The power trio White Lightning (named after a brand of LSD) were formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1968 by guitarist Tom “Zippy” Caplan, who had been a member of garage psych legends The Litter and appeared on their ‘Distortions’ and ‘$100 Fine’ albums. His departure from The Litter had presumably been amicable as the two bands lived and rehearsed in the same house in the Minneapolis lake area and often appeared on the same bill together (as well as sharing the same manager). ‘Of Paupers And Poets’ was written by Warren Kendrick, a producer, song-writer and label owner, composer of the all-time garage classic ‘Action Woman’. White Lightning, inspired by Hendrix and Cream, transformed the track into heavy fare and included an all too short twin guitar break. With its slashing power chords, frantic drumming, and mind-mangling atonal guitar solo, ‘William’ has long been acknowledged as one of the pinnacles of heavy psychedelia.
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