Page 43 Kindred Spirits

Janis and Pigpen were kindred souls. They were drinkers and wary of acid, so they ran together. This photo was taken outside 715 Ashbury, across the road from 710, where HALO (the Haight Ashbury Legal Organization) had its offices, and where the poster artists Mouse, Kelley, Moscoso and Griffin had their studios.

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Page 51 Pigpen

Crazy Peace of Mind

We’ll talk and screech madly through the night
in heated arguments about the Witch doctors of Africa
as versus
the Hindus of India and Voodoo men of the West Indies.
We’ll howl through eons
whilst Charlie Mingus puts it down
and Luigi’s hot rod in his
Persian-rugged attic roars like a drunken mouse with
his head caught under the feet of Dali’s stilted elephants.
Why doesn’t the middle class put up?
because they’ve got their all holy standards warped!
They must dig the life of calm
quiet suburbia: until their tract-house orgies are bared.
But, we’ll howl, rant, scream
kick and pick up on frothing sounds — loud
cascading forth over Peyote rocks
and crashing into ourselves,
pierced with flats — sharps
and that crazy sound: off minor.
Read? — don’t play it high society isn’t so bad
it’s the tract-house and 20,000 — 60,000 class
that’s got middleclass values up to here and who
picture themselves as clairvoyant white knights
destined to save me, or us — they boil my blood.
Dean Moriarty roars into the Opus One at 3:30 a.m…
“Ron! how you been? Crazy!
Look Jack, we got a lookin’ all so clean
gig goin’ over Hunter’s Point…
(see page for full poem)

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Page 56 The Hippodrome

This is when I met the band for the first time…The gig was at the Hippodrome, August 2 and 3, 1968. Along with the band this photo shows two of the promoters and the poster artist: far left (by Weir) is Ed O’Brian. In front of band is Don Collins and Rebecca Galdeano (poster artist).

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Page 63 Janis Joplin

he said call me pearl
our little blue girl
that last time
i saw you at the Mo
we shared comfort
& i teased about your weight
i couldn’t know
we wouldn’t meet again
& i never told you how much
i loved you
Robert M. Petersen (Eureka, 1970)

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