it's blood and bones.'
tutu <harristutu@yahoo.com>
Monday, October 22, 2007

Hey man,
Thanks for the mix CD. I actually like the scratchy quality. It gives it a sort of old crusty charm. Anyway, you've probably heard them already, but if not, check out Zydepunks. Sort of a New Orleans Pogues.

Chad Lott <chadfredlott@mac.com>
Thursday, August 09, 2007

i came across your site when i was looking for information about Washboard Lisa, who i knew when last i lived in NOLa. Curious and curiouser i became, and so i spent some time here. Wasted Space is a most enjoyable waste of time—i only wish i'd found it later in the day so i could have had a glass of whisky with my wanderings—as it is i have to take my dog to the vet at 6. You evoked the city like i was back there for a moment. Thank you—keep on keepin' on, dude. You got the touch.
Charlotte <dandylion28@hotmail.com>
Wednesday, July 25, 2007

What was the name of the band you played with in front of the A&P in New Orleans? When I lived in New Orleans that was my favorite band.

jon <veritas121602@yahoo.com>
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The lineup of players was pretty informal when I lived there. After I left, they turned into a more regular group with a band name, but I can't recall what it was.

Great harp playing.
wigglewaggle <kdbproductions@aol.com>
Saturday, September 9, 2006

I went to high school with Astrid MacCreadie and want to thank you for the beautiful work you put together on wastedspace.com. Astrid was one of my best friends during the high school years of the 60s, working on Galileo High School's Literary Magazine, we were co-editors. Astrid was witty and sharp and a bit scary. Her story with her mom was not good but Astrid has a spirit in her that would not die. She wrote such outrageously original stuff, much in the style of John Lennon's prose at the time, but even more rich. I shall always remember Astrid lovingly and now regretfully that life so often separates people who once enjoyed each other so much. I experienced the spirit of Astrid Naomi MacCreadie much in the vein of Pippi Longstocking or some similar creature that could inspire others to revel in wit and originality and intensity. I love that she loved cats as do I. I'll always remember Astrid fondly and wistfully. She brought David to meet my mom and dad and was like family that went its separate ways after a time. Thanks, again.
Zoe Matoff (Astrid knew me as Jeudi Cresci) <zoemaat@hvc.rr.com>
Thursday, July 13, 2006

James! I miss you!
Darla <darlitatucker@msn.com>
Wednesday, July 12, 2006

takes away our fears and our pain...
Stefon <zenos023@verizon.net>
Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Great blues from youse. We're a Berkeley bass-player's-bedroom band called the Ravines.
Cavett <cavett@hotmail.com>
Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Dude I love your hair. You look wicked. I have no idea who you are. Sorry! But you're cool. Great music taste btw =]
Kate <smooth-.-criminal@hotmail.co.uk>
Saturday, March 4, 2006

Hey, I found your blog about your trip to Phoenix when I was doing a search for Shake—a rock and roll dance party I throw in Scottsdale. Bummer you missed it. Next time you come to Arizona, let me know and I'll make sure you find the place.
William <wilyem@cox.net>
Saturday, February 4, 2006

Your knowledge of Rolling Stones material is impressive. I have enjoyed browsing and reading your site. I stumbled in while searching Google for a source for a recording of "We Had It All" from the Emotional Rescue sessions. I know there are recordings out there but have no savvy whatever about how to track them down. Thanks to Google, at least, for turning me on to your site. If you considered me a friend and couldn't decide what to give me for my birthday, I'd hint for Stoned. That is one impressive mix of songs. You really know your stuff! Thanks for the inspiration!
The Holy Goof <nc_goof@yahoo.com>
Sunday, January 15, 2006

Thanks for your sharing on craigslist for the free Stones show! I was visiting from Austin & would not have known about this viewing area without reading your post while searching for cheap tix. As a result, we had a blast with lots of local fans—dancing, cheering and singing thruout the show. While exploring your site, I was very moved with the website you did for Astrid. Thanks also for sharing a glimpse into her life as well.
Maxine <maxamo@excite.com>
Thursday, November 17, 2005

You da man!! Thanks for the tip via Craigslist for the Stones Tuesday show. Took my family and had a great time. It was a gas gas gas!!
Mike <mercmike2003@yahoo.com>
Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Followed your advice and saw the Stones from outside the park, we had a great time! Thanks.

chris <chrisbeemom@aol.com>
Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Howdy James!
I came upon your site quite by accident. I was getting frustrated unsuccessfully trying to download Stones bootleg torrents (personal enjoyment of course), never get to 'em in time. So I went a searchin'. Anyway, Google is a beautiful thing, it makes such happy accidents possible as finding sites like yours. Pulled up a chair, sat a spell, heard the word from the songs you sang well. Don't be offended when I tell you that you REALLY blow—I mean it as a compliment! Very well recorded BTW, nice clean production, & clear sound. Good luck brotha' man! If you're ever playin' in/around L.A./Pasadena, drop me a line, I'll try to come out & say hi. Take care.

