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« Reply #45 on: April 28, 2005, 09:11:25 PM »

Look on the bright side. Jeff's girl friend didn't physically attack you (as she did me). I know Jeffís girl friend Jaimi knows better because she has a heart and took the time to say she was sorry to me.  Please read the following:

Jordy,

My name is Jaimi. We haven't officially met, although we did exchange "words" at the Cactus Cafe during SxSw. I have regretted that. I don't feel that I owe you an apology, but I am sorry that it happened. I am not the type that usually speaks out, nor gets violent, and I am ashamed of my behavior, especially in front of someone like Jeff Feuerzeig, whom I truly admire and respect. What upset me was the fact that you initially contacted Jeff with the intention of shaking hands and coming to terms with your disagreements, peacefully. Jeff was ready to do the same. But instead, you accosted him, and Henry Rosenthal, another person I care for, and that just set me off. I think you and I both know that Jeff isn't anywhere near your size, and for you to attempt to get physical with him was just wrong. You both have your reasons for feeling like you do towards each other, and I'm not going to condone nor agree with either man...but you should have stayed with your original plan (if it was the original plan) and tried to work things out peacefully between the two of you. I know Jeff well, and know that he has Daniel's best interests at heart. The two of them are close. I also care about Daniel deeply, and only want the best for him. I do not believe that Dick nor Mr. Johnston are providing the best for him, business- wise, but that is out of my control. Jeff and I just do what we can do on our end.
In closing, I also want to let you know that I am one of the few that took the time to read your breastking website and see beyond the breasts. Most of the women in my family have had breast cancer, and it is something I fully support. I do not believe that the site was pornographic, nor "bad". I just felt that I needed to write this.
     Sincerely,
 Jaimi McAllister



Do note though she is consistent with her feelings about the Johnston folks.

I did reply to this nice note (twice) but for some unknown reason she never wrote back to me.  I do find that a bit odd.

Here was my reply:

Jaimi,

Wow.  Thank you for this e-mail. I find it touching you have taken some time out of your day to drop me a note. Itís very nice of you.  Currently Iím eating lunch at my deck so I can get back to you. I am so crazy at work these days.  I got back from SXSW caught a flu and needed a few days off.  When I got back to work I was so behind and then I had a death in my family and missed even more work (yuck) so now Iím super behind (UGH). Yet I thought I should take a break from the grind and get back to you.

By no means do you owe me anything including an apology and Iím sorry you feel ashamed.  If I put you in the position that you felt you needed to react in the way you did, then Iím the one thatís sorry.  If that doesnít make you feel any better maybe this will. Iím not really sure who you are or what went down. I *think* you are the woman who came up to me at the end of the show said a few things about stepping outside with you (and that would never happen because I would NEVER hit a woman, ever) and then kicked me in my leg. Truth is I found the kick kind of funny and felt badly at the same time that you were THAT upset you needed to strike out. Remember, I live for reactions and you gave me one, uncalled for or not. Anyways, itís all good and no worries.

Iím sorry you had to go through the Breast Cancer nightmare with your family members. Man, it just flat out sucks. Youíre helpless in making a person better.  I canít even digest what it must be like to lose a part of your body. You can only stick close to that person and be there for them.  But the confusing thing is if you are who I think you are (and I may be mistaken) I do remember the last thing you saying to me is ďBreast KingĒ like I was bad or evil or you had one up on me by knowing of my site. If you saw the site as you said you did you know what itís about. No bother. To show you no hard feelings if you want to give me your address I will make a $25 dollar donation to Susan B in your name or your families name. (I still stand by my tag line about breasts---Keep them real, keep them healthy)!

