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*DECEMBER 27, 2007* Thanks to Beatle Bob, whom will be emceeing both nights, here is informationon a '60's garage band happening taking place this weekend:
 
A JOURNEY TO TYME
Friday, December 28th / Austin, Texas
Ruta Maya / 3601 South Congress Ave. / 9PM
Freddie Steadie's A-GoGo featuring Freddie Steadie Five w/ guests: Dennis Keller (Fever Tree), Chris Gernottis (Zachary Thaks), Mike Claxton (Sherwoods), Jenny WolfeMcLemore Ave. and a light show-AR of Fireflies and more to be announced!

Saturday, December 29th / Dallas, Texas / Lakewood Theatre/ 1825 Abrams / 7pm
Featuring Kenny & The Kasuals, Freddie Steadie Five, Dennis Keller, Nitecaps, Floyd Dakil, Danny Freeman, Mark Benno, Apes Of Wrath, Little Brucie & The Kut Krew (including some members of The Novas), Dead Pyrates Society, Voodoo Lounge, Deauvilles and more to be announced!

*DECEMBER 22, 2007* Recently released by Arf Arf Records: "Lightning was an offshoot of Minneapolis ’60s legends Litter that featured guitar wizard Tom “Zippy” Caplan. After recording the Litter’s 1966 garage classic Distortions and 1968 psych masterpiece $100 Fine, Caplan split from the Litter and formed Lightning. The band started out as a power trio and cut one fierce Cream-inspired single 'William' b/w 'Of Paupers And Poets' in 1968 under the White Lightning moniker with Twin Cities record producer Warren Kendrick. The band regrouped into a quintet and scored a record deal with P.I.P. which issued their eight-song album. That album has since become a highly collectable LP. Lightning became one of the Midwest’s hardest working rock acts and toured extensively throughout the region during their three-year tenure. This authorized CD reissue includes their entire LP, the aforementioned 45, plus six additional bonus tracks (including edited 45 mixes of two album tracks) all wrapped in an archival 12-page booklet with lots of photos and liner notes by Litter-scribe Doug Sheppard. Between this package and Arf Arf’s White Lightning Strikes Twice [1968-1969] release, the band’s entire musical legacy has been properly archived. Fans of Blue Cheer, Cream, Hendrix, and Arf Arf’s four psychedelic Dose comps will really dig this new disc."
*DECEMBER 21, 2007* Sundazed's February releases look to be excellent:

  • The United States of AmericaThe United States of America (LP)
  • The Pretty ThingsS.F. Sorrow LP
  • Various ArtistsDon't Press You Luck! The IN Sound of 60's Connecticut (CD & 2xLP)
  • The Del-Vetts — The Del-Vetts (10" EP)
  • The Druids of Stonehenge — The Druids of Stonehenge (10" EP)

We'll have more information as it becomes available...


*DECEMBER 20, 2007* "Sunday the 23rd, Knitting Factory is helping present a very special event at the Rhino Pop Up Store, the California Garage Special. The event is an in-store prequel to our Friday, December 28th concert starring The Electric Prunes and The Strawberry Alarm Clock. Members of both bands will be at the in-store signing memorabilia and chatting with fans. Knitting Factory will have tickets to the show and posters for giveaway at the event, and Rhino Nuggets-guru John Hagelston will be playing choice San Franciscan and Southern Cali garage rarities on the Wheels of steel. Meanwhile, tickets for the Prunes 'n' Berrys are going fast, do not miss this historical, once-in-a-lifetime event!"

*DECEMBER 16, 2007*  CD Baby is offering a CD-R of vintage Gentrys' recordings compiled by leader Larry Raspeberry.  The scant description states: "The founder, leader, first member and, today, the remaining leader/member, of The Gentrys and he sang their hit record (a Top Five rock hit in 1965) during which time he maintained a grand collection of song recordings."
*DECEMBER 14, 2007* Snapper is releasing Never Ever Land - International Artists Singles Collection): "This 3-CD set collects classic tracks from the label’s flagship acts like The 13th Floor Elevators, The Red Crayola, The Bubble Puppy and Golden Dawn alongside a host of sought-after lesser known gems from the likes of Thursday’s Children, The Chaynes, The Rubayaat, Sterling Damon and The Shayds. Quite a number of these tracks are here making their CD debut, several not having seen the light of day since their first release forty years ago. The accompanying 48-page color booklet is lavishly illustrated and presents a detailed account of the label’s rise and fall, biographies of the artists with track notes and a full discography. It Includes Jon Savage’s interview with Lelan Rogers which accompanied the 1980 compilation double album, Epitaph For A Legend." Expect it about mid-January.

*DECEMBER 8, 2007*  Now available for pre-order and due out on December 20th.  Total cost with postage is $19.  Orders may be placed via PayPal to psychofthesouth@yahoo.com:

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From the depths of the most rural parts of the country emerges a wild collection of garage and psychedelic unknowns in the upcoming Psych Of The South release: Lost Souls - Volume 1: 1960s Garage and Psychedelic Music from the Un-Natural State: ArkansasAfter a tireless search through collector's bins, local newspapers, and band member's memories, we have collected the garage and psych unknowns of Arkansas.  Not only will Lost Souls Volume 1 introduce the music community to a number of  unknown tracks, Psych of the South has sought to uncover the story behind the sounds, having tracked down and visited a number of original band members. 

PLUS Killers of previously unknown origin are revealed...
For a taste...'Psychedelic Cycle' on Universal by Soul Society of previously unknown origin is actually an Arkansas record!  Not only that, Psych of the South has talked to and became pals with band members to gain the full story of – The Sole Societythe label-printed name is an actual misspelling! To celebrate this discovery and the awesome story behind it all, the COLOR photo on the CD cover is Sole Society in all their glory opening for The Hombres at War Memorial Swimming Pool in Little Rock, Arkansas 1967.

And if you like that, there’s much more.  This CD is full of cryptic killers and psychedelic cycles from custom labels and obscurities of Arkansas, many of which never landed outside of the town where they originated.  They all share a unique sound that comes from being isolated in rural communites yet brimming with teen abandon.  Liners with detailed exclusive info on The Lost Souls, Sole Society, Purple Canteen, and more will aim to please for the curious listener.  This CD is simply some of the best garage out there, with most of it appearing here for the first time.

You may have heard an Arkansas compilation before, but Lost Souls Volume 1 is Arkansas done RIGHT by the people who live there and love it

To hear clips from the CD and see footage from the upcoming documentary film on these Arkansas garage bands visit here.


*DECEMBER 3, 2007* The Oklahoma Guide to 45 rpm Records & Bands - 1955-1975 is now available for ordering and for delivery before Christmas.  Written by Rhett Lake and Teb Blackwell, the book is subtitled A Chronicle of The Music, The Musicians and The Madness (Volume One: Oklahoma City Metro Area and Southern Oklahoma).  Featuring a forward by Ronnie Kaye, the book also includes a discography of Oklahoma record labels, lists of bands that recorded and those that did not (segmented by metro area), list of band members, speical stories and recollections from those that lived in the area, and photos of band business cards.  The book retails for $30 and can be purchased from:

South Padre Office center
2600 Padre Blvd., Ste. R
South Padre Island, TX 78597

Those interested may call (956) 761-1182 or email with questions.

*NOVEMBER 29, 2007*  Stepping a bit outside of the garage comes news on a forthcoming documentary on The Magnificent Men: "This Magnificent Moment tells one of pop music's greatest untold stories: the poignant struggles of seven college-aged kids from York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania who, amid the strife and division of the late 1960s, realized a once-in-a-lifetime dream, becoming the first white act to ever headline New York's legendary Apollo Theatre and the other venues that made up the rhythm and blues 'chitlin circuit.' The documentary follows The Magnificent Men as they create a soul sound that for four years bridged America's racial fault line while stirring age-old questions about music, color, culture, and identity."  Visit the film's Web site for more information... 


*NOVEMBER 28, 2007* Gary Hunt from WGVU and WGVK provided the following Press Release pertaining to West Michigan group The Kingtones:

"On Monday, December 3 at 8 p.m., WGVU TV will air a special encore presentation of the documentary The Kingtones: A Retrospective, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of West Michigan’s most memorable acts.  Original members of the band will be joined by Len O’Kelly of Oldies 98.7 WFGR in the WGVU studios to help support WGVU TV during its Holiday Membership Campaign.

In 1961, The Kingtones hit the charts and started a musical legacy that would last half a century.  In the midst of the British Invasion, The Kingtones were a hugely popular live act that has stood the test of time and remained one of West Michigan’s most popular musical groups.  Today, the heritage of The Kingtones lives on in the remaining original Kingtones, and in the newest incarnation of the band.  Taken from 45s, film clips of the band from the '60s, and live music from their 2002 Dance Party Reunion, The Kingtones: A Retro-Spective brings back the days when rock and roll was born.  The program was produced in 2003 by WGVU Productions.

On November 10, The Kingtones will perform their 50th Anniversary and Farewell Concert to a sold-out crowd, hosted by WFGR.  To find out more about the The Kingtones: A Retro-Spective, visit wgvu.org."


*NOVEMBER 27, 2007*  Press Release:

"That infamous 'Blackout Of Gretely' Rhino Nuggets band from 1966, GONN, will reunite for the first time since their 2005 Cleveland Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame appearance to bring in the New Year at the legendary & intimate 'Off Broadway' music club in St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, January 5, 2008.

As of this writing, GONN will be joined by fave St. Louis rockers The Nevermores, and The Vultures, for one set each, and possibly some other guests during the evening.

GONN officially reunited and released their reunion album Gonn With The Wind in 1996, toured Europe in 1997 and again in 2001, and capped a short 2004 summer southern U.S. tour with a wild gig in New Orleans. They were inducted into the Iowa Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, alongside The Trashmen, Dee Jay & The Runaways, Bobby Vee, Buddy Holly and others, also in 2004, and appeared at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland in 2005. The Sundazed 180-gram LP The Loudest Band In Town is again on store racks, and the long out-of-print compact disc Frenzology - Punks Along The Mississippi (the complete '60's recordings) should be re-released (with two new bonus tracks, live at Malo Eloe in Amsterdam 1997) by St. Louis show time.

Stay tuned to
www.myspace.com/GONN66 and other garage band Web sites for further details.  Put it on your calendar!  January 5, 2008."  For more information visit http://www.offbroadwaystl.com/.

*NOVEMBER 22, 2007* A new book by Doug Lubahn details his days as "The Fifth Door": "When The Doors were at the peak of their creative and commercial powers, Doug Lubahn was the man they chose to be their bass player. Through three crucial albums – Strange Days, Waiting for the Sun, and The Soft Parade, Lubahn plays most of the bass lines that are such an important part of The Doors' sound.

Now -- for the first time -- Lubahn tells the story of his days among the greats of rock 'n' roll. He quickly reaches the pinnacle during his years with The Doors, from the quiet days before they were big (Jim Morrison would chauffeur him to the studio each day in a Volkswagen), to his 2004 reunion with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger. Come inside the studio as Lubahn recalls The Doors' highs and lows, the day Ray gets bashed in the face, and the awful silence as he sits with Ray, Robby and John after Morrison's death. Lubahn also offers song-by-song notes and inside stories from The Doors' recording sessions. The man Ray Manzarek has called...'The Fifth Door.'"  Titled My Days With The Doors & Other Strories, perhaps more interestingly Lubahn also details his time as a member of Clear Light...


*NOVEMBER 18, 2007*  Birdhouse Records has recently released Unknown Mystery '60's Group Volume III: Love Songs: "Thanks to the band archivist in Spain, another volume of brilliant songs by the 'Unknown Group!"  Mastered from the original tapes, this collection of 12 love songs showcases the band at the height of their songwriting and musical powers.  As Birdhouse President Buddy Whelan noted in our review package, "It's a good story - so we're sticking with it!"  Read into that what you will! 
*NOVEMBER 18, 2007*  The contents for the January/February issue of Shindig Magazine have been announced: "Yes indeed, the story of Gary Walker & The Rain. The album will be reissued on CD next year too on Bob Stanley's Eclipse label--this will be this superb psych-pop album's first official release! Stefan tells its story in Shindig! Elsewhere we cover The 13th Floor Elevators, The Sonics, Wendy & Bonnie, Moby Grape, Garage Fashion, Procession and a whole lot more. Subscribe today and don't miss an issue."
*NOVEMBER 8, 2007*  Those of you looking to pick up Sundazed's recently released Moby Grape titles better act fast: "Sundazed Music, along with the members of Moby Grape and their management, regret to announce that Sundazed has discontinued the sale and distribution of the first three Moby Grape titles, Moby Grape, Wow and Grape Jam. The two remaining albums, Moby Grape '69 and Truly Fine Citizen, will continue to be available from Sundazed.

These titles were manufactured under license for Sundazed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment. It was Sony BMG Music Entertainment' s decision to cease production of the first three titles, as a result of a longstanding and ongoing dispute over control of the Moby Grape album catalog between Sony BMG Music Entertainment and an outside party.

As Moby Grape's fans are well aware, the band's career has long been dogged by business disputes far beyond the musicians' control. These issues have contributed to keeping the band's music out of print for lengthy periods—a situation that Sundazed Music had hoped to redress with its exhaustive Moby Grape reissue series.

Sony BMG's decision comes as a surprise to Moby Grape and Sundazed, to say the least. Both band and label had invested considerable time, energy and attention into reissuing these albums with the respect and loving care that they have always deserved, and were excited to have the opportunity to make this music available once again to old and new fans.

We at Sundazed are disappointed to be unable to continue to distribute the first three Moby Grape titles, but we remain honored to have Moby Grape '69 and Truly Fine Citizen as part of the Sundazed
catalog."


*NOVEMBER 6, 2007*
Ron Bowell of Friar Tuck & The Monks emailed us with this bit of good news:
"Thought you guys would like to know the news below that came yesterday. Friar Tuck and The Monks will be officially inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame on Saturday March 22. The Induction Ceremony and Concert will be at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas (old Red Dog Inn) on the evening of March 22. Tickets will go fast so if you’re interested in attending check the Kansas Music Hall of Fame Web site. They will most likely be available soon from Liberty Hall (785-749-1972) or through any Ticketmaster outlet. Friar Tuck and The Monks will be playing that evening."  Other inductees include The Classmen, The Soul Express, The Fabulous Four, Pat Matheny, Big Al Downing, Ann Brewer & The Flames, Gerry Mac & The Mac Truque, Chet Nichols and Beth Scalet.
*NOVEMBER 4, 2007* Eric Bergman provided the following update on the Patron Saints' before Bohob collection (titled Before Bohob Volume 1: Birth Of A Garage Basement Band: "After years of prodding by fans and reviewers, The Patron Saints will be releasing a 2-CD, 45-song set of cover tunes recorded from September, 1966 to late spring/early summer 1968, entitled Before Bohob, Vol. 1. If all goes well, it will be available in mid-to-late November, 2007."  Visit the excellent and exhaustive Patron Saints' Web site for more information.
*NOVEMBER 1, 2007* Courtesy Brent Hosier comes news on the latest volume of the excellent Aliens, Psychos & Wild Things series: "Fore - that's Volume 4 if you're counting. Arcania's Aliens' series is primarily known for illuminating the shadow world of Virginia's mid-to-late Sixties garage and psychedelic bands. The last Volume (it's been almost five years) did include half a dozen cuts from outside of Virginia.  This is the reverse of that. Only half a dozen of the tracks on Fore are from the Old Dominion State. The roots of proto-psychedelia are to be heard on this compilation's first two tracks. Hollywood unknowns from 1965, never released until Arcania tracked them down: 'The Wind Blows Your Hair' is the same song recorded by The Seeds two years later. 'Don't Be Afraid' may have a very famous musician on it. 'It' is all in the notes of our 20-page booklet, along with loads of other info.  All told 7 of the 25 songs are previously unreleased.  Only one song out of the batch has ever been reissued. Those that came out in the Sixties are virtually unknown, even to most collectors. Unknown for now.  But soon comes...Aliens, Psychos & Wild Things Fore!"  The CD will be available within the week and available via Get Hip, Crypt, Norton, Clear Spot and other fine distributors...

*OCTOBER 28, 2007*  As initially reported in May, and once again courtesy of Joey D.Frantic Records' next batch of cool '60's garage/psych releases will be available in the coming weeks.  This go 'round features:

  • Up From The Grave: North Valley Garage and Psych 1965-1969
  • Colours: Voluptuous Doom (2-CD set featuring an unreleased 1968 LP by the post-Boy Blues band Colours from Chico, California and later unreleased recordings from 1969 when the band was known as Christian)
  • Gunge: Feel It!!! (Unreleased heavy shit from 1968 by a Chico group, think early Blue Cheer)

We'll report on other forthcoming titles as they get closer to their release dates.  In the meantime, below is a selection of the current releases covers (and some alternate covers)...


Up From The Grave (Frantic Records) - Alternate Cover
Gunge (Frantic Records) - Alternate Cover
Colours (Frantic Records)
Up From The Grave (Frantic Records)
Gunge (Frantic Records)
*OCTOBER 26, 2007*  The last two (and only surviving) DISC-O-TEEN shows are now available on DVD.  Hosted by Zacherley, the New York area show regularly featured local bands and the top hitmakers of the day. The DVD includes 1967 appearances by Every Mother's Son and The Box Tops although, regrettably, the groups do not perform their music and appear only in interview and skit segments.  Visit here for more information.
*OCTOBER 21, 2007* UPDATE: A sneak preview of the November 1st Blue Things: Blow Your Mind set, featuring two previously unreleased songs that will be released for the first time on the double disc release ('Punkin' Doodle' and 'Waitin' For Changes'), is now ready for sampling at the Cicadelic Records Web site.

The 2-CD Blue Things: Blow Your Mind collection from Cicadelic Records will be available on November 1st.  Pre-orders are being accepted now.  The set contains 65 recordings - many previously unheard - and comes with a 24-page booklet that features previously unseen photos.  Visit here to place your pre-order.
 Apparently there was a problem with the Web site yesterday that prevented orders from being placed.  That has now been corrected and orders are being accepted.
*OCTOBER 19, 2007*  Ugly Things #26 will be printed shortly:  "This issue is sure to make a big splash with our big MC5 cover story, featuring a lengthy, previously unpublished interview with Rob Tyner and some incredible rare photos. Our other features include the story of '66 Sunset Strip rockers The Sons of Adam, English folk-rock outfit Trees, the Norwegian beat and rock scene in the '60s, and British punk rock & rollers The Pop Rivets (Billy Childish's first band, 1977-79). There's also an extensive Pre-Punk feature by Johan Kugelberg, with a foreword by Jon Savage.

We also have articles on California garage band The Floggs (who featured a pre-Kaleidoscope Chris Darrow), legendary Ohio psychsters The Tiffany Shade, and the amazing tale of The Cedars from Lebanon. There's also exclusive interviews with The Pretty Things, Arthur Brown, Dave Lambert (of U.K. freakbeat icons Fire: 'Father's Name Was Dad'), Zappa associate Jeff Simmons, and much more, including of course our massive review section covering all the latest reissues and music-related books and DVDs."

The Brymers: Where Are They Now Is Now Available For Ordering! Click On Photo To Visit The New Brymers Website And To Place Your Order.
*OCTOBER 11, 2007* We received the below email from Carla Rabon and strongly encorage all visitors to sign the petition:

Laura Margo, wife of Mitch of The Tokens, has started a petition to have The Five Americans nominated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you would click on the link below and vote it would help. More importantly it would help if you sent this link to your friends in your address book and ask them to vote as well.

http://www.petitiononline.com/m5r65/petition.html


*OCTOBER 11, 2007* 
Press Release:

The Ambassador Theater--DC Psychedelic Concert Hall 1967
40th Anniversary Panel Discussion Saturday 11/3/07 3PM
DC Historical Studies Conference


For six glorious months beginning in July 1967, the Summer of Love landed right in Adams Morgan when three entrepreneurs convinced a skeptical neighborhood to allow DC's very own Fillmore--The Ambassador Theater.  Tony Finestra, Court Rodgers and Joel Mednick were selling fire extinguishers on college campuses when they heard the siren call of San Francisco, and after visiting the Fillmore and Avalon Ballroom, decided to pour all available resources into duplicating that psychedelic experience in an abandoned movie theater at 18th and Columbia Road.

Within months, they had defied the odds and opened a psychedelic concert hall, hippie hangout and community center that also boasted The Psychedelic Power and Light Company, one of the most happening psychedelic light shows on the East Coast! Every name rock band on tour at the time passed through the Ambassador, including a five night stand by Jimi Hendrix in August '67 (with two 3PM matinee performances), as well as the Fugs, Moby Grape and many more. It was even one of the staging points for the March on the Pentagon, with Norman Mailer rallying the protesters from the stage days before the October 21, 1967 march.

WAMAdc President Mike Schreibman was not only there, he helped run the place, and he'll be part of a panel discussion, with Richard Harrington of The Washington Post, and more guests to be announced. Promoters Court Rodgers and Joel Mednick have been invited, as well as Jerry Mermelstein who helped run The Psychedelic Power and Light Company light show. We've also located Bill Havu, drummer for the band Natty Bumppo, as well as Walter Hart who ran the head shop on the mezzanine of the theater.

The presentation will include a slide show of concert posters, personal photos, and newspaper clippings from the mainstream, college and underground newspapers, and memories, anecdotes and recollections provided by members of the audience.  It will be moderated and presented by Jeff Krulik, who was six years old at the time but wishes he could have been there for Vanilla Fudge.

Cultural historians Mark Opsasnick (www.capitolrock.com), Mara Cherkasky (www.culturaltourismdc.org) and Bob Embery (DC Monuments fanzine) will assist.

There will be an after party to be determined.

34th Annual Conference on Washington, D.C. Historical Studies
November 1 - 3, 2007


Presented by: Cultural Tourism, D.C.
D.C. Public Library, Washingtoniana Division
George Washington University
The Historical Society of Washington, DC
Location: The Historical Society of Washington, DC
(Old Carnegie Library), 801 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
No Admission Charge
Info:
www.historydc.org

You can contact Jeff directly with anecdotes or for more information.

*OCTOBER 9, 2007*
  Greg Kihn, Papa Doo Run Run (aka Zu and Goodie Two Shoes) and People ('I Love You') are the 2007 inductees into the San Jose Rocks Hall of Fame.  A benefit concert will be held on October 19th at History park in San Jose.  More information is available
here.

*OCTOBER 7, 2007* Coming from EMI on November 5 is Ah Feel Like Ahcid: 24 American Psychedelic Artefacts From The EMI Vaults.  The compilation actually features many previously comped tracks including songs by The Balloon Farm, Third Bardo and First Crow To The Moon, but also obscurities by Book Of Changes, Human Beinz and Time.  Perhaps a bit surprisingly, the disc also features well known bands like The Steve Miller Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band (whose song is the basis for the comp title) and The Beach Boys (!)
Coming in November on Regenerator Records
*OCTOBER 6, 2007* We received word from Jamie Anstey from Regenerator Records that November 15th will be the release date for Chad Allan & The Reflections: Early Roots (see above).  The release is a limited edition of 1000 CDs and 500 LPs and will be available via Neptoon Records in Vancouver or directly from Jamie.

*OCTOBER 5, 2007* Due in November on Sundazed:

Moby Grape '69
- On Compact Disc & High Definition Vinyl 
Moby Grape Truly Fine Citizen  - On Compact Disc

Moby Grape
, the San Francisco band synonymous with everything starry-eyed and laughing about the Summer of Love and the West Coast revolution, wrapped up its Columbia Records career with a pair of solid albums that showed just how much they’d grown musically since their first three releases—even after they’d lost a couple of band members. Moby Grape ‘69 demonstrated traits heretofore unnoticed: vibrant shades of doo-wop on “Ooh Mama Ooh” and 18-wheeler, freeway-cruising, redneck-rock on 'Trucking Man.' Although Skip Spence had departed, his blistering song 'Seeing' sounds like a preview of Oar, his landmark 1969 solo album. And Bob Mosley’s lovely ballad 'It’s A Beautiful Day Today' can stand toe-to-toe with any song the Grape ever cut. With Spence out of commission and Mosley serving in the U.S. Marines, the Grape was reduced to the trio of Peter Lewis, Jerry Miller and Don Stevenson for their Columbia swansong, 1969’s Truly Fine Citizen. Even with a pair of cylinders missing, the threesome sucked it up and cut a very handsome little record. The chugging title track, coupled with Lewis’ heartfelt 'Changes, Circles Spinning,' make it plain: Moby Grape was capable of greatness, even with two hands tied behind its back.

The Kaleidoscope Side Trips
- On High Definition Vinyl

Like a mind-boggling combination of Summer of Love acid-rock, goodtime saloon music and a Middle Eastern jam session, Side Trips, the debut album by Kaleidoscope, stood out, even in the eye of the psychedelic hurricane, as something altogether different! Staffed by a hall of fame roster of multi-instrumentalists—David Lindley, Chris Darrow, Solomon Feldthouse, Chester Crill (aka: Fenrus Epp) and John Vidican—this Berkeley, Calif.-based combo cut their dazzling 1967 album with a startling arsenal of instruments that included banjo, fiddle, doumbeg, mandolin, viola, saz bouzoukee, dobro, vina, authoharp, oud and clarinet. When they entertained the wide-eyed customers of San Francisco’s Fillmore and Avalon Ballrooms and Los Angeles’ Ash Grove, they frequently employed flamenco and belly dancers onstage. Just like the see-through tube with bits of colored glass and mirrors that gave the band their name, the Kaleidoscope was never the same, no matter which way you turned it! 

*SEPTEMBER 25, 2007*
According to an email we received from member Eric Bergman, "I'm in the process of putting together a 2-CD set of The Patron Saints (Fohhoh Bohob) from 1966-1967. If all goes well, it may even be out sometime this fall!"  We'll provide updates we receive them...

*SEPTEMBER 21, 2007*
It's official!  Following closely on the word that The Sonics are reuniting for Cavestomp comes word from the band that The Green Fuz will be perfoming for the first time since the '60's in New Orleans at the House of Blues in April 2008!  We're assuming this is part of the Ponderosa Stomp. More details will be posted here as they come in...

*SEPTEMBER 17, 2007*  From Globe Records: "Sandi and The Accents was the premier rock 'n' roll band of the mid-sixties in San Diego. Their first single, 'Better Watch Out Boy,' climbed to the top ten in San Diego and top 20 in L.A. in 1964, and was followed by three top 20 singles in the region. They appeared on television shows like those of Lloyd Thaxton and Regis Philbin, and routinely sold out the largest venues in Southern California. They opened for The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Herman's Hermits, The Righteous Brothers and The Coasters, and according to a regional radio station poll were more popular than any band except The Beatles. This CD is a compilation of their hits together with live recordings of their fans' favorites. Members include Tony Johnson, Sandi Rouse and Gabe Lapano. Included in this CD are The Accents' four original singles and fourteen tracks recorded live at the San Diego Community Concourse and other venues in 1965 and 1966. You may have been there! The sound quality is not up to today's standards but the performances are everything you remember and more."

In related news, Sandi & The Accents performed together over this past weekend for the only the second time since 1966.  We hope to have more information on the band shortly.
60sgaragebands.com artists The Brymers are reuniting for a huge Melco Reunion Dance on October 13th.
In addition, The Brymers are self-releasing a CD of all-new and all original recordings (with a couple of bonus surprises) that will be available via CDBaby, Digistation and their soon-to-be announced website.
*SEPTEMBER 3, 2007* Thanks to Alec Palao,here is news on another very interesting Ace/Big Beat title, Randy & The Radiants, Memphis Beat: The Sun Recordings 1964-66: "If Sam Phillips felt threatened when the British Invasion reared its ugly – to the established American record biz – head in 1964, he didn’t let on. But even if the Sun Records honcho was blissfully ignorant of the Brits burgeoning omnipotence, he was savvy enough that, when it was presented to him in the shape of the preternaturally disposed Radiants, Sam decided he was gonna get himself a piece of this here Limey action.

The garage rock crowd know their name for the crunchy chording of ‘My Way Of Thinking’, but the considerable cache of sessions that Phillips and his son Knox indulged them in retrospectively reveal the Radiants as
several fret-notches above the average teenaged combo of the time. The true gems in the Radiants' canon are Bob Simon’s contemplative originals, with their own mature blend of harmony and soul, akin to that of the best British beat like The Searchers. The searing, irrestible ‘Truth From My Eyes’ would have made a great mid-period Hollies single, and  tunes like ‘To Seek & Then Find’, ‘Nobody Walks Out On Me’ or ‘I Won’t Ask Why’ are so effortlessly Mersey in execution, it’s easy to forget the grandaddy of rockabilly is behind the mixing desk. Add the warm, authoritative rasp of Haspel, Memphis’ answer to Allan Clarke, and one can understand Phillips’ excitement in having found a local and commercially-potent interpretation of the Beatle beat.

This is the first of a series of Made In Memphis releases on Big Beat - upcoming are volumes devoted to The Jesters (The Sonics of the mid-South), Ardent Records (a 2-disc set covering both their '60's psych-garage and '70's powerpop eras) and a Memphis '60's garage anthology with many unreleased tracks."

*September 1, 2007*  We received an email from Dennis Dragon informing of us the CD release of his and brothers' Doug and Darryl's 1969 BFI LP.  From the Dragons' MySpace page: "It was nearing the end of the sixties’ decade. My brothers, Doug, Daryl and I were living in Malibu, surfing and gigging around the Los Angeles area in various bands including our own. We came from a very musical family; our father Carmen Dragon was a well known symphony conductor and arranger around Hollywood, our mother Eloise, a colaratura soprano singer and our two sisters, Carmen and Kathy, played harp and flute respectively. I was the youngest of the brothers. I played drums and was dabbling with recording equipment and photography. My brothers played great keys. Daryl also played the vibes, bass, guitar and a few other instruments.

That all being said, it was a great time for music. The Beatles with George Martin opened up a big door to just about anything musically and production-wise. Hendrix was blowing minds with his trip and Zep defined new parameters for rock and roll. Around the same time The Doors and others were freaking us out with their hypnotic sounds. Doug and I thought it was time for us to enter the arena and put something serious on tape. We hooked up with my high school buddy/recording engineer Donn Landee who was working at Sunwest Recording Studios in Hollywood at the time. We worked out a 'spec deal' and arrived in the off hours, sometimes after our club gigs around 3:00 a.m. and working ‘till morning. We became more 'driven' as we laid down more tracks; Doug and I had never explored this territory before, especially in the vocal department. I was playing my usual 'jazzy' style with Doug laying down the groove on the keys. Doug was singing the low parts and I was experimenting with high layered harmonies. Donn added his great recording and production ideas and as we listened to the playbacks we were all fired up! There was a unique sound coming from the JBL control room speakers…  We called it BFI, for 'Blue Forces Intelligence!' Don’t ask me why. We were certain we had a 'hit.' We shopped the finished product all over Hollywood to the major labels with no luck. We got comments from the big boys like, 'Great production but I don’t hear a hit' to 'We can’t fit it into a niche.' After a few months we became discouraged and shelved the tapes. It was fun recording, but The Dragons and the BFI project seemed destined to obscurity.

Advance the clock 37 years…I get an e-mail from Kevin, DJ Food at Ninja Tune, and he says he loves the song 'Food For My Soul' by The Dragons and wants to include it in his latest mix. He found the song on a surf film soundtrack album that I produced that was released in the mid seventies. I had put that one BFI tune on that record because the film’s producer, the late Hal Jepsen, really liked it. I told Kev there was more that was recorded at the same time period and sent him MP3s of the album. He liked what he heard. All I had in my possession was a copy of the master tape. I tracked Donn down after losing contact with him decades ago. I asked him if he knew where the BFI master tapes were. He said he was 'looking right at them.' Miraculously, the tapes were 'rescued' in 1974 by his friend, Howard Weiss when the tape vault at Sunwest was being cleaned out and they were headed for the trash. What a trip.

We’re now up to speed. BFI is finally released. My brothers, Donn and I couldn’t be more pleased. In the early ‘70s, we three brothers all 'did some time' with The Beach Boys backup band. In the mid seventies, Doug moved to Hawaii. Around ‘79-’80, he made a name for himself gigging around Australia. Daryl went on to join Toni Tennille as “The Captain,' and I am still producing and recording bands and now doing music television, occasionally drumming and 'beaching it' in the Santa Barbara area. Donn went on to make records at Warner Brothers with Ted Templeman, Lenny Waronker and Ed Van Halen. He is currently doing Internet commerce and still photography.

There’s a lesson here to be learned… Don’t throw your old master tapes way!"

Watch for it on Ninja Tunes.


*AUGUST 31, 2007* Cavestomp is back with a vengeance!  The line-up for 2007 features The Sonics (featuring original members Gerry Roslie on throat/keyboards, Larry Parypa on guitar and Rob Lind on tenor sax! With Dave Rowland of The Wailers on drums and Don Wilhelm of The Daily Flash on bass!), New Colony Six and Strawberry Alarm Clock (performing their first LP Incense and Peppermints in its entirety complete with surface noise. With original members George Bunnell, Lee Freeman, Randy Seoul, Mark Weitz, Gene Gunnels, and Steve Bartek!  The event takes place November 2nd through the 4th and more information is available at Cavestomp's MySpace page.
*AUGUST 31, 2007* Coming September 18th from Video Music,Inc.: The Byrds Under Review is a documentary film which explores the music, career and background of one of America's most influential bands. With the aid of many who were there at the time, as either part of the group or close at hand, this 2-DVD set is a celebration of one of Rock 'N Roll's truly great bands. It includes rare and classic performances re-assessed by a panel of experts, live and studio recordings of Byrds' classics, footage and interviews from then and now, and exclusive and extensive contributions from Byrds' members John York and Gene Parsons, further enlightenment from various collaborators, plus more!"

*AUGUST 31, 2007* Coming from Ace Records: "This CD compiles the very best of the non-Fireballs rock instrumentals that Norman Petty cut in the early 1960s, and a rocking little disc it is too. Established professionals like Canada's successful Wes Dakus' Rebels rub shoulders with obscure outfits such as The Tiaras and The Chandelles, all showcasing the patented excitement that Petty pioneered with The Fireballs. There's R&B flavoured items from The Gliders and The Chances, moody melodies from The Techniques, King Pins and Bentleys, and several quasi-surf classics such as 'Jetster', 'Riptide' and 'Termites'. Most of the acts are from New Mexico and West Texas, and feature local guitar heroes like John Wagner (Five Counts) and Ysidro Garcia (Gliders)."


Oregon Hall Of Fame Event
*AUGUST 29, 2007*  Tonight on KFPA is Sing Out!, an overview of the upcoming San Francisco Nuggets boxed set by Alec Palao: "A special program devoted to new Rhino records 4-CD box, Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970, with the compilation's producer Alec Palao (of El Cerrito) giving a guided tour of the music, including the hits and rarities from garage bands to unreleased songs."  Click here for more information.
*AUGUST 25, 2007* Rhino Records has announced that pre-orders (while supllies last) for the Love Is The Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets (1965-1970) boxed set will receive an exclusive DVD: "Pre-Order now and receive the exclusive DVD The Making Of Love Is The Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970. This 35-minute documentary, available only through rhino.com, tells the story behind the boxed set, diving deeper into the cultural and musical influences that are captured in this magnificent collection . Includes interviews with boxed set producer Alec Palao as well as members of Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Charlatans, Big Brother and Holding Company and more. Offer ends September 18, or while supplies last."
*AUGUST 24, 2007* According to a letter from Jerry Schollenberger to the Forgotten Hits newsletter, Rev-Ola is preparing a New Colony Six rarities collection for November release: "A licensing contract between original New Colony Six founder and lead vocalists Ray Graffia Jr. and Rev-Ola Records in the U.K. was completed and signed earlier this week.  The new upcoming CD release was compiled and produced by myself, and the title of the compilation is, Sides - Rare & Unreleased Recordings by The New Colony Six & The Raymond John Michael BandThe new 24-song CD compilation will include ten rare and previously unreleased tracks by The New Colony Six, and ten rare and unreleased recordings by The Raymond John Michael Band (otherwise more commonly referred to as, Raymond John Michael or RJM).  Also included will be four bonus tracks which includes a brand new 2007 recording by The Graffia Brothers (Ray and Ron Graffia). This recording is the first all new recording by Ray Graffia in nearly 35 years. 

After his departure
from The New Colony Six in August 1969...founder Ray Graffia Jr. teamed up with fellow ex-New Colony members Craig Kemp (original New Colony Six organist), and Chic James (original New Colony Six drummer). After adding two additional members, the new musical outfit became The Raymond John Michael Band. Between 1969 thru 1971, RJM released three singles for the Ivanhoe and London labels, and recorded a number of tracks for a planned (but never released) album. So in essence, RJM was made up of half of the the original members of The New Colony SixThe recordings on this CD came from 'one of a kind' demo acetates, a never-before released 1965 live New Colony Six performance and numerous (some recently discovered) original mono and stereo studio session master tapes - Lots of unreleased alternate versions, never issued demos, and first-time stereo versions!New Colony Six fan!

As of this writing, the The New Colony Six /RJM Sides CD is scheduled for November 2007 release.
Any questions regarding this CD compilation can be sent to me at jschollenberger@ameritech.net."


*AUGUST 15, 2007*
Look cool new releases to look forward to shortly from
Norton Records:

BOBBY FULLER - ROCK AND ROLL KING OF THE SOUTHWEST (Norton 325) We heard your call and we're heeding the needy - here comes Bobby Fuller and The Fanatics on black wax full lengths - all recorded in his garage studio on Album Avenue in El Paso, Texas. Dig our obsession with Bobby and with the great teen stomp combos of the Southwest with our wax series on the scene, starting right here!  I Fought The Law/Shakedown/Unreliable Irresistible Girl/Summertime Blues/Fool Of Love/Pamela/Only For You/Saturday Night/King Of The Beach/Rock House/You Made Me Cry/Keep On Dancing/Nancy Jean/Nervous Breakdown/A New Shade Of Blue/I Fought The Law.

BOBBY FULLER LIVE!!! (Norton 326) Bobby Fuller was making records, running a night club, and dragging a professional recording deck to his shows in Texas years before he made any records outside of his home state. Check out this astonishing sampling of live sounds and prepare yourselves for another upcoming volume of mayhem from West Texas!  El Paso Rock/Angel Face/(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care/Night Train/It's Love Come What May/Miserlou/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/Peggy Sue/Pamela/2000 Lb. Bee/Wine Wine Wine/Louie Louie/Farmer John/Jenny Lee (Do The Jerk With Me).

JUSTICE IS SERVED! Norton delves into the vaults of North Carolina's legendary Justice label for three vinyl sets - straight up reissues on the garage classic SPEAKING OF THE TEMPOS and THE PHANTOM RAIDERS - NEW SOUND '67, a big in demand teen genius nugget and for the first time ever, THE BEST OF JUSTICE RECORDS culled from the label's nearly two dozen ultra rare albums!

*AUGUST 13, 2007* Misty Lane No. 21 is now available.  This issue features articles on Blues Magoos, Dovers, Peck's Bad Boys, Twiliters, Nite Owls, Choir, Jefferson Airplane, Chosen Few, Third World War, Jaguars, Rising Storm, Elastik Band, Cryers, Blues Project and more...along with more modern sound coverage and the usual stack of reviews.  The Misty Lane website will soon be updated a brand new look.


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*AUGUST 8, 2007* Press Release:

Nancy Semon-Krauss, Reunion Coordinator
41 Tropicana Drive § Punta Gorda, FL 33950 § USA
(941) 575-5169 cell (941) 276-0116
 nancykrauss@speedymail.org

We're celebrating the 40th anniversary of WNJU-TV’s (Channel 47) teen dance show Disc-O-Teen with host Zacherley, and his 90th birthday bash!

PLACE AND TIME: Saturday, November 3, from 6 p.m. to Midnight at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel, 1170 Spring St., Elizabeth, New Jersey.

PUNTA GORDA – The (former) teen dancers of Channel 47’s Disc-O-Teen, broadcast from the Mosque Theatre (Symphony Hall) in Newark, New Jersey are looking for all dancers who appeared on the show - broadcast throughout the New York metropolitan area from 1965 to 1967 - and invite them to attend the 40th anniversary of the last episode. The reunion gala will also celebrate Zacherley’s 90th birthday. Fans of Disc-O-Teen are invited to attend.

In addition to hosting Disc-O-Teen, Zacherley was the host of WABC-TV’s (Channel 7) Shock Theatre, WOR-TV’s (Channel 9) Zacherley at 12:00, WPIX-TV’s (Channel 11) Chiller Theatre, a popular DJ on WNEW-FM and WPLJ-FM, and a recording star and movie actor in his long, illustrious career. Sign up for the reunion here.   

Members of the press covering this event are invited to join us for dinner and dancing; interviews with John Zacherley can be arranged by calling him: 212-866-7225. Surprise celebrity guests will be at the reunion. Please help us to get the word out that we are seeking former dancers to attend Disc-O-Teen’s 40th anniversary/Zacherley’s 90th birthday bash.  Oh, and keep on dancing!

Nancy Semon-Krauss

*AUGUST 7, 2007* Press Release: "Join Mayor Reed & KFOX 98.5 Live at San Jose City Hall with Syndicate of Sound. Tuesday, August 14, 12 - 1 p.m., at City Hall Plaza.  Syndicate of Sound's blockbuster 1966 hit 'Little Gir' has just passed a milestone having aired more than a million times on radio stations worldwide. Hear it live! One Night Only!

Syndicate of Sound
Thank You Party
Tuesday 8/14, 6:30 p.m.
The Blank Club
44 South Almaden
Downtown San Jose
  

Featuring: B
ack Pearl, Odd Numbers, Billy the Kid, Syndicate Of Sound

A donation of $5 at the door. 
All funds benefit San Jose Rocks, and the San Jose Rocks Hall of Fame, celebrating Silicon Valley's Role 'N Rock. 


For more information contact:
Email: dorloff@orloffwilliams.com
Phone: (408) 293-1791
Web: http://www.orloffwilliams.com
*AUGUST 3, 2007* We received an email from Nancy Semon-Krauss: "I'm the coordinator of the 40th anniversary of the last show of Disc-O-Teen (Channel 47 TV dance show, 1965-1967) to be held at the Hilton Airport Newark, Saturday, November 3. The Doughboys and Every Mother's Son are tentatively scheduled to perform. Zacherley, the Cool Ghoul, and our show's host, will be honored for his 90th birthday! Fans of Disc-O-Teen, and fans of Zacherley, are invited to attend. Go to our website to sign up!"  DVDs of the the final two Disc-O-Teen shows - one with Every Mother's Son and the other with The Box Tops - are also promised. Watch this space for updates.
*AUGUST 1, 2007* Here's some news we grabbed from the excellent '60's Indiana Band Szene Blog: "A large number of musicians from Columbus (Indiana) are putting on a Memorial Jam in honor of several friends who have passed on. We would like to honor: Greg Weisner, John Arrington, Ross Hubler, Bill Taylor, Jim Sparrow, Garry Hamilton, Terry Green and others who are no longer with us. We would also like to thank 4th Street Bar, Coca-Cola Bottling and Brands Lumber for sponsoring this event.  Featuring Toby Myers Band (ask him about his '67 band - Clarence Brown's Memorial String Band! Not a violin or cello in sight!)  Also 'The All-Star Reunion Band' Featuring members from: XL's, Fabulous XL's, Grub & The Gargoyles, Garry & The Twi-liters, Raven Blues, Calientes and 3-Chord Monty.  Come on down and pay your respects to the ones who helped blaze the '60s Rock & Roll trail in Columbus, Indiana!"
*AUGUST 1, 2007* Press Release: "Moby Grape, the three-guitar/five-man vocal-harmony rock 'n' roll juggernaut who epitomized the 'Summer of Love' San Francisco scene, will have its classic Columbia Records catalog restored to print by Sundazed Music on October 9. The critically-lauded five albums that Bob Mosley, Skip Spence, Jerry Miller, Peter Lewis and Don Stevenson cut for Columbia from 1967-1969 will get the deluxe treatment from Sundazed. Moby Grape's self-titled debut, Wow, Grape Jam, Moby Grape '69 and Truly Fine Citizen will be made available as remastered, first-time-ever compact disc reissues, complete with bonus tracks, rare photos and informative liner notes. Sundazed will also release exact replicas of the original 12-inch vinyl versions of Moby Grape, Wow, Grape Jam and Moby Grape '69."
*JULY 29, 2007* Two new interesting vinyl only releases from RD Records:

New Age: All Around - "This is what can be called one of the major sensations in the raga influenced 'Psychedelic/Acid Folk' field. Also some of the earliest recordings in this genre and hitherto unreleased.

After the release of the Light of Day album in 1966 the now legendary Pat Kilroy and Susan Graubard went on with playing and creating music together. What you hear on this album is what they recorded for Warner Brothers in the summer of 1967, a true groundbreaking adventure of the highest order. They expanded in the direction they started in 1966 and the result is far beyond and superior to everything I heard from that time period before in this musical style except for Tim Buckley. No wonder that it didn't come out at that time because those recordings were for sure far too adventurous for Warner Brothers and also for almost other leading music companies at the time. Incredible - and I mean INCREDIBLE raga influenced Psychedelic/Acid Folk with some of the best songwriting I know of with monstrous lyrics and deep lead vocals. Also a wide range of instruments were played like incredible raga-esque acoustic guitar, electric bass, Spanish cowbells, bell tree, silver flute, bamboo flutes, viola, tamboura, conga drums, tables, acoustic and electric bass and tambourine. Pat Kilroy sadly died of Hodgkin’s disease in December of 1967 at a very young age. If this record had a proper release at the time, it would be a major classic and a milestone today in the psychedelic history book."

Prufrock: Visions - "Here is another lost and unreleased at the time Californian psychedelic masterpiece of the highest caliber from 1967! 
Only a few (if even a few) acetate 45 singles where known by this incredible great band from the Ojai, California area. The recordings for an album were done in the Two:Dot Studios in 1967. (The same studios the ARTHUR recordings and e.g. HENDRICKSON ROADHOUSE came from) and the acetates were pressed in the legendary Gold Star Studios the same year. The music is a mixture of superb garage folk, swinging London style garage pop and heavy fuzz loaded psychedelic to the max tracks with some incredible great eastern influences!"

Album covers are presented below.  Visit the RD Records website for ordering information.


*JULY 28, 2007* Yet another new book that should interest many visitors to thiis website, Chicano Soul: Recordings & HIstory Of An American Culture by Ruben Molina by Mictlan Publishing: "The product of three years of reseach into the soul/ R&B groups of the Chicano Southwest. The history is told in the words of the musicians, singers, producers and promoters. I conducted over seventy interviews in San Antonio, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, El Paso, Phoenix, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and South Texas. The book is loaded with over 200 rare photos, record labels, album covers, posters and handbills from the great soul years of 1958-1973.  Includes a 30 page discography with all group members, city of orgin, record label and matrix number."
*JULY 28, 2007* Just published by Rounder Books is Love That Dirty Water: The Standells And The Improbable Red Sox Victory Anthem by Chuck Burgess and Bill Nowlin: "The Standells have long been considered one of the pioneering garage/punk bands. The intricate, intriguing nexus that defines them includes a cast member of the Mickey Mouse Club, a fraternal connection to West Side Story, The Four Preps, a few tracks produced by Sonny Bono, a manager shared with Liberace, and - most improbable of all - the song 'Dirty Water' serving for almost a decade as the victory anthem of the underdog Boston Red Sox.

One of the most exciting experiences for each of the original Standells was learning of this recent tradition at Boston's Fenway Park and then being invited to perform on the field during the 2004 World Series!

The more we dug into the story, the more we learned of the longstanding ties between music and the Red Sox , dating back to 'Tessie' and the very first World Series in 1903 up through the singing careers of Mickey McDermott and Tony Conigliaro, the ballpark organ of John Kiley, and the strange story of how Annette Funicello's old drum kit, a mugging in Boston, and a Los Angeles nightclub band came together to create this most unique cultural artifact - an ode to a quirky city that resonates more fully now than it did back in the Sixties."

We'll have a review shortly...

*JULY 23, 2007* A story by Ramon Renteria in The El Paso Times provide an update on Hector Gonzalez' documentary, A History Of The West Coast Eastside Sound.  "These days, Gonzalez is trying to finish the musical documentary The History of the West Coast Eastside Sound, featuring East Los Angeles Chicano rock groups of the 1960s. The short version of the documentary has been screened on college campuses, but he would prefer to have a theatrical release.

Gonzalez's heart is set on producing a movie depicting how restaurateur (Eddie) Davis discovered Cannibal and The Headhunters when they were still playing in the housing projects as Bobby and The Classics.

He describes Davis as a visionary who promoted the assimilation of young Mexican-American musicians into American pop culture and who wanted to show the rest of the country that they had more to contribute than the traditional mariachi and Mexican music on AM radio in that period."

Click
here to read the entire article.
*JULY 23, 2007* Herb Gross of The Invictas sent us an email with the details on his new book, available for ordering now at the Invictas website: "Rock Till Ya Drop is all about having fun and getting the most out of life.  None us knows how long we're going to be around and as we get older we realize how short life is.  That's why I reunited our '60's rock 'n roll band, The Invictas.  This book tells the story of the band, and it may inspire you to discover your own passion.
 
• During the ‘60’s, The Invictas had fan clubs, police escorts, and a controversial hit record and dance called 'The Hump'.
 
• 'The Hump' made it to Number One in Miami, the Top 100 in the US, and was banned in Boston.
 
• The book covers the entire time period from the early ‘60’s when the band first started to current time.
 
• Now, the band has reunited, and we’re rocking thousands of boomers. We even have young girls screaming again.
 
The Invictas have played with the Beach Boys, been featured on The Today Show, appeared in USA Today and other newspapers across America.
 
• The book is 109 pages filled with lots of fun photographs and it tells a very unique story. I am Herb Gross, author of the book and lead singer in the band.
 
• There are two versions of the book available. One is printed in black and white, and the second is a limited edition printed in full color and it arrives complete with autograph."

*JULY 22, 2007* Press Release: "During the 1960's music from the British Invasion topped the charts but one New York folk band proved that the new revolution was not the only source for popular music. In August of 1965, The Lovin' Spoonful, made up of John Sebastian, Joseph Campbell Butler, Steve Boone, and Zal Yanovsky, made music history with their first single debut of  'Do You Believe in Magic.' The song instantly became a smash hit and made the quartet a household name across the nation.

More than four decades later, SRO Entertainment commemorates the band's impact on popular music with the DVD premiere of Do You Believe In Magic: The Music Of John Sebastian & The Lovin' Spoonful. Currently airing on Public Television, the program is hosted by John Sebastian and presents an in-depth profile of the band, its members and their music. The program features ten full-length classic TV performances of their chart-topping hits and bonus features including interviews, tributes and commentary with John Sebastian. The DVD will be available on July 31st for a suggested retail price $19.99.

For the first time on DVD, the program provides a nostalgic journey with fascinating insight into the creation of the band and their music, as well as highlighting their milestones. Extras include John Sebastian's commentary about: his childhood; musical influences; Greenwich Village and the folk scene; songwriting; and more. Additionally, John Sebastian and Denny Doherty pay tribute to Zal Yanovsky and the DVD also includes the Tower of Song interview with Yanovsky.

Fans will love watching the group's original performances of their most popular hit songs featured on the DVD, including, 'Do You Believe In Magic', 'You Didn't Have to Be So Nice', 'Daydream', 'Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind', 'Rain On The Roof', 'Summer In The City', 'Nashville Cats', 'She's Still a Mystery', 'Darling Be Home Soon', as well as John Sebastian's solo performance, 'Welcome Back'.

Music by The Lovin' Spoonful dominated the radio waves across the nation and soon crossed over to both rock-and-roll and country music charts with 'Nashville Cats'. Their hit song 'Summer in The City' ranked number one on the Billboard charts in 1966, and the group was recently inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. In their brief, but prominent years together, the band went on to chart a string of ten Top-Forty hits and their most famous song 'Do You Believe In Magic' still stands today as a defining rock and roll anthem."

*JULY 12, 2007* Courtesy of Mike Stax and Ugly Thing Records is the full lowdown on the eagerly anticipated CD compilation by The Light: "Subject of a cover story in Ugly Things #25, The Light was a dynamic, multi-talented supergroup from California’s Inland Empire. Formed early 1967, the group united the brightest talents from two of the area’s most popular garage bands, The Bush and The Northside Moss. After attracting the attention of Music Machine producer Brian Ross they recorded a single for A&M Records, a Jekyll & Hyde pairing featuring a gorgeous Left-Banke-style A-side ‘Music Box’ and a fuzz-guitar monster flipside, ‘Back Up.’ By the end of the summer they had evolved into an incendiary West Coast psychedelic rock ensemble comparable to The Buffalo Springfield or Moby Grape, but with the dual lead guitar firepower of the Beck-Page Yardbirds

Turn on The Light
is the first ever collection of the Light’s music. It includes their sole 45 release plus 23 previously unreleased live and studio cuts. The full-color CD packaging includes a 16-page booklet with rare band photos plus track-by-track liner notes by the band’s own Greg Eckler.

The CD is $12.50 plus shipping, and as a special offer if you o
rder now you get your choice of any other UT Records release for just $9 each: The MisunderstoodThe Lost Acetates, The BushGot Bush If You Want It, The Mustangs That’s For Sure, or The Loons - Paraphernalia.

Payment information, shipping rates and more information can be obtained by emailing
Ugly Things.


*JULY 12, 2007* From Domenic Priore (with all due respect to Mike Markesich's forthcoming Teenbeat Mayhem tome), author of 60sgaragebands.com's most eagerly awaited book, comes this info:

Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood is out, and I'm hoping you might be able to come to my book event tonight in L.A.  It will be at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.  The special guests will be Jim Lowe and Mark Tulin of The Electric Prunes, and Michael Stuart-Ware, who played drums in Love during the times of Da Capo and Forever Changes
 
Book Tour, Symposium Series, Film and Radio Events

Please drop by any of these (mostly free) events that will be circling around the release of Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood:

Friday, July 6, Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco (guest Michael Stuart-Ware from the band Love, plus acoustic performance by Bart Davenport)

Thursday, July 12, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Strip, West Hollywood (guests include Jim Lowe and Mark Tulin of The Electric Prunes and Michael Stuart-Ware from the band Love)

RADIO on Wednesday, July 18, "Quiet City" on Luxuriamusic.com, 6-9 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. A Riot on Sunset Strip set will be featured w/ Domenic at the turntables

Thursday, July 19, Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers, Williamsburg (218 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn) guest TBA

Friday, July 27, Bluestockings Radical Books, 172 Allen Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan.  Featured at this event will be a 1966 Sunset Strip slide show plus special guest Laura Kenyon of Lyme & Cybelle... a White Whale Records duo ("Follow Me") in which her partner was a very young Warren Zevon.

RADIO on Sunday, July 29, WFMU "The Gaylord Fields Show," 3-5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (wfmu.org)

Tuesday, July 31, Barnes & Noble, Astor Place, Manhattan (between Greenwich Village and East Village, near the corner of Broadway and Lafayette). Special guest Barry Feinstein, photographer of the Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man" fisheye LP cover and director of 1966 L.A. scene documentary You Are What You Eat

Friday, August 10, Secret Cinema @ Philadelphia Society of Free Letts (Latvian Society), 531 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia PA. Screening of Riot on Sunset Strip plus 1966 Sunset Strip slide show and DJ/dance after-party. Contact: Jay Schwartz (917) 446-3087 - $7 @ 7 p.m.

RADIO on Saturday, August 11, Luxuriamusic.com special New York City edition of Riot on Sunset Strip featuring DJs Phast Phreddie (Subway Soul Club, NY), Domenic Priore and Audrey Moorehead (Pandora's Box, L.A.). 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Sunday, August 12, Academy LPs/CDs, 96 N. 6th Street, Williamsburg (Brooklyn) featuring an in-store performance by The Nashville Ramblers (who appear on the Children of Nuggets box set) performing tunes by The Leaves, The Bobby Fuller Four, The Dovers, The Addrissi Brothers, The Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, etc. Free show starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m.

RADIO on Wednesday, August 15, "Quiet City" on Luxuriamusic.com, 6-9 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. A Riot on Sunset Strip set will be featured w/Domenic at the turntables

Thursday, August 16, McNally-Robinson Booksellers Inc., 52 Prince Street, Nolita, Manhattan. (guest TBA) 

Saturday, August 18, East Coast Beach Boys Fan Convention, Southbury, Conneticut, Crowne Plaza Hotel. Beatnik Beach slide show (L.A. coffeehouses and jazz joints of the late '50s and early '60s). Noon. (cover charge, please check online)

TENATIVE GUESTS in the New York City book stores include Jim Pons (main guy in The Leaves, of "Hey Joe" fame), Artie Kornfeld (West Coast/East Coast mid-'60s record producer/songwriter who saw it all and later organized Woodstock) formerly L.A., now Brooklyn artist Gary Panter (Screamers, Pee Wee's Playhouse).

Saturday, September 8, Vroman's Book Store, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (guest TBA) 4-6 p.m.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 14, 15 and 16, Riot on Sunset Strip Weekend at the American Cinematheque, Egyptian Theater, Hollywood Boulevard. Features (so far) include a Friday night show with Riot on Sunset Strip and You Are What You Eat, Saturday night it'll be The Trip and Mondo Hollywood and we're still setting up Sunday, possible matinees, live music between screenings (The Loons), and a Mod clothing bazaar in the Egyptian's entrance corridor.
 
September 29 -- Beach Boys Stomp Convention, London, England

The story so far... later events at the West Hollywood Book Fair, Sponto Gallery in Venice, and plans are in the works for events in, London, Austin and Seattle. If you're interested in booking an event, please contact Kevin Becketti (Jawbone Press) at (510) 528-1444 extension 235.

*JULY 8, 2007*
Wereceived the following email from Brian Jenkins: " The PSPOT is asking ALL '60's garage fans, friends and collectors to help get The Daybreakers into The Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association Hall of Fame and Museum for 2008! Email Steve Brown (nomination) at
http://www.iowarocknroll.com/contact-us.php and state that you think The Daybreakers should be in the Iowa Hall Of Fame And Museum. The more votes received, the more likely we can make this happen."  Check out the PSPOT link provided above for some great information and photos on The Daybreakers from member Max Allan Collins.

*JULY 8, 2007* The Roky Erickson documentary You're Gonna Miss Me will be released on DVD this Tuesday, July 10th: "This is the story of Roky Erickson: manic frontman for the legendary band The 13th Floor Elevators, creators of psychedelic music and muse to Janis Joplin. You're Gonna Miss Me is a disturbingly intimate portrait of an imploding family and the struggle between modernized medicine and religion. Known for his colossal heroin and LSD binges, struggles with schizophrenia, and an unthinkable term at Rusk Hospital for the Criminally Insane, Roky went missing from the world. You're Gonna Miss Me reveals the shocking and triumphant truth behind one of Rock’s great mysteries."  The film has received outstanding reviews,and we hope to have a review of our own within the next few weeks.

In other 13th Floor Elevator news, Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and The 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound, a book by
Paul Drummond (foreword by Julian Cope) is scheduled for October release: "The trailblazing 13th Floor Elevators released the first “psychedelic” rock album in America, transforming culture throughout the 1960s and beyond. The Elevators followed their own spiritual cosmic agenda — to change society by finding a new path to enlightenment. Their battles with repressive authorities are legendary. Lead singer Roky Erickson was put away in a maximum security unit for the criminally insane for years. Tommy Hall, their Svengali lyricist, lived in a cave. Guitarist Stacy Sutherland was imprisoned. The drummer was involuntarily subjected to electric shock treatments.  This fascinating biography breaks decades of silence of band members and features dozens of never-before-printed photos."  The book is being published by Process Books.
*JULY 8, 2007* The current (double) issue of Rolling Stone is dedicated to the Summer of Love (2007 also marks the 40th Anniversary of the publication).  Although the focus is primarily on the handful of groups everybody associates with the year (Grateful Dead, Big Brother & The Holding CompanyJefferson Airplane, etc.) there are interesting articles on scenes other than San Francisco,including Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.  There is also Summer of Love content for review on the magazine's website.

Rolling Stone also reports that "Home Before Daylight, a film based on the formative years of The Grateful Dead. The movie will be adapted from a book by Steve Parish, who has some real credentials: He was a Dead roadie for 35 years.  The story, which has already been endorsed by Dead guitarist Bob Weir, will chart the history of the band, focusing on those times they chilled with Ken Kesey and Jefferson Airplane in the Haight-Ashbury days."

*JULY 4, 2007* Thanks to Alec Palao, we're finally able to bring more information - and the fantastic cover photo - for the long promised '60's East Bay compilation on Ace/Big Beat:

• Big Beat’s ongoing series documenting the groovy sounds of 1960s California, Nuggets From The Golden State, makes a welcome return with You Got Yours: East Bay Garage 1965-67. Returning to the regional themes espoused in earlier volumes, this power packed collection focuses on one of the grungiest and most prolific garage rock scenes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
• Directly across the bay from San Francisco raged a teen scene so vibrant that the ‘adult’ rock shenanigans of the early hippie clique had little impact, at least for a couple of years. The tough, blue collar environs of the East Bay demanded entertainment, not enlightenment, and sought it in the garage soul of the Spyders and US Male, the bright, British sounds of the Baytovens, Shillings and Peter Wheat & The Breadmen, or the droll Stonesy punk of the Harbinger Complex, Just VI and Soul Vendors. Kids raved at area hotspots like the Penthouse Club in Hayward and the Teens N’ Twenties dances at San Leandro’s Rollarena.
 
You Got Yours celebrates this intriguing facet of SF music history with rare singles and unreleased studio cuts from the above groups and others like the Bristol Boxkite, Gants, Donnybrookes, Immediate Family, Towaway Zone and Gotham City Crimefighters. Many of these tracks are acknowledged '60s punk classics, others are gems waiting to be discovered. It also forms the audio soundtrack to Bruce Tahsler’s recent book documenting the East Bay '60s scene, which is about to go into a revised second edition (cover photo above).

*JULY 3, 2007* UPDATE: The Undertakers recorded two singles back in the '60's: "Searchin'" and "Love So Dear." "Love So Dear" also appears on the '60's comp album Pebbles Volume 17. Bobby Church, the band's lead guitarist, was striken with polio as a child. He is now wheelchair bound. On May 28th, 2007, his mother, with whom he resided, passed away. Bobby is going to need to move to a smaller residence he can handle on his own.

While packing up his mother's personal items, a couple of mint unplayed copies of "Love So Dear" have surfaced and in order to help defray Bobby's moving expenses they're available via an eBay auction.  To place your bids, visit here.

*JUNE 24,2007* Rhino Records has released more information on their Love Is The Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970 set: "Forty years ago the world turned its ears toward San Francisco as a wave of talented bands gave birth to the American counterculture. On August 28, Rhino remembers that magical confluence of time and place with Love Is The Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970, a 4-CD box set of classics and rarities from the golden age of Golden State rock.

San Francisco Nuggets is the last word on one of popular music's defining regional scenes -- though as scenes go, the music it produced is remarkably diverse. The 77 tracks heard here share little beyond an artistic adventurousness long encouraged in the City by the Bay (which was a magnet for free thinkers from the days of the Beats).

Seismic Rumbles, as the first CD of San Francisco Nuggets is subtitled, maps the fault lines separating the pop sounds of the early 1960s from more adventurous rock inspired by the arrival of The Beatles and Bob Dylan. By mid-decade, most of the pieces were in place for what would soon be called 'The San Francisco Sound,' and Disc 1 features the pre-Grateful Dead group The Warlocks, the original line-up of The Jefferson Airplane, a pre-hit Grass Roots, influential existentialists The Charlatans, and Country Joe & The Fish posing that timeless question 'And it's one, two, three, what are we fighting for?'

Disc 2, dubbed Suburbia, celebrates the folk-rock, garage, and psychotic reactions of such neighboring areas as Sacramento, San Jose, Berkeley, and Sausalito. While rarely given the respect accorded to the Dead or the Airplane, groups like The Chocolate Watchband ('No Way Out'), Frumious Bandersnatch ('Hearts To Cry'), Butch Engle & The Styx ('Hey I'm Lost'), and Teddy & His Patches ('Suzy Creamcheese') could easily match their more vaunted SF brethren when it came to intensity, instrumental skill, musical ambition, and just plain weirdness.

The summer of 1967 drew legions of flower children from all over the country to the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets and -- following the epochal Monterey Pop Festival -- legions of record company A&R people. The resulting gold rush produced such nuggets as 'Somebody To Love' (performed here by Grace Slick with her original group The Great! Society), 'White Rabbit,' Moby Grape's 'Omaha,' and Blue Cheer's thunderous take on 'Summertime Blues.' Musicians, too, flocked to the area, and the Summer Of Love disc shows such transplants as Janis Joplin (from Texas) and Steve Miller (who'd left Chicago for 'Frisco) entering the spotlight.

'The Man Can't Bust Our Music' provides an apt description of the defiantly original recordings comprising San Francisco Nuggets' final disc. By the end of the decade, the extended instrumental jamming of Santana, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and The Grateful Dead that for many embodied the SF rock scene finally found a receptive home at radio when San Francisco became ground zero for freeform FM. As challenging as that music was to the constraints of commercial broadcasting, it nonetheless had an inviting spirit of fellowship that's perfectly captured by the closing track, The Youngbloods' 'Get Together.'

Produced by noted writer and reissue producer Alec Palao, San Francisco Nuggets treats the glory years of the area's rock scene with the respect it deserves. Music from the city that gave birth to the psychedelic poster and lightshow merits an impressive visual treatment, and the hardcover coffee table book packaging here certainly qualifies. Sandwiched between a silver foil front and the four CDs in back, the 120 pages feature essays by noted Rolling Stone scribe Ben-Fong Torres and former Billboard writer Gene Sculatti (both of whom, like Palao, have deep roots in the Bay Area music scene), as well as detailed track info. The book is also filled with concert art and other memorabilia, plus images from some of rock's top photographers -- many of them previously unseen.

For songs that sang so freely of love, the music on this box provided the soundtrack to one of America's most turbulent eras -- a time rife with intergenerational conflict amid an unpopular war. But this is neither history lesson nor nostalgia trip. From the famous to the obscure, these San Francisco Nuggets remain an open invitation to any listener with a taste for sonic experimentation and communal good vibes."

*JUNE 23, 2007* Available in a limited edition LPof 450 copies by Shadoks Music is the extremely rare but much heralded LP by Iowa's The Contents Are: Through You: "The Contents Are was one of many sixties bands from the Quad City’s fertile garage music scene. With labels/studios like Fredlo and IGL, it was a very healthy regional area for bands with an unusually high per capita for record releases. Up until the recent discovery of an original copy a couple years ago, it was only rumored to exist and remained an enigma with hardcore record collectors. In most cases, the Contents Are were only known by astute collectors for their two excellent 45 releases (non-LP). Well the mystery is over, and here’s your chance to hear one of the rarest & greatest garage records ever recorded.

Here’s the story about the record: Four high school seniors from Iowa decide to release an album of all original tunes, and was exclusively sold at their live shows. Originally released on the Rok label (a subsidiary of the already obscure Fredlo label) in 1967 with only 100 copies pressed. These guys were not your typical garage band – talented players, professional grade vocalists and no cover songs!!! Their music is a nice blend of garage rock with hints of hipster folk and early psychedelic influences. As good if not better as other similar top shelf rarities like Mystery Meat and The Bachs, but no major quantity find making  original copies of the Contents Are ten times rarer."

*JUNE 22, 2007*  New on Sundazed: "The Groop's 1970 LP for Bell Records truly qualifies as a lost classic: Only a handful of sealed copies, which mysteriously surfaced in the 1990s, are known to exist. With direct ties to The 5th Dimension, Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, The Millennium, Sagittarius and the only X-rated film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture (Midnight Cowboy) this baroque folk-rock gem with its opulent orchestrations, breathtaking vocal harmonies and subtle flourishes of pop-psychedelia is an unforgettable snapshot of the late '60s Los Angeles scene. Remastered from the original master tapes and embellished with bonus tracks, rare photos and in-depth interviews with the original band members and producer of this extraordinary album.


*JUNE 22, 2007* Time Life Records has thrown their hat into the Summer of Love craze by releasing a 2-CD + 1-DVD set that chronicles the top songs of 1967: Summer of Love: The Hits of 1967. "1967 brought rock music to the surface through an explosion of memorable hit singles that permeated the sonic landscape. The sheer stylistic diversity alone was incredible, and Summer of Love does a terrific job capturing that joyful eclecticism. Bringing together pure pop ('Windy,' 'Happy Together'); garage rock ('Talk Talk,' 'Pushin’ Too Hard'); psychedelia (the Vanilla Fudge version of 'You Keep Me Hangin’ On,' 'Somebody to Love'); folk rock ('Darling Be Home Soon,' 'Get Together'); soul ('I Was Made to Love Her,' 'Reflections'); blues rock ('Wake Me, Shake Me,' 'Down on Me'); and more, this set presents a thoroughly entertaining picture of a radical musical epoch. That most of these performances are still in current rotation on classic rock radio stations is proof enough of their staying power. The third disc is a DVD documentary of the period, hosted by Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane."
*JUNE 21, 2007*  Rhino Records continues its exhaustive Monkees' catalog reissue next month: "Rhino celebrates the 40th anniversary of Pisces, Aquarius, Capicorn & Jones Ltd. with a deluxe two-disc set that contains the stereo and mono mixes of the original album along with rare and unreleased bonus tracks from the album's sessions.

Just before Thanksgiving 1967, The Monkees returned with their fourth consecutive #1 album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capicorn & Jones Ltd.  Generally considered as one of the band's finest, the album's 13 tracks include the hit songs 'Pleasant Valley Sunday' written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and 'Words,' by the songwriting team of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, who wrote many of the band's biggest hits. As one of the first major acts to cover a Harry Nilsson song, The Monkees helped expose the talented songwriter to a much wider audience with their version of 'Cuddly Toy.' The set's 14 bonus tracks feature unreleased alternate mixes of 'Star Collector,' 'Salesman,' 'Cuddly Toy' and 'Daily Nightly,' a song Nesmith wrote about the '66 riots on the Sunset Strip. The bonus tracks also include the soulful 'Goin' Down,' a track that came together during a jam session and was based on the chord progression of Mose Allison's 'Parchment Farm.'

Rhino celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of Headquarters with a deluxe two-disc set that contains the stereo and mono mixes of the original album along with rare and unreleased bonus tracks from the album's sessions.  The Monkees' third album, Headquarters, was also the group's third #1 record. Released in 1967 just as the Summer of Love was flowering, the album represents a watershed moment for the quartet. After a bitter fight for more creative control, the band members were finally allowed to pick the songs they sang and play on the songs they recorded. Working with producer Chip Douglas, the band tracked 13 songs for the album including the Nesmith-penned single 'The Girl I Knew Somewhere' (which was not originally included on the album), 'Shades Of Gray,' 'You Just May Be The One,' 'Randy Scouse Git' and 'For Pete's Sake,' a track later used as the closing theme to the band's Emmy-winning television show. Among the set's 21 bonus songs are several unreleased stereo remixes including 'You Can't Tie A Mustang Down,' 'If I Learn To Play The Violin' and 'A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You,' the #2 hit single written by Neil Diamond, plus demo versions of 'Nine Times Blue,' 'Midnight Train' and 'Pillow Time.'

Also included are unpublished photos and interviews with the Monkees along with in-depth liner notes penned by Andrew Sandoval, the author of
The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story Of The '60s TV Pop Sensation.

Folks who pre-order the Monkees reissues we have coming in July can also get a limited edition vinyl 7” from the band. While supplies last, we'll send a picture sleeve single pairing two unreleased tracks from 1967 to everyone ordering both of our double-disc deluxe editions of Headquarters and Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. You can't get this exclusive collectable in stores -- but you can at
monkees.rhino.com.
*JUNE 19, 2007* Goodstock is rapidly approaching (July 19th) so the time to order tickets is now.  You can order them by phone at (919) 653-0444 or online at www.goodstock2007.com.  Click on the banner at the top of this page for more information.

*JUNE 19, 2007*
 More Summer of Love Reunion news...this time with an Ohio flair courtesy of Jim Knippenberg and the Cincinnati Enquirer: It was quite a year, 1967. American mainstream culture discovered the hippie-fueled counterculture and psychedelic music, and the world discovered San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, counterculture ground zero, where chemical substances made the music sound better than it may have been.


Everyone called it the Summer of Love -- when the masses streamed to San Francisco, spent days and nights swaying, then went home armed with new ideas that frightened their parents.

It happened in Cincinnati, too. Steve Helwig remembers it well - despite that saying that if you remember the '60s, you weren't there. He has organized a concert August 18 of the area's top 1967 bands for the Summer of Love Reunion.

Helwig was the original drummer with Haymarket Riot, an Anderson Township garage band in '67, one of the era's hottest.

"For a long time I've been hearing and reading about 2007 being the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love. I thought, 'We should do that here.'

"I started working on the reunion six months ago and did some major, major, detective work. The guys who played back then are all over the country now."

But his work paid off. He's already has lined up the "trifecta" of the '67 scene: three bands that had huge local followings. The Lemon Pipers (national hit "Green Tambourine"), Tony and The Bandits (national hit, "It's a Bit of Alright") and Sacred Mushroom (regional hit, "I'm Not Like Everybody Else").

In cases where one of the original band members can't be found, a Haymarket member will fill in.

Helwig
is also working on a few other bands. New Lime, led by Mickey Foellger (now a Campbell Country Family Court judge), will probably be there. Helwig's also going after Gary and The Hornets, who did the original version of "There's a Kind of Hush."

"We have more than enough for a really good show, so Summer of Love is happening one way or another," says Helwig.


*JUNE 17, 2007*  Appearing this month on VH1 is Monterey 40: "VH1 documentary celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Monterey International Pop FestivalMonterey 40 will tell the story of this historic event from conception to event to aftermath to lasting impact from the perspective of musicians, organizers, audience members and visual documentarians. The film will include new interviews with David Crosby, Michelle Phillips, Pete Townsend, Grace Slick, Bob Weir, Micky Dolenz, Ravi Shankar, Clive Davis, Jann Wenner and Paul Kantner among others.

Conceived by producer/impresario Lou Adler and Mamas and Papas frontman John Phillips, the idea behind Monterey Pop was to help validate rock as a serious musical form a la jazz and folk. Forty years later, its music and impact still reverberates: the blissful ragas of Ravi Shankar, Hendrix making love to his amps and setting his guitar on fire, Pete Townsend demolishing a guitar on stage, and countless others.

The now-classic film Monterey Pop by D.A. Pennebaker shows a utopia inside the Monterey Fairgrounds, but arriving at that beautiful summer weekend was an amazing journey traveled in ten short weeks, Monterey 40 will explore the events leading up to the festival such as how Phillips and Adler asked bands to perform on their own dime on short notice and how the event served as a launching pad for several artists, including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Otis Redding.

The festival's aftermath will also be explored: its importance in ushering in the summer of love, how it changed the music industry, and the festival business as a whole. Looking ahead, Monterey changed everything and still matters. Monterey broke legendary careers and legitimized 'acid rock'. But also - for one brief shining moment - it showcased peace, love and flowers to the world."

*JUNE 13, 2007* Press Release:

PUBLICATION OF THE 2nd 1960s EAST BAY ROCK & ROLL HISTORY TO BE CELEBRATED WITH REUNION AND CD RELEASE PARTY IN FREMONT, SUNDAY, SEPT 9TH 2007
 
The San Francisco East Bay Scene: Garage Bands From The 60's Then & Now, 2nd Edition compiled by Bruce Tahsler is a painstakingly researched, thorough document of the amazing rock scene that raged in East Bay cities such as Fremont, Oakland, Hayward, San Leandro and Castro Valley during the mid to late 1960s. While San Francisco grooved to the hippie rock of the Airplane, Dead and Big Brother, teens across the Bay Bridge preferred the grittier, working class garage band sounds of legendary combos such as The Harbinger Complex, Just VI, Peter Wheat & The Breadmen, Baytovens, the soulful Spyders, and many others. These local heroes are ignored by most Bay Area rock histories, but their names are known the world over by connoisseurs of garage and psychedelic rock. In this new book 10 bands have been added including the still popular Tower of Power whose original horn section from then will be appearing at the Saddle Rack show on September 9th.
 
All these bands, and many more, are detailed at great length in The San Francisco East Bay Scene, along with careers of the promoters and managers who enabled the scene, such as Bill Quarry and Larry White, and the venues where they became known, such as the San Leandro Rollarena, Frenchy's in Hayward, and the legendary Penthouse. Years in the making, the book is illustrated throughout with rare posters, photos and memorabilia, from Bill Quarry's dances and shows providing unique and colorful insight into a magic era when the music mattered the most. The long awaited CD release on Ace/Big Beat Records in the U.K. will include vintage recordings by many of the acts featured in the book will be released at the show.
 
The release party and show on Sunday, September 9th is a planned second celebration of not just The San Francisco East Bay Scene's publication but also a reunion of the many musicians and personages who played roles in the East Bay 1960s rock scene.  The legendary and famous Tower of Power horn section (original members), plus the Just VI (appearing with all surviving original members) and, still going strong since the early '70's, The Delta Wires. Plus members of other notable local groups such as The Spyders and Misanthropes, along with Just Truckin', Gin House Blues Band and for the first time the remaining members of Peter Wheat plus The Fenderman. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by Bruce Tahsler, Teen's N' Twenties promoter Bill Quarry and many of the musicians featured within its pages.
 
Due to the many '60's band members and their fans who wanted another reason to gather together at one time, in one place, Bill Quarry's Teen's N' Twenties have made it possible at one of the largest clubs in Northern California. The Saddle Rack is located at 42011 Boscell Road in Fremont (must be 21 or over, phone number 510-979-0477). General admission to the event is $15, with a special $5 discount available to members of the bands featured in the book and their families. The doors open at 1:00PM and food and beverages will be available all day. Band equipment to be provided by Music Unlimited. For more information and to purchase copies of The San Francisco East Bay Scene, please call 510-351-7722 or visit here.

This will be Bill Quarry's final promotion so come and say goodbye.

*JUNE 7, 2007* Another Summer of Love festival will shortly be upon us: "Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of all the iconic music events of 1967. Two days of Peace, Love, Music and History. 1967 was an incredible year for Rock ‘n’ Roll. It was the Summer of Love. Flower Power and the San Francisco Sound were in full bloom. The Beatles released Sgt. Peppers, The Doors 'Light My Fire' had burned up the charts and in a small arena on the beautiful Monterey peninsula the infamous Monterey International Pop Festival proved to be magical. We hope to bring another prolific event to the 75 million Baby Boomers who lived that monumental year by presenting a 40th anniversary celebration and concert. The Monterey Summer of Love Festival.
 
Confirmed to perform thus far are: Riders On The Storm featuring Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, The Jefferson Starship, Moby Grape, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Electric Flag, It's A Big, Bad Beautiful Day and The Grateful Dead's Tom Constentan. World class tribute acts include: Second Flyte as The Byrds, The Sun Kings performing The Beatles, San Francisco’s Summer of Love Revue as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, The Mamas & The Papas, The Animals, Led Zeppelin, Steppenwolf and more!  With The RaveUps as The Yardbirds, The Unauthorized Rolling Stones and just added The Floyd Project, a tribute to Pink Floyd!" Visit here for more details...


*JUNE 5, 2007*
 
Voyages Records has just completed the final two volumes in their CD compilation series: Voyages Into Psychedelia Volume 2 and Voyages Into Rock Volume 2. Just like the previous eight releases in the series, these volumes provide an amazing collection of non-comped tracks for listeners interested in a specific genre. The Rock volume focuses on material between 1968-1972 and includes a diverse sampling of heavy and light rock and roll tunes. The Psychedelia volume is even more diverse and covers the 1967-1970 timeframe with a solid group of top notch tunes that for one reason or another fit under the pyschedelic moniker. Both of these volumes are as good or better than the previous volumes in each genre! The recording quality on this series is excellent and the liner notes are extremely well researched and informative. And don't fret..the reason this series is ending is so that a new series; Voyages Into The Bottomless Pit, can start up in it's place.This new series will not include the focused genre bunching, but more of a hodge-podge collection of non-comped songs.The Bottomless Pit should have it's inagural release sometime in August 2007 with the hope of future releases happening about every three months thereafter. For those unfamiliar with the Voyages project, the mainstay of the site is a master jukebox list of about 2500 songs (and counting) that have been digitized and are available for collectors to compile custom CDs with 25 of their own picks.It's definitely the only website of its kind so check it out if you haven't had the opportunity.

*JUNE 3, 2007* Jerry McMillen and The Children of The Mushroom (and Lady) have a new MySpace page.  In addition to staying up to date on the Second Annual Thousand Oaks '60 and '70's Band Reunion (scheduled for August 26th), visitors can inquire on how to order the very cool Mushroom Anthology DVD (with rare footage of the band) that McMillen compiled. 
60sgaragebands.com Brymers: Sacrifice CD Available Now. Click on Cover to Order!
*JUNE 1, 2007* Now available from Munster Records, Monks Demos '65: "Yes, the legendary band The Monks, responsible for one of the most fabulous records of the '60s (Black Monk Time). This is a totally pro studio recording that preceded the album. Here you can find earlier versions of most the album best songs. In this record we have also included two tracks of The Five Torquays (The Monks before changing names and shaving their heads), and one track of the Monks' tribute record 'Monk Hop' by Jason Forrest.

Listen up, jerk, it's black Monk time all over again! This record collects the 1965 demos by The Monks, that storied, proto-punk garage rock platoon comprised of five renegade American GIs stationed in Germany. These sessions aren't really that raw by today's standards (or compared to, say, Stooges bootlegs), but they are grimier and more cavernous than the band's crucial, lone album, the 1966-issued (since reissued) Black Monk Time. Considering the year and the locale in which they were created, the songs on this archival effort are pretty damn bold. Dig singer Gary Burger's mental-ward sermonizing or his gnarled, no wave-ish guitar solos. Feel the primal pulse of his buddies' burbling bass, cheesy-cum-sinister church organ, silly electric banjo and tubby, tom-heavy drums. The Monks, whose Reeperbahn-fueled delusions inspired them to shave tonsures into their heads and wear robes, played the most brilliantly stupid, stripped-down music of the day. They were the self-proclaimed anti-Beatles - unmelodic, rhythm-based, simplistic and anything but cute. Just listen to the way Burger growls, 'Baby, I hate you!,' and you'll get the message, loud and clear."

New Monkees Documentary Airing On The BBC This Month
Barry Carlos' Upcoming September 9th East Bay Reunion
*MAY 30, 2007* Press Release: Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Summer of Love, San Francisco, CA, September 2, 2007.

The Summer of Love
40th Anniversary will be held Sunday, September 2nd at Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Admission is free.

Musicians from across the country will be joining San Francisco at ground zero, where it all began, celebrating the Summer of Love 40th Anniversary.  Confirmed acts include Ray Manzarek (Doors), Country Joe McDonald (Country Joe and The Fish), Canned Heat, New Riders of The Purple Sage, Nick Gravenites, David Laflamme (It’s a Beautiful Day), Alameda All Stars (Gregg Allman), Merl Saunders, Barry Melton, Terry Haggerty (Sons of Champlin), Dan Hicks, The Charlatans, Essra Mohawk (Mothers of Invention), Jim Post (Friends and Lovers, Siegel Schwall Blues Band), Paul “Lobster” Wells, Michael McClure (Beat poet), Chief Sunny Ray, Fishbone, Iroquois Tribe, Dakota Tribe, Seminole Tribe, Emitt Powell and The Gospel Elites. Additional acts are still confirming.

For more information and a complete listing of entertainment, visit
here.

Representatives from hundreds of groups are joining the event in support of the principles of peace, love, and understanding.

Events across the nation and around the world are honoring the Summer of Love 40th Anniversary and San Francisco’s counter-culture. San Diego, Monterey, Vancouver Canada, England, France, Germany and the Czech Republic are all celebrating the ‘60’s generation and the birth of the counter-culture.

A webcast of the event will be streamed throughout the day at the Apple Quicktime website.

*MAY 27, 2007* The Nomads ("Thoughts Of A Madman") are offering a CDR of their collected works (including songs by Willowgreen and Blu-Erebus) via CD Baby: Titled Evolutions, by The Nomads & Friends, "This CD contains original songs by a rock band out of Mount Airy, North Carolina that range from early 'garage rock' recorded in a radio station studio to more classic rock recorded in professional recording studios. The band has played in front of thousands of fans and had its records spread as wide as Australia and Italy. It is probably one of the more distinquishable rock sounds in an industry where 'sameness' is widespread. The 17 songs on the CD truly represent an evolution for the band which makes the title of the CD quite relevant."  You can read more on Larry Deatherage and The Nomads here.
*MAY 21, 2007* Available now from Hip-O-Select is The Blue Thumb Recordings, a 3-CD set of unreleased Love recordings: "Arthur Lee and Love’s classic Blue Thumb label recordings finally reissued – along with an hour of unreleased live material! Arthur Lee’s untimely passing in 2006 was felt in the hearts, minds and ears of music lovers. While their Elektra recordings tend to garner the most print, their recordings for the Blue Thumb label not only carried on that tradition, but ushered Lee and company into the next decade—and rock & roll history.

Love: The Blue Thumb Recordings – a collection of Love’s first two post-Elektra releases and a previously unreleased live set from their 1970 tour of England. This three-CD set contains over 2-1/2 hours of Love – including nearly an hour of never-before-heard live material!

The collection begins with 1969’s Out Here – which is, in reality, the remainder of the sessions used for 1969’s classic Four Sail. Recorded after the release of Love’s seminal Forever Changes, this release (originally a double-album) is an integral part of the Love catalog. While Lee delivered Elektra the necessary tracks to complete their contract (note the Four Sail title and its dual meaning), the remainder of those highly prolific sessions produced over an hour of extra material, which was released as Out Here. With tracks ranging from one minute to nearly twelve minutes in length, Out Here shows the band at a creative peak.

The band followed this release with False Start. Another masterpiece, the album was written and arranged by Lee, with the exception of its opening track –'The Everlasting First' – on which he co-wrote and shared arrangement credits with Jimi Hendrix. If that wasn’t enough, Hendrix contributed lead guitar work recorded just six months before his tragic death. Out of print for years, False Start (like Out Here) bursts from the speakers with stunning audio remastering by noted engineer Suha Gur.

Perhaps the jewel in the crown is a collection of live tracks from the band’s 1970 tour of the U.K. Titled Live In England 1970, this set’s third disc encompasses soaring versions of songs from the band’s career including 'My Little Red Book,' 'Orange Skies' and Forever Changes’ 'Andmoreagain.' Hiding in the vaults for nearly four decades, these performances are truly a revelation and must be heard to be believed.

Produced by Grammy-winning producer Bill Levenson, Love: The Blue Thumb Recordings is an indispensable document of one of rock’s most important bands, and one of music’s greatest voices. Housed in Select’s exquisite packaging, Love: The Blue Thumb Recordings is the bookmark to the end of the 1960’s and the entry into the next decade for a band that is required listening for Rock & Roll 101."


*MAY 17, 2007*
News circulating around Beach Boys circles is that early member David Marks' other '60's outfit The Moon (with Matthew Moore) is reuniting:
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After the successful launch of David Marks' biography The Lost Beach Boy in the U.K., the book is released by Virgin on May 29th in the U.S.

To celebrate, there will be a launch party at Rusty's Surf Ranch (Santa Monica pier, in Santa Monica, California - May 29th), and apart from a VIP invitation list that will contain most of those mentioned in the book (where possible, and subject to confirmation and schedules), David would like to extend this invitation exclusively to the fans on the Internet.

Our band is beginning to take shape; Jeffrey Foskett, Billy Hinsche, Gary Griffin, Scott Bennett, Probyn Gregory, Dennis Diken - and of course, David Marks.  There will also be special guests and jamming sessions seen to believe.

Other memorable moments will include a special reunion of all four members of The Moon. David Marks, Matt Moore, Larry Brown and David Jackson will reunite in  honor of the band's 40th Anniversary."  You can read more here.

*MAY 16, 2007* Out now by the Sacramento Archives & Music Collection Center is the Sound of Young Sacramento EP, featuring songs by The New Breed ("Green Eyed Woman"), Marauders ("Our Big Chance"), Fugitives ("Blowin' My Mind"), and Mystery Trio ("Pretty Boy").  We hope to have more information soon...


*MAY 10, 2007* From the Ugly Things website and available the first week of June: "Our big cover story this time is on The Music Machine, a lengthy feature including interviews with once-silent members Keith Olsen and Mark Landon from the original lineup, and Alan Wisdom and Harry Garfield from the second edition, plus tons of amazing photos, many previously unpublished. We also have a major feature on California garage-psych group The Light, plus stories on Swedish R&B hooligans The Namelosers, South African acid rock pioneers Freedom's Children, British freakbeat icons The Attack, Chicago garage rockers The Dirty Wurds, The Show Stoppers, Ohio rock & roll punks The Rubber City Rebels, Duster Bennet, P.J. Proby, and mysterious acid folksters Pat Kilroy & The New Age. We also investigate the Latino garage and R&B scene in Colton, California, featuring The Peasants and Premiers, and the greatest ‘60s productions of Brian RossAlso featured are the concluding installments of our stories on Sweetwater and Mike & The Ravens, and exclusive, insight-laden interviews with Rob Younger of Radio Birdman, Don Galluci of The Kingsmen, Jackie DeShannon, and writer Jon Savage. Plus Lots more, including hundreds of music reissue reviews, plus music-related books and DVDs. Last issue was our biggest yet—this one is even bigger!"
*MAY 5, 2007* The excellent Psych of the South website has some big plans for the coming months.  In addition to filming interviews with many members from '60's garage bands, the first volume in their planned CD series (Lost Souls Volume One) is slated for August release.  According to a post on the page's Yahoo Group, " We are really excited. It is the product of hours and hours of research; searching through countless 45s in dusty, forgotten record bins; and plotting on ways to track down and hang out with as many of these guys as possible. We are making an official release of this, complete with tons of liner notes detailing all kinds of facts we have unearthed. We have been interviewing several of the band members of the provided track list, so we should have more 'video' liner notes to come on the site.  The Lost Souls video is also part of an 'official' release, as it is currently planned. The (CD) track list is changing slightly as we speak, but it will be hammered down really soon." We hope to have more detail shortly...

*May 4, 2007*
Bruce Tahsler and Barry Carlos both informed us that the next East Bay Reunion is scheduled for Sunday, September 9th at the Saddle Rack in Fremont, California.  The revised (second) edition of Tahsler's excellent East Bay Scene book, plus Alec Palao's East Bay Garage Bands CD will both be available at the event. The band list is still being assembled, but so far Tower of Power's Emilio Castillo, Stephen 'Doc' Kupka, and Mic Gillette will be jamming with The Spyders, and members of The FendermenPeter Wheat & The Breadmen and Tommy & The Hustlers have formed a band. We'll print more information as it becomes available.

So Cold - Frantic Records (Photo of Plague, Ltd.)
So Cold (Alternate Cover) - Frantic Records (Photo of Plague, Ltd.)
*MAY 2, 2007* Frantic Records has provided news on their current and upcoming releases...and what a line-up it is! Up first is So Cold!!!: Unearthed Mid-'60's Sacramento Garage (the cover and an alternate cover, seen when the booklet is flipped over, are displayed above) - "After the tremendous reaction to our exhaustive Sacramento '60s anthology The Ikon Records Story, Frantic Records is proud to present an equally-rockin’ 30-track bumper bundle of classy '60s punk from California’s capital, 1965-1967. The result of a decade of sleuthing, So Cold!!! spotlights some of the best vintage punk, folk-rock and garage pop you are likely to hear, all from the raging suburban punk scene that engulfed Sacramento and its environs during the halcyon daze of the mid-1960s.  Though So Cold!!! features several rare single sides that have not been appeared on CD before, the vast majority of this power-packed collection is previously unreleased. The program ranges from the city’s big groups like The Marauders, The Fugitives and Gear One, to obscure but dynamic punkers from The Squires, Sel-Sync and Mods. A major coup was locating the rare handful of recordings by local legends Plague, Ltd. and The HeardOnce again we feature detailed liner notes from '60s punk expert Alec Palao, plus a parade of eye-popping pix n’ visuals. So Cold!!! is one garage compilation that is definitely not to be missed!"

Also on tap is The New Breed: Wants You!: "Finally, Sacramento’s legendary New Breed get the full anthology they have deserved for so long. The Breed is best known as the alma mater of future Poco/Eagles bass player Timothy B. Schmit, but this punchy quartet was actually a fine group in their own right, with several collectable singles to their name, including the popular garage band items ‘Green Eye’d Woman’ and 'Want Ad Reader’.  The New Breed Wants You! contains 24 tracks from 1965-1968, including all their 45 sides, unreleased material from aborted single and album projects, and several cuts by the combo’s latterday incarnation Glad. As an added bonus, there are three video segments including footage of the band miming on an L.A. pop show in 1967, and a 1-1/2 minute clip of The New Breed playing Public Nuisance in a game of volleyball!  
The package’s deluxe 28-page booklet is crammed with mostly unseen pix, many in color, plus a definitive New Breed history by NorCal '60's expert Alec Palao. Any fan of quality mid-'60s teenaged rock’n’roll will want to snap up The New Breed Wants You!"

Here's what else can be expected in the coming months:

  • Up From The Grave: North Valley Garage and Psych 1965-1969
  • Capitol's Gone Rockin': Early Sacramento Rockers 1957-1966
  • Luv's So Free: Late '60's Sacramento Psych comp
  • Colours: Voluptuous Doom (First CD is a unreleased 1968 LP by the post-Boy Blues band Colours from Chico, California, which is killer pop psych; the second CD is their follow up group Christian...more of the same pop psych from 1969)
  • Gunge: Feel It!!! (Unreleased heavy shit from 1968 by a Chico group, think early Blue Cheer)
In the month or two following that we'll release a Stockton/Modesto garage comp, a CD by Deep Water from Stockton which covers 1967-1970. Also Nuclear Valdez from San Jose (1976-1978 unreleased power pop punk).

Watch this space for further details as they become available...Special thanks to Frantic Records' Joey D. for providing the scoop...

The New Breed Wants You! on Frantic Records (Our selection for the coolest cover of all time...check out those pinball machines)!
*APRIL 24, 2007* Need more Summer of Love news? "San Francisco was fast becoming an outdoor society where free music was as readily available as free love. The Grateful Dead became the poster children for a generation, offering free concerts to anyone who wanted to listen. The music coming out of Haight Ashbury only served to draw more young people to the movement. One hit song beckoned the young and the curious and became an anthem for the time -- 'If You're Going to San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair).'" So reads part of the Press Release for the PBS American Experience documentary titled, of course, Summer Of Love.  We haven't watched it yet so can't report on how prevalent the music coverage is, but regardless there definitely should be moments of interest.  To read more, visit here.

*APRIL 23, 2007*
 Jefferson Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Boudeeka, Moby Grape, It's a Beautiful Day and Tom Constentan (Grateful Dead) have all agreed to appear at I.E. Artists' Montery Summer of Love Festival.  More acts, both classic and contemporary, are expected to be announced soon.  The event, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival and the Summer of Love, is scheduled for July 27th, 28th and 29th at the Monterey County Fairgrounds on the exact same stage as 1967.
  
*APRIL 21, 2007* Shindig Magazine is now available via subscription.  The excellent U.K. based (primarily) '60's music magazine is relaunching quarterly with October-December issue (Volume 2, Issue 1), availabe September 27th.  The new issue will feature articles on Moby Grape, Tim Buckley, John's Children, Blossom Toes, The Laguna Beach Music Festival 1970, The Moody Blues, Steve Ellis, Rare Psychedlia Unearthed, reviews of the hottest reissues, and more.  Subscription info is available here.
*APRIL 17, 2007*  A longtime somewhat "mystery band," Orlyn's The Other Half, of "Girl With The Long Black Hair" fame, has just launched a website that for the first time provides photos and a detailed history of the group.  Surprisingly, the band played together until 1980 although they primarily performed at private parties.  The website details gig lists, song lists, TV appearances, reunions, and other odds and end and is a very entertaining read. 
*APRIL 14, 2007* As a follow-up to our post from April 12th, 60sgaragebands.com is very excited to be able to provide more information on our upcoming CD release, The Brymers: Sacrifice.  Produced with complete cooperation from drummer Dick Lee and members of the band, the disc is a collection of all the surviving Brymers' recordings, plus an acetate by earlier combo The De-Fenders, an April Silva backing single, two rehearsal songs (including one of "Hello Little Girl", a Lennon-McCartney song the band recorded as a demo but unfortunately no longer exists), and a complete 1965 demo recording session the band used to secure gigs. 

Like our Chains' release, the Brymers: Sacrifice CD will include a full color 16-page booklet with a complete band history by Lee and rare and never-before-published photos.  Scheduled for release in May, watch this space for upcoming ordering information.  The first ten pre-orders will be placed in an raffle with the winner guaranteed to receive an original 1966 45 single of The Brymer's garage classic "I Want To Tell You" / "Sacrifice"!  Consolation prizes include performance poster reproductions, and copies of sheet music signed by the band.  More information to come!

*APRIL 12, 2007*  Sundazed has announced the the info on its next two Garage Beat '66 installments:  "Following in the wild 'n' noisy tradition of the first five volumes of Sundazed's ’60s garage-punk marathon, we have the supreme pleasure to loudly announce that Volumes 6 and 7 of Garage Beat '66 are soon arriving! For our newest entries in this critically acclaimed series, we've scoured every dusty corner of the U.S.A. for ultra-cool teenage anthems, draped with howling vocals and massive fuzz-guitar cross-talk! The artists roster for these two mind-bending compilations veers from fabled combos much-revered by record collectors worldwide to bands so obscure they're known only by their immediate families.
 
Volume 6, Speak Of The Devil...features such hallowed garage 'n psych gods as William Penn Fyve, Music Machine, We the People and Druids of Stonehenge, while Volume 7, That's How It Will Be!, spotlights incredible genre cornerstones by the Liberty Bell, Unrelated Segments, Outcasts and Mad Hatters. In unparalleled fidelity with detailed liner notes by garage-guru Jeff Jarema, hideously rare photos and vintage label repros! In the words of the notorious infomercial, 'if you had to buy all these records individually ...' well, um, you just couldn't...

*April 12, 2007* 60sgaragebands.com will shortly be announcing final details on our upcoming Brymers' CD, scheduled for release sometime in May.  Best know for the classic punk sound of "Sacrifice," The Brymers have just finalized a deal with five officials from The City of Hanford.  According to drummer Dick Lee, "The Brymers along with The Beach Band (Bill Bilhou’s of The Sullies group) will be performing a concert at a Melco dance Saturday, October 13th at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. The dance will be put on exactly like the ones in the '60s where everyone can dance and have a great time.  Advertising will begin in a month with PSAs.  A number of radio stations in Fresno, Hanford, Visalia, and Bakersfield will be playing "Sacrifice" and "I Want To Tell You" along with the PSAs.  Evidently, a number of TV stations will also run the advertisement.  The Brymers will be selling the 60sgaragebands.com CD along with Melco dance posters reproductions from the 1960s, and a 1953 Telecaster (reissue) with all The Brymers names on it will be raffled off. The old style Melco dance posters will be printed up with the two band’s names.  They will also have a go–go girl on each side of the stage doing those old dances (i.e., the swim, the jerk, the twist, etc.).  After the second set, the City of Hanford will be presenting the Brymers' Kenny Sinner with a “Life Time Music Achievement Award” for writing "Sacrifice," "I Want To Tell You" and over 450 other songs. Part of The Brymers act during the last two years revolved around our show and songs be presented by Wolfman JackBill Brumley still does an unbelievable impersonation of The Wolfman.  Individuals from concerts or night clubs would frequently come up to us and wanted to meet The Wolfman.  We would always state that this was only part of our act, but they would never believe us.  Many times, young ladies from an audience would start yelling, “I Love you Wolfman.”  It was king of a cool hook for our show.  The guys in the group decided that we would be presenting our show on October 13th as we presented it in 1967, including The Wolfman narrating between our song presentations.  It should be pretty cool and add to that '60s feeling of old rock-n-roll." 

*APRIL 6, 2007*
Press Release (regarding the MC5: A True Testimonial film): "U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford has issued a ruling exonerating David Thomas, Laurel Legler, Future/Now Films, Zenta LLC., From The Heart Productions, and Carole Lee Dean of all claims brought against them by Wayne Kramer, Margaret Saadi Kramer and Muscle Tone, Inc.

'It's good to remember the '60s, but some say if you remember the '60s you weren't there. Perhaps to assist all of us in remembering the '60s, Defendants David Thomas and Laurel Legler made a film on the MC5, a '60s Detroit rock and roll band that made its mark on American history with loud rock and roll and radical perceptions positing an imperialistic and materialistic America. This lawsuit teaches that materialism remains with us, as Plaintiffs vigorously seek money from Defendants. Although the MC5 faded away largely due to drugs, the band lingers on in the memory of many, and would be known to many other but for pending legal feuds.'

The Honorable Andrew J Guilford, United States District Judge Findings Of Fact And Conclusions Of Law, issued March 31, 2007.

Many will recall numerous serious allegations being made in the wake of the cancellation of the MC5 - A True Testimonial documentary's official release back in 2004; the Court has weighed the actual evidence and made a comprehensive ruling, stating:

'Much of this case rests upon the credibility of witnesses, and the Court finds that Thomas and Legler were far more credible than Kramer on key issues concerning alleged promises, representations and commitments.'

Could this blockbuster ruling finally clear the remaining obstacles and enable the long-overdue release of the brilliant MC5 - A True Testimonial documentary?  Judge Guilford expressed his opinion:

'Defendants were first-time filmmakers who spent eight years of their lives trying to create a documentary film that would be historically truthful, a documentary that would celebrate the talent and creativity of the MC5 band, a documentary that would say something about the '60s, and would say something about the present. They succeeded, and the film merits wide distribution for the enjoyment and edification of the masses.'"


