From the late 1960s well into the 1980s I was an occasional rock
The Masked Marauders hoax
In 1969 while I was writing rock reviews for Rolling Stone, there appeared a wave of "super session" records, ones hurriedly recorded by money-hungry rock stars. A parody review of an non-existent record, "The Masked Marauders," written by Greil Marcus and Bruce Miroff, tried to imagine the ultimate super session and was published in Rolling Stone Magazine. Shortly thereafter a group of musicians, friends and I gathered in a garage in Berkeley to record the songs listed in the bogus review. Released in the fall of 1969, the album sold 100,000 copies to people who were either delighted or angered by its parody of rock biz pomposity. A CD of these recordings has been released (paroled?) on Rhino Handmade records, complete with extensive liner notes and interviews with members of the group.