Since August 1998
Copyrights © 1998 Design, Logo - Oktay Rasizade, Andrew Tsygankov
© 1998-2012 Words - Oktay Rasizade unless noted otherwise
Three faces among the countless who belong to the New Culture, setting forth on its
final voyage through a dying world...
searching to find a way to bring us all closer to home
Марк Фарнер в Москве! Mark Farner in Moscow!
I'm Tellin' You We Learned To Fight For Justice
We're Willing To Die For Freedom
Hand In Hand
You Got To Understand
We Are American Men
We Are ...
The American Band
This band came out of nowhere. July 4th 1969, Atlanta Pop Festival,
three unknown young men from Flint, MI, performing raw loud hard rock with the new
unusual sound, win hearts of tens of thousands fans.
They became the legend of hard rock faster than any other band and without the help from
recording companies and generally ignored by critics.
They released 11 consecutive gold albums and sold out Shea stadium faster than Beatles.
They are (on the Time Square billboard above) :
Mel Schacher - bass
Don Brewer - drums, vocals
Mark Farner - guitar, harmonica, keyboards, vocals
GFR music has some kind of magic that started cult following among fans after Atlanta Pop Festival
and continued into 21st century. You may not like Grand Funk music on first hearing (like most critics
did), but give it a try more you listen it more you hooked in and eventually it stays with you forever.
Buy GFR CDs and listen. It is the best advice we can give you to feel the magic of GFR.
Here on Russian GFR site some pages like band's history are in Russian but for our English speaking
readers we also have many pages in English and some are in English with Russian
translation and vice versa. Welcome to explore fascinating world of Grand Funk Railroad.
You can find more information about Grand Funk following links below:
Поп-фестиваль в г.Атланта, штат Джорджия, 4 июля 1969 года. Tрое никому неизвестных молодых ребят из города
Флинт, штат Мичиган, играют мощный и очень громкий хард-рок с новым необычным звучанием. Их музыка оказалась
столь завораживающей, что слух о новом чуде облетел всю страну, а позже и весь мир. Это случилось вопреки
пренебрежению к ним со стороны звукозаписывающих фирм и неодобрительным отзывам музыкальной критики.
Слава Grand Funk росла как снежный ком, они выпустили 11 золотых (ставших затем платиновыми)
альбомов подряд, они побили рекорд скорости продажи билетов на стадионе Shea Stadium принадлежавший ранее
Они - это ( на афише наверху):
Mel Schacher - бас
Don Brewer - ударные, вокал
Mark Farner - гитара, гармоника, клавишные, вокал
Чем же так завораживает музыка Grand Funk? Кажущаяся вначале простой, при дальнейшем прослушивании она
приобретает неожиданную глубину. Магия Grand Funk - в их музыке, которую нельзя разложить на части и
анализировать. Ее надо принимать целиком - и она покорит ваше сердце. Лучший совет - чтобы почуствовать
магию Grand Funk купите и послушайте (желательно несколько раз) один из их ранних альбомов.
Добро пожаловать на российский сайт легендарной группы Grand Funk Railroad!
Основные сайты посвященные Grand Funk Railroad:
|Grand Funk Chronicles|
June 12, 2006 Capitol records releases
Grand Funk Railroad: Greatest Hits
CD/DVD deluxe package. DVD includes four previously unreleased classic TV and concert performance
film clips and a never-before-released 13-minute promotional film We’re An American Band,
shot in 1973 in multiple locations around the band’s native Michigan. Featuring interviews and performance
footage, the film presents a glimpse into the recreational outlets pursued between sessions for the landmark
album We’re An American Band. The DVD’s concert performance clips include
I’m Your Captain from the band’s 1971 Shea Stadium
performance, filmed by the legendary filmmaking team Albert and
2005 Shinin'On - Grand Funk's hit from 1974 is
featured in the Bad News Bears movie starring
Billie Bob Thornton.
July 30, 2002 Release of new GFR Classic Masters
CD. This 24-bit re-mastered CD takes place of phased out "Collectors Series" CD.
July 2, 2002 Release date of the new live Grand Funk CD from Capitol Records
Live - The 1971 Tour. A collection of previously unreleased live tracks from
Chicago, Detroit and sold out appearance at Shea Stadium
- 24-bit digitally re-mastered.
Summer of 2002 We're An American Band from the same
titled album is featured in the Disney's new full length animated movie based on the long standing Disneyland
feature The Country Bears. The lyrics were rewritten and approved by Don Brewer
for a G-Rated audience, and the movie peaks with the reunited Country Bears Band singing
We're An American Band. 20th Century Fox
is showing an episode of the hit show Judging Amy that also features the song
We're An American Band on all American Airlines cross country and international
flights. The same song later also was featured in the new Paramount Pictures film
Sahara in 2005 and in
Cuba Gooding's Radio in 2003.
Check it out!
Summer of 2002 Capitol Records begins reissue of
entire GFR catalog as a 24 bit re-mastered deluxe packaged CDs with bonus tracks and with booklets
containing stories behind each album, rare pictures, memorabilia and liner notes, starting with
On Time, Red Album, and Closer To Home optionally
sold within of Trunk of Funk 12 CD set box. Other 9 CDs can be purchased later
separately and placed into the box. David Tedds is the reissue producer
and he, and Evren Goknar, do the re-mastering. It is the same team that did
Thirty Years of Funk anthology
Feb 2002 General Motors Corporation
has been using We're An American Band to support their recent national
marketing campaign GM overdrive:
Watch GM overdrive video
Feb 21, 2002 Grand Funk's Collectors Series
CD became their 12th gold album. Now it is being phased out.
Dec 9, 2001 From Grand Funk to Grace - the Authorized
Biography of Mark Farner by Kristofer Engelhardt
(also author of Beatles Undercover) is in the print. Each book includes a 9 song CD of previously
unreleased songs by Mark. You can buy a book from any major Internet retailor (like amazon.com ).
Read interview with Kristofer Engelhardt
from the European GFR site.
Apr 15, 2001 Hudson Music released
Don Brewer, Live at the Modern Drummer Festival 2000, a video featuring
Don's first-ever drum clinic. Don performs four Grand Funk classics, including
Mark Says Alright. Plus, he talks about the origins of GFR, his involvement
in the song writing, and more. For more information or to place the order, please visit
www.hudsonmusic.com or, call toll free number
Jan 2000 Russian band Grandbrothers from St.Petersburg
participates in the European Tribute To The Gand Funk Railroad...an American Band
CD with song Stop Looking Back.
Band's leader is the famous Alex Liapin - one of the best Russian rock guitarists of all times.
Order CD online.
Янв 2000 Вышел в продажу Европейский CD
Tribute To The Gand Funk Railroad...an American Band посвященный Grand Funk Railroad.
Альбом издается шведской фирмой Record Heaven. В альбом влючена песня с альбома
We're An American Band - Stop Looking Back записанная в начале 2000 года
питерской группой Grandbrothers. Группу возглавляет известный гитарист
Александр Ляпин (бывший гитарист группы АКВАРИУМ),
в роли Донни Брюера ударник из ДДТ Игорь Доценко, Павел Борисов - бас
(в настоящее время постоянно играет в ДДТ), Михаил Огородов
- клавиши, вокал (известный питерский музыкант, аранжировщик - пишет музыку к спектаклям в одном из питерских
театров). Вы можете
заказать CD онлайн
Dec 2000 Mark Farner's new CD,
Heirlooms, is released! The CD includes complete Atlantic Records sessions
from 1977 and 1978. It includes the albums
Mark Farner and No Frills, in
their entirety, on one CD - a total of 19 tracks (over 1 hour of music). The albums were digitally remastered from
the original tapes by Dave Schultz and Bill Inglot. Mark wrote the liner notes, which document the sessions.
Nov 2000 Don and Mel
made the following announcement to the GFR fans:
Dear Roadkill and all GFR fans,
GFR would like to announce that a 2000 and 2001 tour is being planned. The band will feature
Don and Mel, along with Max Carl on lead vocals (formerly of 38 Special and Jack Mack and the Heart Attack),
Bruce Kulick (12 years lead guitar with KISS and credits with Michael Bolton and Meatloaf), and Tim Cashion,
who has toured and recorded with Robert Palmer and Bob Seger. The first date scheduled in December 2nd
in West Palm Beach. As we know more, we will be posting info at
Thanks for all your support. We love you!
Don & Mel
Oct 5,1999 We're An American Band
album was released by Capitol in gold vinyl and in digitally remastered
gold CD replica. It was released as the millennium action along with some other most famous rock albums
of XX century.
1999 Billy James' (a.k.a. Ant-Bee) book
An American Band - The Story Of Grand Funk Railroad is on the sale.
This is an unauthorized biography. Don wrote the forward and both Don and Mel helped with the preparation
of the book.
You can buy signed copy of book by stopping by Billy's website.
June 29, 1999 Capitol released three CD set box
anthology Grand Funk Railroad - 30 Years Of Funk 1969-99.
It includes three new GFR songs and number of previously unreleased songs. All tracks are digitally
remastered from original analog master tapes.
March 7, 1999 Grand Funk Railroad was first time
featured at VH-1 cable channel in Behind the Music program.
Jan 12, 1999 The 1976 album
Good Singin' Good Playin' produced by Frank Zappa
is reissued by MCA Records. Fully remastered, with liner notes (history of making
album) and historical photos. Includes a bonus track which is a very Zappa influenced track entitled
Rubberneck which was not included on the original album.
Catalog # HIPD-40144.