Now this is interesting. I wonder how he got a hold of Michael McClure? I tried a month or so before Ray died. I emailed Michael McClure's assistant. She thought the whole debate and rumor was interesting. She asked for links to the Paris tapes. I provided a copy of the recording and all links. She said she would ask Michael McClure and get back to me. I told one poster here I trusted what I was doing and not the whole board. I was waiting till I got confirmation. Well weeks went by and no email. So I was going to e-mail her again and then Ray passes away. I thought Michael McClure was grieving his friend and did not want to bother him during that time. So I was waiting a few more months. Seems this researcher (Len) did not bother to wait and let Michael McClure grieve his friend. Although from the quotes provided it seems Michael McClure was ok with giving his comments. The funny thing is if I came back with news first. Then people would question if I really contacted Michael McClure. So I am assuming this researcher has creditability. Of course I would like to of seen a youtube video with Michael McClure making this statement, but that might be asking too much.
So assuming that the researcher (Len) did talk/email Michael McClure. Then yes this puts the Paris tapes rumor to bed. For me it is almost the same in finding out there is no Santa clause. I liked this story very much. It showed the HUMAN side of Jim. The generous side of Jim. The fun side of Jim.
As I stated before. Have Michael McClure put an end to the rumor. Then I would believe it. So as a man of my word. I believe that Michael McClure stated that is indeed his voice. Although he can not remember the recording or the date. Blaming on being drunk. We all know Michael McClure was not in Paris at the time Jim died. So the recording could not of been in Paris.
So for me I stand corrected and thank the researcher (Len) for clearing this up. For contacting Michael McClure. For beating me to the the truth lol. Man that pisses me off. I had months of head start on him. He did what I could not accomplish up till this point. kudos to the researcher.
Questions still remain though. Why did Jim carry these tapes with him in a bag? Why did he label it JOMO and the Smoothies? Obviously as a joke.
I guess we know why the "Street Musicians" Never came forward. They never existed. Or the french technician.
It is not easy for non-established people, or having no connections to make connections to famous people. It seems easier today with social media, but it is not the case for all. You tried at least for your own personal sakes, and that is all that matters.
It is known that JM took some of his personal belonging to Paris with him. He probably hoped to listen to them at some point. And the Jomo/Smoothies plays into his well known sense of humor. I think it's hilarious.
He left the bag with Phillipe Dalecky. Here's an interview with him and the contents of the bag went up for auction years ago.