Geoe Nagy <clmail@myway.com>
Tuesday, November 15, 2005

super stones write-up. you're exactly the reason i love craigslist so
Monday, November 14, 2005

greg baise sent me the link to your site... nice to read more info about the departmentstore santas... also nice to have an mp3 handy, that's always been one of my fave songs, tho i find at least several of them to be amazing... joseph continues to hint that there is another departmentstore santas lp "colonial empire" to be released someday, and he does regular small runs of instrumental double-tracked guitar releases... i was fortunate enuff to have him contact me and we've become friends and played together... he is so modest and does not much talk about the departmentstore santas... preferring to emphasize the newer stuff and his work in support of the guy goode/decentones project or other projects he has contributed to... after as much as i have talked with him it's still a mystery to me why there is only one lp of his songwriting with lyrics... thanks for the link to my departmentstore santas site, too...
will soderberg <whiprwill@yahoo.com>
Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Found your site while doing a search for Lissa Driscoll, aka Washboard Lisa. I played a National guitar with her and Augie on the street in the early 90s, and Lissa has appeared on a CD of mine. I still live and play in New Orleans with my band the Deltabilly Boys. Check us out next time you're in town. Your buddies at Louisiana Music Factory will have heard of me, as I do in-stores there every so often, and I play at Jazz Fest. My website: deltabilly.com
Enjoyed your New Orleans cops stories. I have a few myself. Peace.

Jeremy Lyons <jeremy@deltabilly.com>
Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Thank you for putting up the Astrid pages. I was looking for her because we went to high school together. I was sad that she had died, but I was thrilled that you put up her photos so I could celebrate her life, no matter how short. Thank you so much for dedicating part of your site to my friend, lost for many years, found and lost again.
Nora <norajean@norajean.com>
Wednesday, July 20, 2005

James! Your site makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Thanks for mentioning me in Departmentstore Santas thing. It is such a small world! I still can't believe I ran into you in New Orleans! Keep on dancin' luv.
the not so naive anymore Darla <darlitatucker@msn.com>
Monday, June 13, 2005

As a New Orleans native turned San Francisco derelict, I thoroughly enjoyed your page. I think you shake it at Popscene every once in a while. I tend bar there and would gladly trade you a pint of our third finest whiskey for a copy of "Elvis vs Black People." Give a shout, I've got the longest hair behind the bar.
Thee Hanging Chad <chadfredlott@yahoo.com>
Thursday, May 26, 2005

Thanks for the Departmentstore Santas entry + mp3. Love this band. I'll have to visit the Del Mar Fair next time I'm in SD.
Greg Baise <greg@majesticdetroit.com>
Thursday, May 5, 2005

Stumbled across your site...its all so amazing here. All of it is so wonderful. I think I'll stay a while longer.

Jeniviva <Jenivivadancer@yahoo.com>
Monday, April 4, 2005

is this an electronic extension of an earlier work circa 1980s north San Diego county thing? Good to see you.

William Fairbrother <wfairbrother@virtualitch.com>
Saturday, March 19, 2005

koko <hamedufsaberuf@yahoo.com>
Tuesday, November 30, 2004

love your site, your writing and your photos. maybe i could buy a print from your Milan photos?
Rebecca <flashcove@gmail.com>
Saturday, November 6, 2004

Do you know if Astrid Naomi MacCreadie was the daughter of the Astrid Rasmussen who is the source for the character Coral Fellows in Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory? I read in Volume One of Norman Sherry's The Life of Graham Green about his meeting the Rasmussen family in Yajalon Mexico in 1938. Sherry notes that he was told (in 1978) that "Fru Rasmussen" had died in California and that her eldest daughter Astrid had died before her. If you look at Sherry's book there are a number of pictures of the Rasmussens in 1938.
Pierre Poquet <paj@paj.com>
Saturday, November 6, 2004
Yes she was. Before Astrid Naomi was born, the Rasmussens owned a plantation in Mexico and were acquainted with Graham Greene. Astrid's mother did pass away before her grandmother.

