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Great story! The SF elite were not sure what to make of it. It was maybe 1000 feet off the highway, so it was fairly secluded. Dr. Jeff has made a key to the photo, putting names to faces: The photo was taken by Tom Weir (no relation to Bob), a San Francisco photographer. This is a very interesting post, not just for finally nailing down the back cover of Aoxomoxoa, but for helping to tie together various threads in Grateful Dead history. My mom knew how to deal and Rhonda knew how to pick them. Picks, Dead While an anthropology student at Sonoma State University in the late 80s, I worked on a project about Olompali, interviewing some of the people mentioned in this article, some of the adults from the Chosen Family and some of their children, too. It was a great place. 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. He seems to have accompanied the band at a couple photo shoots in Jan/Feb '69 - one by Herb Greene, and one by Tom Weir... Babbs' situation reminds me a bit of Willy Legate - a friend of Garcia in Palo Alto in the early '60s; sometimes writing liner notes & newsletters for the Dead in the '70s; and in the '80s, the custodian/superintendent of the Front Street studio, and the first "vault" tape archivist. All the people who were into doing stuff. We haven't definitely confirmed that #12 is Cookie Eisenberg; people say it looks like her, but we're not totally certain yet. Don McCoy lived across the street from 710 (initially), rented the band's first rehearsal space, and appears to have been the landlord of Quicksilver and Dan Healy as well. At any rate, the Dead soon started regular rehearsals at the heliport, and even held a concert there on October 15, 1966. 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. another oddity - in that 'just what we were kneading' article, the ranch is consistently called 'oampali'.thanks for all the updates! I recall Courtney Love claiming she was on this cover (I think slot #24). AllCDCovers is a community driven website offering free high quality album art for non commercial use. 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. Her father Hank Harrison was their manager. Almost all the kids got right into it and learned fast. I-) ihor. Aoxomoxoa is a 1969 album by the Grateful Dead – their third. This is what always makes me think of Cali. Aoxomoxoa is a 1969 album by the Grateful Dead. I don't have the original vinyl Dead album releases, so can't say just how 'Kreutzmann' was spelled on the early albums, or whether Bill himself cared. Definetely not Cookie Eisenberg - she was not around until a year or two after this photo shoot. Their mother was Opa Willy, a pot smuggler, and when she failed to return from a business trip to Mexico, Mickey became a substitute parent.”, The Jensen girls from Olompali also danced onstage at some Dead shows in this period. Does anyone know where this group pic was taken? Well, some of the kids from the Chosen Family are now involved in making a documentary about Olompali and the commune, which I'm sure will feature a number of interviews with the people who were there. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. 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. In fact, with the number of people hanging out there all the time, it was pretty much a party all the time anyway. 1969. $100. Learn more - eBay Money Back Guarantee - opens in new window or tab. I think she's the one in the poncho next to Pigpen. And I think it was the way they went down and the way people responded to that kind of situation. The Superjam is for a good cause...something like 18 to 20 people from Olompali haven't the bread to pay their attorney's fees, and they are all homeless, as Burdell Mansion on Olompali burned down after the bust.”. 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. Clarity of voice is no substitute for the creators' initial experimental vision. Her father Hank Harrison was one of the original managers of the the band. Though they weren’t there long, they would remember their stay as an idyllic golden age, a “paradisiacal retreat.” (Although sometimes in their acid trips, they’d have threatening visions of the ancient Indians who’d used to live there, their spirits still haunting the walls and trees.). Piece of trivia... a 5 year old Courtney Love appears on the back cover of Aoxomoxoa. I remember the Olompali Angels - I don't know what their names were, but there were all these beautiful girls living up [in Olompali, nearby] and they all wore these white diaphanous outfits. This is a 1974 reissue. 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. Get the item you ordered or get your money back. AOXOMOXOA, the Grateful Dead's third album, ... Back covers of the newer LPs are labeled as "Remixed September, 1971." Décor, Long She was in a long term relationship with Vince (who I got to meet once and gave me a Woodstock pin) and also appeared in a picture on one of his albums. The former residents went on to new lives, though many of them kept in touch with other Family members. Puzzle of the front & back album cover artwort. Someone else may remember who all wore what. They drove me to SF and the next day the Sharon Tate slayings were the headlines. I don't know if it was 24 hours a day, but every time I was there it was going.”. They kinda neutered the whole thing and I pretty much gave up. The perfect end to some perfect trips.We got "Mickey's Ranch" in March '69. Genres: Psychedelic Rock. 2 Sided Jigsaw Puzzle Sealed. If you want to see how the landscape of the recording industry has changed, looking back over 22 of the most influential album covers will show you in a way that hours of listening never could. I plan to keep this post updated as more info comes in. Usually there'd be members of other bands there too, like the Airplane and Quicksilver, and there'd be little jams with people who wanted to play. There was everything from a pope outfit (Goldfinger), to a black gorilla suit (Jackson). 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 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. McCoy recovered and went back to the ‘straight life,’ putting his Olompali episode behind him. 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. For years, there has been a rumor that the five-year-old Courtney Love was on the back cover of Aoxomoxoa – the girl in the front, sitting next to Pigpen. “I wanted a family. ... Aoxomoxoa is the work of the magical band. Ken Babbs. More Items From eBay. WS 1790; Vinyl LP). Rick Griffin. That’s her below (circled in red) wearing a shawl sitting beneath the trees amongst the roadies and band members. 1977, 50th The group initially consisted of Jerry Garcia (guitar), Bob Weir (guitar), Phil Lesh (bass), Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (keyboards), and Bill Kreutzmann (drums). An ongoing series of articles on songs & performances of the early Grateful Dead. In honor of “Aoxomoxoa”—which turned 50 this year—Stacker presents the best Grateful Dead albums of all-time. Everything was just super-groovy. The album was originally going to be called "Earthquake Country" but the name was changed to Aoxomoxoa (a palindrome pronounced "ox-oh-mox-oh-ah") by cover artist Rick Griffin and the band's lyricist Robert Hunter. Then there was a lot of land around it – hills, a creek in the back, a big lawn and the pool. 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 Rancho Olompali, Novato, CA At any rate that wasn't an issue for me here; there may easily have been misspellings in the album credits. 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 a lot of people like the various filmmakers and writers and dope dealers. More, Recreation & Official Site Of The Grateful Dead. Check out our album review of Artist's Aoxomoxoa on Rolling Stone.com. Grateful Dead Aoxomoxoa Rediscover 300 Pc. 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). George Hunter of the Charlatans remembered visiting the Dead at Olompali: “The Dead used to have some pretty good parties out in their place in the country, in Olompali. At any rate, Stacy wasn't lonely - the photos show her on the ranch with older girls like the Jensens, and also Sunshine Kesey, close to her age (and also spotted onstage at some Dead shows). http://impressionsofvince.blogspot.com/2013/01/incident-at-coffee-shop.html, thank you I've been looking everywhere for this proof to validate the stories I tell of my amazing "auntie" Gretchen. After returning from Los Angeles in spring ’66, they moved to Rancho Olompali and stayed there through May and June, renting the property for several weeks. In 1968 they added percussionist Mickey Hart and keyboardist To… (I know a couple examples were "Tom Constaten" and "Ron Wickershim. ), http://electripipedream.tumblr.com/search/thomas+weir, https://www.facebook.com/OlompaliMovie/posts/557752874337971, http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2012/09/rancho-olompali-8901-old-redwood.html, http://deadsources.blogspot.com/2012/02/october-1966-acid-rock-party.html, http://deadsources.blogspot.com/2015/01/don-mccoy-and-olompali-commune.html, http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2010/04/march-17-1969-winterland-san-francisco.html, 1970 Audience Tape Guide & Anti-Taping Stories, deadessays.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default, http://www.archive.org/details/GratefulDead, http://www.thebestofwebsite.com/Bands/GD.htm. The Grateful Dead would be playing and here they'd come wafting in; it was quite a sight. In 1991 Rolling Stone selected Aoxomoxoa as having the eighth best album cover of all time. David of http://gratefulseconds.blogspot.com/. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) 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. You could go up in the hills anywhere and hear the music. Can't believe all the Manson crew was amidst all this other stuff that was going on. i totally appreciate the depth of your continual strong research. I actually prefer the 1971 remix to the original 1969 release. After purchasing the original, Marvin Gaye asked for permission to use it as the cover of his album. A vibe. Maura McCoy and Sheri Jensen sat by Garcia; Sheri’s sister Rhonda held Mickey's horse Snorty for him. thanks again. I remember that the Dead would be playing and Neal Cassady would be doing this strange little dance… Neal was always in the thick of things. The story she told about this album picture was that she wasn't sure they would amount to anything so she was partially hiding behind the flowers. Those parties (I'm not sure how many of them there were) were always on a nice afternoon. Barnes then slightly augmented the painting for the cover to … Per Bill's book, he and Brenda had a hard time sticking together in '66, and he had their marriage annulled late in the year, after moving out of 710. 14 horses came with us from Olompali. Ken Babbs recently wrote on his website, "In 1969 I was working as the warehouseman at the Grateful Dead studio called Alembic in Marin County. Those parties were like a chance to move the whole thing closer, so to speak. Some people found long-lasting positions in the Dead organization, but it seems Babbs drifted out again. 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". [Laughs]". It had a swimming pool and barns and that sort of thing… We didn’t have that place very long, only about eight weeks. The tapes of the interviews belong to the State Park, but can't be published without the approval of the interviewees. Be the first to know about the Grateful Dead’s exclusive limited-edition releases, breaking news on the band, community events, and so much more. This cover art is an adapted version of artist Ernie Barnes's famous painting The Sugar Shack. The land was eventually bought by the state, and turned into a state park. The way I remember it was Bobby's mom got to choose the entertainment and Mickey told us it had been decided everyone associated with the band were going to find black & white costumes so he took us to a costume store in the city and rented us the angel outfits and I believe he was Zorro and Jerry a pirate. What became of her mother Brenda (who split with Bill in late '66, I think), I have no idea. Unfortunately no details are known about the “Superjam” as no tape has come out. 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. […] Glen McKay’s Headlights will provide enlightenment for all. 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. A five-year-old Courtney Love appears on the album's back cover. Babbs had known the Dead at least since the Acid Tests; he was then living with his family at the Dead's warehouse/studio by Hamilton Air Force Base in Novato, and working as the caretaker there. (**The Dead's WARNER BROS. They’d use it as a rehearsal spot until switching to the Potrero Theater sometime in mid-’67. My guess is some where North of Marin. McIntire was a recent addition to the Dead management team, having joined them during the Carousel days in early ’68. Meanwhile, Stacy stayed with her mother Brenda, who moved back to Palo Alto and remarried. Not Cookie. “I felt we were chosen for something,” McCoy said. I still think Vince jammed with the Dead in the wee hours of New Years Eve 68-69 at Fillmore West, too, but we will probably know. Spiritual but not formally religious, it was a good place that summer, with the Dead visiting at times to play music by the pool. And DEFINITELY at Altamont in Dec. 1969. the dog next to 22? ... It’s Back to the Future for These ’70s Retro Homes Welcome!Grateful Dead PinGrateful Dead â Sunâ Design frontTop Half of the Aoxomoxoa Album CoverPre-owned by a collector. ... Aoxomoxoa CD 50th Anniversary Album (2020) ... No damage to the jewel case or item cover, no scuffs, scratches, cracks, or holes. Can you spot her? Reporters became interested in this communal experiment, and there are many retrospective articles available on the Chosen Family. The Chosen Family were a totally different group. We had quite a few horses when we came and paid Mr. Miller grazing fees. The title is a meaningless palindrome, usually pronounced "ox-oh-mox-oh-ah". Submitted by lunatic4blues on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:17, Submitted by Mike Edwards on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 08:22, Submitted by Anna rRxia on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 09:23, Submitted by marye on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 12:59, Submitted by cyberjack101 on Sun, 06/25/2017 - 13:24, Submitted by marye on Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:07, Submitted by mkav on Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:12. Bill & Susila got a small ranch in Novato and took one and Bobby found a cool ranch out in Nicasio. It's a great photo... Who was Thomas Weir? The other things written about her came after his death. 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. It would echo throughout the hills. They'd improvise. 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. Anyone who wanted a horse could have one as long as they would handle what that entailed (consistent care & exercise). This story has been repeated so often, it’s become an internet “fact,” supposedly confirmed by David Gans … The McCoy sisters, Noelle Barton, and Siobhan McKendrick were the daughters of the commune’s founders (Don McCoy, Sandy Barton, and Sheila & Bob McKendrick, not pictured). McNally p.308 (Some of McNally’s details are taken from band anecdotes, so they may not be correct. It was incredibly intense for everybody… Novato was completely comfortable, wide open, high as you wanted to get, run around naked if you wanted to, fall in the pool, completely open scenes. They didn't have neighbors to disturb.”, Don McCoy said, “The Dead played because they loved the sound. 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!!! Committee on Architecture and Design Funds. Now wait, this looks like the long arm of the law…excuse me, sir, but I’m just doing my thing.”, The album picture was taken shortly before the mansion burned down, but the Dead lent some support to the Chosen Family afterwards. The art reflects the experimental nature of the album, which reviewers noted for its loving and lifelike mood. 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 sounded like it was coming from above.”. Griffin reworked the art from those shows into the Hawaiian Aoxomoxoa, adding appropriate tiki and surfing images. & Company, Under 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. She had owned a travel agency in New York, and besides a Millbrook connection, knew a lot of wealthy, wild East Coasters. The Jensens had been living at Olompali, part of Don McCoy’s child-based commune. McCoy apparently had a nervous breakdown around this time and went to the hospital for some time. '73-'74, Cornell 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. Garcia, Signpost to New Space, p.32-33, 2. 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. that it was at Olompali, but it's only a vague recollection of what somebody may have told me. The band held some famous parties during their stay, playing music for a stream of tripping visitors from San Francisco. The band liked it and the name stuck. Can you spot her? The album was originally titled "Earthquake Country" but Griffin was fascinated with palindromes so he and Robert Hunter suggested Aoxomoxoa instead. I also was on a search for meaning in life. A half-dozen girls from the commune sat in the photo. It seems that Dan Healy, John Cipollina and other members of Quicksilver also stayed in McCoy’s houseboat community, and the Dead may have heard about McCoy’s heliport rental space from them. Possibly the Dead told him about the place at Rancho Olompali, or he’d heard about their stay there. Was he related to Bob? Games, Furniture & 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. 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. 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. The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. That must have been a sight... Perhaps they showed up regularly at Dead shows in that period. Lesh, Searching for the Sound, p.88-90, 3. When Khan told Watts of his desire to open a new school devoted exclusively to North Indian classical music, Watts immediately picked up the phone and called Don McCoy, a wealthy real-estate agent, who came to Watts’ houseboat within the hour and presented Khan with a check for $20,000… [Using the money,] the Ali Akbar College of Music was founded in December 1967.”, McCoy became restless: “I was really looking to duck responsibility. Note to Ihor: I've seen 'Stacy' spelled 'Stacey' in some places, but 'Stacy' is the most common and probably how she spells it. If they really wanted to be. i recognized the concert posters.,,,didn't know it was the same guy. (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.) The photo may have been inspired by the Band’s Music From Big Pink album, which had been released in summer '68 and featured a “Next of Kin” photo of the Band with their families: A little background on Olompali’s history can be found here: The Dead had a close connection to Olompali – it was, for them, something like sacred ground. Rhonda is in the back of the Aoxomoxoa photo, with Mickey's horse; her sister Sheri is also there. Unable to process your request at this time. It was good times – unselfconscious and totally free. Anyone that wanted to ride could come out and we'd fix them up. Collection, Dead & The “Aoxomoxoa” (ox-oh-mox-oh-ah) album by the Grateful Dead has always been a tough one to pronounce. The Olompali Angels! referencing Aoxomoxoa, LP, Album, RE, RM, 180, R1 591257, 603497847785 Excellent pressing, great sound. 7" Singles 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. When Don came in he took over the whole ranch except for a good size house near the lower 40 where some people ran a pheasant farm and a funny little tucked away place where this cool old guy ran a worm farm. When Mickey started hanging out with us he would load a bunch of us in the car for Dead shows (maybe in small part because his car would not start without a push), and afterwards we'd go back out to Olompali with some band and crew and their girlfriends and saddle up to watch the sun rise. 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