Rolling Stone Reviews the Masked Marauders
Bootleg albums and supergroups were hot new topics 1969, so Rolling Stone reviews editor Greil Marcus spoofed both developments with a satirical review of a new bootleg titled The Masked Marauders, which he claimed was recorded by an Al Kooper-produced supergroup, featuring Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The record didn't actually exist, but the subsequent demand for it was so heavy that Warner Bros. actually forked over a $15,000 advance to have musicians (Berkeley's Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band) record an album based on Marcus' review. Released in late 1969, the record sold over 100,000 copies despite its sheer awfulness. "It was just an attempt to say, 'This is stupid, and let's make it even stupider,'" Marcus explained recently.