Hello great painter,
Many greetings from Carolin

Carolin <draw@gmx.de>
Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Thanks for remembering my mom. She was a very creative individual in a situation that did not encourage creativity. Thank you. P.S. Money was so tight, I started working for SSA to put myself thru college. She helped where she could tho.
David MacCreadie <linuxnewbie@sbcglobal.net>
Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Jesus The Christ <Yaweh@hotmail.com>
Friday, June 11, 2004

The hostile nature of it all, is very becoming of you. Awesome site.
jomeachka <jomeachka@yahoo.ca>
Monday, May 24, 2004

Hey I am currently in Texas, But i lived in New Orleans for a grip. The whole scene of your web sight and tales of corruption fit the place well I have to say i miss it though beautiful art work and scripture my friend drop me a line some time.
Daniel <dbojahm@yahoo.com>
Wednesday, May 19, 2004

I'm the one you speak of ref: Keith Richards recordings at Long View Farm on studiowner.com
Drop me a line and we'll talk more. Best wishes. Your web site is terrific.

gil markle <gilmarkle@hotmail.com>
Sunday, March 21, 2004

Republicans crooked? Say it ain't so.....!
joebob junior <alwaysopen4@yahoo.com>
Thursday, March 11, 2004

nah nah nah
Mr ED <mred@post.com>
Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Hey, I ran across your site searching for links on Milan, Tennessee. Found yours. I have lived here all my life. But anyway. I enjoyed the pics of Milan you had up. :)
Misty Dawn House <nikkilace@scwfed.com>
Monday, February 2, 2004

catherine is hot. ;-)
Wednesday, December 31, 2003

You inspire hero worship. Good job.

Raychul <Raychul_the_Sinful_One@myfingersmells.com>
Monday, December 15, 2003

SO i'm wanting to be a friend because your CD JAMES BROWN MERRY FUNKIN CHRISTMAS mix looks like da bomb!....may I get one....my friend....okay i'll be smart and try to do it myself, but I'm "feelin" your work. Funk on my brother!
Judibooty <judibooty@hotmail.com>
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

that's some really interesting writing, dude. I was bored so I was like, "Let's see if there's a website called wasted space..." and then there was, and it wasn't porn (for once!) so I was like, "YAY!" I really like reading other people's writing so... I read it all.
starchildwicked <starchildwicked@sasktel.net>
Monday, June 24, 2002

Very kewl site. I was just in SF, and I saw a sticker for wastedspace.com at a bus stop on the corner of Van Ness and Geary. I work for an Internet company in Mississippi and was in town for a conference. Of all the information intake and URLs that flowed through my head, yours managed to stick. It got through the clutter and I checked it out today. I dig it.
Charlie Malouf <charlie@misnet.com>
Monday, June 21, 1999

snagged your website off a funny 'Impeach Clinton?' poster on a telephone pole. now i've been to the website, and it looks like a (sadly) defunct magazine from many years ago. who's behind the mask please, and what do y'all do these days, besides bemuse pedestrians with the sexual antics of Grover Cleveland?
Doug Holland <dgholland@yahoo.com>
Thursday, September 17, 1998

Hi, I usually don't write people like this but can't help it this time. I have to say that I love your poetry. A clear indication is that I spent time in wasted space and read every piece. I took the liberty (and time) to print them out so I'll be able to read them again on the bus on my way home tonight. Just wanted to let you know that even someone in Iceland likes what you write. No analysis here. Thanks again. Waste some more space.
Ása <head@isholf.is>
Monday, June 29, 1998

Greetings wasted space. I found one of your fliers at the anarchists book festival, and I just saw your site. I really like your work.
Edipus <stikyflesh@aol.com>
Tuesday, March 9, 1998

Hey! I like it! I think you have something to say and a nice way of saying it. Keep on keepin' on!
Richard O'Connor <chado@earthlink.net>
Wednesday, February 4, 1998

i saw a sticker for your site posted along the one california, maybe on clay street above fillmore, and decided to check it out. this is the opposite of what i expected, and i'm glad of it.
Beth Birog <bbirog@pacunion.com>
Saturday, September 13, 1997

Thank you.
Cory <fatkid@sirius.com>
Wednesday, July 30, 1997

not bad
Kevin Eberman <kevin@weblogic.com>
Friday, June 27, 1997

Honorable Mr. Brown,
I spotted one of your poems stuck to a bus shelter at Sacramento and Polk. The "Stir" piece, I believe. I came right home and checked it out. I'm even using it as a home page, since thinking tends to go on hiatus while netted. Your page helps me with perspective and all. Thanks.

Mark Friel <mfriel@thecity.sfsu.edu>
Monday, June 16, 1997

hello   love your stickers around town   cool web site   keep it up
oxygen ozone billy <o2o3@grin.net>
Saturday, November 9, 1996