Sophia Rose, very creative herbalist, writer, photographer, designer, life artist, and my good friend, assembled this video collage of art from my books and photographs of me and my communal friends in the early 1970s in Northern California, to a fragment of my autobiographical jazz waltz, 1966. You can savor Sophia Rose’s divine herbal and artistic offerings at La Abeja Herbs.
Listen here for a wide-ranging 38-minute radio interview with me by Alastair Gordon, author of Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedelic Â‘60s (2008, Rizzoli), in which he featured illustrations from my books Living on the Earth and Being of the Sun, which I co-wrote with Ramon Sender. Alastair Gordon also interviewed Ramon Sender for this radio series, which was part of Art Basel Miami Beach 2008; you can listen to his interview on the same page. You can pick up a copy of AlastairÂ’s wonderful book here.
While I’m touring in Japan, I’ll be missing the entire run of Nick Alva’s, Morningstar, an original musical play based on the story of Lou Gottlieb’s pioneering open land commune, which gave rise to nearby Wheeler Ranch commune, where I wrote and illustrated Living on the Earth. I’m so sorry I will miss it, for this will be the first time my songs have been incorporated into a stage production. They’ll be sung by a dancing ensemble in full hippie regalia! I saw a work-in-progress version of the show (photo above) in September 2006 at the Communal Studies Association Conference. I hope someone videos it this time.
If you are within striking distance of Cotati, in Sonoma County, California (60 miles north of San Francisco, just off Highway 101) in May 2008, do catch one of their shows! Below is a photo of some of the current cast: