So, who is Alicia Bay Laurel? What does she do, anyway?
I currently tour as a singer/songwriter/guitarist/storyteller, with four critically acclaimed, self-produced music CDs, one all-original psych folk, one Hawaiian (half original, half historic), one jazz/blues (10 original and 2 standards) and one Americana/world music (eleven songs and medleys, of which I wrote 2).
I also wrote, illustrated and designed Living on the Earth, a legendary boho sustainable living guide, that was the first paperback book on the New York Times Bestseller List, in spring 1971, and launched a graphic art and drawing style that is still widely emulated to this day. It's still in print in English, Japanese and Korean. You can buy it on this website, signed by me. I've illustrated eight other books, five of which I also wrote or co-wrote.
This site is about my art, music, writing, tours, friends, projects, and activism. Just below is a list of available books, CDs and other luscious Alicia originals for sale, and below that, a blog including my tour diary, healthful recipes, lots of political and environmental heads-ups, and lots of arts and lifestyle articles, in no particular order.
In the upper left corner of the site is a menu with quick links to my press kit (bio, high res photo, press releases). I am working on the getting the online store and shopping cart up again. For now, just email me through the "Contact" link above if you'd like to buy any of the items below.
There's a search engine for the site in the upper left corner.
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Peace Girl Poster 11" x 17" $20 plus $5 shipping in a tube (shipping charge for USA, please email me for postage amount to other countries.)
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Written, illustrated and designed by Alicia Bay Laurel in 1969, and a New York Times Bestseller List (spring 1971), Living on the Earth is an encyclopedia of back-to-the-land living skills created while Alicia was living at Wheeler Ranch, a hippie commune in Sonoma County, California. In 2012, Living on the Earth was selected as one of the 101 most influential American cookbooks of the 20th century by the Fales Library of New York University, and included in their compilation of these cookbooks, titled 101 Classic Cookbooks - 501 Classic Recipes.
Being of the Sun, co-written by Alicia Bay Laurel and Ramon Sender, illustrated and designed by Alicia Bay Laurel, mint condition first edition, signed by BOTH authors! (1973) $50. Being of the Sun has been re-published in Japanese as of March 2007! This book orignally appeared as the spiritual sequel and companion to Living on the Earth. It's about creating your own personal religion, using elements from previously existing spiritual paths as well as your own direct connection to the divine. Ramon Sender, one of the pioneers of avant garde music, shares his insights on music and spirituality, and he created sheet music for some of the songs in Music From Living on the Earth, plus a number of his own spiritual and nature chants.
The Earth Mass, mint condition, first edition, and signed to you by the illustrator/designer! (1973) $50. A nature worship version of the Catholic mass, written by renowned poet/playwright/former Catholic priest Joe Pintauro, designed and richly illustrated on every page by Alicia Bay Laurel. Blessings, Ceremonies, Counter-phobic Incantations, Rituals, Recipes for Ceremonial Foods. Wiccans and Pagans will delight! "An oldie, hard to find, and worth its weight in emeralds." Dama, Onelist.com
William Shakespeare’s The Tempest: A New Age Version, by Michael Fleck, illustrated by Alicia Bay Laurel, mint condition first edition (1978) $35. A mulit-media theatre piece created by Michael Fleck and presented in 1976 by the Maui Community Theatre, using Shakespeare's masterpiece as a vehicle to dramatize the battle between Industry and Environmentalism. The cover drawing originally graced the cover of the program notes for the piece, and later Alicia drew a dozen illustrations for the publication of the script. I only have 11 left of this book, now, and all are inscribed both by the author and by me.
Music From Living on the Earth (all original psych folk, solo vocal/guitar) $15. An Album Pick on All Music.com. You can buy individual tracks on Apple iTunes here. Or from Great Indie Music here. Read reviews.
Living in Hawaii Style (historic and original Hawaiian songs, slack key, hula & jazz) $15. Played on KAPA Radio in Hawaii, Ports of Paradise in California, and Aloha Joe's on the Internet. You can buy individual tracks from this CD on Apple iTunes here. Or from Great Indie Music here. Read reviews.
What Living’s All About (jazz, blues, & gospel, 10 original, 2 standards) $15. An Editor's Pick in the May 2007 Issue of Performing Songwriter Magazine and also in 2006 by London's eJazzNews.com. Featured on Radio Free Phoenix. You can buy individual tracks from this CD on Apple iTunes here. Or from Great Indie Music here. Read reviews. Read listener comments.