I truly do not want to go in to the ďhis story, my story and the truthĒ about what went down at SXSW. But if I may I will point out a few facts. One, I had no idea what Jeff looked like and I never met Henry. When looking for Jeff, Henry was pointed out as being him.  I spoke to Henry thinking it was Jeff (man, was I embarrassed and I did say I was sorry to Henry for the mistake a few times over). When I spoke with Jeff I wanted to end all this crap.  Iím not looking for a new friend but I was hoping to end the drama (lol, yet I seemed to have caused more). Now this may be hard for you to believe but for what its worth (hand to my heart and I swear not just on myself but on my relationship with Daniel) I never raised a hand towards Jeff.  Nor did I have any intentions to. Not that you should care but 2 weeks before SXSW I was mugged and knocked out clean (the kid who knocked me out was smaller then Jeff!!!). I know my size and my strength and if I were to get physical with Jeff he would have been out cold outside. He would have had marks on him to show what I did to him. I did explain with strong words I wanted this BS over with and itís just time to move on. And then something great happened.  Jeff agreed!! But he then said to me ďbut Jordy in order to do this you have to listen to my ďconstructive criticismĒ.  When I said no, I donít and will not. He changed right on the spot. He got pissed and yelled THIS CONVERSATION IS OVER and went to run back in to the club. I put my foot in front of the door and said, Jeff, donít run away, talk this out. He started to toss himself around and yell and bang on the window that I was hurting him. It was a crazy display of behavior (kind of shocking to tell you the truth).  When Henry and Jeff F came to the door and I moved my foot Jeff jumped behind them and then he opened his mouth to me with name calling and the such (he must have felt safe then). Jeff was VERY good at making a scene and blowing it way out of proportion. I was wrong in two ways. It would have been better if I didnít make an effort with Jeff T to start with. Two, I just should have let Jeff in the door and walked away knowing I did try. But I seemed to have ****ed that up pretty good. I know you are tight with Jeff and I know what happened canít be undone for better or worse. Please know I did try though.

Oh my, I have gone into what happened and I didnít want to. Ugh.

As far as Dick and Bill go I have been working with them for years now.  Is it frustrating at times?  God, yes! But why so? Lack of education is what it always boils down to.  They are Daniels family and they do what they THINK is best for him at all times.  They are NOT music biz folks (THANK GOD FOR THAT).  They donít understand how things work.  You need to take a lot of time and explain it to them as well as demo it by example. When they understand the challenge at hand they move forward with gusto. Also, remember we all **** up and make mistakes.

I hope I havenít over stepped and lines with you during this e-mail. I am not looking for any kind of drama or problem with you (I donít even know you and are unsure if I am even thinking of the right person). Either way ~ best to you and yours!  Keep on doing good things by Daniel and in the end it will come back to you one way or another (itís the law of the Universe).

Being a guy who likes to bet now and them Iíll leave you with this. I bet if you met me in another way, at another time, in another place you would have found me off beat, see that Iím not threatening and that I enjoy making other people laugh.

OMG, I just re read this e-mail. What I wanted to be a fast note took me over an hour and went in to way to much detail.

Sorry?

Again, thank you for your time.

Peace be with you Miss McAllister.


Itís funny how we all want in the game.

I feel badly for Jeff T. He seems to have only one thing in his life.  Daniel. Itís his world.  I canít blame him when he gets upset when he sees people selling art, records or trying to help Daniel get a gig. You are hurting his world that he made for himself. Iím lucky that Iím not that one dimensional. Check it out. You can see I have worked with a ton of bands. I have produced many projects for both major labels and indies as well. I have had a book of poetry published from St. Martians Press that has sold over 50,000 units. I work in digital distribution on the front lines of a revolution on how music is going to be delivered now and in the future.  I keep on keeping on with this biz music and media.

I enjoy watching Jeff having his 15 minutes of fame! Good for you JT! But if I were you, I would keep my eye on your clock kid because itís ticking very fast. Jeff, when you pick up a few more bands, release CDís and not a close to dead medium of cassettes you may be able to add a little more time to you clock of fame. GO FOR IT MAN! You have proven to all of us you have done it once with one artist. DO IT AGAIN WITH A NEW ARTIST!

I find it endearing how hard Danielís folks WORK for Daniel. Danny is not an easy boss to have. I would trust his family over a manager any day of the week only because I know they will not TAKE ADVANTAGE of Daniel and only want wants best for him. How are they self severing?  What is their monetary reward? The reward is love (and true love will find you in the end, right folks?).

Just for the record I have to say yes, I have had my troubles with Bill. Heís still a fine man. Dick or the other hand I love.  He has been a friend to me.  He has taught me things. I only wish I could be a better man and follow his advice.

This time Iíll sign off with a quote from one of my heroís:

ďWhen the going gets weird, the weird turn proĒ
~Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

After reading all the posts on the boards we all need to realize weíre all old proís here.

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« Reply #46 on: April 29, 2005, 07:56:19 AM »

"...I have had a book of poetry published from St. Martians Press that has sold over 50,000 units."

Now THIS I'd like to hear more about! How 'bout a sample poem? What's the title, Jordy?

PS. For the record, I am not the "Henry" referred to in the above post. THAT would be Henry Rosenthal, producer of The Devil and Daniel Johnston.
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« Reply #47 on: April 29, 2005, 08:22:33 AM »

If Dick Johnston does not know about "certain business dealings", who's fault is that?† †These things should not be hidden, and the fact that they ARE makes them IMMEDIATELY suspect.† Then, remarks like Jeff calling them "nosey relatives" - or saying that Daniel said that - I'm sorry, the story is being defended by assualts designed to silence discussion, and that is also immediately suspect.† † I'm surprised that anyone- including Jeff's girl - would count the Johnston family members "totally clueless" (candidly, that was a crass remark) on any topic relating to Daniel.



To post under a new screen name referring to yourself in the third person then edit said post using your old screen name and expecting readers not to know who you are seems fairly clueless to me.
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« Reply #48 on: April 29, 2005, 11:36:49 AM »

ok guys, fine, here we go...
although I find this utterly ridiculous and a waste of my time...
Dick, first you...or Eastgate, the name you chose to hide behind and answer me with...that's stupid. Just be yourself, and if you do use a name to hide behind, don't go edit it as Dejected...
I am not looking at any of this as someone associated with Jeff. Or, as you put it, "Jeff's girl". I am looking at this as someone that has been lucky enough to see things from the inside, someone that has been lucky enough to spend time with Daniel, gotten to know Daniel, and is concerned for Daniel. I know more about the workings of the music industry than the normal person on the street, so I am not looking at this without certain knowledge. It is my opinion that the Johnston family, namely you and your father, are not running Daniel's career at anywhere near the capacity that it should be ran at. I also don't agree with the way you run Daniel's personal life. This is my opinion and this is the reason this board exists, opinions and discussion. I also happen to know for a fact that these accusations of Drew's were wrong, dead wrong, and I had no problem calling him on his ignorance. It's awfully sweet of him to blindly believe in daddy, and for daddy to run to his son's defense, but the fact remains that neither of you know as much as you think you do. And now on to the funner stuff...
Jordy, Jordy, Jordy...
First and foremost, let me applaud you on your complete and utter lack of taste for posting a private message that I sent you. I tried to be a better person and take what happened at the cactus cafe to another level. Now I just wish I'd kicked you in your balls rather than your leg. Why did you post that? what did any of that have to do with this current discussion? As for you writing back to me, I never received any other correspondance beyond that reply from you, so sit and spin.
Second, as for what you wrote about Jeff...here's another completely clueless guy, folks...I am so sick of people thinking and assuming they know all, when they are CLUELESS! Jordy, don't even pretend to think you know the first thing about Jeff, or his career. Yes, he's focused on one thing that is succeeding beautifully. You may have done many things, but as far as I'm concerned they have all failed miserably. Your business associations with Daniel were not anything but a dismal failure, and did not help his career one iota. Hell, you can't even edit the spellings on the cds you out...I don't remember how many words I counted that were misspelled on that last cd jacket, and that's just ridiculous.simple.
Concerning the Johnstons...I never said they didn't care about Daniel, I never accused them of not loving him, or claimed that they were taking advantage of him. I just don't think they are doing him justice, career-wise, plain and simple. Nor did I think Gammon Records did. What this all comes down to is people need to mind their own damn business...if you're in the business to aide Daniel's career, then do it, and stop trying to ruin other people's with your clueless accusations. I just had a co-worker who knows nothing about any of this come by and read some of these posts, and said that you all sound like a bunch of immature children.
And Jordy, I just double checked both this board and my private email...you never sent me anything beyond your initial reply. And maybe it's a good thing, too, as anything I wrote back would've just been posted publicly...sheesh...
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« Reply #49 on: April 29, 2005, 02:35:05 PM »

ALL of this is pretty sad actually sad
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« Reply #50 on: April 29, 2005, 02:43:07 PM »

ALL of this is pretty sad actually sad

Agreed. I also concur with what "Ghost" said.
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« Reply #51 on: April 29, 2005, 08:50:06 PM »

Hi, everyone -

Just wanted to clairfy who I am, and add a few more cents-

I am just another 'new' fan of Dan's...I only learned about him when I read that a documentary about a manic-depressive won an award at Sundance...then, I searched for info on him, listened to some tunes on-line and got hooked...

I have never met anyone on here in person, although I would be honored to meet Jeff, since he has been nothing but kind and considerate with me in my business dealings with him.

Everytime I've interacted with Jeff, he is terrific - I buy art from 3 sources - the family's site has been the only one that presented 'some problems/disappointments'...Jeff's interactions have been the only ones to obviously very clearly indicate great appreciation for Dan's art, and† great joy in sharing info about him/it -

I would also like to add that I never even knew that Jeff had been Dan's manager until I later saw the movie in SF at the Indie Fest.
When I saw how dedicated Jeff had been to Dan's career and how vital he was in helping Dan realize his dreams, it was obvious to me that without Jeff, I (and some of you) may never have even heard of DJ, so I am thankful to Jeff for his business savy...

