Full Circle

  • Telling-a-Vision circa ’67—Part 4

    The medium is the message. — Marshall McLuhan (1911–1980) Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye. — Bill Hicks (1961–1994) If there is still one hellish, truly accursed thing in our time, it is our artistic dallying with forms… We are all like victims, tied to the stake, signaling through […]

  • West Coast Iron Works Celebrates 50 Years

    They began as a sign of the times – a small, high school rock ‘n roll band in the late 1960s. Before long the West Coast Iron Works had become a highly polished, award-winning ensemble, performing throughout Southern California, with regular appearances on KOGO’s Corner (hosted by Regis Philbin). Now, 50 years later, the Iron […]

  • I’d Love to Turn You On: A Brief History of Psychedelics

    There’s the known. And there’s the unknown. And what separates the two is the door. And that’s what I want to be. I want to be the door. — Jim Morrison (1943–1971) And the lonely voice of youth cries: What is truth? — Johnny Cash (1932–2003) If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing […]

  • Bells, Beads, Flowers & Incensed: The Summer of Love/Summer of Discontent—50 Years On

    Dogma = the death of creativity. — Anonymous Tribe (as defined by Merriam-Webster): a social group comprising numerous families, clans, or generations together with slaves, dependents, or adopted strangers; a group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest. Race (as defined by Merriam-Webster): a contest of speed; a breeding stock of animals; a […]

  • TECHNICOLOR DREAMS IN BLACK AND WHITE REALISM: San Francisco in the Sixties

    Renaissance (as defined by Merriam-Webster): rebirth, revival; a movement or period of vigorous artistic and intellectual activity. Revolution (as defined by Merriam-Webster): the action by a celestial body of going round in an orbit or elliptical course; a sudden, radical, or complete change in political organization, especially the overthrow or renunciation of one government or […]

  • The Pamela Des Barres I’m with the Band Rock Tour

    The 6400 block of Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard is a busy place on Sunday mornings. On one side of the street is Amoeba Records, one of the largest, hippest record stores on the planet. Across the street is a perennial hamburger stand (now a Jack in the Box) where Ricky Nelson once crooned ’50s teenyboppers in […]

  • The Anthology of American Folk Music: Hanging Out in the Ozone with HARRY SMITH

    PART TWO If everybody were an artist, there wouldn’t be any wars. — Harry Smith (1923–1991) In the age of information, where knowledge is the key to living a conscious existence, there is certainly no bliss in choosing to remain ignorant about the world that we cohabit. And in a materialist-consumer society such as ours, […]

  • Between Fact and Friction: Hanging Out in the Ozone with HARRY SMITH

    ART: the conscious use of skill and creative imagination acquired by experience, study, or observation. I think that it’s important that people be aware of some of the creative ways in which some of their fellow men are deviating from the norm. Because, in some instances, they may find these deviations inspiring, and might suggest […]

  • Rebecca Stout and the Magic of Flatfoot Dance

    When I first met Rebecca Stout in Pasadena she was covered in dirt standing between a goat and chicken, and she had a purple ribbon pinned to her dress. It was a May evening in 2014 and my old-time group, the G Burns Jug Band, had just arrived for a gig at the Urban Homestead, […]

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