Beyond Living: Fingerpicked Ruminations on the Hereafter and Its Messengers Americana, folk and world music songs about the mystery of death and the miracle of love. Relaxing, joyous, spiritually uplifting music, including two original songs by Alicia Bay Laurel, two songs by Japan’s legendary singer/songwriter Donto (one translated into Hawaiian by Kaliko Beamer-Trapp), an original song each by two of Alicia’s singer/songwriter friends since their commune days, Joe Dolce and Steve McGee, two songs by Auntie Nona Beamer as part of Alicia’s tribute to her, a Hawaiian chant composed and performed by Reid Kapo Ku, and lots of wonderful Hawaiian slack key guitar performed by James Kimo West. Featured on Radio Free Phoenix. You can buy it from CD Baby here. Or on Apple iTunes here. Or email Alicia at the link at the top of this page and buy one directly from her for $15 plus shipping and handling, inscribed to you by Alicia. Read listener comments.
Matted Art Prints:
Zephyr (double matte, fits in a standard 16” x 20” frame) $35 plus shipping
Fun and Games:
My four-decade friend Gloria Blum, besides being the Janice Joplin of klezmer, spent a great portion of her life teaching self-esteem to young people with serious disabilities. She realized that there are certain questions people enjoy answering, and the process of coming up with an answer fosters self-esteem. So, she made flash cards of these questions for her work with the kids. The kids enjoyed it and grew from it, which made the game popular with other professionals in her field. Eventually people outside of her work began requesting the cards from her. For the second edition of her cards, she commissioned a set of color drawings from me for the box and for the backs of the cards. I am happy to be offering the cards from my website. They cost $15 per set, plus shipping and handling, which is $5 inside the USA and $8 elsewhere. To order them, please email me from the "Contact" link at the top of the page. You can pay via Paypal or send me a postal money order.
Living on the Earth t-shirt (organic cotton, size XL only) SALE $10
Easy to make into a kewl little dress:
Cut a neckline and trim the sleeves.
Use the sleeve fabric to make a waist tie in the back. Made and modeled by Hisae, who works at Kurkku Arts and Environmental Center in Tokyo.
Legendary songstress Gwendolyn found that the Living on the Earth t-shirt makes an exemplary maternity frock.
Jeanine Austin, PhD, life coach and hypnotherapist wears her Living on the Earth t-shirt at the Living on the Earth Celebration presented by Phoenix Body Mind and Soul at the Arizona Biltmore, May 8, 2010.
I met Laura Theodore online via LinkedIn’s Vegan and Vegetarian discussion group. Laura is a jazz vocalist with an impressive resume and a unique voice, who also hosts vegetarian cooking shows on television, radio and the Internet.
I pitched myself to her as a guest on her internet radio show, telling her I had recorded one (well-received) jazz/blues CD, and I’d also written and illustrated a book that had been a best seller in the 1970s, is still in print in English and Japanese, and was recently selected as one of the 101 most influential American cookbooks of the 20th century by the Fales Library at New York University.
So, here is the result of our phone collaboration last December, a show first airing today, January 31, 2013.
I have evolved this recipe over many holiday seasons.
Prepare one of these crusts:
Two cups of gluten-free baking flour (usually a combo of rice, garbanzo, oat, and millet flours – any or all of these)
¾ cup palm kernel oil (comes in a tub, like shortening)
Chill the palm kernel oil. Place it in a food processor with the flour and an ice cube. Blend until it forms a soft ball of dough. If it doesn’t form a dough ball while blending, very gradually add a tiny bit more cold water. As soon as it gets the right amount of water, it will form a soft ball of dough.
Flatten the ball into a disk and press into a 9 inch glass or ceramic pie pan so that it is of even ¼ inch thickness all over, and form a scalloped edge with your thumbprints. Make fork holes every ½ inch all over the bottom and sides of the pie shell. Bake at 375 Fº until golden, but not brown.
If you have extra dough, form it into a cookie shape (star, heart, tree, etc.) in another pan, make fork holes every ½ inch on it, and bake it along with the piecrust. After the filling has chilled and become firm in the crust, place the cookie shaped piece of piecrust on top of the filling. For ease of handling, I suggest forming and baking the cookie shaped piece on top of a piece of baking parchment, so that you can easily slide it onto the top of the pie without it crumbling in the process.
In a (clean) coffee grinder, powder one cup each of walnut meats and raw cashews. Remove pits from 6 dates, chop them well and place them in a food processor with the nut flours. Blend until it forms a soft dough. Press the dough into a 9 inch glass or ceramic pie pan. Keep the edge small and simple, since an extended, scalloped edge will crumble off when the pie is cut and served. Chill in the refrigerator.
If you’d like to make a decorative raw cookie for the top of the pie, take some of the nut/date dough, form into the shape of choice, and dehydrate at 105 Fº until almost crisp.
Cut a medium sized butternut squash or small kabocha (green) pumpkin into pieces about 1 to 2 inches on a side.
