- Tim Hardin at Woodstock, 1969
|Ragamuffin Radio presents|
|‘In my wandering sense of time’|
|inspired by Connor McKnight’s Zigzag 43 interview with Tim Hardin|
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|" If you want anything illegal ask old Timmy to bring it in . .
(Smugglin Man, Tim Hardin 1)
troopships got the biggest holds in the world, right? Because they’re
barracks. Well, raped of beds, shower stalls and everything else, they
could be sent straight to Marseilles with a skeleton crew of 38 cats. I
was the only cat hip enough to steal 40 pounds for myself. I took it
straight down the gangplank in Hong Kong, switched it to heroin and
spent the rest of my Marine Corp days cool. Then I got back to the
States and got a big surprise . . ."
leaving the marines, he went straight to Greenwich Village, which was
predating California by about three years, the cauldron of musical
activity in America. He taught at Harvard at this time:
“I was only there for a semester, which is a third of a year, I was in the musicology department, not the music department, and that meant I was dealing with the history of music. Now since I was an adept folkie, with a folkie style – I was supposed to teach people how to play the way I play. To me that was really dumb, so I taught about how Pythagoras figured out tonality, using a string as the substance of the universe, and how you got tones by halving the distance, and thirds and fourths – so you get the twelve interval scale. And then you get the chord pattern 1-4-5, which is the blues chord pattern, which almost everything is based on." Tim Hardin
Connor McKnight and Tim Hardin, Zigzag 43
|It’ll Never Happen Again|
|Reason To Believe|
Hardin 1 although flawed by the presence of demo tracks, did, however
contain the first instalment of his most beautiful early songs ‘Reason
to Believe, Misty Roses and Hang Onto A Dream’, which in centuries to
come, will still be sung and marvelled at, such is their eternal quality.
Connor McKnight Zigzag 43
How Can We Hang Onto A Dream?
Hardin 2 is the definitive Tim Hardin album, certainly in terms of songs
‘If I Were A Carpenter’, ‘Red Balloon’, ‘Black Sheep Boy’
are just the first three and they get better, if that were possible.
Connor McKnight Zigzag 43
|If I Were A Carpenter|
Lady Came From Baltimore
"Her maiden name was Susan Morse, but it was just poetic licence to change it. She was so beautiful, man. Not that ‘I want to get next to her right away’ beauty, but real beauty. She was on a show on television, that had the highest rating and it was on during the day. It was called the ‘Young Marrieds’ and she was the star. This is the truth man, rooms as big as this one, full of bags of mail, two high, every week. Some of the letters were terrible. A girl who was five three, weighed 220, terrible complexion, greasy hair, and she’d ask ‘How can I look like you?’ That’s a caricature of sadness.” - Tim Hardin
|Black Sheep Boy|
|Tribute to Hank Williams
"He was in a car when he died, he had just ODed on morphine. His chauffer found out he was dead, when he reached back to jiggle him awake, to tell him he better get straight as they were coming into town. The health and happiness hour . . . that was the name of his show on the radio . . . the health and happiness hour . . ." - Tim Hardin
"Goodbye Hank Williams my friend I didn’t know you but I’ve been the places you been."
|Between 1966 and 1975 14 Tim Hardin albums were released. The artist had a lifelong struggle with heroin and alcohol abuse. Tim Hardin’s last public performance was on January 17th, 1980 in his hometown of Eugene, Oregon. The Homecoming Concert makes painful listening for this Ragamuffin:|
Extracts from the Homecoming Concert
|Tim Hardin died in Hollywood on December 29th, 1980 six days
after his 39th birthday. This programme has been the result
of a love of Tim Hardin’s music. Also inspired by the memory of
a beautiful performance Tim Hardin gave with the Jimmy Horowitz
Orchestra at the Reading Festival, England in August 1973.
Ragamuffins tip their hat to the indispensable Zigzag magazine pioneered by Pete Frame and John Tobler. It was the definitive rock journal of its time. We have borrowed from Connor McKnight’s interview with Tim Hardin in Zigzag 43. We have used Tim’s quotes and Connors views on Tim Hardin 1 and 2 to draw a portrait of a unique artist.
“In my wandering sense of time, I’ll try to see enough to rhyme your changing life, in my slipping sort of step I’ll try to do much better yet” – Never Too Far, Tim Hardin
Tim Hardin Links:
Excellent UK website: