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Spirits come and Spirits go....The Revolution

It's a coincidence that we have 2 birthdays on the same day, from the same band, both turning the same age. Happy B'day to Quicksilver Messenger Service drummer Greg Elmore and guitarist-singer Gary Duncan..both turn 65 this saturday. Quicksilver was always one of my favorite bands from the SF Ballroom era. The guys in Quicksilver were really an important part of the Haight-Ashbury community. They hung out at 1090 Page Street, along with the Albin Brothers who would form Big Brother. A band called Sopwith Camel also hung out there and it was quite a scene. The Albin Brothers inherited this huge rooming house, originally intended for Irish immigrants. Music jams were held all the time in the spacious basement. This house was, along with the Deads house at 710 Ashbury, ground zero for the communal music lifestyle that would define San Francisco in the mid 60s. Spirits that left us on this date include Woody Gutherie in 1967. Woody, in my opinion, was the origianl troubador. Spreading his truth with his guitar, riding the rails and brushing up against America. "This Land Is Your Land"..He sang about all of it, the good, the bad and the ugly. No wonder Dylan tried to channel his spirit, and in the end, pulled it off. Woody died of Huntington's chorea at age 52. His son Arlo continues the tradition. Another passing was that of Alan Blind Owl Wilson, co-founder of the band Canned Heat. Drug overdose at the age of 27. What is it about the age 27? Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and a dozen others. Spirits come and Spirits go. Be at the Revolution this weekend. Saturday 7-10am. You'll re-connect with some special spirits from the past. Peace Out

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08/30/2011 10:41AM
Spirits come and Spirits go....The Revolution
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09/13/2011 10:03PM
Rebecca Davis
Thanks for remembering Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson of Canned Heat! In my research into his life and music I have found that some suggest the statistical spike for artist/musician deaths at that age is an astrological phenomenon known as the "Saturn Return". Who knows whether this is true, of course. Fans of Canned Heat may wish to check out the tribute website established in Wilson's honor, by his family. It's at http://AlanWilsonCannedHeat.com, and features rare photos, video links, and lots of great information! Thanks again for including a mention of Alan in your post, and don't forget to boogie!
10/08/2011 2:57PM
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