McCoy recovered and went back to the ‘straight life,’ putting his Olompali episode behind him. 2 Sided Jigsaw Puzzle Sealed. None of those interviews were ever published, but I believe they are part of the State Park's archive. I think I found the link to finding the flower girl, unidentified......Will see if its true and get you the goods.... Oh - I know this one!!! My bus was parked in the yard and I lived in it." Don asked us to stay and after seeing us with our horses asked our mom to find horses for all the kids and anyone else that wanted one. She and her sisters, Vicky and Sheri, had moved to Mickey’s Ridge Road house when a fire had nearly destroyed the Burdell mansion, where they’d been living with Don and Paula McCoy and a group of other families… Mickey secured a lease on the place and he, the Jensen girls, and Jonathan [Riester] all moved in… Since the property was really too small for the Jensens to bring their horses out from Olompali, they left them at the boarding stables and rode out to Mickey’s from there.” The Jensen girls stayed there for some time (along with an ever-growing group of the Dead's friends). POKEMON XY ROARING SKIES BOOSTER BOX - Brand New. Of course Courtney Love was not around at all. 1977, 50th Can you spot her? Join AllCDCovers Now! More Items From eBay. Rhonda was close to Mickey Hart for years, and was with Mickey in his car crash in June ’77; she was able to crawl out of the car to get help. And DEFINITELY at Altamont in Dec. 1969. the dog next to 22? She had been teaching the other girls at Olompali how to ride horses: Jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi showed up; he had been hanging out with the Dead since their days at 710 Ashbury, and was even known to sit in at some shows. At any rate that wasn't an issue for me here; there may easily have been misspellings in the album credits. Garcia, Signpost to New Space, p.32-33, 2. There are photos of the Dead stage setup at Olompali sometime in '68, and Garcia jamming with Jack Casady there, during a pool party held by the commune: Mickey Hart formed a particular bond with several of the commune members. Now that they lived in the city, they needed a new place to rehearse; and they came into contact with Don McCoy, who was renting space for bands to rehearse in at a heliport he owned. People who had seen each other at rock and roll shows…in that first year. This story has been repeated so often, it’s become an internet “fact,” supposedly confirmed by David Gans … An ongoing series of articles on songs & performances of the early Grateful Dead. It was sort of a ranch estate that had a nice big house that looked kind of like Tara in 'Gone With the Wind'. Some people found long-lasting positions in the Dead organization, but it seems Babbs drifted out again. Maura McCoy and Sheri Jensen sat by Garcia; Sheri’s sister Rhonda held Mickey's horse Snorty for him. That oak tree lives in my dreams. Prankster Ken Babbs appeared, along with his partner Gretchen Fetchin and two of their children. '73-'74, Cornell The land was eventually bought by the state, and turned into a state park. All the people who were into doing stuff. i don't think it is otis.I-) ihor, Babbs and his brood were living on the Novato compound where Alembic and the rehearsal studio were; he was sort of the caretaker, paid by the Dead and everything. Please try again later. Good news. (Steve Parish would write that Vicki was "a dear friend...a lifelong Grateful Dead family member [and] an avid diver.") Committee on Architecture and Design Funds. You could go up in the hills anywhere and hear the music. Strange Trip, Pacific Northwest The title is a meaningless palindrome, usually pronounced "ox-oh-mox-oh-ah". I recall Courtney Love claiming she was on this cover (I think slot #24). Some months later Rock invited Cookie to the ranch and she stayed. Reporters became interested in this communal experiment, and there are many retrospective articles available on the Chosen Family. Peter Lavezzoli, The Dawn of Indian Music in the West, p.66, All sorts of people - musicians, poets, artists, Diggers, and Angels - would shuttle between the two houses to hang out, play music, share ideas, and of course, borrow a cup of sugar.”, 9. Grateful Dead’s “Aoxomoxoa” An ode to death and fertility, the album art on the cover of Aoxomoxoa shows a skull, trees, the Sun, and mushrooms, of course. They’d use it as a rehearsal spot until switching to the Potrero Theater sometime in mid-’67. Jackson, Garcia, p.104 (See also Scully p.53-59 and McNally p.144-147 for more Olompali anecdotes. Rhonda is in the back of the Aoxomoxoa photo, with Mickey's horse; her sister Sheri is also there. The people in the photo are surprisingly random – perhaps whoever was available that day. David of http://gratefulseconds.blogspot.com/. I'm really thrilled to read this stuff, thanks for your excellent research! “I felt we were chosen for something,” McCoy said. My mom knew how to deal and Rhonda knew how to pick