“And then Georgie would make the fire light,
Log wood burnin’ through the night.”
“No Woman, No Cry”
So I received the coolest gift from Roger Steffens today. It’s not often that he shares his archives anymore as he has been burned by far too many ego-tripping traders masquerading as fans, who take and take, just to sit on it and brag about what they got and you don’t – but I digress. So when he does share from his archives, it’s usually something very unique. This item is no exception.
I appreciate this because it is something more personal; something that Roger helped craft.
Here is the message that Roger sent to me through email:
I wanted to share something with you for the 100,000 view celebration.
This is a shot that has never been published anywhere before. I call it ‘”Brother Georgie” Robinson and artist Balie Reid Doubled.’
Balie was the successor to Neville Garrick as Art Director of Tuff Gong. During that time he made an elaborate drawing of “Brother Georgie” who to this day lives in a room in the back of Tuff Gong at 56 Hope Road. I took a picture of Balie’s face, then shot the drawing on top of it, on film. The result shows that everything matched except their noses, quite remarkably. In fact, Balie made it his business card. Last I heard of Balie he was deep in the New Mexican desert doing post-Doctoral work in nuclear physics! A really great guy.