Too Drunk To Dream

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Musings on Big Sur: Kerouac, Esalen, and CSNY

This post is for my boy Mike D., my soon-to-be brother in law, and an overall legend to all who know him.

Mike’s been an expert wedding-attendee for a few years now, going to an absolutely ridiculous number of weddings (especially over the last two summers) and he’s naturally seen it all. Indoor, outdoor, rain, shine, quirky, dull…the list goes on.

Well, the most exciting wedding event to happen to Mike this summer (besides his own wedding to one of the greatest people ever, followed by my wedding to his sister, also one of the most amazing people ever) is going to take place in Big Sur, California, just a shade south of San Francisco. I’m jealous that he gets to cross the country and partake in some Pacific Coast goodness.

Whenever I think of Big Sur, I think of two things.

1) The Kerouac Novel of the same name, which, (quite the spoiler here) takes place in the seaside town.

and

2) The 1969 Big Sur Folk Festival that took place at the Esalen Institute, featuring Joan Baez, John Sebastian, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the Combs Sisters.

Here’s CSN&Y performing Neil Young’s “Down By The River”, in furious fashion.

ckick the HD button on the silver bar for some extra quality ^

Head over here to watch a majority of the film Celebration At Big Sur which was filmed in a “Woodstock”-esque style. Enjoy it. Just don’t drink the Kool-Aid.

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February 2, 2009 Posted by | americana, big sur, california, celebration, concert, crosby, down by the river, esalen, ghost of electricity, guitar, Kerouac, live, music, nash, neil young, rock, stills, toodrunktodream, young | Leave a comment

Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment on Prop 8

It’s so hard to believe that on the same DAY that this country takes a huge step forward by electing a black president, we can take such a disgusting step backward and disallow human beings from properly sharing their lives together. I am sickened by this, every day.

November 14, 2008 Posted by | california, keith olbermann, prop 8, special comment | Leave a comment

"I think I lost It at The Carousel": Vintage Grateful Dead Radio Promos

Here’s a little nugget that I dusted off the other day. Remember when radio was, well, relevant? No, I don’t either…but it used to be. Remember when LiveNation or ClearChannel or Ticketmaster ceased to exist….good times, good times.

Cue 1968, The Dead were the puppeteers of the Haight/Asbury scene, and about to relocate to Marin County to start the next chapter in their history. This radio promo spot is advertising for the run of shows that they played at the legendary Carousel on the weekend of June 7th-9th, 1968.

The Carousel was the former El Patio Ballroom on the second floor of the car dealership on the southwest corner of Market and Van Ness. It opened in 1966 with a performance by the Yardbirds.

In July of 68, legendary S.F. entrepreneur Bill Graham left the Fillmore Auditorium to take over the Carousel Ballroom. He would rename it The Fillmore West.

Today the Carousel Ballroom is now the service and repair shop of a Honda car dealer. sigh…

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Grateful Dead – Duprees Radio Ad
Grateful Dead – Rate The Record Radio Ad
Grateful Dead – Doin That Rag Radio Ad
Grateful Dead – Port Chester Apology Ad

February 12, 2008 Posted by | 1968, bill graham, california, fillmore, fillmore west, Garcia, grateful dead, jamband, jerry garcia, music, psychedelic rock, radio ad, rock, san fracisco, the carousel, vintage | Leave a comment