them. One of the first rock albums to be recorded using 16-track technology, fans and critics alike consider this era to be the band's experimental apex. If they really wanted to be. I was looking for answers. The rolling hills. I-) ihor. Meanwhile, Stacy stayed with her mother Brenda, who moved back to Palo Alto and remarried. Who knows, they may even use some of your tapes! They'd get into these long, long riffs. White Angels. Add in Glenn McKay at 715 (not to mention that HALO was based there), and many of the little parts start to fit together. WS 1790; Vinyl LP). At any rate, the Dead soon started regular rehearsals at the heliport, and even held a concert there on October 15, 1966. All the CD and DVD covers are uploaded, approved and ranked by our users. Possibly the Dead told him about the place at Rancho Olompali, or he’d heard about their stay there. Get the item you ordered or get your money back. Bill Kreutzmann brought his daughter Stacy and, It would also be nice to know who the dog in the photo was…. Unable to process your request at this time. McNally says the house “had been owned by Don McCoy, a wealthy young hippie, and then by his ex-wife, Paula, who became involved with the Diggers… [She was] the doyenne of the Digger salon at 715 Ashbury Street, who liked to wear boots with a mink coat and nothing else.”, Meanwhile, Don McCoy was going through changes. I'm also very much in Dennis McNally's debt, since the research in his book made clear a lot of threads that otherwise would have remained unknown. Her estranged father Hank Harrison was an “amateur acid maker” and briefly served as road manager for The Dead. From Rosie McGee's book Dancing with the Dead, chapter 6: “Mickey called me one day in early spring of 1969. The band held some famous parties during their stay, playing music for a stream of tripping visitors from San Francisco. & Company, Under Her father Hank Harrison was one of the original managers of the the band. Aoxomoxoa, an Album by Grateful Dead. On March 17, a benefit was held at Winterland for the commune. I expect there to be a number of new posts here over the summer, though - several articles are partly done. Her father Hank Harrison was one of the original managers of the the band. Griffin did the first version of the Aoxomoxoa art for a series of shows the Dead did in January of 1969 at the Avalon, and the Dead used that artwork for the cover. (McNally's book gives a different impression, saying they'd met in spring '68 and that her travel agency arranged the December '68 "London Run" in which Rock Scully & some other Dead friends went to London; but of course that doesn't mean she was already hanging out at Mickey's place.) Originally named The Warlocks, The Grateful Dead made their performance debut in July of 1965 and quickly went on to become the best known and most influential of San Francisco's psychedelic rock pioneers. When we moved to Olompali the mansion, dormitory and 5 acres was renting for $200. McCoy rented the land there, moving to Olompali with his friends and their families in November ‘67. Her father Hank Harrison was their manager. Interesting stuff - it's good to hear from someone who was there. Her father Bill lived on Mickey's ranch for a while that year. They drove me to SF and the next day the Sharon Tate slayings were the headlines. Lesh, Searching for the Sound, p.88-90, 3. The band is known for its eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, country, jazz, bluegrass, blues, gospel, and psychedelic rock; for live performances of lengthy instrumental jams; and for its devoted fan base, known as "Deadheads". Considered by many to be one of the greatest rock posters of all time, this classic Rick Griffin design is known as “Aoxomoxoa,” and was later used as the title and cover design for the Grateful Dead’s third album. They didn't have neighbors to disturb.”, Don McCoy said, “The Dead played because they loved the sound. Pin was displayed and has some light wear, and … It was good times – unselfconscious and totally free. You may want to check out the link in the first sentence of this post... yes of oourse. Rated #451 in the best albums of 1969. Bob McKendrick was a sometime concert promoter and hippie event organizer, who probably helped arrange this benefit - he had produced the "Dance of Death" Costume Ball at California Hall back on Halloween '66, which the Dead had played instead of the Acid Test Graduation. Company, Stickers & After his divorce, “I found myself a lonely man… It started in disillusionment with what I was doing.” Though wealthy from an inheritance and the profits from renting his properties, he said that “I had become a slave to my business affairs. What became of her mother Brenda (who split with Bill in late '66, I think), I have no idea. The perfect end to some perfect trips.We got "Mickey's Ranch" in March '69. JUNE 20: Back cover of the rock and roll band "Grateful Dead's" album Aoxomoxoa with a 5-year-old Courtney Love in the bottom right corner which was released June 20, 1969. McNally, Long Strange Trip, p.193, 282, 6. Changed to 'Stacy' in the text here, but I'm content with inconsistency on this. I have updated the post a little with some new info; note that the photo key has also been changed. I wanted a big place where the kids could all be together.”