Saint Misbehavin’

Hold on to your rubber nose! Michelle Esrick’s documentary on the life of Wavy Gravy is having a Sneak Preview and Special Event Sceeening on April 1st at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, CA. to benefit the film’s release and Camp Winnarainbow.
For more information and to buy tickets on-line please go to Brown Paper Tickets:
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Starburst Commander’s recent and fun literary disclosure “Confessions of a Deadhead” is going to fit very nicely in between our copies of George Clooney’s “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” and Sheldon Norbert’s “Confessions of a Dope Dealer.” To learn more about Starburst Commander’s (aka Bob Drobatz) new book and his trips and travels with a magical band go to


Two new books out by rock critics have spawned reviews looking at that criticism and the role of critics. Corn Flakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales From a Rock ‘n’ Life (Rodale, 2009), by longtime Los Angeles Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn, and the anthology of writings by the late Robert Palmer, Blues and Chaos (edited by Anthony DeCurtis. Scribner, 2009), give intimate insight into the early writing and various approaches of these two authors, including their paths of inspiration and personal relationships with musicians. For a review of the reviewers see Jon Caramanica’s “Writing and Rocking” in the Feb. 12th New York Times.

Something happening here, but we do know what it is.

It’s a new show at the new Museum of Performance & Design and it traces rock and roll in California’s Bay Area from 1963 to 1973. They say it “envelopes visitors in a blaze of sight and sound.” The exhibit includes instruments, posters, footage, and costumes from private and public collections, some of it from local musicians like Carlos Santana, Sly Stone, Dan Hicks, and Merl Saunders. And one can see Jerry’s “Captain Trips” hat.
“Somethin’s Happening Here” shows at the Veteran’s Building 4th floor, 401 Van Ness. San Francisco, and runs through August 2010.

Not dark yet

An article was recently forwarded to those of us interested in archiving visual material ( It notes that an undeveloped roll of Ilford HP5 b&w film of a Bob Dylan concert taken 31 years ago has just been unearthed. Photographer Mark Estabrook checked with Ilford on how best to develop it and the outcome apparently is perfect– the 37-year-old Bob looks good. Estabrook says it’s a testament to the longevity of silver halide photography and he plans to bring out a new book soon. The film of Dylan was kept in a tin along with shots of the band Little Feat. (And Little Feat still looks good too: catch up with them at:

Not fade away

The wrecking ball takes out East Rutherford, New Jersey’s Giant’s Stadium this March. In its 38 years the Giants, the Jets, the Boss, the Pope, and the Grateful Dead all played the field. September 2nd, 1978 started it off for the band, and by their 12th show in August 1994 more than a million fans had seen them in the stadium. (Well, maybe some were repeat attendees.)

Smith and Smith in the Old Wierd America

Getty Publications is announcing the release this coming January of “Harry Smith: The Avant Garde in the American Vernacular.” Ethnomusicological archivist, filmmaker, painter, and alchemist Harry Smith’s compilation “Anthology of American Folk Music” is considered the Rosetta Stone of American musical history. This new publication on Smith, his work, and his legacy, includes a collection of essays from authors such as Robert Cantwell and Griel Marcus, and contains “numerous illustrations of Smith’s works and a selection of his letters and other primary sources.” The book is edited by Andrew Perchuk and Rani Singh, both from the Getty Institute, where in 2001 the Institute sponsored the symposium of the same title. Singh is also director of the Harry Smith Archive in New York. (see

And it gets even better. In celebration of her friendship with Harry Smith and the publication of this book, singer and poet Patti Smith will be speaking and performing at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on January 28th.

Grateful Dead Caucus

The thirteenth meeting of the Grateful Dead Caucus at the Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Association conference is planned for February 10-13th, 2010 in Albuquerque’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The call for papers has already gone out, but with the final submission deadline set for December 15th. Expect exciting papers and panels on all aspects — comparative, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary — of the Grateful Dead Phenomenon to be presented. For more information on this upcoming gathering and to register for the conference see: