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Re: “Peter Holsapple on Big Star producer John Fry, 1944–2014

Bravo, Peter Holsapple, for a wonderful tribute, although there's something personal I wish to add. When friends and I first read Rob Jovanovic's Big Star biography upon publication, the person in the story we were most impressed with wasn't even in the band: John Fry. Never mind the incredible musical sounds derived from his engineering skills. We were simply astonished by his generosity, apparently leaving the keys to the studio (and ultimately, the kingdom) under the Welcome mat for whenever those young Big Star kids wanted to record. But such thoughtfulness extended to levels that, in retrospect, seemed insane: What other studio owner would endure Alex C. leaving blood on his console, while then, several years later, permitting him to conduct further sessions that truly were best described as like flies on s**t. Alex's arrogance and sense of entitlement could be very unappealing, so my friends and I often wondered if our December Boy ever knew how unjustifiably well Mr. Fry had treated him. I'm sure when Stamey & Co. perform Third, they are very aware that JF completed the album they are saluting, not LX.

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Posted by John Riley on 12/22/2014 at 8:25 PM

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