Spoon out the seeds, and either roast, plant or discard them. (If you compost them, who knows, you might get volunteer squash plants growing out of your compost..)
Peel two thumb-sized pieces of fresh ginger and chop into small pieces.
Steam the squash and ginger until soft and let them cool until you can easily pick up one of the squash pieces with your (clean) hand, at which point you can spoon the flesh out from the shells into the food processor bowl, and compost the shells. Then dump the steamed bits of ginger from the steaming basket into the food processer with the squash, and blend until smooth. If the mixture is so thick that it bogs down the food processor, slowly add a tiny bit of the cooking water, until the blades are moving easily.
After blending, just to be sure there are no annoying bits of ginger in the pie filling, pour the mixture through a sieve into a large bowl, and stir with a wooden spoon to complete the separation.
If you’d rather not bother with peeling, chopping, steaming, blending and sieving fresh ginger, you can always skip it, instead adding ½ tsp. powdered ginger along with the other spices below. (Personally, I think it’s worth the extra work.)
Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly: one cup of unsweetened, non-flavored vegan milk (hemp, almond, rice, soy, or, if you’d like a very rich pie, coconut cream) with 2 teaspoons of agar flakes, 1 tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. nutmeg, ¼ tsp. cloves, ½ tsp allspice) and 3 droppers of non-flavored stevia glycerite, stirring until the agar is completely dissolved and the spices are well blended into the milk.
Place the food processor: the butternut squash and the agar/milk mixture. Blend until completely smooth.
Pour the filling into the pie shell and chill until the agar is set (at least one hour, although you can make this pie the day before serving it and keep it in the refrigerator until then).
If you have more filling than pie shells, pour it into custard cups and chill.
A nine-inch pie will serve 8 people.
Coconut Bliss vegan ice cream (Naked Coconut flavor) would be my choice, but there are also excellent choices available from Tofutti, Soy Delicious, and other vegan ice cream brands.
Living on the Earth Chosen as One of the 101 Most Influential American Cookbooks of the 20th CenturySubmitted by alicia on Wed, 2012-10-03 23:21
On October 24th and 25th, 2012, Rizzoli Publishers (Random House, New York) unveiled 101 Classic Cookbooks – 501 Classic Recipes, a collection curated by the Fales Cookbook Library at New York University, home to over 55,000 volumes about food.
Their panel of experts has chosen what they consider the 101 most influential American cookbooks of the 20th century, and, from those, the quintessential recipes of each book.
From Living on the Earth, they have chosen four recipes: Dandelion Wine, Sunflower Milk (actually, How To Make Baby Food), Yogurt, and How to Smoke Fish. In addition, six of the original illustrated and hand-lettered page layouts, plus the cover of the Random House second edition are displayed on pages 136 and 137.
Here's a video of a panel discussion by some of the major organizers and contributors to the book, on October 25, 2012 at New York University.
Truly a wonderful tour. I enjoyed every day of it!
May 27 live at Natural High Festival at Doshi, 11:20 to 12:00. Otherwise I'll be at Kurkku/apbank booth.
June 2 live at Jisoan Gallery in Gifu, 14:00 – 18:00 for Little Eagle Fashion Exhibition. Telephone 0572-65-2010
June 14 live at Cay in Aoyama, Tokyo with Inoue Ohana Band, start 20:00.
June 16 live at Studio M in Koganei, Tokyo. Doors open 14:00, show 15:00. For information, call Spoonful Cafe at 080 3386 0635
June 19 Art workshop and live performance at Holistic Health Care Institute in Kichijoji, Tokyo. 18:00 – 22:00.
June 21 live at Thumbs Up in Yokohama with Inoue Ohana Band, start 20:00.
June 22 live at Chikyu-ya in Kunitachi, Tokyo, with Inoue Ohana Band, start 19:30.
June 23, live at Yukotopia in Umejima, Adachi, Tokyo, with Ha-Za-Ma, High Blood Pressure and Howdy Groovies. Doors open at 18:30, live begins at 19:00. I play last.
June 24 live at Alishan Organic Center in Hidaka, Saitama, 16:00 start.
June 29 live in Fukushima at Ginga No Hotori (Edge of the Milky Way) Café with Yoshie Ebihara, Inoue Ohana Band and Kaorico Ago. A gift to the Tohoku people from Little Eagle. Doors open at 17:00, start time 18:00.
July 1 art workshop (making fabric picture books) in Sendai, co-led with Kaorico Ago 13:00. Live with Yoshie Ebihara and Kaorico Ago at 15:00. Location: Akiu Kinoie Center. A gift to the Tohoku people from Little Eagle.
July 4 live at Marunouchi House (close to Tokyo station), CD Release Party for Monk Beat's 2nd CD, Animal Collection. Monk Beat, Alicia Bay Laurel and Mirrorbowler. First set begins at 17:00.