...and as I mentioned in my first post, I feel for him. ...As a sibling of someone with manic depression (an ex-modern-dancer), I KNOW Jeff got burned by Dan's illness, and so he TRULY deserves empathy, not attacks...

OK, well - - my last comment in this thread:

Again...to those of you who want to down Jeff, or try to hurt him by downing his girlfriend...grow up and stop bullying...stop looking for scapegoats to your own angst... instead, get some therapy...or, if you are someone who can't admit to your own issues, at least do what Dan does† - find a creative outlet..and then hire Jeff to manage you.

wink Gina

PS - It was REALLY sad to see private letters posted on here...not at all cool.
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« Reply #52 on: April 30, 2005, 07:57:00 AM »

There's something almost...I don't know...heartbreaking about this:

http://www.rejectedunknown.com/mozek.htm

The man's own words. I won't take them out of context and post them here to make a point, but click the link and take 3 minutes to read it. A clear perspective comes to light, and it literally brings a tear to my eye.

Bottom line is, who knows what it takes to create art? Everyone's experience is unique and even sacred. For some it's effortless, but for many, it hurts like hell.

Health/Happiness/Sanity...THAT's what's important.
If you're not around, you can make any more art, y'know?

As for this thread, as I've said in another post somewhere, we've all hit a "SEND" at one time or another and then almost immediately regretted it. Welcome to the machine. But we learn to pause, maybe even sleep on it, and reconsider the whole thing in the morning.

Let this be the end to this thread. There's a bunch of other cool stuff to discuss! 'Nuff said?

Anyway, as is said on 1983's Yip/Jump Music: "Don't let the sun go down on your Grievances..."
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« Reply #53 on: April 30, 2005, 09:19:27 AM »

Well put, Henry -

I want to thank you - you have helped release me from trying to defend others who can defend themselves, but shouldn't have to on a board such as this one -

Hopefully, though, after this 'not very interesting, but emotionally educational' thread, the moderators of this site will now just AUTOMATICALLY delete any and all personal attacks - even those coming from family members...

...it's simply not right, in general, to allow such posts...

Whether or not anyone in Dan's family likes Jeff or not, they should not allow ANY posts downing him or anyone else onto this board - that is NOT what this place should be for, IMHO - especially if they love Dan and want his fan forum to be a good place...

It should be 'a safe haven' to read about/talk about Dan's work - and not a place to spew personal venom...

Signing off -

With gratitude for coming away from this with renewed awareness of the need to keep my comments/reactions focused only on 'what really matters' - as demonstrated by Mr. Long.

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« Reply #54 on: April 30, 2005, 11:35:58 AM »

Henry's link didn't work for me  sad

Just got a 404 Not Found page.
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« Reply #55 on: April 30, 2005, 02:08:55 PM »

This should work...

http://www.rejectedunknown.com/mozek.htm

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« Reply #56 on: May 03, 2005, 01:46:36 PM »

Some recent posts were 'lost' on here by the administrators -

...just wanted to be sure to re-iterate what I said in one of those 'lost' posts -

The moderators should NOT allow posts to remain on here that border on slander...or,† at a minimum, he/they should warn the posters (and sons of administrators, if need be) that they are using this forum for inappropriate uses, and pissing off Dan's fans in the process...

The polite words that summarize my feelings are, "please, in the future, KNOCK IT OFF," and keep this forum for it's intended use...a place to talk about Dan's work...not a place to promote your problems with,† or suspicions about, the people in Dan's life. In doing so, you really pissed me off, and I imagine a number of other fans, too...

...and, if I were Jeff, I'd get a lawyer if you allow that BS to go on.

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« Reply #57 on: May 03, 2005, 06:48:14 PM »

Gina,
I only feel its fair to say that NOBODY is innocent of talking trash here! Without sounding like a ass, the **** talking has come from ALL sides!
All parties closely involved with Daniel are guilty of this.
Its a message board. Getting a lawyer involved is sillier then all the bitching that goes on.  I am not saying this to slag anyone but it just seems short sighted of you to come on here and say everyone is ganging up on Jeff when you have only been posting here for less then a month. Jeff is a smart fellow he can take care of himself ,but I do agree that this is not the place to air ones dirty laundry, but when it comes to message boards its the nature of the beast.
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« Reply #58 on: May 03, 2005, 07:07:20 PM »

Hi, Wicked...

...thanks for your 2 cents wink

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« Reply #59 on: May 03, 2005, 07:19:58 PM »

Seriously I was not trying to be mean and glad you did not take it that way.
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