. It proved a perfect location for McCoy’s flight from the ‘establishment,’ and as more people moved in, the Chosen Family commune was formed around the hippie ideals of freedom, togetherness, collective child-raising, and plenty of marijuana. It seemed like man was raping the earth… I wanted to change the world.” He sold the houseboat business, and started looking for a new place where he could live with his friends. […] Glen McKay’s Headlights will provide enlightenment for all. All that was a firming up of the whole social world of rock and roll around here…all the musicians in the Bay Area, most of them are from around here, they’ve known each other for a really long time in one scene or another – and that whole thing was shored up…at those parties. They could play their music loud. another oddity - in that 'just what we were kneading' article, the ranch is consistently called 'oampali'.thanks for all the updates! In 1968 they added percussionist Mickey Hart and keyboardist To… By the time it was dark most people were gone, but there were always enough people who were either around to begin with or who wanted to stay, so that the party would continue inside. McNally writes, “They still had a connection to Olompali, which had been taken over the previous December by their Ashbury Street neighbor, Don McCoy, who had inherited money and set up a commune at Olompali that taught children in the manner of the British experimental school Summerhill. Check out our album review of Artist's Aoxomoxoa on Rolling Stone.com. Lithograph. And a lot of people like the various filmmakers and writers and dope dealers. Almost all the kids got right into it and learned fast. The group initially consisted of Jerry Garcia (guitar), Bob Weir (guitar), Phil Lesh (bass), Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (keyboards), and Bill Kreutzmann (drums). ... Aoxomoxoa CD 50th Anniversary Album (2020) ... No damage to the jewel case or item cover, no scuffs, scratches, cracks, or holes. He was an ambitious guy - the floor in the that building was concrete, so[he had] them take everything out of there and then they went in and drilled holes in the concrete and then laid down a wooden floor and screwed the wooden floor into those holes, because it would sound better than covering it all with carpet. By submitting my information, I agree to receive personalized updates and marketing messages about Grateful Dead based on my information, interests, activities, website visits and device data and in accordance with the. The whole thing was fun but pretty weird. Everyone would play all day in the sunshine, just doing everything, and then when the sun would start to go down and it got cold, people would pack it in. And I think it was the way they went down and the way people responded to that kind of situation. thanks again. i totally appreciate the depth of your continual strong research. The Jensens had been living at Olompali, part of Don McCoy’s child-based commune. Can you spot her? The commune itself became part of the distant sixties past, a failed utopian hippie experiment living on in stories and memories, its most visible legacy the back cover of a Grateful Dead album. McIntire was a recent addition to the Dead management team, having joined them during the Carousel days in early ’68. It seems Cookie Eisenberg wasn't there; apparently she was not with Mickey yet. “I wanted a family. 167.2015. (**The Dead's WARNER BROS. Rancho Olompali, Novato, CA Those parties were like a chance to move the whole thing closer, so to speak. A Berkeley Barb notice read, in part: “A "Superjam" dance and concert will be thrown at Winterland this Monday, St. Patrick's Nite, to benefit the Chosen Family that was busted and burned out at Rancho Olompali in Novato. Band manager Jon McIntire appeared, but none of the Dead’s other managers like Rifkin or Scully (among others). Barnes then slightly augmented the painting for the cover to … A half-dozen girls from the commune sat in the photo. They'd improvise. Below the band's logo is the bridge and sound hole of an acoustic guitar, its body curving and stretching back to the neck and tuning pegs. It probably wouldn't have been possible before the new Olompali documentary started turning up a lot of info. This is what always makes me think of Cali. “I thought we were going to create a new society…a new way of doing things, a new way of living together, getting along in a peaceful world.” The commune became well-known in the area for its large-scale baking operation: each week, nude commune members would bake hundreds of loaves of bread for the Diggers to distribute for free in San Francisco. (I know a couple examples were "Tom Constaten" and "Ron Wickershim. His wife Sheila had been a co-founder of the commune; she had also gone off to India, and would later divorce Bob and marry Don. One of the first rock albums to be recorded using 16-track technology, fans and critics alike consider this era to be the band's experimental apex. Those parties (I'm not sure how many of them there were) were always on a nice afternoon. Here is a link to a blog someone wrote about meeting her. Grateful Dead-Aoxomoxoa-50th Deluxe Edition Lenticular Cover 2-CD (NEW) Live PLEASE SEE OUR PICTURES FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND TRACK LISTING FOR THIS ITEM AS SHOWN Puzzle of the front & back album cover artwort. Noelle Barton, a teenager at Olompali (and in the Aoxomoxoa photo), worked for the Garden of Delights, a light-show outfit sponsored by McCoy that worked at various venues in '68-69 - the Carousel, the Fillmore West, the Avalon, the Family Dog – in fact, they’d done the lights for the Dead’s recent shows at the Avalon. The band liked it and the name stuck. Instead, we have a woman named Terry I don't know anything about.I know precise dates for these things are hard to come by, but there are a couple events I couldn't date: - I don't know when Bill married Susila. When the Dead were thinking about acting in the musical western Zachariah sometime in '69, the Jensens brought enough horses over to the ranch so the Dead could have riding lessons.I should also mention that Rosie's book has a few photos of Stacy Kreutzmann circa '69, who seems to have been hanging out in the Dead scene at the time - there's even a shot of her at the 5/7/69 Golden Gate Park show. Unfortunately, we have little idea just when, where, or how often Guaraldi played with the Dead. It would echo throughout the hills. Featured will be musicians from the leading Bay Area rock groups, according to Bob McKendrick from Olompali, the Airplane, the Dead, and Sons of Champlin are expected to show up; also jamming will be the Garden of Delights. He owned horses, stabling them at Olompali, but it was not terribly convenient, and he got a friend, Rhonda Jensen, to seek a better place to rent.”, Among the first to live there were “Mickey’s informally adopted ‘daughters,’ the Jensen girls, Rhonda, Sherry, and Vickie. Opal Willie Jean wrote a letter making Mickey the guardian of us and the horses at which time she moved to Baja and married a retired LAPD gentleman. They had a lot of jam sessions here. Then there was a lot of land around it – hills, a creek in the back, a big lawn and the pool. I'm sorry for the unintended hiatus - I thought I could finish another essay in the last 3 months, but other plans kept getting in the way. Rhonda Jensen, who helped run the horse rental facility at Olompali, had found him the perfect property to rent in Novato. Architecture and Design The tapes of the interviews belong to the State Park, but can't be published without the approval of the interviewees. I don't know if it was 24 hours a day, but every time I was there it was going.”. Label: Rhino Records (2) - 603497856121,Rhino Records (2) - R2 573668 • Format: CD HDCD, Album, Reissue, Remastered CD HDCD, Album All Media Deluxe Edition • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Blues Rock, Country Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Experimental I think she's the one in the poncho next to Pigpen. She was my mom's cousin and I grew up with her daughter. 50th Collection: Aoxomoxoa T-Shirt Short Sleeve crewneck t-shirt in 100% Cotton, Made in the USA, features "Aoxomoxoa" studio album cover artwork on front and matching Red 50th bolt on back neck in honor of the 50th anniversary of the release. The guys in Jefferson Airplane would get together with Quicksilver and different guys, 81 different players, would get together and get high and get loose and have some fun… That was when we started getting tight with Quicksilver… They came and hung out at our place in Novato when we had our parties. After the Family Dog left the Avalon Ballroom, Soundproof Productions became the first company to produce rock shows there. Bill says he barely kept in touch and didn't see Stacy often; but still, there she is in several Dead pictures in '69, so she must have been spending some time with him at least. #12 is Gretchen Glanzer. Games, Furniture & After they were busted for growing pot in early '69, they moved to Novato (on Benton Lane) and got married; and Justin was born on 6/10/69. Unfortunately no details are known about the “Superjam” as no tape has come out. Aoxomoxoa is a 1969 album by the Grateful Dead – their third. The group had already initiated recording sessions for the album when Ampex manufactured and released the first Multitrack recording machine offering 16 tracks of recording and playback (model number MM-1000). Served eleven kids and included twenty-five people... Perhaps they showed up regularly at Dead in! 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