July 7 live at Nagoji Temple in Tateyama, Chiba, with Monk Beat featuring vocalist Yae. Doors open at 17:00, show starts at 18:00. A fundraiser for Tohoku survivors.
July 13-15 – Weekend workshop in beautiful Tamagusuku, Okinawa, co-led with Sachiho Kojima, including nature walks to sacred sites, musical meditation, beach time, live music, and shrine-building art workshop. To join us, or for more details, please contact Sachiho at email@example.com or message Sachiho on Facebook.
July 15 live at Roguii Cafe, Okinawa, with Amana band. Doors open at 19:00, show at 19:30. Cafe address: 1663 Yogi, Okinawa City, Okinawa. Phone: 098 933 8583. Hand craft and farmers market at the cafe from 15:00.
The Los Angeles Visionary Association, founded and directed by art historians Kim Cooper and Richard Schave (who are also the owners and operators of the amazing Esotouric), has been holding monthly salons for nearly two years at historic Clifton’s Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles. I’ve been a member since the beginning, but this was the first time I’ve managed to attend a salon. It was wonderful fun.
The opening event was a set of original songs performed by the Ukulady, Thessaly Lerner, and her band (on mandolin and electric autoharp). The Ukulady evolved her act during her years as a student and then a teacher at Wavy Gravy’s Camp Winnarainbow Circus and Performing Arts Camp in Northern California.
Next up was a slide show lecture by the gorgeously attired Dr. Paul Koudounaris, professor of art history at California State University Dominguez Hills, to introduce his book The Empire of Death, a lavish collection of his photos and research on the world’s forgotten charnel houses, ossuaries, and reliquaries.
After the salon, we all trooped out after Richard Schave and Nathan Marsak, who gave us a rousing walking tour and lecture on Victorian Los Angeles.
I particularly loved this wonderful old building and our guides’ tale of how it was saved from destruction by fire by a brave and dedicated elevator operator.
Kim pointed out that the building's elevator grills had little demon’s heads in the filigree.
Even the view out the side door of this building offered a dream scene.
Downtown Los Angeles fascinates with unapologetic Victorian grandeur, …
…ambitious, passionate murals,…
…and unexpected entertainers (that’s a banjo player on a bicycle trailer).
On December 15, 2010, FM YOKOHAMA’s beloved radio personality Mitsumi aired her interview of me on her show “Ine! Good for You!” She translates my answers to the interview into Japanese, but you can still hear some of what I said in English. If you speak Japanese, you will have even more fun listening to the show. It’s 17 minutes and 14 seconds long. You can listen to it here.
May 13, 2011. Today the t-shirt and towel that I illustrated (both designed by Aiko Shiratori of environmentalist non-for-profit arts organization Artist Power Bank in Shibuya, Tokyo) were posted for sale on their Kurkku shop website. Both items are fundraisers for the survivors of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters, and will be sold at the annual music festival Artist Power Bank produces each summer to raise money for its projects.
On each of the webpages, if you scroll down, you’ll find my statements of intention, in both English and Japanese, which I wrote in response to a request from Artist Power Bank.
OK, birthday candles are in order. The 40th anniversary of the first edition of Living on the Earth (The Bookworks, Berkeley CA) was in September 2010. The 40th anniversary of the bestselling second edition of Living on the Earth (Vintage Books, Random House, NYC) was in April 2011. It’s still in print as a hardbound library edition. The 40th anniversary of Mariko Fukamachi's translation of Living on the Earth (Soshisha Ltd., Tokyo) was in April 2012. It’s still in print as a paperback book.
It sold somewhere in excess of 350,000 copies, and it’s still selling in English and Japanese, and maybe still in Korean. I heard a rumor that the Provos in Amsterdam made a bootleg translation back in the 1970s (I’ve never seen one of those either, but I would LOVE to have one if it exists!!)
LOTE’s illustration and design style was so revolutionary when it first came out that Publishers Weekly devoted two pages to acknowledging this with an article in handwriting, illustrated with drawings selected from LOTE. I scanned and posted the PW piece here.
LOTE’s illustration and book design begat The Massage Book (and the Random House/Bookworks series), The Moosewood Cookbook series, The Vegetarian Epicure series, Handbook for Survival into the 21st Century, and numerous others. More recently, motivational writer/speaker SARK told me that Living on the Earth’s illustration and design had helped launch her graphic style as well.
Soshisha, Ltd, in Tokyo released a Japanese translation in 1972, with a blurb on the cover from Japan’s poet laureate, Shuntaro Tanikawa. It says, “I want to do everything in this book. If I can’t do everything in this book, then I want to dream about it, because I know that if I do, I will be a better person to the marrow of my bones.”