|ROCK AND ROLL?|
|Most scholars believe the Fluxus Indians faded into oblivion by the early 1700s. A discovery by a well known rock-and-roll record collector, however, has cast some intriguing doubt on that theory. An entry in one of his published rock discographies* indicates that a band calling itself "Fluxus Indians" produced a 45-rpm record ("More plastic"/"Not fade away") in Iowa sometime in the early 1960s. The record was discovered at a garage sale in southern California in 1976.|
|Initially, it was assumed that the band's name was used in reference to the FLUXUS ART MOVEMENT that began in New York City in 1962. This explanation now seems unlikely, however. There is almost nothing about the record that seems related to Fluxus the art movement. Furthermore, subtle and unusual background rhythms on this recording are reminiscent of rhythmic patterns typical of the Shing-a-ling Indians--another obscure midwest Indian group.|
|The Shing-a-ling Indians migrated through Iowa from Wisconsin in the early 1600s on their way to California. The Shing-a-lings spent several years living with the Fluxus Indians and are responsible for a brief Psychedelic Period in Fluxus Indian culture.
A second hypothesis about the origin of the record is that it was produced by someone pretending to be Fluxus Indians. This seems very unlikely, however. There is virtually no reference to either the Fluxus or Shing-a-ling Indians before 1984.
A third hypothesis is that this record really is the work of Fluxus Indians. This would mean that the Fluxus Indians did not completely disappear more three centuries ago. The title of the record's B-side, "Not Fade Away" (a Buddy Holly tune), taunts us with this possibility.
If the Fluxus Indians didn't vanish, then where have they been hiding all these years--and why? And to what are they up?
* Record Profile Magazine, No. 11, Oct-Nov, 1985, pp. 44-45.
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