*APRIL 5, 2007* "The Leppotone Social Aid and Pleasure Club and Kraftbrau Brewery proudly present a Special Cinco De Mayo Fire Relief Benefit for Michigan’s Own Latino Garage Rock Pioneer Question Mark! Live! In Concert!

The original Question Mark and The Mysterians w
ith special guests X-Offender and The Sinatras (DJ Chuck, host of WIDR FM’s 'Down In Flames' will spin sides between bands).

Background:

In 1966, five Mexican-American teenagers from Michigan became the first Latino rock group to score #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts with their song '96 Tears.' You know the song even if you think you don’t. The rollicking hit, fueled by an unforgettable organ riff, was an instant classic that remains a radio favorite to this day. That group was ? and The Mysterians, fronted by a high-energy sprite of a kid who legally changed his name to '?' ('Q' to his friends) and was never seen without his mysterious wrap-around shades. Their 96 Tears album, and the1967 follow-up Action! were rife with should-have-been-hits that are now recognized as classics of the garage rock genre, with sound and attitude that paved the way for later punk and new wave bands. However, at the time that Action! was released, the days of teen rock bands topping the charts were beginning to wane in the face of 'heavier' AOR sounds, and the band faded away. With the encouragement of a new generation of fans, however, the original ? and The Mysterians began playing garage rock festivals in the '90s and quickly became audience favorites for their unspoiled, dance-happy, classic mid-'60’s sound and the unstoppable performance style of the eccentric and ever-charismatic Q.

Now Q needs your help!
 In January of this year, Question Mark’s Clio area home, which he shares with longtime manager Luverne Thompson and his wife Joy, burned to the ground. All of their belongings, along with 40 years of music memorabilia were lost. Q says, however, that the hardest blow for him was losing four of his beloved dogs and a pet cockatiel. Q has no insurance, which makes the loss incredibly difficult to overcome, but he is still unstoppable when he gets on stage. See for yourself on May 5! All profits from the evening will be placed in Q’s relief fund.

Vital info:
Date: May 5, 2007. Doors open at 9 pm, bands start promptly at 9:30.
Location/Tickets: Kraftbrau Brewery
402 East Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 384-0288
Cost: $10. All profits go to the Question Mark Relief Fund
Action: Three live bands:
X-Offender (Overheated Kalamazoo garage punks open the show with a bang!)
Sinatras (A rare performance by Leppotone Electrical Recording artists and beloved local legends of unclassifiable power pop. Featuring two members of garage rock faves Fortune and Maltese and The Phabulous Pallbearers.)
…and the headliners:
Question Mark And The Mysterians"

*APRIL 4, 2007*
Jim Quinn of the Damnation of Adam Blessing has informed us that the band "will return to perform two concerts in North East Ohio. On Friday April 27th the band will play the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland and Saturday, April 28th at the Tangier in Akron.

Cleveland acid rock combo the Damnation of Adam Blessing was formed in 1968 from the ashes of a pair of local garage bands, The Society and Dust, led by frontman Adam Blessing (Bill Constable), his brother Ken Constable, guitarists Jim Quinn and Bob Kalamasz, bassist Ray Benich, and drummer Bill Schwark. The band signed with United Artist Records in 1969 and went on to record four albums for the label. Their albums produced such hits as 'Morning Dew,' 'Back to the River,' 'Cookbook' and 'Last Train to Clarksville.'

The group toured extensively from coast to coast and was one of the busiest opening acts in the business performing with such greats as Eric Clapton, Grand Funk Railroad, Bob Seeger, Alice Cooper, Uriah Heap, Traffic, Iggy Pop, The James Gang and many more. From the Village Gate in New York City to The Whiskey A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, the band played nonstop and finally disbanded in 1972 after completing their last Album, Glory.

After a 28 year hiatus, in 2000, the Damnation of Adam Blessing returned to its hometown of Cleveland to perform to a record breaking crowd at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 5th Anniversary celebration.

Akarma Records in Italy has re-issued all four albums on CD and in September of 2006 released Damnation of Adam Blessing Plus, which included rare live performances from the band's 1970 tour.

'We promise to make these performances very memorable for all who attend. We're going to play all the favorites and we're looking forward to seeing old and new friends and fans on what is perhaps the last time we will get together in concert' remarks lead singer Adam Blessing

Official Website

April 27th 8:00 PM
The Beachland Ballroom
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110.
Phone, (216) 383-1124
Tickets $18.00 Adv. $20.00 Day of Show

April 28th 8:00 PM
Tangier
532 W Market St.
Akron, 44303
Order Tickets (330) 376-7171 ext. 10
Tickets $20.00 Adv. $25.00 Day of Show (All Seats Reserved)


*APRIL 2, 2007*
As an update to our March 9th Nugget, and hot on the heels of Get Ready To Fly: Pop/Psych From The Norman Petty Vaults, comes Now Hear This: Garage & Beat From The Norman Petty Vault, also from Ace / Big Beat "A celebration of Norman Petty's 1960s garage and beat productions, an element of Petty's work often overlooked by those obsessed with his 1950 catalog. It include several cuts by The Cinders (featuring a young J.D. Souther wailing away like Roky Erickson on "Gloria"), The Chances (with Sandy Salisbury, later of the Millennium fame) and Chances, as well as tried-and-tested punkers by The Trolls, Teardrops, Venturie 5, Morfomen and Perils, all from the master tapes for the first time. Additionally, over half of the set is previously unissued, including strong tracks by Colorado's Monocles and Canada's Famous Last Words, and some incredible Barry Allen and Wes Dakus cuts - unavailable elsewhere  - where the fuzz is likely to melt your speakers." 

*MARCH 22, 2007* The Transatlantic Feedback, the German documentary about The Monks, is receiving rave reviews.  In addition to winning the "Best Documentary" award at the 2007 Wurzburg International Film Days, the film garnered a second place award at the 2007 Audience Award Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco:

"The Monks were five American GIs in Cold War Germany who billed themselves as the anti-Beatles; they were heavy on feedback, nihilism and electrical banjo. They had strange haircuts, dressed in black, mocked the military and rocked harder than any of their mid-sixties counterparts while managing to basically invent industrial, punk and techno music.

The genre-overlapping documentary film not only illustrates the pop music phenomenon in its political, social and cultural historic contexts, but also reveals the monks project as the first marriage between art and popular music and this months before Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground.

The five protagonists of the film came to Cold War Germany in 1961 as soldiers and left the country in 1967 as avant-garde monks. For more than thirty years they were not able to talk about their strange experience. In the film they recount for the first time their adventure."  For more information on the film by Lucía Palacios and Dietmar Post, visit the Play Loud website.


In other Monks' news, Munster Records is preparing Demo Tapes 1965, a series of recordings preceding the Black Monk Time LP.  Primarily consisting of demos of the album's best songs, the CD/LP release also includes two tracks by The pre-Monks band The Five Torquays.
*MARCH 22, 2007* Rockin' With Roon ("Rock With A Reputation") is a new rock radio show on KCAA Radio 1050 AM.  "Roon" is Ted Rooney, son of Mickey but also a veteran of '60's rock bands...including a brief stint with The Yellow Payges.  The show airs Tuesday through Friday between 10:00pm-11:00pm PST and can also be accessed online at www.kcaaradio.com.  Former members of '60's bands are encouraged to call in at (909) 888-5222.

*MARCH 21, 2007* Dave The Rave's interview from March 3rd with Cherry Slush's Dick Coughlin, is now archived at www.davetherave.com.  The link to listen is on the main page as well as under the audio tab of the website.

*MARCH 11, 2007*
  The
Minnesota Rock Country Hall of Fame will honor its 2007 inductees the weekend of April 27th.  Inductees this year include The Gestures, Blackwood Apology, Gypsy and The Litter.  Check out their website for more information.
*MARCH 9, 2007* The barrage of interesting new releases currently shows no sign of slowing down.  Out in April from Rev-Ola and Ace-Big Beat are:
 
Asylum Choir: Look Inside The Asylum Choir - This unusual and breathtaking album was created in '68 by former Wrecking Crew session man and future star Leon Russell with Marc Benno, Gene Clark, Harpers Bizarre and Gary Lewis. This state of the art psychedelic feast was a complete flop commecially but had proved mighty popular with hip critics of the time. Eleven track re-release remastered and featuring the original banned cover art, the replacement and the UK version in the accompanying booklet. A real must for all West Coast Psych fans this is a delight.
 
Now Hear This! Garage & Beat From The Norma Petty Vaults - The first of two volumes devoted to 1960's gems licensed from the heavily-guarded vaults of legendary producer-engineer Norman Petty. As well as the groups he regularly recorded, his services were always available for anyone who came down to the studio with instruments and a song; he was constantly behind the board for a rash of top-rated, fuzz and Farfisa-driven '60's punk discs. Collected here are twentyfive of the best, half of them have remained unreleased before now. Remastered form the original tapes. The booklet provides much undisclosed information about Norman Petty’s operation in the mid-1960s, with the full co-operation of many who were there.
 
We'll have more info on the Petty disc, including featured bands, shortly.

*MARCH 9, 2007* Misty Lane has reissued their excellent but previously vinyl-only Bring Flowers To U.S. compilation to CD.  Featured artists include Peppermint Trolley Co., Higher Elevation, Fountain of Youth, Proctor Amusement Co., Sunshine Trolley, London Phogg, Blades of Grass, New Yorkers, Sidewalk Skipper Band, Gurus, Bumps, Deep Six, Eternity's Children and more.  The release comes with a full color 12-page booklet.  There's also a companion volume titled Bring Flowers To The World, featuring pop-sike gems from artists spanning the globe...


*MARCH 7, 2007* Here is more information on Sundazed's Byrds 7" single: "Recorded during the earliest period of the Sweetheart of the Rodeo sessions, these March 1968 Nashville recordings are presented here for the first time ever in their unique mono mixes. Originally intended for potential single release on Columbia Records, 'Lazy Days' features a previously unheard instrumental track (with Roger McGuinn on six-string electric) while 'Reputation' showcases a previously unheard vocal take by Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman."  Other releases include Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline LP, Van Morrison's Blowin' Your Mind LP and The Pretty Things' The Pretty Things LP.  Street date is March 27th.

*MARCH 6, 2007*
Some Doors tidbits...courtesy the Strange Days Newsletter:

"Earlier this month, The Doors, along with The Grateful Dead, Ornette Coleman, Bob Wills, Joan Baez, Booker T & The MG’s, and Maria Callas received Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 49th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. This event coincided with The Doors celebrating 40 years on the rock scene!

Last week, The Doors finally got their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!  The star is located in front of the Virgin music store at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood. Ray and Robby attended, Dylan Graham (Jim Morrison's Nephew – Anne's Son) read a prepared statement for John Densmore who was away in Europe promoting his new CD. Other speakers included Los Angeles DJ Jim Ladd and Elektra Records founder, Jac Holzman.

On May 25, 2007, the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland will open Break on Through - The Lasting Legacy of The Doors an exhibit of artifacts, original manuscripts, concert posters, photographs and video."

*MARCH 2, 2007*  Domenic Priore's long awaited book documenting the '60's Sunset Strip scene, Riot On Sunset Strip: Rock'n'Roll's Last Stand In Hollywood, is scheduled for a June release by Jawbone Press: "On the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles in 1965 and 1966 an electrifying scene appeared out of nowhere, exploded into creativity, and then, just as suddenly, vanished. So much remarkable music, art, and social revolution came from one place at one time, it's difficult now to grasp how it all happened. In that moment, rock'n'roll displaced movies as the centre of action in Hollywood. This book tells the story of that astonishing time.

The nightlife was a heady mix of modernist design, pop art, and beat aesthetics. From the moment The Byrds debuted at Ciro's on March 26th 1965 - with Bob Dylan joining them on stage - right up to the demonstrations of November 1966, Sunset Strip nightclubs nurtured and broke The Doors, Love, Buffalo Springfield (featuring Neil Young and Stephen Stills), Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, The Turtles, The Mamas & The Papas, and many others. The Strip was a hotbed for garage punk bands such as The Standells, The Seeds, The Music Machine, The Electric Prunes, The Leaves, and The Bobby Fuller 4. Folk-rock and psychedelia were born there, and it was a favourite hangout and inspiration for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Them, The Velvet Underground, and The Yardbirds. Pop art and rock'n'roll combined, and the new fusion quickly permeated television, animation, and New Hollywood's indie cinema.

Riot On Sunset Strip: Rock'n'Roll's Last Stand In Hollywood captures the excitement of this great artistic awakening, telling how the scene came together and then fell apart at the Monterey Pop festival, an event destined to be recalled as the tragic finale of the Summer Of Love. Domenic Priore's book serves as an inspiration for contemporary youth culture, chafing at corporate domination. For those who lived through those times, it will be a startling evocation of the social and artistic revolution that was the 1960s."

Those looking for a preview can tune into Priore's radio show tonight: Per Dom, "Tonight on Luxuriamusic.com, I'll be debuting a one-hour show based on the book I've got coming out this June called Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood.
 
The radio show will cover all the bands who were playing on the Strip and the outlying areas of Los Angeles during 1965 and 1966, plus the stuff that was coming out of the recording studios then that centered around Sunset & Vine (RCA, Columbia, Gold Star, Western, Sunset Sound and a whole bunch more).
 
Go to Ciro's with The Byrds, Brave New World with Love, the Trip with The Turtles, Bido Lito's with The Seeds, P.J.'s with The Standells, It's Boss with The Bobby Fuller 4, the Red Velvet with The Knickerbockers, La Cave Pigalle with The Music Machine, the Sea Witch with The Leaves, the Hullabaloo with Ike & Tina Turner, the Action with The Mothers, the London Fog with The Doors, Stratford on Sunset wtih Dobie Gray, Maverick's Flat with Brenton Wood, the Purple Onion with Sonny & Cher, Whisky a Go Go with The Buffalo Springfield and Pandora's Box with The Misunderstood.  Hell, even the Anaheim Bowling Alley with The Fabs and the P.O.P. pier's Aragon Ballroom with The Dovers, fer cryin' out loud.
 
'Riot on Sunset Strip' will broadcast every week between 9 and 10 pm Pacific Standard time,  following Becky Ebekamp's show 'Bubblegum & Other Delights'.  Tune in, Turn On, it's gonna be a blast!"

*FEBRUARY 28, 2007* Bud Buschardt is finishing preparation on a book about the Sump 'N' Else show, a local '60's Texas music program that regulary featured appearances by rock and garage bands: "The book is finished except for one chapter that will be written once we get a publisher.  The working title is Bandstand Days: The Sump' N' Else Show.  The book lists almost every record played on the show, artists that were guests on the show, the songs they did and the date they appeared.  We also have a list of songs that Sump' N' Else played first before they were hits and before radio played them.  We also have a list of all the live commercials Ron (Chapman) did on the show.  And pictures too!  It should be fun for anyone who lived the decade or students of garage band history."  We'll provide more information as it becomes available.

*FEBRUARY 28, 2007* The next issue of Ugly Things (#25) is due on or around May 1st.  "This issue is another whopper. Our cover story this time around is The Music Machine – a 30-page definitive history based on interviews with Mark Landon and Keith Olsen, with lots of great photos, plus a sidebar story breaking down all their recording sessions.

Other articles this time include California garage psych group The Light, Swedish R&B punks The Namelosers, English freakbeat monsters The Attack, South African psychsters Freedom’s Children, and acid folk mystery man Pat Kilroy. There’s also an interview with Rob Younger of Radio Birdman and cool action from The Dirty Wurds, The Rubber City Rebels and ‘60s producer Brian Ross. All this and much, much more including exclusive insider revelations from Don Gallucci about the making of 'Louie Louie'”!

*FEBRUARY 28, 2007*  Coincidentally, The Cherry Slush is one of the nominees for induction into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends. Here's your chance to vote for many of the great '60's garage bands from Michigan (past winners include ? & The Mysterians, Tommy James & The Shondells, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and The MC5).  Cast your vote now for Tonto & The Renegades, Aardvarks, Underdogs, Fugitives, Henchmen, Mushrooms, Tidal Waves and other more than deserving nominees...

*FEBRUARY 27, 2007*
This Saturday night, March 3, 2007, at 11:00pm Eastern time, Dave The Rave will be interviewing Dick Coughlin of The Cherry Slush on Relics & Rarities.  The show can be accessed via www.topshelfoldies.com.  Listeners can say hello to Dick or ask questions by either sending Dave an
email and/or calling the studio phone number which will be given out on Saturday Night.
*FEBRUARY 18, 2007* Going to press soon from Super Oldies is Wes Dakus & The Rebels Volume II, featuring early Petty Studio singles, the first LP in stereo, unreleased tracks and 45 and LP version of several songs.  Volume III will be released sometime afterwards and will include more Petty Studio singles, the second LP, more unreleased tracks and singles by Dennis Paul, Stu Mitchell, Barry Allen and The Dundeeville Players.  Watch this space for updates.
*FEBRUARY 16, 2007* The slew of interesting new releases seems to be endless, and another exciting release by Lightning Tree (who also has the Daily Flash I Flash Daily CD/LP forthcoming that we've previously reported on) is Euphoria: No Me Tomorrow (The History of Euphoria Volume One) and Euphoria: The History of Euphoria Volume Two.  From the website: "U.S. band Euphoria made one amazing and highly sought after album for Capitol in 1969 and a handful of highly sought after singles that has mystified collectors for many years. The band's album is a fusion of prime late '60's U.S. psychedelia and breathtaking orchestrated country rock and pop whilst the earlier singles are full on Texas-styled garage punk psych. The fact that a band could be so diverse deepened the interest in their work over the years and rumours of involvement with The Bee Gees, The '60's Texas Psych scene and stories of sex changing band members just seemed to add to the ongoing mystery. We can confirm that all those stories are untrue and our definitive two part series replaces rumour with fact and some mighty fine music. The two CDs - released individually - cover the early years of this classic U.S. psych band including rare recordings by pre-Euphoria bands The Word, The Strangers and The Bushmen along with previously unreleased Euphoria demos and a whole unreleased album, recorded after the completion of the A Gift From Euphoria Capitol album."
*FEBRUARY 16, 2007*  Two new Ace Records / Big Beat releases due next month look very exciting.  The first, courtesy of Alec Palao, is:
 
Get Ready To Fly: Pop Psych From The Norman Petty Vaults - "
This is Big Beat’s second volume of rarely-heard 1960s masters from the vaults of the legendary Norman Petty Studios. This time the focus is on the mindbending rock and pop sounds the producer recorded during the late 1960's. Of the various bands that passed though Petty's studios during the mid-'60's, many of them were interested in the English style of psychedelia, something the producer wasn't keen on at all but his professional recordings and expansive productions created some terrific results. Some of the tracks here are certified pop psych classics: Apple-Glass Cyndrum’s "Someday", "To Give Your Lovin" by The Happy Return and The Hooterville Trolley’s "No Silver Bird." The real focus, however, is on the obscure and the unheard: The Butter Rebellion, Group Axis, Frantics, The Cords and more."

Also on tap is It Came From The Garage - "This volume shifts its attention to Southern California’s suburban garage-land. Twenty four tracks, many of them unreleased, which are psychedelical whimsy / garage punk in nature. The Barracudas, Johnny McCrae, Last Word, Kicks, Sunday Group, The Rumblers and more are featured."

CD cover art is pictured above and the street date is March 26th.

*FEBRUARY 16, 2007* Upcoming from Rhino is a collection that celebrates the original line-up of the Northern California psychedelic/garage band Electric Prunes. Their first two albums, The Electric Prunes and Underground, are housed on two CDs, including two non-album singles, their debut recording "Ain't it Hard"/"Little Olive" and "Everybody Knows"/"You Never Had it Better". Also included are some significantly different mono mixes and outtakes from the first album sessions, "World of Darkness" and "I've Got a Way of My Own" and a final track, "Shadows", that was used over the titles of low budget thriller THE NAME OF THE GAME IS THRILL".  It's due early March.


*FEBRUARY 11, 2007* Goodstock Update: "It's finally here. After 21 months in the planning tickets are on saleThen tell your friends and ask them to tell their friends. Our success depends on them. We are still adding great bands from the '60s and '70s.

Included in this advance ticket offering are a limited number of autographed Goodstock tickets by Artie Kornfeld, the Father of Woodstock. Once they are gone there will be no more.

Several record companies have asked to record comp CDs of the Goodstock bands.  Some of the bands may get recording contracts out of this.  Several film companies have asked to video this historic event. Details on that will be forthcoming."

*FEBRUARY 9, 2007* 60sgaragebands.com is very pleased to announce that we've signed an agreement with Dick Lee, drummer for The Brymers, to reissue the Lemoore, California group's recordings on CD.  Best remembered today for their garage rock classic "Sacrifice", The Brymers' scored a local hit in 1966 with the song's A-side, "I Want To Tell You".  The CD, titled Brymers: Sacrifice, will be a collection of Brymers’ recordings - including an unreleased single by percursor band The de-Fenders, never-before-heard demos, a backing session for April Silva on a 45 side, live performances and a very rare and complete one-take demo recording from March 1965 of The Brymers performing the era’s greatest hits. The CD will prove without question the group could truly do it all.

Brymers: Sacrifice will also feature a 12-16 page booklet featuring numerous never-before-seen photos/clippings and a very detailed band history by Dick Lee.  We're currently working on the 45, reel and acetate transfers and a complete track listing will be posted here when finalized.  We'll also be featuring contests and/or raffles where lucky qualified contestants will win momentos from the band's own collection.  The targeted release date is April 1st.  Watch this space for updates.

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*FEBRUARY 8, 2007* Available In a few weeks is the Weeds aka The Lollipop Shoppe LP and CD on Wayback Records.  The songs have been remastered by Mark "Bosshoss" Taylor and the release is fully authorized by member Fred Cole.  The LP version is 180 grams vinyl and the CD version is in Digipack format with an approximately 24 page booklet.  There are four Weeds tracks, the Lollipop Shoppe You Must Be A Witch album plus two tracks from the Angels From Hell Soundtrack - 18 total tracks in all.  The package includes loads of unseen pictures plus full liner notes.  Check the Wayback website for updates.

*FEBRUARY 8, 2007* "The Sausalito Paddlewheel Commemorative Project are holding an exhibition to gain support for their initiative to have the smoke stack, name board & paddle wheel gears of the Charles Van Damme ferry preserved. These are all that now remain visible of the Charles Van Damme – and can be seen in the parking lot at Gate Six Road.

Built in 1916 as the first ferry between Marin and Pt. Richmond, The Charles Van Damme has an illustrious history having spent 40 years as a working ferry and 25 years as the social hub of the Waldo Point
waterfront community. During her lifetime she had many incarnations, having been three different restaurants and all night music venue, which is where the interest to this community lies.

In the mid 1960s, the Charles Van Damme was to Sausalito's leading venue hosting bands such as Big Brother and The Holding Company, The New Tweedy Brothers, Moby Grape, Only Alternative and His Other Possibilities, Sons of Champlin, The Wildflower and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.

The details of the exhibition, Celebrating the Charles Van Damme, are as follows:

Date: February 21, 2007 - March 21, 2007
Time: 9:00pm to 4:00pm
Days Closed: Mondays (Sundays Sept-May)

Location: Bay Model Visitor Center
Sausalito, California

If you have the opportunity, it would be great if you went along and gave your support. It is also a good opportunity to see many of the original Ark posters.  From http://www.chickenonaunicycle.com.


*FEBRUARY 7, 2007* "The Council of Light, a non-profit organization, is proud to announce a free musical event that will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love.  The event will take place at Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco,September 2nd 2007 and will feature world-class musical acts and entertainment that will represent the spirit and energy of the 1967 Summer of Love. A special event kick off party is planned for Valentines Day, February 14th that will officially launch the beginning of the event's coordination and promotion efforts. More information about the Summer of Love event including participating bands will be released at a later date.

Launch Party: The 40th Anniversary Summer of Love event launch party will be on Valentines Day, February 14th, 6pm to 10pm at 3075 17th Street, San Francisco and will feature live music by the band, Doc Craft and live sound board concert recordings of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Grateful Dead. Also featured are 12 poster artists displaying their commissioned, "Summer of Love" commemorative event posters. The artists will be available for signing and collector's edition poster sets will be available.

The event web site is
http://www.2b1recor ds.com/summerofl ove40th and contains information about the event, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities."

*FEBRUARY 2, 2007* "On Friday, February 16, The Secret Cinema at Moore College of Art and Design will revive a special program last shown over six years ago. Nuggets: Celluloid Artyfacts of Sixties Rock is a unique hodgepodge of ultra-rare reels consisting of various short films and television shows showcasing mod, garage and pop music from the mid-to-late 1960s. When we named that program back in 2001, it was in naked homage to the inestimably influential 1972 garage rock compilation album of the same name. This year, we are thrilled to announce that in addition to the rare films, we will have with us the creator of the original Nuggets, Lenny Kaye."  Visit the Secret Cinema's website for more information.

*FEBRUARY 1, 2007*
  We recieved this message from Brian Jenkins, Curator of The PSPOT...and welcome its return: "Hello and welcome all '60's underground music fans old and new! The PSPOT is back and bigger than the last time. My primary reasons to 'retire' it last year was two-fold. One was personal reasons (work and time), and the other was that I thought it went as far as it could. It was time to move on. Well, I moved on... I explored American History music (american roots music) and deep Blues music more than I ever did before, and I discovered some amazing sounds and friends. My first love of the '60's underground never went away, and the absence refreshed my passion for the music. The music stays with you. It is a part of you. I know there are 'new' fans and collectors of this music as well, and the PSPOT can be constructive with this matter also. It's all about the music. I plan to keep The PSPOT intact this time. It has no plans to go away, but my personal focused time with it may be less, as life matters will weigh in. I hope all members will keep it somewhat active. In any case, it will be here for all to use and enjoy. Keep a look out for additions, including Roots music and Blues. Ok, let's roll..."  Check it out and join here.

*JANUARY 27, 2007* Now available for pre-order at www.josefusmusic.com is Josefus - The Inside Stories by band member Dave Mitchell: "The story begins in the Texas music scene of the late 1960s. Dave describes jam sessions and early gigs with musicians from ZZ Top and The 13th Floor Elevators.

The main characters then start coming together in an interesting series of events. The original singer/writer was fired. For a brief time there was a revolving door of second guitarists. The band changed its name twice and then changed back again.

By the end of 1969, the band's final lineup was in place and they recorded the first Dead Man album. But the fun was only just beginning. The roller coaster reached some tremendous highs, but the ride eventually dipped lower and lower, hitting bottom by the end of 1970.

This book details the funny, the scary, the risky, and the just plain weird things that went on during this time."

Orders placed before February 4th receive a $5.00 discount.

*JANUARY 25, 2007* From Norton Records comes this announcement on a benefit concert to assist Question Mark after the unfortunate loss of many of his prized possession in a house fire: "Just announced! Join the A-Bones with Much & The Mires and a slew of action packers and special guests at a no holds barred benefit for Q at Brooklyn’s fabulous Magnetic Field. Bands will blast, raffles will be held, peanut butter delicacies will be savored, and mayhem will reign supreme while Miss K spins wild wax with a bevy of boss jocks all night long. All proceeds from the door and raffles go direct 100% to Question Mark. As all Q’s mementoes burned, please bring copies of pix and clippings and we’ll send all to Q! If you have stuff to donate for the raffles, be it merchandise, services from your establishment, or a gift certificate for your shop, please contact Mr. Lee of Magnetic Field at deadflowers66@gmail.com. Kitchen queens, conjure up some peanut butter fudge or cookies and let’s add a bake sale to this happening rent party! The girls are making Q a Quilt so please everybody, if you can, bring a seven inch square of some old fave clothing item that you would like to have stitched into a warm fan-quilt for our boy! Outta towners mail in some Q-squares! See you there!"

*JANUARY 21, 2007*
 
Gear Fab has announced two interesting upcoming titles: The Oxfords: Flying Up Through The Sky II (unreleased songs from 1967-1968) and The Rugbys: Lost Louisville Sessions (unreleased tracks from 1966-1967).  More information will be printed here as it becomes available...
*JANUARY 18, 2007*  Goodstock: "Experience a special journey back to a magic time for whole families and all age groups, filled with music, rock culture and goodtimes all the time, not just another concert. A real '60's-'70's feeling of peace and brotherhood, starring those attending as much as those performing. A major lifetime experience for all those who never thought it could be in these troubled times. The Mind Garage returns with all the original members and dozens of '60s and '70s bands from New York to California. The event will begin with the opening of GoodStock Village, as a festival of the sixties, and will encompass multiple stages with bands performing continually, vendors of '60's memorabilia, exhibits of '60's and '70's clothing and band attire, and a '60's museum style exhibit, plus a re-creation of that era’s San Francisco Ballrooms, complete with art, music, dancing, and light shows. A great time for all ages. Camp in the Village or stay in nearby hotels. The Village will accommodate bands and fans from nearly every state in the USA, and from any other country that has declared an interest in a casual celebration. Meet contemporaries and recapture the spirit of the times past. A final performance will take place featuring nationally and internationally known headliners. The event will be held in the Summer of 2007 in Wild Wonderful West Virginia. Ticket info will be (available shortly)."
*JANUARY 13, 2007* The second edition of Bruce Tahsler's excellent book, The San Francisco East Bay Scene: Garage Bands From The '60s Then & Now is scheduled for publication sometime mid-year.  This edition will include more bands and photos, including new sections featuring Jimmy Cicero, Tower of Power, Jimmy Bedford, The Tears and more.  There is also a second band reunion show in the works, as well as the long awaited Alec Palao compiled CD companion featuring the songs of the bands included in the book.  We'll print updates as we receive them, but check out Bruce's website for more information.
*JANUARY 11, 2007* An article on the Inland garage Empire by Mike Stax is now online at the Inland Empire Weekly.  The Inland Empire constituted Riverside and San Bernardino, California and surrounding areas and was home to such legendary groups as The Mustangs, Bush and The Misunderstood.  Read about those and other garage bands in the excellent recap of the Inland Empire scene.

*JANUARY 10, 2007*
The excellent Beyond The Beat Generation website has started a new videos section where visitors can watch TV performances and other miscellaneous clips of many of the bands that we interview or have documented in our TV Cameos section.  Webmaster Hans Kesteloo promises to keep the page updated regularly, and has many rare and little seen clips to be added in the coming weeks....but contributions from fans and/or bands are more than welcomed.  Check the videos out here (and click on the Videos link from the left menu) and see The Seeds, New Breed, Bram Rigg Set, ? & The Mysterians and more in action!


*JANUARY 5, 2007
* The Kansas Music Hall of Fame will officially be inducting in its newest members on Saturday, January 13th, at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas.  The artists pertinent to this website include The Chosen Few from Chanute, Tide from Lawrence and two versions of The Rising Suns (one from Topeka and one from Coffeyville).  You can learn more at the Hall of Fame's
website.

*JANUARY 4, 2007* Press Release: "CALIFORNIA DREAMING SEASON / Hotel California - LA From The Byrds To The Eagles / Monday 8 January / 9.00-10.30pm BBC FOUR
 
The music and mythology of a golden era in Californian culture is charted in this feature-length documentary, screened as part of BBC Four's California Dreaming Season.

At the start of the Sixties, Los Angeles was a kooky backwater, barely significant on the musical map. By the end of the Seventies, it was the artistic and industrial hub of the American music industry.

The film explores how the socially conscious folk rock of young hippies with acoustic guitars was transformed into the coked-out stadium excess of the late Seventies and the biggest-selling albums of all time.

Alongside extensive and never-before-seen archive footage, the programme features comprehensive first-hand accounts from the key figures, including musicians (David Crosby, Graham Nash, JD Souther, Bernie Leadon, Bonnie Raitt, Andrew Gold, Mark Volman and Van Dyke Parks), music industry bosses (David Geffen, Jac Holzman, Ron Stone and Peter Asher) and legendary LA scenesters including Henry Diltz, Pamela Des Barres and Ned Doheny.

Set amongst the sun-dappled porches of Laurel Canyon, perched above LA's iconic Sunset Strip, this is an epic tale of denim, drugs, genius and greed. The stunning soundtrack includes classic tracks from Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and The Eagles."

*JANUARY 2, 2007*
Press Release: "From a ballroom still rockin’ and rollin’ to a petite Des Moines native who taught the country to love rock and roll music and a young man struck down just as his fame was heading to the top, the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association Hall of Fame Class of 2007 is varied and multi-talented.

Ritchie Valens, who died tragically in an Iowa cornfield and Nebraska’s Smoke Ring are this year’s ‘Out of State’ inductees. The late Harriet Hilliard Nelson, born Peggy Lou Snyder in Des Moines, is the inductee in the “Women Who Rocked” category. Although a big band singer and actress herself, she was a staunch supporter of rock and roll music from its infancy and with the help of her husband, used the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet to prove to the public that the music was not evil. She also gave birth to one of rock and roll’s legends – Ricky Nelson and was an avid supporter of his career.

Inductees from the Missouri River Region include Somthin Blue (Paullina/LeMars), one-armed guitar playing virtuoso Gary Johnson (Odebolt) and Russell Bizzett (Sioux City) plus the first inductee in the Support Staff category – the late Tommy Remp of Sioux City.

Ballrooms going into the Hall of Fame are Lake Robbins Ballroom, still rockin’ near Woodward, and the Bancroft Ballroom at Bancroft.

Northwest Iowa representatives for 2007 are The Hawks (Fort Dodge) and Koats of Male (Spencer). Northeast Iowa is represented by The Blue Band (Cedar Falls), Al’s Untouchables (Cedar Rapids) and disc jockey George Patrick (Waterloo/Cedar Rapids). Representing the Southeast Region are Patrick Hazell & The Mother Blues Band (Washington), Yetti (Oskaloosa) and West Music, based in Coralville. Central Iowa Inductees will be Quarry (Des Moines) and The Princemen (Des Moines). Fifth Generation (Carroll) and The Great Imposters (Harlan) will join the Hall from Southwest Iowa.

Recipients of the IRRMA Dan Matousek Lifetime Achievement Award for 2007 will be Steve Brown of Cedar Rapids and James Ronan of Decorah.

These 23 inductees will be honored during the 10th Anniversary Diamond Decade of Music Induction Spectacular on Labor Day weekend at Arnolds Park on West Lake Okoboji. Tickets will go on sale June 15th."