Wonders never cease and there remain glimmers of proof that the world is not going entirely to hell.
The “5” Royales are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Victor Jara’s killers are at least having to face a day in court. And now this, from p. 375 of Greil Marcus’s just released collection Real Life Rock:
Note; We were all fooled and none of us had done our homework: The show was a fake. Marge Ganser died of breast cancer in 1996.
That’s following the reprint of Marcus’s June 30, 2004 column for City Pages, which included a lengthy diatribe from Robert Christgau who was, at GM’s behest, reporting on a terrible concert supposedly given by Ganser and her daughter under the Shangri-Las’ name, shortly before.
Just for the record, my main objection was never so much to the factual error (not only was Ganser long dead, she had died childless), or even how easily taken in two such pros were by the highly dubious assumption that any Shangri-La would have been involved in such an enterprise (no group has ever been more fiercely resistant to having their name exploited, even if they haven’t been very successful at stopping it). The real capper was that Marcus and Christgau surely allowed themselves to be duped so easily because they wanted an excuse to feel superior to the great unwashed.
That said, this is a genuine and appropriate apology and, having gone straight to the index when the book arrived to check on this very possibility, I was pleasantly surprised and extremely glad to see it. The original column entry can be found here, along with some of my other objections.
The Shangri-Las, of course, had their response ready fifty years ago…They weren’t fooled: