Here's a vidie Girl
George did of our radio interview on cinco de mayo 2013, last Sunday.
Lots of great pics to go with the audio.
FRIDAY, MAY 3,
Here's a short bit
from the Cronies book I'm working on, in the section of the bus trip of
neato youtube of the night at New Zone art gallery in Eugene
I talked about my brother John's paintings. Good shots of the painings
great musical background.
the youtube of the art gallery talk was done by Hedda, who covers many
activities in Eugene. To see her many works, go to her website:
TAXES ARE DONE AND GONE
HAVE A COW
And a calf, as
purchased by our daughter, Liz, and parked in the pasture we
fenced in over the weekend.
Come on, darling,
time to drain the udder, is that an udder delight or what? I'll
tell you what, four gallons a day and that's with the calf taking half.
HERE'S THE WEBSITE FOR OXBOW FARM WHERE MILK AND OTHER
GOODIES CAN BE HAD
MY BROTHER JOHN DIED A YEAR AGO TODAY
photo of one of John's paintings by Kenneth Roberts
I celebrated the
anniversary of my brothers death by tidying up his grave site and
sending in my income taxes, then had a whiskey and ginger ale, his
Here's a collaboration I did with James Kinkead. I
sent him a recording of me
doing some of my verbal ramblings and he added background. Came out
good. You can listen here and download it if you want.
Per usual, I'm
spending so much time working on book, been neglecting the
website, but on the other hand I've got five fingers, good for working
shift on the riding mower between rainstorms and let's not forget the
of the trombone and the wood splitter. Maybe I can combine some of these
FRIDAY, MARCH 8,
Don't know how long
it's going to take to get used to the time change but
I wish they would leave it alone. Talk about government intrusion into
lives. What are you gonna do? At this point all we can do is blast,
smashus, begorgeous and begashus, as Cassady said.
I was interviewed by Matt Reed at the University of Tennessee for the
To read the interview, click on:
FRIDAY, MARCH 1,
Been working full
bore on my new book, Cronies, all about the adventures with
Kesey and the Pranksters and friends, so the poor website has been
Here's the lead in to chapter three of Cronies:
"The bus was an experience machine. That was what
when you went on it, was an experience. Every time you got near it
you started experiencing, hotly."
The pump don't work ‘cause the vandals stole the
it doesn't matter because papa’s got a brand new bag! Reworking the
old 60's beat. What were
and Dad doing when the kids went to bed,
Mister Jones? Not working on Maggie's Farm, that's for sure. I've got
the REAL PICTURES and the AUTHENTIC TAPES and I'll be showing them
and playing them back with no let up and no get up until I've
answered every question, solved every mystery and explained every
oddity. So lie back and let these oldies but goldies wash across your
brain pans better than two hundred mikes of sunshine daydream dental
flossing you ear to ear with easy listenings...but it's got to have
that EDGE!...starting right this instant and continuing until I've
gone through the fifteen hundred still photos shot by Ron Bevirt, the
forty hours of film and all the sound tapes that were made while
riding ON THE BUS, The Legendary Road Trip of KEN KESEY!...wall to
wall sound...coast to coast tripping...things you won't believe...I've
been humiliated by professional humiliaters, but this stuff makes my
ears turn red.. so, remember, boys and girls, breathe through your
nose....this turf is that strong...natural as hair in a biscuit...don't
I didn't warn you!
COMING IN LIKE A LAMB
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18,
Between sets, sitting in the back of Mickey's bus, rehashing old
stories and inventing
new ones, at the McDonald theater in Eugene, Oregon, last night, when
Hart band rocked the boat.
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A page out of Kesey's Cuckoo's Nest
Here's a short youtube of Los Tres
Caballeros (KapnKen, Walker T. Ryan and
Eric Richardson) doing a musical and verbal number called Telephone
live at Tsunami Books in Eugene, Oregon in December, 2011.
PAPERBACK OF WHO SHOT THE WATER
Kapn' thanks for the hookup. Watched and listened with rapt ears and
I was taken back back way back to something I read along time ago about
elimination match for the Olympics. Given some kind of speed to compete
exhaustive pursuit he stood, his brain moving fast faster fast but his
body not quite
up to it, he trys to but fails, his wrestling career comes to an end.
But he was a stud
of the highest order. A champion rastler indeed. He had a tuff head and
minded as well. The instincts of a lion and the heart of a
saint. To you a best friend.
For us a champion. We all were the better for the encounter. The
synchronicity of it
all, the sum larger than the parts, brave hearts all. Thanks again
Kap'n, for the flash
Your friend, #43 johntaby shamokinpa "Love Never
AVAILABLE AT TSUNAMI BOOKS IN EUGENE
$14 includes free shipping in U.S. All books signed.
Last weekend I was
in San Francisco and
went to City Lights Bookstore where I found
a copy of my book on the shelf, so with my grandson Dylan to witness
it, I signed the book
with an inscription to the reader and put it back on the shelf, no one
the wiser until some
unsuspecting reader buys it.
VICE is finally running our interview. Everybody is really excited
around the office. Apparently VICE feels like they're following in the
of the Pranksters. My editor says there is a direct line between what
did and what VICE is trying to do, now.
Here's the interview:
My editor forced me to say that your bathroom stalls are in your living
even though I repeatedly tried to explain that they weren't. At a point
had to shut up and do what my boss told me. I hope that doesn't piss
TOO much. It's building the myth, right?
A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION
My name is Craig Zolotorow. I am a student at Howard Community
College in Columbia, Maryland. I am a self-described hippie and as
such I am doing a research paper for my American History Class on the
early part of the San Francisco scene (ie 1965-1966). I have a few
questions I was hoping you could answer.
How common was shorter (straight) hair styles during the early hippie
scene in '65-'66?
Pranksters were short hair people because when we got started in 64
that was our hairstyle and long hair hadn't taken hold yet. the
musical and movie, Hair, pushed the long hair fashion and also as the
hippie movement came on no one wanted to go to a barber.
What were their clothes like during the same time period?
Our uniforms during the bus trip in '64 was striped shirts, everyone
had his own striped shirt, to give us a continuity look in the movie
we were shooting. Once the psychedelic revolution got cooking in lat
'64 and on into the summer of love in '67, western leather fringe and
headbands and flared pants and tie dye and flowery long dresses were
all the rage.
How did the merry prankster make a lasting influence on American
By being written up in Tom Wolfe's book, The Electric Kool Aid
Test. Hadn't been for that, we'd just have been one group of hundreds
in the S.F. Bay area who were doing the same thing. Except for the
bus trip to Madhattan in 1964. No one else did that. And no one else
had Ken Kesey as the main man, the man who wrote to great novels and
if it hadn't been for that, Tom Wolfe would never have written us up.
So we became the ones everyone heard about but don't for a minute
think we were the only ones. When meatball hit it hit everybody and
everything, including the rocks, the earth, the plants and the
Is there any info/photos you could point me to on the early hippie
Yes. Google images. Type in early hippie scene. Type in Merry
Pranksters. Type in Ken Kesey. Type in The Bus Further.